Contrary to popular belief, the words hair and oil are not mutually exclusive. Particularly in a day in which people attack any sign of oil with dry shampoo, adding oil to hair seems counterintuitive. While its popularity is often credited to the success of Josie Maran’s multi-purpose Argan Oil, launched in 2007, beauty oils have been around for centuries, but with today’s technology, their use has been fine tuned, from banishing parched skin and hair, to messy cuticles.
Ideally, hair shouldn’t be exposed to damaging dyes and heat styling, yet, to most women, forgoing such rituals is unfeasible. All three of these hair oils, from Oribe, Pureology, and Living Proof, offer the same benefits regardless of your hair type: penetrating into hair to repair and protect damaged strands (even split ends), preventing frizz, protecting from dye, and adding a non-greasy sheen. All worked wonders on my daily-washed, highlighted, and (predictably) dried out hair, with Living Proof‘s aptly named Satin leaving me with the softest strands of my life. With a line co-owned by hair queen Jennifer Aniston, could you expect any less? I’ve used Oribe’s products for years, and, in addition to magazine-worthy hair, Gold Lust leaves a lingering scent-word is they’ve got a fragrance in the works. Like all things Pureology, the line’s Precious Oil is eco-friendly, made of 100% biodegradable ingredients, and free of parabens and silicones. To use oils, warm up a quarter-sized dollop in your hands and apply to damp or dry hair, concentrating on the ends. Healthy-looking hair, commence.