Hair oil: How to pick the right one for your hair type

Jeanette | 02 May 2016
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Thought that oils are just reserved for damaged hair? Think again.

It’s a common misconception that hair oil is solely for those with extremely damaged hair. But even though they can help restore damaged hair to its former glory, the truth is, with the right know-how hair oil treatments can be used to enhance the condition of any hair type.

All you need is a little education, so you can select the hair oil most suitable for your mane’s needs and texture. Worried about getting greasy locks? Don’t be. In fact, most are highly versatile and have lightweight, non-greasy formulas, which is great news for anyone anxious of using oils for the first time, or those with fine hair. And, while we can’t promise that using a hair oil will change your life, we will say this: they are a permanent (and favourite) fixture in the All Things Hair team’s beauty arsenal.

So, without further ado, let’s delve in and learn how to use hair oil, plus discover which one is the most appropriate for your tresses.

Hair oil: Finding your mane match

hair oil for fine hair
Hair oil for fine hair. Credit:

For fine hair

Believe it or not, even if you have fine or thin hair, you can use hair oil without your mane becoming a greasy mess. The trick is to be clever when selecting your oils. Hair oils infused with Jojoba oil are a great option for this fine hair types, because it’s remarkably similar to sebum (the natural oil produced by your scalp). Lightweight oils like almond oil also work really well on fine hair.

Try: the TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Oil Elixir (£8.99*), which can be used on both wet and dry hair. It’s a blend of lightweight oils with salon-grade Argan and almond oils, which are quickly absorbed, leaving the hair with a silky soft feeling.

For curly hair

Curly hair types often struggle with evenly distributing its natural oils. Why? Because of the spiral shape of each curl, sebum has a tough time travelling down the hair shaft, which can lead to dryness, frizz, and lack of curl definition. So, the frizz-taming properties of the Toni&Guy Prep Curl Defining Oil (£6.99*) – formulated using concentrated, 100% pure elastin protein and natural babassu and marula oils – works to restore smoothness and manageability.

hair oil for dry hair
Hair oil for dry hair. Credit:

For dry hair

If, for whatever reason, your locks can’t seem to hold on to moisture, then you probably fit into the dry hair category. Your biggest issue? Dry hair is more susceptible to damage from friction or simply handling, because the brittle strands can easily break. But the good news is this hair type can also easily benefit from using hair oil, as well as periodic hot oil treatments. Why not try the Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment (£6.99*) as part of your pre- and post-wash routine. Its nourishing formula, infused with African macadamia oil, helps replenish your hair’s lipids for silkier-looking hair. Additionally, the VO5 Give Me Moisture Hot Oils (£4.28*) can be used as a weekly treatment. The best part? This hot oil treatment restores moisture in just one minute, helping to strengthen each hair strand and reduce breakage, as well as adding shine.

For damaged hair

Your hair could be damaged for many reasons: excessive hair dyeing, or abusing heated styling appliances. But the real question is: can it be fixed? Sadly, there is no quick fix when it comes to damaged locks, but using hair oils can lessen the effects of the problem. Editor’s tip: although you can apply hair oil when your hair is dry, try applying your oils when your mane is damp. Your hair cuticles open when they’re wet, making it easier for products and, importantly, hair oils to penetrate the hair shaft. The Dove Regenerate Nourishment Serum-in-Oil (£6.99*) is especially designed to help extremely damaged hair. It’s a hybrid product, toeing the line between a restorative serum and nourishing hair oil. With regular use, the red algae and Keratin NutriComplex-infused formula nourishes deep inside hair strands to help strengthen brittle tresses and restore your mane to its former glory!

So, by incorporating a hair oil into your wash and care routine, you could well be on your way to healthier-looking, fabulous-feeling hair.

*RRPs are Unilever suggested retail prices only, it is at the discretion of the individual retailers to set the actual price

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