Hair oils are one of those wonder products that can do no wrong. They work as a treatment and a styling product and are just what your hair needs after heat styling.
It's a product that sits pretty neatly at the intersection of haircare and styling. Not only do hair oils moisturise our hair, but they also provide shine, definition and smoothing effects. On a busy morning, hair oil is the one-and-done product we can all count on to get us out the door.
For those who haven't done a deep dive into the world of hair oils, it can be overwhelming when you have to decide which one is best suited to you. That's why we've done the legwork for you.
So which hair oil is best? We've got you covered on the best hair oils for every hair type that we absolutely swear by. We also reached out to our go-to hair stylists for some of their recommendations.
Fine and/or Straight Hair
If you've got fine or stick-straight hair, celebrity hairstylist Sunnie Brook swears by this high-end French hair oil. "It's lightweight and doesn't clump or go greasy hours later," she says. It's all thanks to ingredients like passion fruit oil, shea oil, cotton oil and moringa oil—all of which add moisture and shine to the hair cuticle without adding too much weight.
Giovanni Vaccaro, artistic director for GlamSquad, recommends using Ouai's hair oil, which is made from a combination of African galanga, ama oil and Asian borage oils. "Ouai hair oil is best for women with fine to medium hair," he says. "It smells amazing, and it's lightweight, so it can be used when hair is dry and you're done styling. I love to use a little to finish off a beachy textured style.”
For thick hair, reach for something that's a little more heavy duty, like this detangling oil-serum hybrid from Kérastase. Brook recommends it because it reduces volume and provides long-lasting smoothing effects for a refined and glossy finish. Yup, we'll take it.
This rich oil is like a supplement for your hair, as it's loaded with vitamins, fatty acids and a host of hydrating essentials. Argan oil adds both shine and strength, making it the perfect match for internal and external hair health.
For naturally curly and wavy hair, Brook has another Kérastase recommendation: It's the brand's iconic original hair oil, which uses a combination of argan, camellia, pracaxi and maize oils to provide intense shine and hydration for a "your curls but better" situation. "It's multipurpose—whether you are trying to control or smooth out your strands," he says.
Vaccaro is also a fan of using this oil on curly hair. "This oil is perfectly balanced," says Brook. "Coupled with the right product, it will do wonders to enhance and create a beautiful curl.”
This elixir is exactly what you need to keep curls looking their best. It's a pre-shampoo treatment that ensures high levels of gloss. The inclusion of jeju oil will also have you covered with promoting growth and strength.
There are certain products that have such a profound effect on the manageability of your hair that it's hard to imagine your hair routine without it. This is one of them. An incredibly nourishing oil with manketti (aka mongongo nut) and ximenia oils, it's a game changer for the health of your scalp and hair.
Byrdie U.S.'s assistant editor Maya Allen is a huge fan of this much-loved oil. "If you haven't heard about this little bottle's reputation, I'm honoured to introduce you to one of the best hair oils on the market for natural hair," she says. "Blended with argan oil and flaxseed extract to strengthen your strands, this oil will seep into your curls to promote shine and give you more styling power." There you have it.
With a weightless finish that works in the same way as your fave nail top coat, the amla oil in this cream is a must for coloured hair. Not only does it offer UV protection, but it also boosts and revives hair colour, so you'll get a radiant shine that also keeps your colour in stunning condition.
Dry and/or Damaged Hair
If your strands are in desperate need of hydration, then consider this the equivalent of flooding your face with hyaluronic acid. With sunflower seed oil, sea buckthorn and growth-inducing rosemary extract, this is everything that damaged and dry hair has been waiting for.
Macadamia nuts are not only a delicious snack. Its oil is one of the richest around and well worth trying if your strands are struggling. It nourishes like no other, and whether you just comb through for an extra sheen or use it as an intense treatment, it will see your hair through the cold-weather season with ease.
Make space on your cabinet shelf to try out these hair oils that are guaranteed to transform your hair into its healthiest version.