Hair Oil for Men is Now a Thing, and Here’s How to Use It

We lay down the basics on how a quality mens hair oil can actually fill in the gaps in your grooming routine.

Trust us, we know the last thing you want in your morning routine is one more step to add into the mix. As if showering with a separate shampoo and conditioner wasn’t enough of an evolutionary step! It turns out hair oil for men is now a thing, too.

Relax—it’s not as fussy as it sounds! Read on and see how picking up a hair oil in lieu of thicker products might actually be worth the investment:

When it comes to gels and pomades, it’s a constant struggle to find a consistency that works for you. The challenge is that a heavier feel is a common reality with most of them, which upon constant use can be quite off-putting—not to mention may also contribute to dandruff symptoms like flaking and itching particularly when not rinsed off well.

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Hair oil isn’t as greasy or heavy-feeling as other products.

1. For Definition and Lightweight Hold

That’s where hair oil for men comes in: It can fill the gap for guys who need a bit of moisture and sheen in a more lightweight formula. And, just like your favorite old reliable 2-in-1, it also has a dual purpose of styling plus conditioning, similar to your textbook leave-in conditioner. A couple of pumps helps tame flyaways and frizzy hair (which is especially relevant for wavy or curly types). It also helps keep hair smooth and in place by providing a bit of slip, which is something to look into if you’re into looks like ponytails, knots, or man buns.

If a little more hold along with conditioning is what you’re looking for, go for the perfect hybrid, SheaMoisture Men Argan Oil & Shea Butter Defining Cream. This product has the benefits of oil and the hold of lightweight styling cream, a perfect mix.

2. For Taming Frizz

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A hair oil helps smooth strands down for ponytails and buns without the grease. Photo credit: Allyson Alapont

For straight hair, it adds some shine without feeling sticky or crispy. Bonus: you really don’t need much. Ironically enough, a quality men’s hair oil won’t make your hair actually look oily. A couple of pumps—roughly a dime-sized amount, depending on your hair length—is more than enough for a day’s look.

For those looking to tame some frizz and achieve a smooth finish, add some of The Good Stuff Frizz Control Oil to your style. The best part is you can keep it as low commitment as necessary. Use it only as needed depending on your chosen hairstyle for the day.

3. For Moisturizing a Bald Head

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Keep your scalp moisturized and healthy.

This SheaMoisture Men Tea Tree Oil & Shea Butter Bald Head Moisturizer is perfect for those who want to keep their head moisturized and refreshed. The blend of tea tree oil and fair trade shea butter moisturizes your skin, leaving you with a residue-free shine. Plus, the menthol invigorates your skin, giving you a cooling experience. We love how lightweight this moisturizer is too!

4. For Smoothing Your Beard

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Beard care is just ad important as hair care.

Beard care can be overlooked, but it’s just as important to take care of it as the hair on your head. SheaMoisture Men Maracuja Oil & Shea Butter Beard Balm is perfect for doing this because the Maracuja oil-infused Shea Butter helps shape, smooth, and define your beard. Moisturizing your beard regularly will help with hair growth too if you’re trying to grow out your beard.

5. For Moisturizing Curly Hair

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Afro hair or other thick, curly types benefit from the nourishing and taming properties of hair oil. Photo credit: Dvora

f you really need some moisture, TRESemmé Flawless Curls Hydrating Anti Frizz Oil uses coconut and avocado oils to hydrate, define, and prevent frizz. This is ideal if your hair is on the thicker, curlier side.

Either way, you get to go about your business without having to worry about your hair ruining your flow. Because if there’s anything we know for sure, it’s how weather can mess with a good hair day!

1. Front Flow

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Front flow is coming back in style. Photo credit: Creative Christians

While hairspray and pomade may have a lot to do with creating this style, hair oil is still a key product, too! Give your ends some shine and hydration with a small amount of hair oil. It’s the perfect finishing touch.

2. Styled to the Side

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Style your mane to the side for more volume. Photo credit: Pargat Dhillon

If you’ve got a strong side part or are creating a style on the side, use hair oil to help weigh your look down to that side. Don’t over-apply the oil because then it’ll just look like a greasy mess. Focus the oil at the mid-lengths and tips of your strands to help create a style that smoothly and successfully stays to one side.

3. Voluminous Backcomb

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Give your style some shine with hair oil. Photo credit: Bannon Morrissy

To help maintain a frizz-free backcombed style, put in some hair oil before using a comb or your fingers to create your look. You can even add a little more oil in the front for an extra shine.

4. Brushed Back

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Brush your style back for a windswept look. Photo credit: Toni Hukkanen

When you’re creating a style that requires lots of hold, you’re going to need a gel or pomade to do most of the work. Before adding those heavy-duty products, prep your strands with hair oil.

Using some oil will help remove frizz and begin to create the shape of the style. This way, you won’t need as much of a paste-based product to keep your look in place.

5. Defined Curls

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Hair oil is key to healthy and defined curls. Photo credit: Leilani Angel

The best way to perfect curls is to use hair oil. Oil with moisturize curls and help them remain defined. If you have curly hair, taking care of your curls is key to rocking any kind of style.

Hair oil is a holy grail product for a reason. It’s great for maintaining and re-building hair health, and it can be used as the first step in a styling routine. Make sure to add oil to your arsenal to make caring for and styling your hair much easier.

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