11 hydrating hair oils for silky smooth strands
Think glossy, not greasy
By Delaney Loane
October 01 2021
It's easy to consider oil the enemy of a good hair day—grease doesn't exactly equal glamour. And so, applying an oil to a freshly blown out mane may seem counterintuitive.
However, hair oils of the bottled variety offer only positives. In fact, these nourishing formulas are able to repair damage, replenish moisture and optimise hair health all while simultaneously leaving strands feeling silky smooth and enviably soft.
Their versatile nature also carries over to application options; you can apply damp or dry, to smooth split ends, enhance a sleek style, or even as a potent pre-shampoo treatment. However you choose to utilise them, hair oils always equal hydration.
Here, our edit of the best hair oils on the market.
R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil
Love hydrated hair but hate greasy strands? This lightweight oil works to smooth, soften, protect colour and add shine without leaving your hair looking like an absolute greaseball. Boasting R+Co’s proprietary strengthening complex, it also features sunflower seed oil, babassu oil, and an enticing cardamom, pineapple, tangerine, lavender and bamboo aroma. This pick is vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and packaging made from 100 per cent post-consumer recycled materials which use 88 per cent less energy to produce.
$125 at Cult Beauty
JOON HAIRCARE Saffron Hair Elixir Pistachio + Rose Hair Oil
Formulated to emulate the hair rituals of Persia, this saffron, pistachio and rose-infused hair oil imparts nourishment and hydration to help smooth frizz, strengthen strands, and encourage bounce, while also protecting against damage caused by heat styling.
$77 at Sephora
Ke iAfrica Imbiza Oil
Boasting a formula that promotes hair growth as well as repairing dormant hair follicles, this is the pick to add to your kit when your strands and scalp are in need of a little TLC.