8 Best Hair Oils -- And Why You Need One
Using a hair oil will completely change your hair care routine forever -- no exaggeration. Here's everything you need to know about the best hair oils out there
What then, is the deal with hair oils, those products that are intended to be deliberately applied to your hair? Who on earth would encourage such a slippery, slimy practice?
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The experts, that's who. Pros say that it's high time we ditched our ill-conceived notions about hair oils, because there's a new generation of lighter, multi-faceted products that do anything but render your hair into an oil slick. "Hair oils have come a long way," says Kattia Solano, owner of Butterfly Studio Salon in New York City.
The best hair oils are multitasking miracle products that can do the job of your leave-in conditioner, styling cream, frizz serum, and shine spray in one. "They're styling products more than they are treatment products," she says.
When you're using a hair oil to style your hair, Solano suggests applying it from ends to mid-length to avoid the oily scalp pitfall. She also stresses the importance of starting with a small amount until you know exactly how much your hair needs -- you can always apply more. Once you get the hang of it -- and toss the seven other hair care products that are taking up valuable bathroom real estate -- you'll wonder how you ever lived without hair oil in the first place.
While new hair oil products are hitting shelves every day, these are the eight (L'Oreal, Kerastase, Ojon and Josie Maran, to name a few) best hair oils that caught our eye.
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Even though the original is plenty amazing, Kérastase just launched three new versions, each for specific needs. First, there's Elixir Ultime Rose Millénaire -- an oil so light it feels like water -- for fine hair. Then, there's Elixir Ultime Moringa Immortel, which has bonus calcium, iron, and magnesium for damaged hair. And finally, there's Elixir Ultime The Imperial, which has Imperial Tea for extra UV protection for color-treated hair. We sense even more swooning happening soon.
Ojon Rare Blend Oil, $35Don't be fooled by the mesmerizing layers of color -- this is a serious hair oil. The red oil is from the Ojon nut, and it's high in antioxidants. The clear is Tahitian Monoi oil (coconut infused with Tiare flower), which smells like tropical heaven and protects the hair. And the yellow is Kukui oil, an impressive hydrator. All you need is a few drops of this hair oil -- use it wet or dry -- for impressive results. (Shiny, soft, frizz-free hair -- you know the drill.)