While compiling some products for an article on LayeredOnline I came into possession of a tube of Sebastian Potion 9. I recognised the packaging and smell but it took a few days to twig that this is what my hairdresser has been using on my hair for at least the last 18 months.
Looking and feeling like a less greasy version of Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Cream, Sebastian Potion 9 is a leave-in conditioning treatment without any of the slipperiness, residue or weight that I loathe in similar products. I use a generous pump of product and run it through the ends of my hair upwards whilst damp (I take it right up to the roots, but perhaps stop at the mid-lengths if you’re very prone to oiliness). Blow dried in, it leaves my somewhat frizzy and dry hair feeling bouncy, smooth, kitten-soft and scented with a faint herbal-y aroma – without quashing all texture.
I’d been putting silky smooth post-cut locks entirely down to my hairdresser (possibly) being born with a hairdryer in one hand and a brush in the other but, while that may still be true, I can now at least approximate salon-groomed hair at home. Dry time seems slightly speedier, styles last longer and it appears to keep my hair happily balanced between puffy and flat for a couple of days, even in humid weather. Blowdrying will always be my most hated beauty chore, but if you have rebellious, thick, dry or damaged hair, Potion 9 makes things a whole lot less laborious.