Gisou is a newer hair label created but the Instagram hair queen herself, Negin Mirsalehi. I don’t say that lightly – she does have the lushest hair. Her secret? Her families apiary providing honey for her family’s homemade Honey Infused Hair Oil, and now she’s bringing those secrets centre stage. Every product in the range is infused with that same honey and has grown from the original hair oil to a fully-fledged haircare line in just a couple of years. Besides from the beautiful packaging (it’s stunning), the products boast hydrating and healthy results with a refreshed spin. Something the haircare industry has needed for a while.
“That’s why her hair is so big, it’s full of secrets.” I’m sorry, we were all thinking it. Let’s continue…
After many months (that is no exaggeration) I finally got my hand of three of her products. The famous Hair Oil, Primer and Hair Perfume. Sorry in advance – Gisou is not yet available in New Zealand. To try these I had to send them to my friend in LA, before she sent them home to me. But hey, at least I can give you my honest opinion before you go through the ordeal I went through?
Gisou Hair Oil
In all it’s golden glory. The product I was most excited to try in the range was their hair oil and I don’t say that lightly. I have had some terrible experiences with hair oils before. Moroccan Oil left my hair stained yellow, weighed down and kind of greasy. Knowing that this was infused with honey made me want to give it another go, and I’m glad I did. I’ve been using this every time I wash my hair before I dry it, and it’s already looking much healthier on the ends. It’s really lightweight too, so a great choice for those of you that have fine hair like mine.
Gisou Propolis Infused Polishing Primer
Gisou Propolis Infused Polishing Primer a lightweight styling primer that is just that. The pre-step to the big finale. Propolis, the key ingredient, is full of oils, vitamins and minerals. Bees produce and use it in the wild to build strong beehives. Naturally, it’s the perfect ingredient to include in this product. Keeping your hair strong while also preventing breakage. I add this into my damp hair no matter whether I’m blow drying it or letting it air dry because it keeps it moisturised without the frizz. A must in Auckland’s humidity. I’m not entirely sure what kind of heat protecting qualities it has, so maybe check that out before ditching your usual treatment.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Perfume
I LOVE the idea of a hair perfume. This dates back to my trip to New York with Impulse I went on years ago. The perfume extraordinary herself, Anne Gottlieb, said to spray perfume in your hair before leaving the house and that tip has stuck with me through my twenties. I always use it and feel boujee knowing my hair smells like something other than cheap shampoo. Also, who doesn’t love scent being left on their pillow? This one is light, floral and wears down to be an almost honey-like aroma. I think the key word here is subtle. You’re probably going to get more bang for your buck using a normal perfume, but if you’re sensitive to smells close to your face (like I used to be) it’s an absolute win.
SO, IS IT WORTH THE HYPE?
Is this the first time I’ve said no? Hear me out. I absolutely love the primer, the hair oil I use everyday. The packaging is SUPREME. But was it worth sending to my friend half way across the world just to forward it on through friends? Probably not. As far as products go – they’re great. They do everything they say they’ll do and more. Like I said earlier, the honey inclusion across the line is something that is not only special to my heart (orchard girl here) but it enhances the products in a way that I think is rare to find on offer in New Zealand.
I just think the hassle of shipping and hefty price tag before the aforementioned hassle is enough here to say, honestly, look a little closer to home. If Gisou ever offered NZ shipping I’d go back to try more. For now I recommend you wait.