Friday 9 January 2015

Hair Oils: 5 options for all hair types

Left to right: L'oreal Mythic Oil; Caudalie Divine Oil; Ojon Instant Restorative Hair Serum; Percy & Reed No Oil Oil; Shu Uemura Essence Absolue
This is a post all about hair oils and may help you decide whether you want to use one, or if you already own some, what they can do for you.

What are hair oils?
Hair oils are products that can be used to nourish, de-frizz and add shone to hair.

Should I use one?
If you have flyaway, frizzy, coarse or wavy hair- then yes. Oil-based products may not sound like something you want to be applying to your hair, especially if it is already prone to becoming oily, but nowadays, there are some amazing products out there to transform the look and feel of your hair.

How do I apply hair oils?
It is best to start with 1-2 drops and start at the ends and lengths of hair. If you apply near your scalp, it should only be applied very lightly (using any excess oil on your hands). This can be good for taming flyaway baby hairs. Some products work best on damp hair rather than dry hair, although I apply them on both.

And now onto the products:

Best for coarse and/ or damaged, weak, brittle hair:

The Ojon Damage Reverse Restorative Hair Serum (£16.00 for 25ml) is not the cheapest of the hair oil brigade, but it is a more heavy duty option for damaged hair. On my fine hair, it needs to be applied very sparingly, otherwise it weighs my hair down and overloads it with product. this is definitely best applied to towel dried hair. It says that it 'penetrates the hair shaft', which I would say is great for coarser hair types, however for me it is a little too much. This would work well on moisture-starved, colour-treated hair.

Best for dry, frizzy hair:

The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil is a fantastic product and alongside the product below, it is a hair oil favourite for my hair. At £12.00 for 30ml (travel size) it is reasonably affordable, but by no means cheap. It contains camellia oil which is a plant oil used in many Asian brands. It really does leave any hair type silky soft and disappears beautifully into the hair without any residue. This is a lovely treat to finish off hair once it's styled.
Best for fine hair:
Percy & Reed's No Oil Oil comes in two formulations: one for thick hair, and one for fine hair. I have the 'volumising' oil for fine hair and it works a treat to give hair body and weightless frizz-taming. This doesn't feel like an oil when you apply it- more like a water that disappears into your hair. My hair seems to drink this stuff up! It says that you can apply it to roots which, to be honest, scares me a bit, but I guess because it's so light, it won't be a problem. At £14 for 60ml, this is actually quite good value for money.

Best multi-use product:

Caudalie Divine Oil  is a lovely product for use on the skin, hair and body. It smells good and costs £17.50 for 50ml. I have a 15ml trial size which I received in a beauty box which is good for travel. It is a runny formula that should be applied lightly to hair. It contains grape, hibiscus, sesame and argan oils.

Best on a budget:

L'oreal's Mythic Oil is an affordable option as for £15.99 you can purchase 125ml. I have a smaller size (again, a beauty box sample size!) This is the most similar in consistency to Ojon oil. It is quite perfumed which can be a good or bad thing and is best applied to towel-dried hair before styling. Containing grape and avocado, it adds gloss to all hair types.

Do you have any hair product recommendations?
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  1. Great post Gemma! I really really recommend the Loreal Paris ELVIVE anti-frizz serum its amazing, I've repurchased it many times!
    -Annie x

    1. Thank you! I will definitely try that one out as I'm definitely prone to frizz! x