I purchased Optimum Oil Therapy on a Walgreens whim. Whenever I go to a drug store I always wind up drawn to the ethnic section. It’s like a tractor beam. I stand there staring at the same old small section of familiar products. Queen Helene’s there, next to African Royale. TCB, Dax, and Duke are on the bottom shelf, next to S-Curl and VO5 grease in the tube. A giant spray can of Olive Oil, Just For Me, and a lot of bottles that have the word “Gro” on the label clutter the shelves. Then there’s my least favorite hair product, Luster’s Pink Oil.

Oil Therapy

Forgive me, Pink ladies. I have given this pastel goop enough of a try. In an ideal example of buyer’s remorse, I even once spent money on the Light Pink Oil. There was nothing light about it. It was just as goopy and sticky as its Pepto Bismol colored sister. And it still made my hair look like I had used Soul Glo.
So when I saw this stuff, I got a little excited. Optimum smelled better than Pink Oil, and it claimed to have “micro-oil technology” whatever that meant. Curly hair needs moisture; it drinks it up like a sponge. But products like this don’t moisturize my hair effectively. Instead, the oil therapy weighs down my curls and I wind up with Billy Ocean hair.

Billy Ocean

Not cool. I’m glad I only spent $3.99 on this oil therapy; otherwise I’d be a lot angrier with myself for wasting money on lame products.

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August 27, 2006, 3:08 pm
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Watch_and_Learn says:
August 27, 2006, 11:06 pm
I second that emotion on the Pink Stuff!! Oh yeah... you forgot the black women's key to that "good hair""- Ampro Black Gel. Where there's a Walgreens, there's some black gel!!
samida says:
August 28, 2006, 2:59 pm
Pink oil is a bunch of crap that does nothing to improve your hair overall. I also made the mistake of putting hope into that yellow bottle of Optimum and it reminded me too much of Pink Oil. The best product that I have found to keep my curls moistured is S-Curl. I still look out for other alternatives.
jerseybred says:
August 28, 2006, 5:31 pm
Wow, i haven't used that since i was a kid. I was hooked on that and Vitapointe for many years. P.S. Loving your site.
erin says:
August 29, 2006, 10:35 am
I used to use Vitapointe & it works well, it certainly takes me back! BUT, I just discovered what I think is one of the BEST product lines TO DATE. It's called Miss Jessie's. I use the Curly Pudding & Baby Buttercreme. They are INCREDIBLE. I have put a few friends on to these products. You should post something about the product line...they are honestly the best products that I have found to tame hair worn naturally (the Curly Pudding esp.)
CarmenNC says:
August 29, 2006, 11:39 pm
Oh so funny because it's oh so true. After a few hours of the Billy Ocean syndrome, my hair dried into a ashy, stiff helmet. When I shampooed it out, there was no lather with the first attempt. When the going gets tough, do anything but use this Pink wet greasy stuff.
JuiicyScoop says:
August 31, 2006, 10:30 am
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augusta says:
September 18, 2006, 9:07 pm
(chorus)"Get out of my hair"!...sorry i couldn't help myself
natashamck says:
October 18, 2006, 4:28 pm
Just as bad as Pink Oil (for me) is the green Olive Oil Moisturizer... Not only did it coat my hair, but the excessive oils make me break out... Not a good look. Now I use Oyin's Gregg Juice - It moisturizes and smells fantabulous at the same time :)
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