The Best Hair Oils to Keep Your Tresses Soft and Shiny

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For better or worse, we put our hair through a lot in pursuit of great locks, which can lead to some seriously unhealthy strands.

Depending on your hair type, summer can be an especially trying time, with problems like humidity-caused frizz, UV damage, or dried out locks from frequent dips in the salty ocean or worse, a chlorine-water pool.  Whatever your reason for lack-luster locks, a hair oil can to provide some much-needed conditioning and softening, in addition to important protection from heat or sun damage. But with so many different products to choose from, it can be tricky to commit to just one, and preferably one that actually makes a difference in the texture and health of your hair. For a little help making a decision, check out some of the hair oils that passersby love and recommend most.

1. Bumble and bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil

Bumble and bumble's Hairdresser's Invisible Oil is a product that aims to soften, strengthen, and protect hair from all types of damage. It contains a blend of six lightweight oils to keep hair moisturized and sleek: grapeseed oil, safflower seed oil, sweet almond oil, macadamia nut oil, argan oil, and coconut oil. After application, flyaways are instantly tamed and hair is protected against heat and UV damage. This oil works on all hair types, and can be used on damp or dry hair.

RECOMMENDED BY: Lexi Cunningham, Molly Young, Sue Williamson, Holly Falcone, ivy weinglass


2. Oribe Côte d'Azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil

This is probably the best-smelling hair and body oil you'll ever come across. Oribe's Côte d'Azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil contains a blend of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. It nourishes skin and hair with sweet almond, meadowfoam and starflower oils, and creates a nice, luminous sheen when applied. Formulated without parabens, sulfates, or sodium chloride, this oil is also vegan and cruelty-free.

RECOMMENDED BY: dasha faires, tamara santibanez, beth garrabrant


3. Ouai Hair Oil

Ouai's Hair Oil smooths down flyaways and seals split-ends to keep hair looking flawless and healthy. Made with African Galanga, Ama and Asian Borage oils, it's safe to use on color-treated hair and provides protection from heat styling tools. It has a silky finish and doubles as a great overnight moisturizing mask when applied to towel-dried hair.

“I started bleaching my hair, it’s developed this tendency to turn into a rat’s nest every night. Ouai has been a total lifesaver and makes brushing my hair a lot less like warfare and more manageable.” - Abby Pucker

Recommended by: Lauren Caruso, angie venezia, alyssa coscarelli, abby pucker


4. Weleda Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil

For a totally natural option, try Weleda's Rosemary Conditioning Hair Oil. It provides intensive care to dried out hair by nourishing and deep conditioning. This oil is made from fair trade rosemary and is free of any synthetic dyes, fragrances, or preservatives. It also contains clover and burdock root extracts to moisturize your hair and scalp.

Recommended by: Domino Kirke

Words by Annachiara Barretto-Grignoli