Hair oil test: Find the right one for your hair type and needs

In this article we will dive into some of the very best oils for hair, and why you should consider looking for hair products and hair oils with these amazing natural oils.

Mette Frederiksen

Beauty editor

Mette is a Danish journalist from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Copenhagen. She has a background in beauty and has worked in a health shop where her primary focus was on hair care products including purchasing and selling these. Read more about the author.

Because of the oil's moisturizing, nurturing, softening and protective properties for hair and skin, especially oil for hair, has become a necessary hair care product for many women. Every day, an oil for the hair ensures that the lids both feel and look healthy, soft and shiny. BUT, not all oils are equally good for all hair types! There are also harmful ingredients in many hair oils, which you should stay away from!

Read on and get a little wiser on the oil for your hair, how it is used, what oils you should choose for your hair, and what you should pay extra attention to in this guide:

What is hair oil?

With a history dating back hundreds of years, the use of oils is nothing new; however, our knowledge about oils has expanded. We have become much wiser about the various effects oils can have on a variety of aspects of life. Oil is used not only for cooking but also frequently used in skin care and hair care products. Due to the moisturizing, nourishing, and protective effect that oil can have on hair and skin, it is highly suitable for softening and nourishing hair and scalp.

A good 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 a hair oil that suits your needs and hair type, since there are many different types of hair oils. Some are good for fine and thin hair, others are better for strong and dry hair, and some are suitable for all hair types like HairLust Hair Oil.

Whether your hair needs a daily oil treatment, or if you just need a little extra shine once in a while, a good hair oil is essential and can make a huge difference to your hair's appearance and condition. It's just important to find one that fits your hair type and one that does not weigh down your hair or makes it greasy. It's hard to know if a hair weighs down the hair or makes it greasy before applying it, but it's a good rule of thumb to pick a hair oil that isn’t too cheap.

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

Vegetable Oils

Vegetable oils are typically derived from nuts or seeds, and are usually odourless. This type of oil can be used alone and on its own, or used to dilute essential oils before applying them to skin or using them as hair oil. Dilution of essential oils may help prevent any possible side effects from contact with pure oil, such as skin irritation. Several studies show, for example, that grape seed oil and coconut oil work well together, if the purpose is to strengthen and protect the hair.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are concentrated and powerful oils, which should not be applied directly to the skin undiluted. They should always be mixed with, for example, a vegetable oil before being applied to the skin or used in a hair oil. Essential oils are widely used in cosmetics, food, aromatherapy, and pharmaceutical products because of their taste, fragrance, and properties. Essential oils can be used as beneficial ingredients or to imbue the product with odour and taste. Essential oils are found in plant cells and plant glands, typically at the top of the plant or in the plant tissue. Depending on the oil, it is extracted from flowers, leaves, berries, resins, cones, woods, rhizomes, fruits, shells or other parts of the plant.

Look for these vegetable oils when you need to find a hair oil that suits your needs:

Types of Hair Oils

Argan oil: good hair oil for styling and softening

This oil has a protective effect on the hair and leaves it smooth, softer, and less wrinkly. Argan oil is a very good styling oil and can be used for most hair types. This hair oil is good for providing a shiny, healthy, and soft look. In addition, argan oil has a beautiful, neutral scent which is to the liking of most people.

Coconut oil: good for damaged hair

Coconut oil is a light hair oil that does not make the hair greasy or weighs it down, which are things you should test if you have problems with the hair breaking and splitting. Coconut oil is an amazingly good hair oil and one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair, thereby strengthening and repairing the hair from the inside out, and not only protect the hair with a barrier of oil. This oil is very good for dry, damaged, and broken hair. Coconut has a characteristic scent that most can’t get enough of. Read more about HairLust Hair Oil natural coconut oil for your hair here.

Olive oil: good for reviving dry hair

Olive oil is good at providing elasticity and shine to the hair. Olive oil is good for thick and dry hair, and may increase the level of moisture in the hair. So if you suffer from dry hair, test a hair oil based on olive oil. Be aware that it may weigh down the hair a little bit, if you have thin or fine hair.

Almond oil: improves the scalp’s health

The mixture of Vitamins A, B, and E in this particular oil helps strengthen the scalp. The high Vitamin E content helps promote the scalp's moisture balance, which makes almond oil a good hair oil for you if you have a dry and sensitive scalp. Almond oil is a light hair oil suitable for all hair types.

Grape seed oil: protecting the hair

Grape seed oil works very well at protecting the hair from heat, and is especially useful if you often use heaters, such as flat irons or blow dryers. Apply a little oil to the entire hair during the day or before applying heat to provide shine and protection to your hair. This hair oil is in general good at strengthening hair and at reducing dry hair and itchy scalp.

Avocado oil: reduces fractures

Avocado oil is rich in amino acids, vitamins, and fatty acids. Avocado oil strengthens the hair and makes it more resistant to fractures. This hair oil is also good for dry hair and is a hair oil you ought to test if you have fine or thin hair, since it does not weigh down the hair.

Castor oil: gives the hair volume

A heavier hair oil, which can be great for moisturizing your hair. Many have also used this oil to give the hair more volume. However, this oil is very heavy and for that reason might weigh down most hair.

Read our other article via this link, if you want to learn more about how to use natural plant fats in hair masks oils for dry hair.

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