July 14th 2020
Right now we've probably all got a few more inches of hair than we're used to and while a trim is on the cards as soon as the salons calm down, for the time being, we need to lavish some love on our extra-long hair to get it looking as healthy as possible. Enter hair oils, the perfect weapon of choice for shiny, happy hair. Hair oils work by adding a protective layer to the hair to prevent breakage and keep it swishy - curly hair can particularly benefit from a hair oil because oil from the scalp struggles to travel down the curled texture meaning the ends get dryer quicker than with straight hair.
Here are the hair oils we recommend.
Herbal Essences is a long-term staple on our shower shelf - it just smells so good - so we're excited to add a hair oil from the brand into our routine too. The delicately scented oil (which comes in three variations - Hemp Seed Oil and Aloe to control frizz, Argan Oil and Aloe to help repair damaged locks and Coconut and Aloe for a hit of hydration) lubricates the outer cuticle of the hair and strengthens the inner core to leave hair hydrated and strong.
Argan, coconut and soya oil are all blended together in this frizz-busting concoction that can be used on dry, wet or towel-dried hair as a finishing oil or a leave-in treatment. The ingredients list also has Irish whiskey in it to strengthen, shine and add bounce, plus the fact that it's housed in a hip-flask gives this ultimate cool points.
This conditioning pre-shampoo or pre-blow-dry ritual is amazing for adding shine and sleekness to dry, frizzy hair types. Non-greasy and lightweight, its versatility lends itself well to being used as a leave-in treatment or as a finishing product to fix flyaways and tame baby hairs.
Enriched with four precious oils to protect, nourish and condition in one fell swoop, it’s a one-stop-shop well worth visiting on the worst of bad hair days.
Coconut oil has many uses, one of which is as a budget-friendly intensive hair conditioning treatment that gives stronger, healthier-looking hair for a lower price tag. Though widely available at supermarkets, we’ve been quite taken by this slightly more expensive alternative from Garnier instead.
Blended with pure coconut oil and designed to reduce frizz and make hair look its best in the humidity, its exotic scent is wonderful for imagining you're on holiday. Perfect for using before and after washing your hair and everything in between, it also makes for the ideal hair oil to pack if you do go on holiday for a quick fix post-beach.
This deep conditioning hair treatment combines organic macadamia nut oil, argan oil, coconut oil, mandarin, jasmine and rosemary to leave hair silky and obedient - no flyaways here. Straight, curly and wavy hair can benefit from a dousing of this delightfully packaged powerhouse hair oil.
The Inkey List's haircare range arrived in June of this year, with one oil in the eight-piece collection. Rich in shea butter and jojoba this non-greasy oil helps to hydrate and nourish hair, targeting brittle and damaged strands in particular. Avoid applying to the scalp when using this as it can make roots greasy if overloaded.
This particular hair oil is brilliant for adding shine and softness to all hair types. Go for the original for thicker and afro hair types or the lighter version if you have hair that tends to get greasy fast.
With a strengthening and shine-enhancing combination of antioxidants, proteins and omega-3 oils to protect against heat and environmental aggressors, we use the Original Treatment on wet hair and the Lighter version as maintenance to keep frizziness in between washes to a minimum.
Enriched with camellia oil to repair, rehydrate and restore what straightening irons or UV damage may have taken away, this leaves hair polished and soft to the touch thanks to its luxurious texture that smoothes and rectifies dry ends instantly. As far as desert island products go, we can't think of one more fitting of the title.
Don't be alarmed about the blue hue of this hair oil, the colour is down to German Chamomile which adds enviable gloss to dry, damaged hair (and it doesn't stain hair either). It works in harmony with jojoba wax to seal cuticles while the camelia oil ingredient and shea butter soothe and soften strands. We don't recommend using this on fine hair but coarse hair absolutely drinks it up, defining curls if used when wet and calming frizz when used on dry hair.
Manketti oil provides a coconut oil upgrade by offering many of the same multi-tasking benefits, plus it's high in polyunsaturated fatty acids, which act as a barrier to help prevent moisture from escaping from the hair for longer. It also hydrates the hair with no greasy finish and provides weightless moisture to Afro and curly hair types.
Loved by curly girls everywhere, Boucleme creates bouncy, healthier-looking hair. Free from parabens, silicone and sulphate this powerful blend of moringa, mongongo, daikon seed, coconut and olive oils works to defend strands against damage caused by UV rays and heat styling, whilst replenishing moisture to the hair and scalp.
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