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.
This hair oil is an industry favorite. Work sparingly into damp hair before styling to soften, add shine, and tame frizz and flyaways.
This luxe oil is so delicate that you can spritz it all over your hair (and body) right after stepping out of the shower for a sumptuous boost of moisture.
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).
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.
This hair oil is a relative newcomer, but it already has hundreds of rave reviews on Sephora and an almost-perfect five-star rating. Add two to three drops to damp hair before styling to protect strands from heat damage and add shine.
The regenerating properties of Kalahari melon seed oil work to bring life back to dull and tired strands, sealing ends and treating frizz in this lightweight formula. Rub a small amount into palms, and then apply to damp or dry hair, focusing on the ends.
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.
This super-luxurious formula is handmade by native women in the Amazon forest. Apply one to three drops to hair ends using palms, and massage one to three drops into the scalp.
This pure argan oil is a super-lightweight iteration of the brand's original best seller that can be used not only on the hair but on cuticles, face, and feet as well.
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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