If all of our hair products got together and had a prom, coconut oil would be crowned queen.
It’s a do it all ingredient and a go-to for adding moisture, taming frizz, and increasing hair health, however the powerhouse doesn’t work for everyone. Similarly to queens, coconut oil can be a bit controversial and if she hasn’t worked for you, you’re definitely not alone. Sometimes coconut oil can be too heavy or give strands a greasy feeling, or even cause excessive dryness or breakage. Since we don’t want to lose the benefits afforded by coconut oil but maybe want to wean ourselves off of it, we came up with a definitive list of alternatives we love just as much.
Argan oil is derived from the fruit of the argan tree. Not only is it integral to Moroccan cuisine (we love a multi-benefit oil), it’s also great for the hair. Its mane magic stems from its fatty acid content and being rich in vitamin E. These two factors combine to create mega moisture, repair split ends, and reduce damage. We love Moroccanoil Treatment Original: $44 which adds hydration to all hair types.
Organic, raw coconut water can be used in the hair in many ways, from a rinse, spray, leave-in, or even as a drink (so you can hydrate from the inside out). Coconut water is rich in fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties – the power water offers hydration but won’t add weight, making it beneficial for both tresses and the scalp. We sip and rinse with Harmless Harvest: $6.
Jojoba oil is the oil that controls oil – it also adds moisture and shine, and functions as an anti-bacterial. We love jojoba for thinner locks and to remedy scalp issues. To take advantage of jobaba’s ultra-absorbent properties try Allpa Botanicals Jojoba Hair Oil: $27.
Moringa oil has been a beauty secret for centuries and dates all the way back to ancient Egypt. The drought-resistant Moringa oleifera tree, which the oil is derived from, grows in Africa, Central and South America, the Indian subcontinent, and Southeast Asia, making moringa a true worldly oil. It’s closely related to the body’s natural oil which makes it as balancing as it is hydrating and an amazing option for clean, effective haircare. To try out moringa, apply UMA Intensely Nourishing Hair Oil, 1 oz: $70.
Lemon oil is fresh, zesty, and feels clean. Aside from the scent, it has a range of benefits from cleaning the sinuses to waking you up naturally, to haircare. When applied to the hair, it will help clear up dandruff, increase shine, and can even lighten locks. Add a few drops of Public Goods Lemon Essential Oil: $7 to water or your favorite shampoo/conditioner.