Hair oils have made a massive comeback this summer. Contrary to popular belief they won’t leave hair and scalps oily, but will nourish and revive lack-lustre hair. Summertime can take its toll on our hair, but a simple hair oil will add instant gloss and shine.
Light Oil Treatment, £30.45, MoroccanOil
At last, a hair oil that is suitable for fine hair. MoroccanOil Light oil has all the same goodness as the original, but the lighter consistency makes it useable for finer hair without leaving tresses flat and greasy. Argan oil, the key ingredient, is rich in vitamins, increasing hair’s strength and elasticity. Although MoroccanOil contains UV protection, if you are hitting the beach or in direct sunlight make sure you spritz your hair with a strong sun protector.
Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil, £29.35, Kerastase
Kerastase shampoos and conditioning treatments are some of the best for at-home hair care, and their Elixir Ultime Versatile Beautifying Oil is no less impressive. Ingredients such as nourishing Argan oil and maize oil, which promotes the re-growth of hair, make this oil to go-to for a healthy hair restoration. While you can apply to dry, damp or wet hair, we recommend if you have thick or curly hair, you warm up a hazelnut size amount of oil. Run the oil through your hair concentrating on the ends. Leave it on for at least twenty minutes and then shampoo and condition your hair as normal - without a doubt your hair with feel and look smoother, silkier and glossier.
Huile Sublime Bois d’Orange, £23, Roger & Gallet
The smell alone could convert you into a Roger & Gallet obsessive. Bois d’Orange has a Mediterranean scent that could transport you into summer with one spritz. With the fragrance aside, this oil is a travel must-have as it works as both a hair, face and body spray. Unlike most other oils, Roger Gallet’s has a dry, feather light finish which leaves you feeling softer and smoother than ever. With key oils such as Argan, almond and evening primrose oils to hydrate, soften and protect skin and hair, you will feel like you’ve had a treatment.
Beautifying Composition oil, £18.50, Aveda
It’s a hair oil, a body oil, a bath oil, and it can even be used as a massage oil. Aveda’s Beautifying Composition is multi-purpose oil at its best. Unlike most other hair oils, this one focuses on the scalp, giving it a deep-conditioning cleanse. Packed with natural ingredients such as jojoba oil, which is similar to the skins natural oil, and rosemary, which has been used for generations as a scalp cleanse and conditioner, this oil will leave your hair feeling thoroughly nourished and silky smooth.
Argan Rescue Oil, £19.50, Gielly Green
With a fresh, florally smell and enriching Argan oil, this hair oil is a pure pleasure to use. The heavier consistency makes it more effective on thicker, frizz-prone hair, so finer tresses beware. Added Vitamin E gives dry and damaged hair a much needed boost, leaving it shiny, sleek and full of life. For the best results use sparingly on towel dried or damp hair and comb through thoroughly. This particular oil doesn’t contain heat protection, so before styling use a spray.
Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil, £39.50, Shu Uemura
Shu Uemura has hit the mark with their Nourishing Protective Oil. From frizz and UV damage to general dryness, this oil will rescue your hair and leave it feeling revitalised and restored. Enriched with camellia oil, this oil doesn’t stop at simply fixing your hair, it will also protect from future dehydration as moisture will be locked in.
Enrich Hair Oil, £25.50, Aromatherapy Associates
Aromatherapy Associates is a favourite at Red HQ for its use of essential oils and natural plant extracts, and their hair oil has toppled our expectations. Enrich Hair Oil hits the mark on the fragrance front with Geranium extract providing a pleasant floral scent, while the texture and use of coconut oil makes this one of the most moisturising hair oils we’ve tested. Our top tip for this oil is to use sparingly. The essential oils and rich murumuru butter, a renowned intense moisturiser, make a little go a long way.
Satin Oil for body and hair, £35, Diptyque
Softly perfumed, richly moisturising and feather light, Diptyque’s satin oil is ideal for everyday use on both hair and body. Whether you have fine or thick hair you’ll feel and see the benefits and the spray lid makes it quick and easy to apply. While this oil might not work as a treatment, it’ll add instant shine and gloss, and leaves your hair smelling fresh and florally.
Nourishing Miracle Oil, £11.99, Lee Stafford
As budget hair oils go, Lee Stafford’s Nourishing Miracle Oil gets our vote. Argan oil is the key ingredient that helps rehydrate hair quickly and effectively. Concentrate on the end of your hair as this oil is intensely rich and applying too much will leave hair greasy and lank. Top tip: if you do go over the top with the oil and don’t have time to rewash your hair, try blow drying it out with the help of protective spray and a sprinkling talcum powder.
Huille De Palme, £24.99, Leonor Greyl
If you have thick or dry and damaged hair, don’t let the cough-mixture-like smell deter you from trying Leonor Greyl’s hair oil. The deep treatment is packed full of botanical oils to help detangle and thoroughly nourish and revitalise your tired tresses. Apply from the roots to tips of your hair and leave on for at least twenty minutes for a thorough cleanse and deep-conditioning treatment. As with most of these products though, less it more when you’re applying to damp hair.