Coconut oil is totally the Beyoncé of all hair oils, but there are so many other essential oils that work just as well, if not better (for some hair types). You may have developed a hardcore affinity for coconut oil — we know, we know…we in love with the coco too — but consider this a suggestion to expand your hairizons!
Olive Oil used to be the superstar before Coconut Oil sashayed into the top spot. Despite its fall from popularity, nothing has changed! Olive oil is still that sure-fire age-old hair remedy.
WHAT IT DOES: Penetrates and conditions scalp, fights dandruff, prevents hair loss
VS. COCONUT OIL: Olive oil is cheaper and more accessible, has a longer shelf life, and has a heavier consistency which is perfect for hair types that require more moisture.
BENEFITS: Olive oil is rich in antioxidants and vitamins A and E which help combat DHT, a hormone that wears down the hair follicle shaft, thus causing hair loss.
BEST USED AS: Detangler, conditioner, styler, and carrier oil (yes mix it with your favorite essential oils!).
Not just for sauteing your veggies, grapeseed oil does wonders for your mane.
WHAT IT DOES: Moisturizes scalp, promotes blood flow, fights dandruff, promotes hair growth
VS. COCONUT OIL: Grapeseed oil is typically cheaper than most coconut oils and is lightweight on the hair.
BENEFITS: Because of its super high amount of linoleic acid (which is a type of omega-6 fatty acid), grapeseed oil is perfect for hydrating a dry scalp and brittle strands.
BEST USED AS: Hair mask, heat protectant, styler, carrier oil
This classic oil is one of the healthiest for your hair.
WHAT IT DOES: Conditions hair, moisturizes, fights bacteria, strengthens hair shaft, thickens strands, repairs damaged hair
VS. COCONUT OIL: Jojoba oil has an incredibly high content of saturated and monounsaturated fats, making it the best choice as a inside-out hair moisturizer.
BENEFITS: Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum, your skin’s natural oil. This natural moisturization helps protect the scalp from irritation and bacteria.
BEST USED AS: Hot oil treatment, conditioner, carrier oil
This essential oil will give your scalp a fresh and tingly sensation. While peppermint oil may become your new favorite beauty aid, be sure to dilute each use with water and a carrier oil for safe and comfortable styling.
WHAT IT DOES: Stimulates hair growth, balances scalp’s pH level, reduces oily skin, moisturizes strands
VS. COCONUT OIL: Peppermint oil has superior hair growth benefits.
BENEFITS: Peppermint oil stimulates blood circulation and increases oxygen supply, thereby allowing your roots to flourish. Peppermint oil also has antibacterial elements that helps clears pores and restore oxygen to hair follicles.
BEST USED AS: An astringent, deep conditioner
(Note: Tea tree oil is a great alternative if you can’t find peppermint oil or if peppermint oil is too harsh for your scalp).
Avocado is the breakout star ready to dethrone Queen Coco! This high fat oil is jam packed with nutrients that help keep hair strong and long.
WHAT IT DOES: Strengthens strands, adds vibrancy, increases elasticity.
VS. COCONUT OIL: Avocado oil has a higher content of polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, therefore your hair’s moisture and shine will last longer. Avocado oil is also praised for its non-greasy feel.
BENEFITS: Avocado oil is incredibly rich in vitamin E, amino acids, minerals, lecithin and potassium — it’s like superfood for your hair!
BEST USED AS: Leave in conditioner, styling, detangling.
This legendary oil is known for its dense consistency and powerful effects on hair growth and hydration.
WHAT IT DOES: Smooths frizz, seals in moisture, repairs hair loss.
VS. COCONUT OIL: Due to its thickness, you can get a lot out of just a dab of castor oil, making this very cost friendly compared to the usually pricey and less-dense coconut oil.
BENEFITS: Castor oil is naturally antibacterial and antifungal, which means it can help prevent scalp issues like ringworm or folliculitis. Castor oil is also very rich in minerals, vitamin E, and omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, making it the top choice for retaining all-day moisture.
BEST USED AS: Hair growth and health.
Do you have a favorite hair oil we left out? Let us know what we’re missing out on in the comments!