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A list of the best hair oils for strong, healthy hair

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WORDS BY GITIKA GARG

The best of the best.

Growing up in an Indian household, oiling my hair has been an inherent part of my childhood. It was a ritual – every week I would sit on the floor while my mum would massage my head with coconut oil, letting it seep into my locks. The not so fun part was going to school the next day – hair oily and tied in a plait – where people would make fun of it. But despite the teasing, it’s a practice my hair has certainly thanked me for. 

The ancient Indian tradition of hair oiling has been passed down through the generations and more recently has become a mainstream beauty ritual. Whether it be dull lacklustre strands, damaged ends, thinning hair or any other hair related issue, oiling your hair is the solution you’ve been searching for. 


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Not to be confused with a serum, hair oils are more than simply styling products. They deeply penetrate into the scalp, providing nourishment and hydration while repairing damage and giving your hair that glossy shine. So whether you are new to hair oiling, looking for a product to try or have been in the game for years, these are some of the best tried and tested oils that will make sure you’re having an amazing hair day every day. 

Bread Beauty Supply Hair-Oil Everyday Gloss

When founder Maeva Heim couldn’t find a suitable hair oil for her African hair, she set out to create one herself. A newcomer on the beauty scene, this Black-owned Australian Everyday hair oil is changing the game for curly, textured hair. Delivering in both gloss and hydration, its silicone-free award-winning formula glides right through, repairing dry and damaged hair and its delightful berry fragrance smells divine.

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Ouai Hair Oil

 

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Created by celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin, Ouai’s hair oil is the perfect fuss-free overall hair oil packed with nutrients. Use it on dry hair or wet, it tames frizz and sorts out those pesky flyaways while bringing back moisture and shine. Plus it’s colour-safe, provides heat protection and acts as a bonus hair perfume with its subtle gardenia scent.

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Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil

 

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If you’re feeling up for a bit of a splurge, the cult-favourite Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil created by influencer Negin Mirsalehi, has finally landed on Australian shores. Enriched with honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, this oil is made to revitalise the health and strength of your hair, giving it that thick yet smooth feeling. It can be mixed in with a mask or used as an overnight treatment, it’s up to you. 

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Olaplex No. 7 Bonding Oil

 

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Loved by hairdressers and consumers alike, Olaplex’s Bonding Oil is the answer to your hair’s cries after that constant bleaching, blow-drying and straightening. It may be a small bottle but don’t be fooled – it packs a punch, repairing even the most broken bonds and restoring the softness and shine to your strands. It also provides heat protection so you can defend your hair from further damage and keep it looking its best.

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Aesop Shine Hair and Beard Oil

 

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A natural, lightweight oil perfect for dry, frizzy hair (but suitable for all hair types), the Aesop Shine Hair and Beard oil is multi-purpose, nourishing your locks without feeling too greasy. A little goes a long way with this vegan, cruelty-free and Australian-made formula. And as with any Aesop product, it’s got that dreamy spa-like aroma for you to indulge in.

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The Ordinary Multi-Peptide Serum for Hair Density

 

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If you’re wanting longer, thicker hair then this hair oil is for you. Its concentrated formula deeply penetrates the scalp, promoting denser, fuller hair growth, better circulation and healthy hair follicles. Use a few drops every day religiously and thank me later.  

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Shu Uemura Essence Absolue Nourishing Protective Oil

A cult favourite, Shu Uemura’s protective oil is a best-seller and for good reason. Its deeply moisturising formula leaves hair feeling silky soft and much easier to manage. It’s multi-purpose and suitable for all hair types, restoring hydration without weighing your hair down. You can even use it to help detangle your locks. 

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Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

 

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As the name suggests, this oil instantly vanishes into hair, adding lustre back into dull strands. A perfect everyday oil, you can thank it for hydrating and smoothing out your hair while fighting and reducing frizz and beating breakage with UV protection. 

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