The benefits of essential oils are plentiful and wondrous. Think about it–just a few delicious little drops can change your skin and hair in just a few seconds. But–which type of oil to use? There are the go tos, like argan and coconut oil, that you’ve used time and time again, but there are tons of other plant based oils that deliver oodles of goodness to your precious strands. Here, a breakdown of the eight hair oils you need to have on your radar and what they can do for your tresses.
This natural seed oil comes from a mustard planet and is also known as Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil. It is native to the Mediterranean and is incredibly lightweight, and its hydration is out of this world. It works wonders on fine and thin hair for this reason because it nourishes it without weighing it down. We recommend using a few drops of this in place of your heat protectant when blow drying your strands. Klorane has pretty much cornered the market for this oil by injecting it into their popular shampoos and masks.
We love almonds for snacks, but the oil produced from its nuts is lightweight and full of antioxidants. A high magnesium quotient, protein, vitamin E, and fatty acids protect hair from breakage. And if you’re also battling with dandruff, rubbing some almond oil into your scalp during your weekly washes can greatly help reduce flakes. Carol’s Daughter’s leave-in with almond milk is literally a daily go-to for us, while Design Essentials’ sulfate-free shampoo also includes avocado for maximum moisturizing and the softest strands.
This is our personal favorite oil, which we fell in love with in Marrakesh when we got to try the real, pure thing. With its delicious, nutty smell, this product makes everything soft from head-to-toe, while also keeping frizz at bay. There’s nothing like the real thing which is best purchased in Morocco, but this moisturizing elixir from Balmain Paris Hair Couture is one of our new faves.
You may not have heard of baobab oil, yet but trust us—you want to start using it sooner rather than later. It is jam-packed with vitamins A, D, E, and F, as well as a slew of essential fatty acids. This results in insanely moisturized hair and loads of elasticity for faster-growing tresses. If you have curls, Vernon François’s Curl Conditioner with baobab seed oil is perfection, though we also love Christophe Robin’s volumizing conditioner for fine hair that includes baobab leaf extracts.
We literally lather ourselves up in coconut oil as often as we can because it makes your entire body fragrant and soft to the touch. It’s great for every type of hair and is brimming with carbohydrates, minerals, and vitamins. Eden Bodyworks is one of our go-to brands and their curl creme with shea butter is a literal dream. Maui Moisture is a line we’ve also started heavily using this Spring, with a to-die-for conditioner.
If your tresses are damaged and parched from a ton of winter blow drying and spring color, then you should make a major investment in macadamia oil. It’s one of the most sustaining and intense out there! We make sure to incorporate it into our weekly deep conditioning treatments. OGX has one of our favorite products that contains the oil, though David Mallett’s luxurious hair serum is another fave that we cannot get enough of.
This oil is having a veritable explosion in the market right now, as everyone is catching on to its amazing benefits. The fruity-smelling product is nutrimental because it is loaded with vitamin C and great for veritably every kind of hair. We love putting it into our hair before we hit the beach and pool, as it keeps our tresses protected from sun damage. Get it in pure form from African Botanics for a bit of a splurge.
8. Melon Seed
If you have a sensitive scalp or battle with psoriasis, melon seed oil is for you! Vitamins B2, C, and G are all comprised in the oil, as well as omega-6. So you can expect loads of shine, faster-growing hair, and lots of reparative properties from using it. We never need a reason to buy Oribe or Ouidad and the brands’ signature conditioner and extreme repair mask with the oil will be in heavy rotation in our summer hair arsenal.
What are your fave hair oils? Let us know in the comments below!
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