The Best Natural Oils For Your Hair

Whether you are trying to avoid chemicals or are just looking to experiment with some new hair care products, the world of natural oils has an oil for every hair type- yes even for oily hair! 

Packed with qualities that help nourish and strengthen the hair, natural oils such as argan, jojoba, almond, olive and grapeseed are some of the best oils for hair health and can be used directly on the skin and hair. 

Since there are so many choices, many people wonder which oils are the best to use on their hair. Once you’ve decided on your hair needs and goals, this helpful guide will help you choose which natural oil will work best for you.

Argan Oil

Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil and “liquid gold”, is derived from nuts produced from argan trees. Rich in fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E, argan oil not only makes your hair look and feel amazing, but it also has many protective qualities. 

All-natural, organic argan oil is best to use, since it is minimally processed and does not contain any chemicals or additives.

Ideal for: Dry, brittle, frizzy or coarse hair that is frequently styled and exposed to heat. Also ideal for people with hair that tends to get greasy.

Benefits: Argan oil protects hair against damage from UV rays and heat. It also moisturizes and smoothes hair, making it soft and manageable while leaving it with a lustrous sheen. 

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil, pronounced ho-ho-ba, is a product of the jojoba plant. Jojoba oil is ideal for use on the hair since it shares many characteristics with sebum, the oil our skin and scalp naturally produce. This means it won’t interfere with the scalp’s natural ph balance making it perfect for people with scalp issues. Since it deeply penetrates the hair shaft and follicle, working from the inside out, jojoba oil is a great moisturizer. Jojoba oil also has antibacterial qualities. 

All-natural, unrefined jojoba oil is the best type to use on hair and skin, since it does not contain any chemical ingredients.

Ideal for: Dry, damaged or dull hair and those with dandruff and dry scalp issues.

Benefits: Jojoba oil moisturizes hair, prevents dandruff and dry scalp and leaves hair feeling soft and looking beautiful.

Almond Oil

Almond oil comes from the kernels inside almonds. It contains Vitamin E, fatty acids, proteins and antioxidants, along with magnesium, which reduces hair breakage and helps it grow. 

All natural almond oil is best, as there are no added chemicals.

Ideal for: Dry and damaged hair, dandruff-prone hair and those with slow-growing hair or hair loss issues.

Benefits: Almond oil moisturizes, seals and protects hair whilst also protecting against hair loss and breakage. Using it regularly helps you grow longer and stronger hair.

Olive Oil

Olive oil is another extremely versatile oil, derived from pressing olives. It has protective and moisturizing properties. Olive oil nourishes and strengthens the hair by penetrating the hair shaft and preserving moisture.

Organic extra virgin olive oil is best, since it is rich in natural antioxidants and does not contain any chemical ingredients.

Ideal for: Damaged, dull, dry or frizzy hair, as well as hair that is dandruff-prone.

Benefits: Olive oil protects against heat damage, imparts a sleek look and shine, moisturizes and gives damaged and broken hair a healthy appearance. 

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil is an extract of cold-pressed grape seeds. It contains emollients, antioxidants and nutrients that are essential to the growth of healthy hair. While it possesses the same moisturizing qualities as many other natural oils, grapeseed oil is superior in its ability to treat brittle and weak hair and hair loss. It is also an effective dandruff and dermatitis fighter and may help people regrow hair. 

Pure, all natural grapeseed oil is the best type to use for skin and hair care purposes.

Ideal for: Dry, dull and brittle hair, hair that is prone to getting greasy and dandruff-prone hair. It is also effective at combating hair loss.

Benefits: Grapeseed oil moisturizes and conditions hair. It also helps make hair healthy and strong and is effective in treating frizz and split ends. Grapeseed oil is helpful in fighting dandruff and reduces scalp inflammation in those who suffer from dermatitis. 

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What To Consider When Buying A Hair Oil

With so many wonderful hair oils on the market today, it can be quite a daunting task trying to decide which hair oil is right for you. Not only are there hundreds of different hair oil products out there but you can even find some beautiful oils in your kitchen; like Olive Oil for example. So which one is best?

We’ve put together a quick list of things to consider before purchasing your next hair oil, below: 

Your Hair Goals/Needs

It might be tempting to reach for whatever oil is trending at the moment, but it’s more important to consider what nutrients your hair needs and what exactly you are trying to achieve. 

For example, if you’re striving for thicker, shinier hair, olive oil could be one of your best options due to its rich, protective nature. However, if you’re a bleached blonde, or even a natural one at that, and looking to maintain both your hair’s integrity and colour, then a hair oil product that specialises in just that would be the better option for you.

Your Hair’s Porosity

Don’t just rely on texture alone to make your hair choices—porosity plays a major factor too. For low porosity hair, lightweight oils that easily penetrate the cuticle are best (think grapeseed, almond, and jojoba oil). For high porosity hair, heavier oils that reduce frizz (like coconut oil, olive oil, and castor oil) are ideal.

Essentially, hair porosity is about your hair’s ability to absorb and retain moisture. The porosity of your hair affects how well oils and moisture pass in and out of the outermost layer of your hair, known as the cuticle.

How You Style Your Hair

Will you be wearing your hair straight, curly, or in a protective style? Your hair will need different types of oil in each of these states. For straight styles, heat protectant should be your #1 priority to protect the integrity of your hair. For curly styles, focus on fighting the frizz and keeping your ends hydrated. Protective styles? It’s all about the scalp! Keep a different oil on hand for each choice.

Still unsure? 

Pop by the salon and talk to one of our knowledgeable stylists about your hair needs and goals!

Balayage vs Ombre; What’s the difference?

Balayage vs Ombre; What’s the difference?

So you’ve heard these terms for a few years now but still can’t really tell the difference. No worries; we’ve got you covered! We’ve put together a quick list so you can compare the two and decide if one, or both, or neither, are right for you.

So what is balayage?

Balayage is all about how the colour is applied. The word Balayage originates from the French term “to sweep.” or “to paint”.

It’s a highlighting technique in which the dye is painted on by hand in such a way as to create a subtle and natural sun-kissed look.

With Balayage, not necessarily all the ends will be lightened and the transition between dark and light will be much longer and more natural looking.

What is Ombre?

Meaning “shaded”, it describes a hair colouring technique where a darker base colour is gradually lightened along the lengths, usually starting around mid-way, giving a sun-kissed effect.

Ombre is typically done with sections taken horizontally and the lightener is applied to all the hair (for full saturation) and then blended upward to diffuse the line.

Ombre is a hair colour technique where all the ends are going be affected and the transition from the deeper roots and light ends is going to be pretty short.

What is the difference between Balayage and Ombre? And what makes them similar?

Ombre is typically done with lightener being placed horizontally with full saturation of the section and then blended upward to diffuse the line; resulting in a much more obvious colour.

Whereas Balayage involves taking smaller sections of hair vertically and painting the colour onto the surface of the hair; creating a more subtle sun-kissed look.

In short, Ombre is a bit more of a style; Balayage is a technique.

Both result in a pretty low maintenance routine, since the hair colour placement is not strict but done in gradual (for Ombre) or sweeping (for Balayage) placement. Regular foil highlights, for example, require more regular visits to the salon.

What does the difference between Balayage and Ombre mean for me?

The good news is that anyone can try either look, depending on their desired result. The two techniques can even be used together on any hair colour for any desired hair colour.

Choosing which one is right for you really depends on the look you’re trying to achieve. Whether you’re looking for a blonde, brown, red, rose gold or even vivid colour look, your stylist should be able to work with you on either technique to create the colour effect you’re going for.

The creative possibilities are endless.

Contact us to discuss your possibilities today!