Hair oils are far from being a new invention – since ancient times, men and women have relied on oils to soften and condition the hair and scalp. In fact, the human body naturally produces it: delivered through the scalp, oil and sebum travel from the hair root down to the tip in order to protect each strand, as well as provide much-needed hydration in order to prevent moisture loss. Nowadays, hair oils come in all shapes, sizes, and formulations, and technologies are constantly improving to deliver the best results. Below is a list of commonly-found hair oils on the market to help you choose which ones suit your hair and scalp condition the most.
The unmistakable scent of coconut oil brings visions of tropical vacations and hot, balmy summer days to mind. It’s also a great all-around hair oil that’s suitable for every hair type. It’s rich in vitamin E, carbohydrates, and other nutrients and minerals that not only help replenish the hair, but also aid in strengthening your strands. Use weekly as a hair treatment for best results on hair that grows slow and is prone to breakage.
If you suffer from dry, frizzy hair, or have recently subjected your hair to bleaching, straightening, perming or dye, camellia oil can help bring back your locks’ natural shine, softness, and luster. Innisfree’s Camellia Essential Hair Oil Serum is made with camellia oil from Jeju that’s packed with the goodness of omega 9 fatty acids and is 80% oleic acid, just like other good oils made from macadamia nut and olive. Plus, camellia oil is also a great source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, as well as antioxidants and plant collagen. It’s both lightweight and luxurious, which makes it great for treating dull, dry, stressed out tresses. Best of all, it’s free from nasty sulfates that can cause damage to your scalp.
Also known as Moroccan oil, argan oil is sourced from a nut-bearing tree native to – you guessed it – Morocco. It’s what started the hair oil craze in the UK, after our friends over on that side of the pond discovered that it’s rich in fatty acids and vitamin E that help transform hair from dry and frizzy to soft and shiny. Argan oil can help protect your strands from heat damage whenever you straighten or blowdry, as well as provide nourishment and moisture.
Rich in vitamin E, proteins, and minerals, castor oil comes from the castor bean and has proven itself an effective hair growing agent. It also helps fight hair loss and scalp infections and can even help you get rid of dandruff thanks to its natural anti-fungal properties. If you want your hair to grow a certain length fast, grab some castor oil: the cold-pressed, 100% pure virgin stuff. Cold-pressed means that no heat was involved in the extraction of the oil, promising maximum efficacy.
Derived from the jojoba plant, jojoba oil has a chemical structure similar to the oil that is naturally produced by the human scalp. What this means is that it’s more readily absorbed by the scalp, as well as lessening the chance of any harmful side effects. Just like coconut oil, it can help provide moisture and nourishment by penetrating each and every hair strand and treating the hair follicles from deep within. It’s a great leave-in treatment that can also treat scalp dryness and dandruff. You can apply a few drops of jojoba oil after washing your hair, and you can also leave it in overnight. Add a couple of drops of a relaxing scent, such as eucalyptus or lavender, for an indulgent experience.