Renowned for leaving hair looking smooth and shiny, as well as actually helping to improve hair health by penetrating the strands, hair oils have become a go-to staple in many women’s beauty arsenal – us at the All Things Hair HQ included. But with so many on the market, making a choice on which hair oil to buy can be a little tricky (well, you can’t exactly try them out in the shop, can you?).
So, this week, we made it our mission to test out a number of hair oils across very different hair types (we’re talking natural, thin, straight, thick and curly here!) – all just for you. Read on and discover which hair oils should be on your shopping list and why our editors love them!
Editors’ pick of the best: Hair oil
Ink, Chief Editor UK: Because I’m an avid user of straighteners and I love a scorching shower (I know, I know – both very bad habits!), my hair can sometimes (ok fine, often) feel dry and lack shine.
What I love about TRESemmé Oleo Radiance Oil Elixir is that its luxuriously rich yet light formula leaves my hair feeling super smooth and silky, but not at all sticky or oily – and that’s when applied to dry hair! It also leaves a nice, healthy sheen and actually aids in styling, too.
Emily, Global Chief Editor: I was pleasantly surprised by the Alberto Balsam Blends Smooth & Sleek Nourishing Oil – for £3.99, it does a brilliant job at hydrating my parched hair for all-round healthier-looking locks.
I use it post-wash on damp hair before drying to penetrate my strands, as well as post-styling for a sleek, frizz-free shine.
Amra, Editorial Intern: After a long run of relaxing my naturally afro-type hair, I’ve unfortunately been left with quite damaged tresses. As a result, I’ve had to invest in some serious hair treatments to help keep my hair nourished and protected.
Thankfully, regularly using the Dove Regenerate Nourishment Serum-in-Oil has helped improve its overall appearance and feel. Dove’s silky oil helped make my hair more manageable too, by reducing unwanted frizz. When drying my hair, I apply the product onto the ends of my strands, and focus my hair dryer on this area to help seal in the oil.
Arianna, Junior Beauty Editor: I’m naturally blessed with curly, thick locks, but most of the time I tend to wear my hair straight. Because my hair is prone to frizz, I always look to a nourishing hair oil to help reduce flyaways.
My current favourite is the TRESemmé Silky Smooth Liquid Gold hair oil, which I use post-styling to help give me a flawless, silky finish. Although lightweight, the formula is really rich, so I only need one pump to cover my whole head of hair, which is impressive considering my hair is really long!
Jeanette, Beauty Editor: Once applied, the Toni&Guy Casual Radiating Tropical Elixir feels weightless but also gives my curls frizz-free definition and a healthy-looking sheen. True to its name, it smells like a tropical holiday – making me think of sand, sea and sun!
And there you have it, people! For more insider advice and know-how, as well as some extra top tips from our editors, head on over to our Hair Care and Hair Products pages, now — your tresses will thank you for it.