Let’s get one thing straight – hair oil and oily hair are two completely different things. One, initiates a week of low ponytails and messy buns, while the other seals the deal [and cuticle] on a head full of curls or a glossy blowout.
Hair oils are an absolute necessity in any haircare arsenal. Whether you’re rocking a head full of bouncy curls, pushing major lengths with a silky smooth sleek look, or simply trying to repair unwanted damage from hot tools, you need a hair oil.
With that being said, not all hair oils are created equally – which is actually a good thing. Finding a hair oil that does exactly what you need it to do can be a bit tricky. Which is why we’ve done the work for you and rounded up the eight best hair oils to revive, transform, and shine every hair type and texture.
Best For: Curly Hair
If you haven’t heard, Kérastase’s latest collection, Curl Manifesto is tailored to those with curly hair. Not only does this eight product line come complete with a variety of hair care routines for curl patterns ranging from 2A-4C, but the collection includes one of the most hydrating and fragrant oils we’ve ever tried. The Huile Sublime Repair Oil is best used on damp curls to enhance the natural shine and bounce to the ringlets. However, this elegant oil can also be used as a pre-shampoo to add deep hydration before washing.
Best For: All Hair Types
This is undeniably a cult-favorite classic. MorrorcanOil’s Treatment works for all hair types and textures delivering optimal results for every hair concern. This moisturizing oil soothes frizzy hair, hydrates dead ends, and nourishes follicles with strengthening fatty acids. While this essential oil is jam-packed with the most hydrating ingredients, it’s fast-absorbing meaning it won’t weigh hair down.
Best For: Sensitive Scalps
CBD has easily become one of our favorite ingredients in beauty products, and now that infatuation with the soothing feeling has finally trickled down into haircare. Briogeo’s B.Well 100mg CBD + Arnica Flower Soothing Skin & Scalp Oil hydrates and calms scalps for those suffering from inflammation and psoriasis. This multi-tasking oil can also be used topically for other skin irritations.
Best For: Second Day Curls
Curly hair can be a bit difficult to maneuver depending on the state of your hair. Wet curls require a more sealing type of oil, while dry curls need an oil that will revive but not weigh down those precious ringlets. Ouidad’s Revive & Shine Rejuvenating Dry Oil Mist is the perfect oil for those looking to refresh their curls, and eliminate any signs of unruly frizz. The aerosol spray makes it super easy to apply, and the lovely scent masks as a freshly scented perfume.
Best For: Damaged Hair
Olaplex’s products are essential in adding to any hair care routine if you’re looking to repair damaged strands. Whether it be from heat tools, split ends, color-treated hair, or any other chemically processed hair concern. This reconstructing oil works to mend broken hair bonds while boosting shine and softness. It also aids as an incredible heat protectant against temperatures as high as 450°F.
Best For: Heat Protecting
Celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin knew exactly what we needed when she created this lightweight and multitasking oil. The formula is lightweight and designed to fight frizz, protect against heat and UV damage, all while providing a super high-gloss shine. Not only is this oil built for every hair concern, but it also has one of the most heavenly scents with notes of ylang-ylang, gardenia, violet, and white musk.
Best For: Fine Hair
Crown Affair’s lightweight serum proves that sometimes, less is actually more when it comes to hair products. Made with just five ingredients, this lightweight oil reduces frizz and flyaways, protects hair against heat, and delivers maximum hydration while aiding in the most radiant shine. The clean, fragrant scent has a base note of amber and wood with top notes including lemongrass, yuzu, and Italian bergamot.
Best For: Instagram Shelfies
This shelfie-worthy hair oil has been infiltrating our Instagram feeds all year long – and for good reason. Gisou’s honey-infused hair oil rebuilds and repairs strands with its signature ingredients inspired by a homemade family recipe. The floral, yet citrusy scent, provides a playful twist, and the multipurpose oil can be used as an overnight treatment, hydrating mask, or the final step in any hair care style.