5 Benefits of Using Oil for Hair & How to Optimise Your Results

Have you tried an oil for hair? If not, now may be time to start. A good hair oil is one of the best ways to get shiny, healthy-looking hair. But not every oil is created equally!

Paulina Björkbacka

Digital Marketing Assistant, HairLust

Paulina studies at Copenhagen Business School and gains hands-on experience in marketing at HairLust where she works with the Swedish market. Her interest in hair care grew during her time as a competitive swimmer as she spent countless hours in chlorine water which resulted in dry, dull and damaged hair. She finds inspiration when hearing other's hair care stories and never says no to trying new hair care products. Read more.

Because of the oil's moisturising, softening and protective properties for hair and skin, especially oil for hair, has become a necessary hair care product for many. But, not all oils are equally good for all types of hair.

Keep reading to learn the benefits of using an oil for hair and to find out which oil is the best oil for your hair type. Plus, we’ll tell you how to use hair oil!

Why Use a Hair Oil?

So, why use an oil for hair? Unlike our skin, our hair has no way to keep itself moisturised. That’s why our hair follicles produce sebum, a natural oil meant to travel down the hair shaft and keep hair healthy and hydrated.

Unfortunately, this natural process doesn’t always work the way nature intended! With modern styling and colouring techniques, our natural sebum often just isn’t enough to keep our hair moisturised. That’s where oil comes in. A good hair oil supplements your natural sebum, providing the protection and moisture that your hair craves.

Did you know that clinical trials shows that coconut oil and olive oil can resists up to 30% of UV rays

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With a history dating back hundreds of years, the use of oils is nothing new; however, our knowledge about oils is expanding. We have become much wiser about the various effects oils can have on a variety of aspects of life. Due to the moisturising and protective effect that oil can have on hair and skin, it is highly suitable for softening and nourishing hair and scalp.

A good hair oil can be used in a variety of ways, depending on hair type and needs. It might be a good idea to test different hair oils or specifically focus on one that suits your needs and hair type, since there are many different types available. Some are best for fine hair, while other oils are better for curls or dry hair. (more on that later).

To get an overview of types of oils, we have divided them into two categories:

Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils, also known as fatty oils, base oils or carrier oils, are typically derived from nuts, seeds, berries, flowers or leaves. Vegetable oils are greasier and oilier than essential oils and they don’t evaporate like essential oils do. The function of the oils in seeds is to protect the seed while it’s still part of the plant.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are extracted from various plant parts, including flowers, trees, grasses, leaves and roots. They can be extracted from leaves, berries, resin, cones, firewood, needles, rhizomes, fruits and shells as well as other parts of the plant. Note, that not all plants produce essential oils.

In fact, essential oils are used as part of a plant's survival mechanism. For example, their strong aroma may signal to pollinators that they have pollen ready to be harvested, or they may warn predators to stay away. Essential oils are extremely concentrated and very powerful. Direct application can cause skin irritation and can even burn your skin or cause allergies. So for optical use, it is important to dilute the oil or mix it with a base oil and be sure not to use too much.

Want to learn how to use hair oil in your hair? Watch the tutorial below:

5 Benefits of Using Oil for Hair:

  • Oil Strengthens Your Hair: Oil increases the elasticity of hair, which means that it’s less prone to breakage.
  • A Good Hair Oil Protects Your Hair from Heat Damage: By coating each hair strand with a protective layer of oil, oils may help to defend your hair against heat damage.
  • Oil for Hair Hydrates and Prevents Frizz: Oils that are rich in fatty acids and vitamin E actually create a barrier that prevents your strands from losing precious moisture. This barrier also prevents humidity from entering the hair shaft, keeping frizz at bay.
  • Oils May Promote Hair Growth: Since oils hydrate and strengthen the hair shaft, they prevent hair breakage, which may make your hair appear to grow more quickly.
  • Oils Are Naturally UV Protective: Plant phenols found in botanical oils have the natural ability to prevent and even reverse the harmful effects of UV radiation on the skin and hair. In fact, some plant oils provide 30% more protection than your bare skin or hair.

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What is the Best Oil for Hair?

Not all oils are good for hair, however. Whether or not an oil is good for your hair depends on your hair type and the benefits you’re looking for. Keep reading for our recommendations on the best oil for hair!

Best Oil for Hair: Curls

Coconut oil is an excellent choice for curls. Why? Because unlike many other types of oils for hair, coconut oil has a small molecular size that absorbs easily into the hair strand. This provides curls with moisture without weighing them down. Avocado oil has a similar effect.

Best Oil for Hair: Extra Shine

Lightweight carrier oils like jojoba oil and carrot oil are perfect to add a little extra sheen to your locks. To add shine, just rub a very small amount of oil over dry, styled hair. Be careful not to overdo it! Too much oil can leave your hair looking greasy instead of glossy.

Best Oil for Hair: Prevent Split Ends

Coconut oil is also an excellent option for preventing split ends. To use, warm up a small amount of coconut oil in your hands, then apply to your ends. For best results, apply coconut oil to your hair before bed, then style your hair in a protective hairstyle to prevent split ends from forming overnight.

Best Oil for Hair: Combat Frizz or Dryness

If you have dry or damaged hair, try argan oil. This Moroccan oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E that provide much-needed moisture to parched locks. That’s why it’s our pick for the best oil for hair that’s dry or damaged!

Best Oil for Hair: Fine Hair

Lightweight oils like apricot kernel oil can add shine and moisture to fine hair without weighing it down. Just be careful to avoid your roots during application, since too much oil near the scalp can make fine hair look greasy and flat.

Best Oil for Hair: Hair Growth

Peppermint oil can help to promote hair growth by stimulating circulation on the scalp. This increase in blood flow helps to deliver needed nutrients to the hair follicles, thus helping hair to grow. Thus, peppermint oil is the best oil for hair in need of growth support.

Of course, applying peppermint oil directly to the scalp could mean oily-looking hair, especially for those with fine or thinning hair. The solution? Our Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer. This growth-promoting product contains peppermint oil to stimulate scalp circulation. The formula also promotes volume at the roots, instantly creating the appearance of thicker hair. Additionally, this product is awesome for soothing and moisturising a dry and inflamed scalp, which can be another cause of hair thinning.

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Best Oil for Hair: UV Protection

Out of all oils for hair, sunflower oil, olive oil and coconut oil are some of the best oils if you want sun protection.

Best Oil for Hair Overall

That’s a lot to remember! What about an all-in-one oil? We’ve got you. Our pick for the best oil for hair overall is our Hair Strengthening & Protection Oil, which combines organic sunflower oil, organic argan oil, organic coconut oil and organic apricot kernel oil for multiple effects, including deep hydration, heat protection, and added shine. Apply to wet hair to help with detangling and for protection against heat styling, or apply to dry hair for UV and pollution defense.

How to Use Hair Oil: The Basics

Now that you know which oil is right for your hair type, here’s how to use it.

How to Use Hair Oil as a Moisturising Treatment

How to Use Hair Oil as a Moisturising Treatment

The easiest way to use an oil for hair is as a moisturising treatment. Before stepping into the shower, apply your favourite oil to your hair, then tie up your hair using a Hair Ring. The heat and steam from the shower will open up your hair cuticle, allowing the oil to deeply penetrate and moisturise the hair shaft. After five minutes of steaming, wash your hair with shampoo and conditioner as usual.

How to Use Hair Oil to Detangle & Protect From Heat

How to Use Hair Oil to Detangle & Protect From Heat

A good hair oil can also aid in detangling and protecting hair before using heat tools. Just apply a light sheen of oil to wet hair, then gently work through knots with a Wet Brush.

You can also apply a heat-protecting oil like Hair Strengthening & Protection Oil to wet hair before blow drying to mitigate some of the damage caused by hot tools.

How to Use Hair Oil to Combat Frizz & Protect Hair from UV & Pollution

Use Hair Oil to Combat Frizz

To protect against damage from UV rays and pollution, apply a small amount of Hair Defence & Hydration Mist over dry hair. The secret lies in the ingredient, Phytessence™ French Oak Extract, an antioxidant-rich compound that acts as a natural UV filter plus other plant-based moisturising ingredients.

Want to DIY? To make your own hair protection spray, mix 1 tablespoon each of your favourite oils such as olive oil, coconut oil, sunflower oil and shea butter with ½ cup of water and spray on hair whenever you need some UV protection.

How to Use Hair Oil: Common Mistakes to Avoid

Watch out for these common errors when applying oil to your hair!

How to Use Hair Oil Mistake #1: Applying Oil Too Close to Your Roots & Scalp

If you have fine or straight hair, applying oil too close to your roots can leave your hair looking lank and lifeless. Why? Because your scalp produces a natural oil called sebum. Since your roots are close to your scalp, they’re already well-moisturised with sebum. Adding any oil on top will just weigh down your hair. Plus, applying oil to your scalp can clog pores, leading to breakouts and even hair loss.

The only exception, of course, is using a good hair oil product that’s specifically formulated for use on the scalp and roots like our Scalp Follicle Treatment & Volumizer, which contains growth-promoting peppermint oil.

How to Use Hair Oil Mistake #2: Using Too Much Oil

When it comes to oil, there can definitely be too much of a good thing! So it’s important to start small. Remember, you can always add more! We recommend starting with a pea-size amount of good hair oil. Then, if your hair still feels dry, add a little bit more.

How to Use Hair Oil Mistake #3: Using the Wrong Type of Oil

Using the wrong oil on your hair can also lead to less-than-optimal results. For example, if you use dry oil on dry hair, your hair won’t feel soft and moisturised. Likewise, if you use a heavy oil on fine hair, your hair will look greasy and flat. Check our list above for the best oil for hair!

4 Tips to Maximise the Benefits of a Good Hair Oil

Now that you know all the benefits of a good hair oil and how to use an oil, here are a few tips to help you maximise your results:

Tip #1: Detox Regularly

Detox Regularly

While oils can help to moisturise and protect your hair, they can also leave an unwanted residue that weighs hair down. Remove buildup from oils with our Hair & Scalp Detox Scrub. This scalp scrub gently buffs away buildup from dead skin cells, oils, and hair products to encourage softer, bouncier hair. We recommend using this product once per week, or whenever your hair feels like it needs a refresh.

Tip #2: Protein Treatment

Protein Treatment

If you’re using a good hair oil to revive damaged hair, you should also consider adding a protein treatment to your routine. Why? Because damaged hair craves both moisture and protein. We recommend using our Protein Reconstructor Hair Mask, which utilises hydrolyzed vegetable proteins to rebuild damaged areas of the hair shaft. For best results, use one to three times per month.

Tip #3: Nourish from Within

Nourish from Within

Of course, your hair follicles can’t grow healthy, shiny hair without adequate nutrition! That’s why it’s so important to make sure that you’re getting all the necessary nutrients for healthy hair growth. We recommend taking Hair Growth Formula Gummies or Tablets, which are loaded with hair-healthy vitamins and minerals like biotin, selenium, vitamin C, and Zinc. Plus, the chewable gummy-formula is sugar-free and they taste delicious, so it’s easy to remember to take them everyday!

both and you’ll be amazed with the results!

Tip #4: Use Tools That Prevent Breakage

Use Tools That Prevent Breakage

If your goal is hair growth, it’s also super important to remember to baby your hair in order to prevent breakage. After all, it won’t matter how quickly your hair is growing if it just breaks off when you style it!

The key to preventing breakage is to invest in special tools that provide your hair with a little extra TLC. First we recommend our Wet Brush, which uses soft silicone bristles to detangle hair without snapping any strands. Then we recommend our Hair Rings, which are specially designed to pull back hair without all the breakage from a typical hair tie. Try

Now that you know all the benefits of using oil in your hair, will you try a hair oil? Or do you already use hair oil? If so, which is your favourite for your hair type? Let us know in the comment section below!


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  • Morshada Mosharof

    I ‘ve combination hair. It becomes oily after 2-3 days of shampooing scalp starts to become oily but rest of hair feels dry.☹️☹️☹️
    I used to have thick hair in my school days after that I forgot when I had such thick hair.!!! Too much hair fall, my hair has become too much thin that at the age of 28 I have become an old bold lady. Haven’t yet become fuully bold but in the way of it. I have dandruff problem & itching problem in my scalp. I feel pain in my hair roots whenever touched with anything. I can’t touch my hair often because of this pain.

  • Maria from HairLust

    Hi Iftikhar,

    Thank you for your question. :)

    I have a product for you in mind! Residue from hair products, natural oils, and hard water can accumulate on the scalp and hair, leaving your hair looking lank and dull and your scalp greasy and with dandruff. Not what you want! Hair & Scalp Detox Scrub presses the reset button on your strands by gently removing buildup. Think of a skin exfoliator, but for your scalp and hair. Hair is shinier and more manageable, while the scalp is hydrated and refreshed.

    Also our green Hair Growth & Repair Shampoo, it has been developed with a focus on the male audience, but is basically a unisex product that can be used by both women and men. It is suitable for all hair types, and is especially recommended for men who experience imbalance in the scalp or problems with hair loss and dry, fine or thin hair. It contains the same active, vegan micro-proteins from plants and rice as the pink series. These effective proteins restore and strengthen the proteins in the hair and hair follicles from within, and work actively to prolong the life cycle of the hair. Organic aloe vera, green mint and olive leaf extract have a nourishing, cooling and soothing effect on an irritated, itchy, oily or dry scalp, while stimulating blood circulation to the hair roots. The shampoo smells fresh of mint.

    I hope you can use my advice on getting rid of dandruff once and for all!

    Kind regards, 

  • Iftikhar

    My hair is too thin and soft. I have a lot of dandruff. My hair and dandruff falls out everyday. Please help me know which oil is better for me. (Almond, Coconut, or Olive)

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