The term "hair oil" can sound counterintuitive. It may make you think, "Oil for my greasy roots? Thanks, but I'm good." And yet, the benefits of adding natural oils to your hair routine are numerous, especially as we head into summer. They prevent damage (especially for those who choose to go platinum), smooth frizzy ends, and moisturize sun-dulled locks. Keep reading for some of the best ways to keep your hair looking gorgeous this year.
Keep color-treated hair in tip-top shape with a spritz of this dry mist—a kick-ass combo of smoothing kendi oil and strengthening bamboo—that banishes frizzy ends and locks in color.
ALTERNA Haircare Bamboo Smooth Kendi Oil Dry Mist, $25; sephora.com.
Before you start a blowout, treat wet strands to one or two pumps of this restorative macadamia oil treatment for an extra-glossy finish. On fine and oily hair, use a little at a time to prevent any added grease buildup.
Dove Pure Care Restorative Hair Treatment Dry Oil, $13; amazon.com.
Two of the worst hair injustices? Split ends and breakage from hot tools. This elixir acts as as a counterpoint to heat damage, taming and smoothing ends without any metal involved.
Kerastase Elixir Ultime Original Oil, $58; kerastase-usa.com.
Avocado oil is one of the key ingredients in L'Oreal's formula that goes to work to treat brittle strands with some vitamin-enriched TLC.
L'Oreal Mythic Oil, $24; amazon.com.
For excessive hair damage (as in, color-treated hair loss and dryness), this keratin-treated formula deeply penetrates the scalp to prevent breakage and strengthen strands from within.
L'Anza Keratin Healing Oil, $23; amazon.com.
If flyways and frizz are your greatest morning struggles, marula oil will be key to your happiness. Apply one pump to wet hair before blasting with a blow-dryer to calm your unruly ends.
Marula Intensive Hair Treatment and Styling Oil, $46; marula.com.
MoroccanOil is one of those hair staples that consumers frequently mention in other product reviews as "...nothing compared to Moroccan Oil." Being a benchmark of hair oils speaks for itself: the deep-conditioning, award-winning formula boosts shine and even speeds up drying time for thicker hair.
MoroccanOil Treatment Original, $48; moroccanoil.com.
A little of this stuff goes a long way, and three drops of it on wet hair can eliminate dryness, add shine, and prevent sun damage in the summer (ugh). Jury's out on why it's called "ghost" oil, but we think it might have to do with the way it sinks into hair and doesn't leave a single trace of grease.
Verb Ghost Oil, $14; sephora.com.
This plant-based treatment from the South of France gets worked into the scalp *pre-shampoo* for a deep hydrating wash of camellia oil, egg yolk, and karanja oil.
Phyto Subtil Elixir Intense Nutrition Shine, $40; sephora.com.