Hair oils: they’re the simple route to softer, sleeker locks. All you have to do is slather your strands, sit back and wait for them to work their magic, right?
Not quite. While they may seem pretty straight-talking, the world of oil-based hair treatment can get a little overwhelming, especially if you’re not too familiar with the ingredients – pick the wrong formula and you might just end up with hair oilier than the bottom of a chip fryer (eek)!
In order to help you save your coin, time and strands, we've rounded up the best hair oils and matched them to each and every hair type.
Still got questions? Check out our guide to hair oils and serums.
BEST FOR THICK HAIR
Sebastian Professional Dark Oil Styling Oil
The last thing thick hair needs is a slathering of heavy-duty oil. Check out this lightweight formula for a soft, weightless finish. It boasts a sandalwood, cedarwood and argan oil blend that leaves locks smelling scrummy, all whilst lacing hair with a nourishing invisible veil.
BEST FOR CURLY HAIR
Bumble and bumble Curl Pre/Re Style Primer
Fellow curlies know that finding a product that doesn’t weigh hair down, ruin curl patterns or leave locks looking lifeless can be hard, but oh, have we found you a good’un.
This pre-style and restyle formula can be used post 'poo or for a quick revitalising boost as a blend of butter and oil return the hold, body and bounce back to your curls.
BEST FOR FINE HAIR
Aveda Thickening Hair Tonic
Make limp, fine and thinning hair the least of your worries as this powerful treatment instantly thickens locks.
Utilising a blend of botanical ingredients, this tonic penetrates from the root down to the tip and leaves you with strands that are visibly fuller in appearance.
BEST FOR DRY HAIR
Moroccanoil Treatment Original
First they set the standard for oil-infused hair care, then they made argan oil go global. Now, they have over 15 awards to their name and are the ideal option for those that have dry or damaged hair.
Tripling up as a conditioner, styling and finishing tool, this oil from Moroccanoil provides silky, shiny and healthy results.
BEST FOR COLOUR-TREATED HAIR
BEST FOR ALL HAIR TYPES
Palmer's Coconut Oil Formula Moisture-Gro Shining Hairdress
The humble coconut oil has many talents. When it’s not removing stubborn makeup, moisturising skin or making perfume wear longer, it’s perfect to use as a deep conditioning hair oil.
Forming a protective seal around each strand, expect hair to be packing shine, strength and a sumptuous tropical fragrance.
BEST FOR SPLIT ENDS
Grow Gorgeous Balance Fibre Sealing Split Ends Treatment
If you’re suffering from a serious case of split ends then you’re going to want to grab this treatment from Grow Gorgeous.
Nourishing, conditioning and strengthening, it’s a leave-in treatment that repairs strands from the inside out, so you can relish in long, healthy locks.
BEST FOR FRIZZ CONTROL
NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Florale
The frizz-days are over, ladies and gents, as unruly strands and humid weather have nothing on this French pharmacy favourite.
Lightweight and bursting with goodness, this oil smooths, conditions and moisturises hair, leaving it soft, glossy and ready for the day ahead. Not to mention, it boasts a brand new floral scent, making it ideal for the summer season.
BEST FOR SENSITIVE SCALP
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Scalp Genesis Soothing Serum
Putting irritated, sensitive and sore scalps at ease once and for all is this soothing serum from our hair heroes, Schwarzkopf.
A cocktail of vitamins balance the scalp and restore its natural barrier so you can look forward to a future of strong and healthy hair.
BEST FOR HEAT PROTECTION
Salon Chic Moroccan Argan Oil Heat Defence Spray
It doesn’t matter if it’s heat from your trusty straighteners or a tropical island, it'll still take a toll on your tresses.
Resurrect dry, damaged hair and protect it from future heat exposure with a few spritzes of this argan-oil-infused formula.
Written by Carly Cochrane
My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.