I still remember first hair oil I owned (well my mother did but you know sharing is caring) from Bodyshop in my teenager years and I always thought that oils have some sort of secret structure in protecting our hair. There are so many different oils in today’s beauty market from cheap to really expensive but I do think sometimes it can be confusing which ones to chose and why we even need hair oil.
Oils are very important in protecting hair from damage and due to oils specific structure depends what they can actually do to our hair. Similar like with hydrolysed protein, if oil structure is light it can actually penetrate inside the hair shaft, whilst other oils can be too heavy and they usually ‘sit’ on hair.
Oils can also reduce amount of water being absorbed into the hair and that way prevent hair swelling and split end formation. Other oils can form a film on the cuticle surface to enhance hair shine, reduce friction and hair styling damage.
Try to choose hair oil products that contain variety of different oils, same as with hydrolysed proteins. Very common is coconut oil, which is great because it can maintain hair strength, whilst mineral, brazilian nut , passion fruit seed/flower extract oils are better reduce friction and increase hair shine. Morrocan argan oil has a very good reputation and it certainly can increase hair moisture, but again I would still try to use variety of different ones. Jojoba oil is another common and good oil to go for to protect and maintain hair moisture.
I recently got L’Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil and I am very fond of this oil – great product that is not too expensive and has a lot of goodness to add shine, to provide protection coat and to maintain hair strength. It doesn’t feel too heavy and only a few drops are enough, be careful not to add a handful because otherwise it will just look ‘heavy’ and not very clean (this is a thumb rule to all hair oils, unless you are putting some oil before bed to wash in the morning, you can be more generous).
What hair oils you tried? Do you like them? Please let me know !
Have a wonderful day xx
I am Laura, 26 Lithuanian living in Manchester. I spend my days in the lab working on hair follicles and in the evening I share my love about hair cosmetics and how to have beautiful hair!