A hair oil is all you need for instant gloss and shine
Autumn is definitely on the way. There’s a breeze in the air that’s making our skin feel parched, and leaving our hair windswept and dry.
Luckily, the beauty world is a abuzz with a versatile product that can help revive and protect dry, damaged, parched hair instantly – hair oil.
Don’t be put off by the name, hair oil isn’t going to make your locks look lank and greasy. This new breed of golden hair oils is actually designed to protect and care for dry, damaged hair by sealing in much-needed moisture, so hair is instantly more glossy and manageable.
So, which one should you add to your beauty bag? Here are our favourite hair oils along with expert application tips.
Just as we've got your heads around argan et al, a new wave of exotic hair oils has arrived, so naturally, we felt compelled to try them. Lee Stafford Ubuntu Oils From Africa targets three hair types. Marula Light Oil Repairing Mist, £10.99, is perfect for fine hair that needs hydration, but definitely doesn't need anything weighing it down. Marula is a relative of the mango, so it smells delicious too. Mafura Repair Oil, £10.99, is more of a heavy duty hydrator, so would work on thick, dry hair and curls too - we found a little goes a very long way. To protect coloured hair from the environment, Mongongo Colour Fade Protection Oil Treatment, £10.99, is the business. Mongongo is used as a natural skin protector by the bushmen of the Kalahari desert, so will definitely stand up against the distinctly kinder British climate.
Hair oil, made from different plant or nut extracts, has been used in the Middle East for thousands of years to help keep hair shiny and strong for longer.
Dove's Pure Care Dry Oil utilises the natural properties of the Persian pomegranate seed, which is a known revitalising extract, to specifically care for mature hair as it ages by locking in much needed moisture without weighing it down.
Use as an in-shower treatment once a week, or before blowdrying, to smooth, hydrate and tame frizz.
Hair oils are so versatile. You can use them to get rid of product build-up before shampooing, as an in-shower treatment or leave-in conditioner, before blow-drying to nourish and soften or as a finishing touch to tame flyaways. This L'Oreal Elvive ExtraOrdinary Oil has a UV filter so it's designed to keep coloured hair looking gorgeous.
Moroccan Oil has cult status within the beauty industry. Loved by celebs, stylists and beauty journalists, this deeply nourishing hair oil contains vitamin-rich Argan Oil - a gentle oil which nourishes all hair types while strengthening. Those with fine hair should snap up the light version.
The original hair oil from Kerastase, the Elixir Ultime has the ability to transform dry and damaged ends into soft and silky lengths. Just a drop of this precious oil on dry hair will leave your tresses feeling stronger and more supple, without weighing it down or making it look greasy. You can use this hair oil as a weekly treatment too. Simply apply to damp hair before shampooing, leave for twenty minutes then wash out.
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The ultimate frizz tamer on a budget. Use a tiny amount of L'Oreal Professional Mythic Oil on damp hair before blow drying to smooth hair and speed up drying time. Hair will instantly feel softer. Thanks to the avocado and grape seed oils, this hair oil smells divine too.
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Shu Uemera's clever hair oil is well worth the splurge. Not only does Essence Absolue gently revive frizzy, dry or heat damaged locks, it also contains camellia oil which is known for its protective and hydrating properties. Apply to damp hair before blow-drying for heavenly locks.
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This clever product is a hair oil and conditioner in one. Made from argan oil, Schwarzkopf Professional Miracle Liquid Oil Conditioner gently detangles and smoothes without making hair heavy or greasy. Schwarzkopf's range of hair oils are the lightest around, so this product is a saviour for fine hair.