If you put a good portion of your annual income toward an addiction to super-blonde highlights, you might be surprised to hear from colorists that another beauty addiction (hair oils) isn't doing those freshly lightened strands any favors. Huh? How could a product claiming to heal dehydrated ends, revive lackluster tone, and basically gift our strands with Pantene-commercial allure possibly be a disservice?
It actually doesn't have as much to do with product type as it does with formulation—in other words, a few hair oils featuring rich amber and golden-hued oils might actually be having a rather disturbing effect on your buttery blonde locks. The problem: Those oils may impart a dark, brassy shade especially near the ends, Fortunately, there are oils that actually help — rather than hinder — lightened locks.
Ahead are seven of the best oils for blonde hair.
Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Hair Oil
Loved by: Hallie Gould, senior editor
Her "forever" oil for blonde hair, it only took Hallie a second to respond when asked for her go-to hair oil. (One quick word: The actual oil is clear and the bottle is tinted yellow—a tad deceiving at first!) A great option for all hair types (it will quench every texture from thick and curly to fine and thin), this camellia oil–based iteration is a luxe solution if you're looking for hydration, a full day's worth of UV protection, and a patent finish. Plus, you can basically use it however you like: from a moisturizing pre-shampoo treatment to a nourishing overnight fix for dry, color-treated strands.
If you have lighter strands and wish to maintain your light color, opt for an ultra-light or 100% clear hair oil.
La Tierra Sagrada Jojoba
Loved by: Victoria Hoff, wellness editor
According to Victoria—team Byrdie's resident hair muse—this all-natural, palo santo–scented hair oil is the only thing she uses, applying it diligently to her lightened ends several times a week. With clear jojoba oil as its hero ingredient, this option is strategically anchored by other heavy hitters like vitamin E, ayahuasca vine sacred plant essence, and the mind- and spirit-lifting likes of lavender, rosemary, and the aforementioned notes of palo santo.
Verb Ghost Oil
Loved by: Erin Jahns, former assistant editor
A be-all and end-all sort of product, this lightweight and zippy hair oil was Erin's first new venture after having cleaned out her golden-hued stash of hair oils. "And while I've tried plenty since, this one will always be my favorite," she says. Not only is it an ultra-light formulation (a must for fine textures), but it's also composed of hair-healthy ingredients like moringa seed oil, bamboo extract meant to strengthen and hydrate, vitamin F meant to revive and fortify, and hydrolyzed soy protein meant to keep moisture levels intact, according to the brand. "It's the first thing I apply after getting out of the shower, and my hair's health, shine, and overall tone have only been the better for it. (Oh, and if my ends are feeling particularly parched, I'll smooth pea-size drops to the tips once dry before one last brush-through.)"
Leonor Greyl Sérum de Soie Sublimateur
Loved by: Deven Hopp, former beauty director
Honestly, just about anything with French origins gets the Byrdie stamp of approval, but according to Deven (who has the lightest strands in the Byrdie lot), this serum has a certain je ne sais quoi that puts it ahead of the pack. Although it's technically a serum, thanks to its "vegetal" and Karanja oil base (and Deven's high praise), we're going to go ahead and call it one of the best hair oils for blondes. Nourishing and formulated to counteract disturbances like heat and sun damage, lightened strands are left soft and satiny post-application.
Paul Mitchell MarulaOil Rare Oil Treatment
Loved by: Erin
Editor Erin was introduced to this cold-pressed marula oil when she paid a visit to celebrity hairstylist Tabitha Dueñas. "Singing its praises, as it's naturally packed with antioxidants and transformative oleic acids, she used the oil on my damp hair pre-blowout and I couldn't believe how soft and velvety smooth my hair felt afterward (which is saying a lot after a bleach job)," Erin says. "Suffice to say, I've had a bottle in my possession ever since, and it's now a regular in my hair oil rotation."
DpHUE Argan Oil Therapy
Loved by: Deven
"This one by DpHUE has been my longtime favorite," says Deven. "And while it does have a slightly yellowish tint (like most argan oils), it's never stained." (FYI: She has the most stunning shade of ice-blonde hair, and she would notice if the oil was imparting any kind of unwanted tinge to her strands.) Wonderful for all hair types and textures, it boasts an all-star lineup of hair-loving ingredients like dimethicone, shea butter, and vitamins A and E.
Amika Blockade Heat Defense Serum
Loved by: Erin
Perhaps the peppiest addition to Team Byrdie's collection of hair oils, this lovely heat-defensive formula from Amika is another one that's technically considered a serum, but for the sake of efficiency (and it's semi oil-infused recipe), we're going to call it as such. "I'm so currently smitten that I keep the aesthetically pleasing pick at my desk at all times," says Erin. "Hey, a shiny midday pick-me-up never hurt anyone, right?" Ingeniously enriched with sea buckthorn oil as its MVP (which naturally boasts more than 190 biologically active compounds like vitamins E, C, A and plenty more), Erin says it's "one of the best things I've ever used on my hair and smells dreamy to boot. Plus, it never oversaturates or weighs down my thin strands."