Using a hair oil will completely change your hair care routine forever -- no exaggeration. Here's everything you need to know about the best hair oils out there
Conventional wisdom dictates that hair and oil go together about as well as water and oil. As in, not at all. Even the words"hair" and "oil" conjure a greasy, un-showered, un-stylable mess, that most of us work very hard to avoid.
What then, is the deal with hair oils, those products that are intended to be deliberately applied to your hair? Who on earth would encourage such slippery, slimy practice?
The experts, that's who. Pros say that it's high time we ditched our ill-conceived notions about hair oils, because there's a new generation of lighter, multi-faceted ones that do anything but render your hair into an oil slick. The best hair oils are multitasking miracle products that can do the job of your leave-in conditioner, styling cream, frizz serum, and shine spray in one. They're styling products more than they are treatment products.
When you're using a hair oil to style your hair, Solano suggests applying it from ends to mid-length to avoid the oily scalp pitfall. She also stresses the importance of starting with a small amount until you know exactly how much your hair needs -- you can always apply more. Once you get the hang of it -- and toss the seven other hair care products that are taking up valuable bathroom real estate -- you'll wonder how you ever lived without hair oil in the first place.
While new hair oil products are hitting shelves every day, these are the eight that caught our eye.
KÉRASTASE ELIXIR ULTIME, $54
Kérastase kicked off the hair oil craze earlier this year with their Elixir Ultime, a multitasking serum that can be used as a treatment before you shampoo, a leave-in conditioner before you style, or as a shine enhancer on dry hair. It's a blend of four different oils -- maize, Pracaxi, camellia, and argan -- which have antioxidant properties, as well as smoothing and hydrating benefits. Women -- us included -- swooned.
Even though the original is plenty amazing, Kérastase just launched three new versions, each for specific needs. First, there's Elixir Ultime Rose Millénaire -- an oil so light it feels like water -- for fine hair. Then, there's Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel, which has bonus calcium, iron, and magnesium for damaged hair. And finally, there's Elixir Ultime The Imperial, which has Imperial Tea for extra UV protection for color-treated hair. We sense even more swooning happening soon.
L'ORÉAL PROFESSIONAL MYTHIC OIL, $32
I try not to be swayed by pretty packaging -- waiting, instead, to judge products on how they perform. However, when these beautiful bottles of Mythic Oil hit our desks, I couldn't help but fall in love with the pretty Moroccan designs. Fortunately, you can judge these bottles by their covers -- they work! There are four versions: Rich (for thick hair), Colour Glow (for colored hair, obviously), Nourishing (light enough for everyone), and Reinforcing Milk (for detangling).
MOTIONS MARULA NATURAL THERAPY HAIR & SCALP OIL, $6.19
Thanks to its antioxidant properties, Marula oil, which comes from the Marula tree in Africa, is a rising-star ingredient in the beauty industry -- it's positioned to oust argan from the top spot. And this hair oil is loaded with it. The Marula protects hair from damage; plus, there's honey for shine, and chamomile to soothe scalp irritation. Even though Motions products are generally designed for coarse hair types, if you use a small amount this one will work even on fine hair.
GOT2B OIL-LICIOUS STYLING OIL, $5.99
If frizz and static are your main concerns this time of year, you'll love this oil. It's a blend of argan, Marula, and white grape seed, and it can be used on damp or dry hair. I suggest rubbing a few drops between your palms after you heat style, and smoothing it over fly-aways and ends. Your hair will look great even after you pull off your wool hat.
DOVE NOURISHING OIL CARE DETANGLER, $5.99
This blend of argan and almond oils is super light. While it's touted as a detangler, you can also use it as a leave-in conditioner, shine spray, and frizz serum. Shake the bottle to blend the two oils, and mist. I especially love this one for finishing a sleek ponytail.
OJON RARE BLEND OIL, $35
Don't be fooled by the mesmerizing layers of color -- this is a serious hair oil. The red oil is from the Ojon nut, and it's high in antioxidants. The clear is Tahitian Monoi oil (coconut infused with Tiare flower), which smells like tropical heaven and protects the hair. And the yellow is Kukui oil, an impressive hydrator. All you need is a few drops -- use it wet or dry -- for impressive results.
AVON ADVANCE TECHNIQUES 360 NOURISHING MOROCCAN ARGAN OIL LEAVE-IN TREATMENT, $12
We especially love this oil for its texture -- it's more like a skin care serum than traditional oil, which makes it perfect for the oil-phobic. You can apply it to damp hair for heat protection or dry hair to disguise fried ends, and it's hard to overdo it.
JOSIE MARAN ARGAN HOT OIL SELF-HEATING HAIR TREATMENT, $36
If you're still stuck on the idea that oils can only be used as treatment products, then at least opt for this amazing new version from Josie Maran. It warms up when you apply it thanks to an exothermic chemical reaction that takes place when it mixes with water -- and you can use it on damaged ends, a dry scalp or all over. If your hair is prone to breakage, this is just what it needs -- tests show that it strengthens hair by four times.
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