Hair oil should be called liquid gold for its constant ability to help us look fabulous on our most untamable, unmanageable hair days – we’ve all been there. And when there’s nowhere left to turn we pull out one of our most beloved hair products to do the job right.
Hair oil may swiftly be taking the place of hair serum soon enough. You may be wondering how that could be, so we’re going to fill you in on all the benefits that hair oil contains to help provide protection and nourishment for your hair. Serum simply coats your beloved tresses with silicone, while oil adds shine in a more natural way using essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that help treat and condition your lovely locks simultaneously.
However, before you choose to try out the amazing benefits of hair oil, you need to first decide on the exact type of hair you’re working with. Hair oil can be a solution to solve your most common troublesome hair problems but only if you do the research to discover which one will work best for your hair type.
All Hair Types
We’re going to have to start with hair oil for all hair types because this is the choice that’s going to appeal to everyone. If you’re not sure what type of hair you have or you don’t want to go through this entire article to find the right hair oil for you then this is a great starting point.
You can’t go wrong with using rice bran and hemp seed oils, which seem to suit all types of hair. Rice bran, which contains Vitamin E, is able to create a shell around the follicle so strands suffer less breakage. Hemp seeds are packed with Amino acids, Omega-3 fatty acids, proteins and minerals that make your hair feel stronger and look healthier. Both are great options for anyone new to the hair oil world.Embed from Getty Images
Dry, Coarse, or Chemically Processed Hair
Many of us suffer from having dry locks because of the damage we put our hair through. A nourishing hair oil is a great way to help replenish and repair our luscious locks. Virgin coconut oil tops the list for this hair type. It penetrates and nourishes the hair in a lightweight, non-greasy way, and is a great prevention tool against dandruff.
Argan oil is another wonderful alternative if your hair needs that extra moisture. This oil is packed with amazing nutrients for your tresses including Vitamin E, Omega-3, and Omega-9 fatty acids. Plus, using this oil on your hair guarantees to add that lost shine that comes from using chemical and heat treatments like hair straightening and hair dying processes. It helps keep your color vibrant and prevents dryness.
Hard to Manage, Thick Hair
Argan oil is going to have to be the top choice here as well. Although I did mention it for dry, coarse hair already, it’s one of those oils that claims to work well for anyone but it’s best suited for thick, coarse, dry hair. Anyone that has ever used the exotic smelling argan oil knows that it comes with a major con: it’s extremely sticky and difficult to rinse out.
If you already have fine hair, you don’t want to be pulling out extra strands because of the build-up you’ll experience with this product. If you have thicker locks and you’re looking for extra luster and shine, then reach for this product.Embed from Getty Images
Fine Hair and Hair Loss
I’m grouping these two categories up because in reality they’re one in the same—having fine hair means you have to deal with hair breakage on a daily basis. This can eventually lead to unwanted hair loss so people with this type of hair need to pay close attention and find products that will work for and not against them.
If you have very thin, fine strands of hair they’re easily going to be weighed down by products so search for a light oil that adds some much-needed texture. Jojoba oil is one of the closest on the market to our scalp’s natural oils. It absorbs almost immediately into your hair, which makes it the lightest oil choice. Jojoba oil is rich in anti-bacterial properties that are going to keep your hair healthy, while promoting growth and moisture for your beautiful strands.Embed from Getty Images
Coconut oil is another great alternative for anyone experiencing major hair breakage and hair loss. It’s made up of saturated fatty acids that really help soothe the scalp by keeping it hydrated, which in turn will help promote hair growth from the start.
Dull, Lackluster Hair
Sweet almond oil is an amazing solution for your dull locks. It has the added benefit of smelling delightful. It’s probably one of my favorite oils because I tend to struggle with split ends and dull hair lacking shine constantly.
This oil has an amazing amount of Vitamins including A, B, and E, as well as fatty acids that provide UV protection and the ability to make your strands grow stronger than ever before.
Itchy Scalp with a Side of Dandruff
It’s almost embarrassing to admit, but I know that many of us have experienced dandruff and an itchy scalp. You’re especially prone to this if, like me, you live in the frigid cold (at least during the winter months) of the Midwest. Your scalp is bound to get dry and itchy and no matter how cute the pom-pom hat you’re wearing is, it’s not going to cover up your dandruff once removed.
Thyme essential oil is your solution to this problem. It can help treat itchy scalps caused by bacteria and fungus. This oil uses a combination of Vitamin E and Linoleic acid to nourish your scalp and prevent unwanted dandruff.Embed from Getty Images
So, there you have it—a list of amazing hair oils that are bound to help you tackle your most annoying hair troubles. Tip: If you really get into using hair oil you can also mix them to create your perfect hair product weapon against your most troublesome hair problems.