9 Lightweight Oils That Will Transform Your Hair

When it comes to the transformative effects of hair oils, the key is to find the right elixir for you. Whether you have fine, unruly, coarse, or frizzy hair, you’ll need different blends of oils to treat your concerns. So forget everything you thought you knew about hair oils because we’re about to give you the lowdown on the new way to approach these strand saviors, and how to find the right kind for you. Keep scrolling to discover the hair oil you need to add to your beauty routine ASAP.


For Dry Hair

Oils are full of essential fatty acids that replenish lost moisture and aid in repair, so they’re ideal for reviving dry or damaged locks. If you experience dry hair, richer oils like argan (hailed as liquid gold in its native Morocco) or macadamia can aid in adding hydration. While nut oils can tend to feel heavy, innovative formulas like Kiehl’s and Morrocanoil provide the nourishing benefits of these oils without weighing the hair down. If you find using hair oil daily is too much for you, use it as a weekly hair mask between your shampoo and conditioner instead.

Kiehl’s Deeply Restorative Smoothing Hair Oil Concentrate $38
Moroccanoil Treatment Light $44

For Curly Hair

A curly mane can tend to become frizzy at times, so look for creamier oils, such as coconut or sweet almond, that will replenish moisture while boosting shine to help tame frizz. An added bonus? Using creamier oils will also give your curls precise definition. Smooth the oil through the lengths of your hair while wet and let it air dry, or use on dry hair to tame pesky flyaways.

Uma Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil $70
Ouai Haircare Hair Oil $28

For Fine Hair

Lighter oils that have a thin, liquid consistency are best for helping to boost the shine and health of fine hair that can lose volume. Look for fruit oils like avocado or Abyssinian which all come packed with those essential fatty acids but remain lightweight. Apply it sparingly, focusing on the ends up to the middle portion of hair, avoiding the scalp.

Fushi Really Good Hair Oil $22
L'Anza Keratin Healing Oil Treatment $46

For Treated Hair

When using hair dye and chemical treatments regularly, you might notice that your hair loses moisture more often. Natural oils that are rich in lipids can help to solve the problem by reloading the hair shaft with essential fatty acids, lubricants, and proteins. Look for lightweight fruity oils like baobab or marula, which are packed with vitamins to restore shine.

Phyto Specific Baobab Oil $40
L'ange Hair Managé Marula Oil Hydrating Mist $22

For Oily Hair

At first, you might think that adding oil to oily hair is counterproductive but treatment blends containing natural antibacterials such as tea tree act as an oil cleanser on the scalp and rebalance the amount of sebum and natural oils produced in the hair follicle. The result? Healthier, glossy hair that feels and looks less greasy.

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Paul Mitchell Tea Tree Hair & Scalp Treatment $18

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