Keeping your hair healthy may involve different hair regimes. Many may be deterred from using oils because they believe it to leave hair greasy and oily, but if you have symptoms including split ends or a dry scalp, hair oils are some of the best remedies. Here’s our guide to some of the best hair oils.
Best for: Split ends
Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil
Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil is a fantastic formula for treating split ends and keeping hair moisturised at the tips.
Hair at the ends tend to be drier since it’s old hair, and the Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil not only keeps the hair nourished and smooths ends, but also adds a nice sheen to hair akin to a light serum. The first thing you notice with this oil is that it does not leave hair greasy or heavy, which oils can tend to do.
This mineral-free oil contains oil extracts of organic clover flower and organic burdock root. Burdock root is rich in phytosterols and essential fatty acids to improve hair strength and shine. A natural anti-microbial it also helps maintain a healthy scalp. While clover flower extract is valued for its natural anti-inflammatory and skin regenerating properties and is a centuries’ old remedy to prevent hair loss.
Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil can also be applied to the scalp but I found it works best as a smoothing treatment for hair ends and treating split ends. The rosemary scent is strong when straight from the bottle, but once applied on to hair and as it penetrates the hair shafts, it leaves a more subtle scent of rosemary that is not overpowering.
This Hair SOS will last some time, even if you apply the Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil daily. You need only use a few drops, even if you have dry, thick hair. A little goes a long way and even though it’s in a small bottle, it confirms that great things come in small packages. Weleda Nourishing Hair Oil, RRP £10.95 for 50ml
Best for: Scalp
Fushi Really Good Hair Oil
Calling a product “Really Good Hair Oil” is bold and this Fushi product is exactly what it says on the bottle. This oil from the ethical beauty brand has a gorgeous scent, owing to the delightful blend of oils including Jasmine essential oil.
Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil is a rich blend of moisturising ingredients including Neem, beneficial for dry scalp, and Brahmi, which promotes hair growth – two oils popular for use in Ayurveda.
Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil is great as a leave-in treatment for hair and scalp which can be left on overnight. It leaves hair shiny and scalp conditioned. As with oil, the longer you leave it in hair, the better the condition of hair and scalp. If you have hair that soaks up oil, you could even get away with leaving the Fushi Really Good Hair Oil for 24-48 hours. What you are left with is smooth hair from root to tip and a conditioned scalp, which no conditioner can take the place of, no matter what it purports to being able to do.
Fushi’s Really Good Hair Oil may be a more pricey oil at £16 for 100ml, but the benefits to your hair and scalp are immense. Fushi Really Good Hair Oil, RRP £16 for 100ml
Best for: Styling
Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil
Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil is a new product from the Jason range of natural health and beauty products. This large tub of coconut oil is a beauty must have. The formula has been created specifically for beauty, so this can be used for hair, skin and nails. The coconut oil, like all coconut oils, is solid but this product quickly warms up in the hands.
Depending on hair type, oils are a suitable option for styling use. Unlike serums, which coat the hair and leave it looking really oily, Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil actually penetrates in to the hair shaft itself, leaving a glossy shine to hair. If you have wavy or curly hair it also accentuates your hair’s natural waves.
Initially I used the Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil as a leave-in treatment overnight, but found this to work better for me as a styling product. Of course, this will not be suitable for everyone to use as a styling product. The darker and coarser the hair, Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil is a great option. I have in the past used a multi-purpose Extra Virgin Coconut Oil in my hair as a styling aid, but found it left the hair heavy and weighted, but the Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil formula gets the thumbs up as a grooming aid. Jason Smoothing Coconut Oil, RRP £11.99 for 443ml