A couple of years ago we may have had you running for the hills if we suggested using an oil product on your hair (imagine the grease!). Oh how times have changed! Today, oils and oil-based ranges have become some of the most popular products in hair salons. Unless you have extremely thick hair, using pure olive oil, coconut oil, or any other form of plain oil has become a thing of the past. Here’s why – oil on its own might be too heavy for your hair as it is for most hair types. Using raw oil will only coat the hair, clog your strands, attract dust and weigh your hair down. Not the effect we’re looking for… But in the past technology was much less advanced and raw oils were our only option.
Now, with so much advanced technology out there, oils have been formulated with blended ingredients. These are much lighter than before making it more easily absorbed. Not only does the modern-day hair oil products have many additional benefits for hair and scalp health, but they usually smell amazing too.
Hair oils give instant results; they are perfect for everyday use and are great value for money. All you need is a drop and you’re good to go. They assist in moisturising while having a repairing and restoration effect on the hair with continuous use. Most serums even have heat protective qualities assisting with blow dries, leaving a stunning silky-smooth gloss finish when hair is dry. But most of all, hair oils have restoring abilities. If you’ve overdone it with the hair dye or flat ironing, hair oils will help your hair get back to a healthier version of itself.
Another big benefit is that they add shine. Oils replenish the lipid layer on the hair’s surface, creating a reflective surface for light to bounce off of. The result? Ultra shiny strands.
How to use hair oil products:
– use on wet hair before blow-drying to moisturise and protect;
– use oils to create a high shine on dry hair after styling;
– can be used as a treatment booster or to moisturise before shampooing;
– use as an overnight treatment for reconditioning your hair;
– rub a tiny amount of oil between your fingers and smooth over frizzy areas or stray hairs to control flyaways – this will also reduce static.
Retail Box stocks a wide range of serums and oil-based products so you’re bound to find something suited to your hair type. Here are a few of our suggestions to try out:
Paul Mitchell – Super Skinny Serum
Moroccanoil – Moroccanoil Treatment
Do you have any tips for using hair oils? Tell us in the comment box below.
As an Indian girl, I am continuously reminded by my grandmother to oil my hair because it is a hair treatment technique that our ancestors have been using for years. I believe oiling ones hair, especially in todays days were individuals are always applying heat and colour to their hair, treatments are necessary. I personally use Vatika hair oil in the scent coconut. I apply this treatment at night and keep it on my hair through the night. I place a little bit of the product into a bowl and warm it in the microwave. I personally feel that when I apply it warm to my hair, it also feels alittle relaxing so it is killing two birds with one stone. So I apply it on dry hair and wrap by hair in a towel or something that will prevent it from messing your pillows and bedding. Wash off the oil in the morning by shampooing two or three times to ensure all of the product is out. Style as usual
I’m using the hair oil from Marc Anthony. I run it warm between my hands and apply to my towel dried hair! Can’t go without it
My hair gets so oily that I cannot even use a conditioner. So I wouldnt try hair oils. I have heard there is an Amla oil shampoo which should help thicken hair (I wont be using this shampoo as I have really thick hair)
I need a hair oil that’s very absorbent as my scalp gets oily quickly.
I highly recommend Oi oil from Davines – it’s amazing!