The new generation of hair oils boost shine, moisture and overall strand strength. Here are the standouts.
The Best Hair Oils
The newest oils absorb quickly into the hair shaft, nourishing your strands from the inside out. "Oil is ultra-important for women of color," says Tippi Shorter, Aveda Global Artistic Director for Textured Hair. "That hair type is generally coarser and drier so daily application of an oil is ideal." Taking Shorter's advice to heart, we rounded up a few of our favorite oils.
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PhytoSpecific Baobab Oil
This mighty multasker not only provides moisture, but fights free radicals and gives your strands sun protection. ($40)
Aveda Dry Remedy Daily Moisturizing Oil
Over 99 percent naturally derived, the molecules in this buriti oil are so small, they can penetrate into the hair shaft rather than sit on top. ($27)
Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Nourishing Treatment
Infused with African Macedemia Nut Oil, this treatment is an affordable luxury that protects hair from blow-drying damage and leaves it smelling divine ($11.19).
Creme of Nature 100% Pure Argan Oil
This ESSENCE-editor favorite is lightweight but still protects hair from styling damage. Bonus: This oil can be used on the body too! ($13, drugstores).
Garnier Fructis Marvelous Oil Deep Nourish
This multitasker can be used as a pre-shampoo or overnight treatment and protect hair while blow drying. ($6, drugstores)