While oil and water don’t mix, it turns out that hair and oil might be a match made in heaven. And if we’re taking our cues from skincare, that won’t come as much of a surprise.
Where we once reached for the blotting papers at the slightest hint of shine, now face oils have become de rigeur in any bathroom shelfie. In the age of oil-on-everything, we’re slinging it around like no tomorrow. And the same applies (liberally, please) to our hair. Hair oils, just like face oils, are deeply nourishing, replenishing and oh-so-good, especially if you’re taming thirsty, damaged hair.
But there really is a hair oil for every kind of hair type and concern, it’s just about finding the right one for you. Whether it’s Rapunzel-style growth you’re after, de-frizzing, hydration or the secret to longer lashes, read on to find MECCA’s favourite hair oils and who they’re best suited to.
Best hair oil for megawatt shine
But this isn’t just a beautifying oil. If strengthening damaged hair structure is your MO, Olaplex No. 7 is number one. Now, get ready for a mouthful: Bis-aminopropyl diglycol dimaleate. It might sound like another language, but this single molecule translates directly to improved hair strength. By permeating the hair follicle it provides protection from within, making this the perfect oil to incorporate into your pre-heat-styling routine. Shine, softness, and strength? Sign. Us. Up.
Best hair oil for overnight successGisou Honey Infused Hair Oil
Do you hear that buzz? It’s not just the legions of fans Gisou’s hair oil has garnered. This oil is infused with honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden (Gisou co-founder Negin Mirsalehi is from a family of beekeepers that goes back generations). Harnessing the humectant properties of honey to lock in moisture and rebuild, repair and nourish the hair, this oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants to deeply treat hair.
Use it as a standalone to tame frizz and flyaways, or drop it into hair masks for added softness and moisture. Or, use it as an overnight treatment to wake up to shiny, healthy, bouncy locks. Now that’s what we call beauty sleep.
Best hair oil for frizz that won’t quit
Best hair oil for fine hair
Best hair oil for damaged, weakened hair
Best hair oil for all hair typesBumble And bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil
Best oil for brows and lashes
Grab a teaspoon, hold your nose and let’s get the unpleasant part out of the way: this is 100 percent pure castor oil. But, it’s not your standard castor oil.
This organic, cold-pressed castor oil is extracted using a method that preserves the key nutrients and leaves you with the most potent, mineral-rich product that does wonders for skin and hair. If you want to promote healthy hair growth, look no further. Massage it into your scalp to activate Rapunzel-mode. Apply it to patchy brows to fill them out and to lashes that need some love. Even your skin will drink this nourishing number up, so apply to cuticles to fortify and moisturise. This one’s protective and nourishing for both skin and hair thanks to the naturally occurring ricinoleic acid.
And before you ask, it doesn’t smell like castor oil. With no noticeable scent, you can reap all the benefits of shiny, healthy hair, and no one will be the wiser.