If you’re not already using a hair oil, you’re missing out. From counteracting the effects of harsh weather conditions and keeping dyed hair looking vibrant to adding shine and preventing frizz, nourishing hair oils are the ultimate addition to your haircare routine.
The best hair oils can penetrate the fibres of your strands, working to restore moisture, repair any damage, strengthen hair follicles, and even promote hair growth. However, much like skincare, hair oils aren’t a one-size-fits-all product. The hair oil you use depends on the thickness, texture, and curl (or lack thereof) of your hair.
To help you find your perfect hair oil match, we’ve rounded up the best hair oils for every hair type.
1. Olaplex No.7 Bonding Oil
You’ve definitely heard of this one. Beloved by hairdressers, Olaplex is one of the best brands for treating dyed or chemically damaged hair, and their No. 7 Bonding Oil is no exception. Formulated to penetrate deep into your strands, this hair oil works to repair even the most damaged hair, adding shine, softening, and improving colour vibrancy. Plus, it provides heat protection up to 232°C, making it the ideal pre-styling treatment.
Luxurious yet lightweight, the Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil is for the sensorially inclined among us. An easily absorbed formula featuring botanicals like edelweiss, lychee, jasmine, bergamot, sandalwood, cassis, and argan, Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil comes with Oribe’s signature heavenly scent, ensuring your hair both looks and smells beautiful.
Today, the word Moroccanoil is almost synonymous with argan oil. From the brand that pioneered the use of oil-infused haircare, you can’t talk hair oils without mentioning the Moroccanoil Treatment. Used as a styling, conditioning, or finishing product, this multi-purpose hair oil utilises antioxidant-rich argan oil to nourish, protect, and restore hair. While Moroccanoil Treatment is suitable for all hair types, it’s ideal for curly, natural, and textured hair, working to eliminate frizz while protecting and softening your locks.
If you’re simply after a little extra moisture or a way to tame flyaways and avoid split ends, Biossance 100% Squalane Oil is the ideal option. As well as being beneficial for the skin, squalane adds shine, nullifies frizz, and provides light heat protection for hair, making it the ultimate multitasker.
A lighter take on the classic, the Moroccanoil Treatment Light is formulated with light-coloured and fine hair in mind. Infused with the brand’s signature argan oil as well as shine-boosting vitamins, this hair oil detangles and boosts shine without leaving behind unwanted residue or weighing hair down.
Best for: fine, straight, thin, light-coloured hair
6. Schwarzkopf Professional Oil Ultime Barbary Fig Finishing Oil
Harnessing the power of natural and silicone oils, the Schwarzkopf Professional Oil Ultime Finishing Oils range is designed to be the final step in your haircare routine, providing lightweight nourishment and enhancing your hair’s radiance. The Barbary Fig is the richest of the bunch, making it perfect for replenishing and restoring dry, brittle hair.
One to share with your partner (or keep to yourself!), the Aesop Shine Hair & Beard Oil is a rich, ultra-hydrating oil packed with fatty acids from jojoba seed, borage seed, and petitgrain oils. This Aesop iteration provides smoothness and shine without imparting heaviness or residue.
Best for: coarse, dry, thick, textured, natural, wavy, curly hair
Formulated specifically to strengthen strands and improve hair density, The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum is a powerful tool to add to your haircare arsenal. High-performance ingredients like camellia sinensis, caffeine, soja germ, and a peptide complex sit within an emollient base, working to improve hair quality while acting as a nourishing oil.
Suitable for even the finest hair, this lightweight French oil utilises botanical oils like moringa, passionfruit, shea, and cotton oil to provide hair with gloss, shine, and nourishment without weighing it down. Plus, it features the signature woody and citrusy scent that runs across the Sisley Hair Rituel line, making it a pleasure to wear.