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3 Hair Oils You Never Knew You Needed

30 August 2018
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Elizabeth Hall

Elizabeth Hall

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An American journalist living in Paris, Elizabeth has a passion for all things hair.

Making decisions is hard enough as it is and with a countless variety of hair oils these days, all of which have great benefits, how do you know which hair oil you should use? Whether you want moisture, heat protection or added shine, we’ve found three hair oil heroes that should feature in your bathroom cabinets.

Why Should You Be Using Hair Oils?

We all know the incredible benefits of oils for the skin - that can’t be denied. But did you know people have been using oils on their hair for centuries? - And for good reason; our hair is constantly suffering from what we subject it to including over washing and extensive use of heat as the most common culprits.

And that’s where hair oils come in “the main benefits of oils on hair are that they help keep up the moisture levels in the mid-lengths and ends where the hair has been depleted.” Explains Paul, “Hair oil also supports protection against external aggressors, adds shine luster and illuminates.”

Paul Edmonds


They can help replenish the hair follicles and can help to improve the hairs’ flexibility. They contain fatty acids that add a protective layer to your strands, which are normally weakened by heat and chemicals. Additionally, when massaged into the scalp, hair oils can improve blood circulation, which in turn, stimulates hair growth, can reduce dandruff, and help to repair hair follicles. To sum up, oils are the heroes in haircare! 

What Does Coconut Oil Do For Hair?

Coconut oil has become the most in-demand oil on the market thanks a wide span of uses - from skincare to teeth-whitening, we are amazed by this all-purpose oil (all hail the coconut!). Of them all, perhaps the best use of coconut oil is on your hair, since it’s the only hair oil to help reduce protein loss: the culprit of damaged hair. Here are some other reasons why coconut oil ranks top in our hair product hall of fame;     

  1. Nocturnal Nourishment

    Because it is easily absorbed into the hair follicle and reduces protein loss, masks containing coconut oil can have dramatically positive effects on your mane. You hair will thank you for blessing it with Pureology’s Hydrate Superfood Mask, packed with a winning combination of coconut oil and avocado oil. You won’t mind letting it sink in overnight because it smells divine too.
  2. Happy Scalp, Happy Hair

    Massaging a coconut oil-based conditioner into the scalp can stimulate circulation. Good circulation can help the blood flow to the scalp and follicles.. Another sweet as a (coco)nut product is Biolage R.A.W. Nourish Conditioner which contains the sought-after oil. It comes from 95% natural origins providing a naturally beautiful companion for your hair and scalp. Apply this sumptuous concoction to wet hair and massage into the scalp for healthy-looking, soft locks.
  3. Hair Quenching

    Known for its high moisture-retaining hydrating capacity, coconut oil doesn’t evaporate easily - so adding this product to your hair can lock in moisture and prevent damage to your tresses. Winner!

Argan Oil to Combat Free Radicals

Argan oil is a household name. It comes from the kernels of the majestic argan tree and has been used for medicinal and cosmetic purposes for a long time, as it’s packed with Vitamin E, which is known to have antioxidant properties that counter harmful free radicals. So what can argan oil do for your hair? Here are some of our favourite benefits of argan oil;

  1. Fight The Frizz

    If your hair looks dull and unmanageable, run a pump of Redken All Soft Argan-6 Multi-Care Oil through your hair: our favourite blend of natural argan oil infused with omega-6 (a hair thickening hero!). This oil will tame your mane and leave your hair ultra-soft.
  2. Bye Bye Dandruff and Dry Scalp

    Vitamin E rich and loaded with antioxidants, its perfect fordry and dandruff prone scalps. Say hello to L’Oreal Professionnel’s Mythic Oil, packed with this oil of dreams.
  3. Strength Workout

    Argan oil rebuilds surface protection, strengthening your hair’s outer strength. This makes it an excellent pre-heat hair oil. It also protects your strands from harmful UV rays - double bonus! Ready to sign up? Kerastase Aura Botanica range has both coconut AND argan oil.

Camellia Oil to Help Split Ends

Rich in essential lipids, camellia oil is one of the fastest absorbed oils. By maintaining the lipid balance of the hair fiber, it leaves your hair silky-smooth! Not sold? It doesn’t stop there for this hair oil;

Hair vs Humidity

If moisture is your nemesis, camellia oil is one of the best ways to combat the villain that is humidity.
“The red camellia oil in Shu Uemura Essence Absolue is full of anti-oxidants, it will offer 24 hours of nourishment protection while protecting against UV.“ Paul exclaims “Shu Uemura Essence Absolue overnight serum is enriched with the same benefits but provides nourishment overnight without leaving residue.” This multi-use hair oil not only helps to prevent frizzy hair but also adds enviable shine to your puffy hair! 

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Deep Conditoner

Camellia oil has been used in ancient China for centuries as a hot oil hair treatment. The rapidly-penetrating properties of the oil make it one of the best deep conditioners you can find. Reach for Kerastase Elixir Ultime to benefit from both camellia and argan oil.

Splitting Up With Split Ends

Camellia oil is also infused with oleic acids, proteins and glycerides that are essential to ward off split ends and keep your hair as glossy as ever. The versatility of these natural hair oils truly have us swooning. They prove that multi-use oils will never just be a trend: in our bathroom cabinets, they have found their home for good!

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