These Are the Best Hair Oils for Soft, Shiny Hair
As summer winds down, we find that the sun, heat, and humidity have left our hair looking a little tired, dry, and even damaged. One of the easiest ways to rejuvenate worn-out strands is by integrating a hair oil into your haircare routine. The best oils for hair restore the natural balance of your locks—moisturizing strands, strengthening hair follicles, and even encouraging hair growth.
If you're not already a hair oil advocate, it may be a bit daunting to determine which to add into your beauty routine. If not applied correctly, oils have a tendency to weigh hair down or give a greasy effect (basically the opposite of what anyone wants). There are a ton of hair oils on the market, so we've found the top-rated cult favorites and some of the new players that are already receiving rave reviews.
Continue on for our top 10 picks for the best oils for hair (plus how to use them), and add one to your end-of-summer haircare regimen stat.
Moroccanoil Moroccanoil Treatment ($34)
This simple formulation uses the fatty acids from argan oil and linseed extract to improve the health of hair while antioxidants nourish strands. When hair is damp or even dry, work a small amount from the mid-length to the ends (avoiding the scalp and hairs that frame the face).
Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture Scent & Shine Jamaican Black Castor Oil ($26)
This nutrient-rich formulation made of Jamaican black castor oil is made for curly hair. Pump a small amount onto hands, and then work through hair, focusing on the scalp. Applying to dry hair will maximize the shine and warm musky scent while applying to wet hair will boost curl definition.
Captain Blankenship Mermaid Hair Oil ($34)
This under-the-radar brand serves up an organic hair oil and scalp treatment that boasts the scent of fir needle, sweet orange, and rosemary. Rub a few drops into palms, and then work into the ends of damp hair for added everyday moisture. For a deep-conditioning scalp treatment, massage into scalp before showering.
Ouai Hair Oil ($28)
Achieve a high-gloss finish with this versatile hair oil that doubles as a hair mask you can leave in overnight. For day to day styling, work one to three drops into wet hair, and let air dry or smooth through dry strands post-blowout.
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