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Beauty Wars: The Best Hair Oils (Even For Oily Scalps)

Yes, we are asking you to put oil on your hair, but it has to be the *best* one. Here, we tested six hair oils to find the best one for your tresses.
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Adding hair oil to an already oily scalp doesn’t sound like the smartest of ideas in theory – or so most think. If you don’t fall into the luckier end of the gene pool that includes silky smooth and voluminous tresses, we can relate. Sometimes we cry out at the universe, simply because we cannot comprehend why our manes are constantly in a frenzied mess when we’ve been diligently avoiding heat and applying conditioner on the daily. Well, here’s a thought: if facial oils are good for you, even if you have oily skin, it would make sense to apply oil to our hair as well, right?

Hair oils can easily be found on the shelves anywhere. Some of these work better on fine locks and others on dry and fizzy hair. Apart from detangling your hair, it also acts as a heat protectant. Some of the hair oils out there also smell crazy amazing. Unlike hair masks, hair oils don’t have to take up a large chunk of your beauty routine and can be applied on both damp and dry hair.

In a nutshell, oils are good for your hair, but there are some things you still need to keep in mind. For starters, make it a habit to check the ingredient list for isopropyl alcohol and mineral oil, both of which may dry out your dresses. While it is preferable to suggest that you avoid silicons, natural oils alone are generally too heavy for your hair. A good blend of the two is key to achieving that silky smooth advertorial-worthy hair flip. Remember to start out with a pea size amount of product and add accordingly. You want hydrated, not sopping wet and dripping with oil.

For this month’s Beauty Wars, we zoomed in on six popular hair oils, some slowly gathering a cult following, others that you can get on a simple visit to the drugstore, testing all of them so you can make a beeline for the cashier when you’ve decided which one is perfect for your locks. Let the games begin.


Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil

The most popular hair oil in the market. I’ve tried a couple of unknown Argan oils from various brands with the conclusion that maybe I should just stick to better known companies, such as this Ogx Argan Oil of Morocco Penetrating Oil. This works well for thicker and frizzier hair as it tames and smoothens out the ends. I’ve also found that applying it on damp hair makes it difficult to dry, so I recommend applying it to dry hair. I like the smell on it, but it may be overpowering if you aren’t too fond of heavy perfumes. As someone with a thick and frizzy mane, this product fits my needs like a puzzle piece.


L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil

All of these oils guarantee shine and silky soft hair. It may seem like the L’Oreal Extraordinary Oil works too, which was what I believed at the start. Not forgetting to mention the light flowery smell it has, which I really love. I found out afterwards that this contains alcohol, which will dry out your hair in the long run. I want to say that this works? It does, but you’re probably better off with another brand of hair oil.


O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum

At first impression, I loved this lightweight O&M Frizzy Logic Shine Serum that leaves a nice shine on your hair. However, it isn’t a strong serum, and isn’t hydrating enough for coarse and rough hair. It does fight the frizz, and doesn’t weigh down your hair either, so it’s best for those with finer strands. It also has a right amount of Argan and macadamia nut oils that will moisturise and hydrate your hair right into the follicles. If you’re a coconut hater like myself, the scent doesn’t linger for longer than a few minutes, so you may go about your day unbothered!


Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Essence

The first thing I noticed about this Etude House Silk Scarf Hologram Essence, is its wonderful smell. Other than the affordable price point, this one is on the lightweight side, and does the usual: no frizz, beautiful shine, and silky to the touch. I recommend this to those with finer locks, as we found that this lost effect in a couple of hours on coarser and thicker hair. The bottle is also very travel-friendly, which means you can re-apply this on the go. Be warned: don’t go crazy, especially on the areas near your scalp. You don’t want to look like you haven’t showered in five days.


Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil

Ah, the haircare label on everybody’s lips. Ouai’s Dry Shampoo Foam is already wildly popular, but what of the hair oil? It smells absolutely delightful. If you love rose-infused products as much as we do, then it is half the battle won already. The oil is extremely lightweight and can be applied on both dry and damp hair, whether fine or frizzy, oily or dry. It even works for your skin! This is mostly a winner, but do go easy with it because just one drop is enough to oil up a good section of your hair.


Good Old Coconut Oil

Good ol’ coconut oil. The most versatile oil in the beauty world. However much I would like this to work, it didn’t for me. Yeah, the coconut is overhype. There, I said it. It depends on whether your hair is suitable and receptive to coconut oil. What works for someone might not for you! It is rather heavy oil and leaves a coconuty scent (uh duh), so if that is not something you like, best look elsewhere. Apart from that, coconut oil didn’t do much for us. It left me shampooing my hair to get rid of the grease.

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