They say that coconut oil solves everything, and when it comes to hair, it’s definitely up there as a favourite! While the benefits of coconut oil have been circulating for quite some time, depending on your specific hair type and needs, there may be a better oil out there for your personal #hairgoals. For the most part, hair oils aren’t really “one size fits all” and for best results, it’s really important to make sure you get the right one for your tresses. From dry and damanged locks to sensitive scalp conditions, we’ve rounded up our favourite oils for your best hair day yet:
Before I even begin to explain the benefits of this divine elixir, I have to get one thing out of the way: It. Smells. AMAZING. Think balmy island nights and the heady scent of coconut and gardenia merging with the salty sea air a.k.a a virtual one-way ticket to the tropics. Now, divine scent aside, monoi (pronounced mah-noy) oil is known as the sacred oil of the Polynesians. It is created by soaking Tiare Tahiti blossoms, an exotic gardenia, in refined coconut oil.
Best used for gentle restoration from day-to-day wear and tear, it has many of the same properties of coconut oil as well as additional fats that make it extra powerful. It contains lauric acid, a special acid found only in coconut-derived oils, which penetrates the hair shaft and smoothes the hair follicle. It’s also known to inhibit protein loss, help prevent dryness and brittleness, and is an excellent force against free radical damage, thanks to its vitamin E content.
Native to Morocco, argan oil is well known for its powerful hydration properties and is particularly great for thick hair prone to dryness or frizz. Derived from the kernals of the Moroccan argan tree, it is high in vitamin A, C and E, linoleic and omega-6 fatty acids, which are known to boost cell production for overall healthier hair.
Particularly great for combating the dryness caused from daily heat styling, it works really well as a protectant before straightening or blow drying, which strip the hair of its natural oils. Simply work 2-3 drops of pure argan oil through from root to tip before styling. The oil is a bit on the heavy side, so a little goes a long way for taming frizz! Go for a small coin sized amount in the palm worked through from a few centimetres below the roots to the ends.
Rich and intense, macadamia is well known for its powerful replenishing properties. Ideal for severely damaged and dry hair, it contains Squalane, a naturally occuring antioxidant that reduces the oxidative stress on our skin and scalp by minimising moisture loss.
Packed with minerals and a high conentration of fatty acids, it mimics the scalp’s natural oils and absorbs easily into the follicles to enrich the hair from the inside out, as opposed to purely softening the strand. With its high concentration and rich texture, it’s pretty potent and you don’t need very much to reap the benefits. Rather than use the oil on a daily basis, maximise your restoration process by treating your tresses to a deep conditioning mask once a week.
Similar to its macadamia cousin, almond oil is well known for its powerful concentration of minerals and fatty acids, notably magnesium, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9. Magnesium has been shown to be a preventor of hair loss. Unlike its macadamia cousin, it is a lot lighter in texture.
Good for oily scalps, it works to reduce excessive oil production from the scalp’s sebaceous glands. This allows it to condition the locks without weighing it down. It also offers anti-inflammatory properties to minimise itching, dandruff and in some cases, hair fall.
Tea tree oil is some seriously kick-ass stuff. Chock full of powerful hydrocarbons known as “terpenes” that work to fight bacteria, it is well known for its ability to heal acne, cold sores and kill skin fungus. Antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, antifungal AND antiseptic, this potent oil deep dives into the scalp to remove any blockage between the skin and sebaceous glands while getting rid of any lingering bacteria, flakiness and itch factor.
It is also known to alleviate the symptoms of psoriasis of the scalp. When choosing an oil, it is important to remember that essential oils are extremely concentrated and must be diluted before application to the skin. We love it in a cleansing shampoo for a soothing fix from root to tip.
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