The Best Hair Oils for Every Hair Type
Here’s the thing about hair oils: It’s not so much a question as to whether or not you need one. It’s more so a matter of finding the one that’s best for you. (For the uninitiated, you’ll solve a host of issues—from frizz to split ends—with a couple of drops a night.) Afraid of choosing the wrong type and winding up a total greaseball? We got you.
If You Have Thick Hair
Thicker strands tend to need more moisture than other types and can handle heavier oils like argan or macadamia. Both are rich in fatty acids and vitamin E and can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment to tame any puffiness—or on split ends to seal them in.
Try: Captain Blankenship ($34)
If You Have Curly Hair
Fact: More moisture equals more defined ringlets. Massage a few drops of a heavier oil like coconut or kukui nut into damp hair (or mix some in with your styling cream) to reduce frizz and add shine as it dries.
Try: Playa ($38)
If You Have Fine Hair
Though it's true that thin hair is prone to getting greasy, this doesn't mean you should fear oils. Fruit oils like avocado or Abyssinian (aka organic crambe seed oil) have a lightweight texture that absorbs quickly so you get conditioning benefits without weighing things down. Use it as a pre-heat styling product to protect against damage and boost shine.
Try: Alterna Haircare ($34)
If You Have Dandruff
Seeing flakes? Massage some almond or peppermint oil onto your scalp before shampooing to soothe itchiness, nix dryness and increase circulation to your hair follicles.
Try: Earth’s Nectar ($19)
If You Have Color-Treated Hair
Look for something with baobab or marula oil. Both have high levels of antioxidants, which will improve elasticity in your hair (key to preventing breakage) and protect against UV rays (key to preserving your color).
Try: Ouai ($28)