The verdict is in: Oils as beauty treatments aren't going anywhere, especially when it comes to hair. "Everyone can benefit from the right hair oil," says Kattia Solano, owner of Butterfly Studio in New York City. "No matter your hair texture, oils are healing, hydrating, and ideal deep conditioners. They're also great to combine with your favorite conditioners or hair treatments." Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue is Solano's all-time favorite oil product. "I don't go anywhere without it," she says. "I use it on my five-year-old. I'd bathe in it if I could! And Oribe Gold Lust Oil, made of jasmine and edelweiss flower, smells great, and has argan extract, so it's extremely moisturizing. Moral of the story: There is an oil (or two, or three) out there for everyone. It's all about finding the right oils for you." Here, she shares the hair oils to keep on your radar.
If you're worried about hair loss, you might want to try castor oil. It has antibacterial, anti-fungal properties that help fight scalp infections, which may cause hair loss, Solano says. It also contains ricinoleic acid, which promotes hair growth by increasing blood circulation. "Castor oil is usually heavy and thick," Solano says, "so take a few drops and rub it together in your palms. You'll feel the oil warm up quickly, which is the ricinoleic acid at work. Then massage it slowly onto your scalp and wash out after fifteen minutes."
Lemongrass has antiseptic properties and strengthens hair follicles, Solano says. "If someone is struggling with an itchy, dry, and irritated scalp, this oil can help," she says. For best results, massage a few drops onto your scalp for two minutes right before washing your hair.
Coconut, Jojoba, and Argan Oils
For moisture, look no further than coconut, jojoba, and argan oils. All three are similar in use and consistency—they're amazing for hydration and are packed with protein Solano says. Some people have an allergy to coconut oil, so they can easily swap jojoba or argan oil to achieve the same results, she says. Coconut and jojoba oils are on the heavier side, though, so use an appropriate amount for your hair. If you have fine hair, argan oil is the best to use of the three, as it helps repair hair while not weighing it down too much. "But I'd still suggest that people with fine hair use small amounts, and keep it away from the scalp," she says.
Lavender is an essential oil that's great to use as a leave-in treatment before bed, Solano says, as the smell of lavender may help induce sleep. "You'll have to mix it with a more hydrating oil like jojoba or argan—I wouldn't suggest applying large amounts of essential oils to the skin without diluting it with a thicker oil—but the combination makes for the perfect overnight treatment," she says. "Have a good night's sleep and wake up with amazing hair—win win!"
Camellia and Rahua Oils
Camellia and rahua are both healing—they're concentrated with nutrients, yet not heavy. "I love the added moisture from these two," Solano says. "They're my go-to oils."
Tea Tree Oil
Tea tree oil, much like lavender, can be mixed with more hydrating oils. "It's also a natural anti-fungal and disinfectant, so it's great for treating dandruff."