This article originally appeared on InStyle.
It’s easy to believe that using a hair oil might be counterintuitive when trying to solve your hair struggles. Adding more moisture to already greasy, dull strands probably sounds like more trouble than an improvement to the current state of your hair.
However, an oil that’s packed with the right blend of nourishing ingredients can be equally as effective in remedying your current hair situation as a weekly or bi-weekly mask.
The difference: with oils you’ve got more options on how to use them. Pretreat hair before shampooing, coat damp hair post-shower, or use one on dry hair for a touch up between washes, are a few ways to reap the benefits of their ingredients.
Since every hair issue isn’t one-oil-fits-all, we’ve paired the best oils to use for every hair type and concern. Keep scrolling to find out which hair oil you should use on your strands.
Aside from the fact that this nutrient-rich oil resembles your favorite summer drink, Ouai’s fast-absorbing hair oil hydrates and smooths dry, coarse hair. And its nourishing benefits aren’t just limited to your hair: it can be used from head-to-toe, too. Rosé all day indeed.
Whether you’ve had your hair colored a few too many times or you’re headed to the beach for a day in the sun, this cult-favorite French export is the answer when your hair is screaming SOS. The luxe blend of natural and essential oils can be applied pre-shampoo to hydrate over-prosessed hair or before hitting the beach to protect strands from the sun, saltwater, and chlorine.
The key to perfectly defined, bouncy curls: a whole lot of hydration. Keep curly and natural hair moisturized with a mongongo oil-powered treatment. Bonus: Ouidad’s formula also tames frizz, boosts shine, and protects from heat damage.
Tame unruly strands with a coat of Living Proof’s frizz-fighting oil packed with nourshing ingredients.
Keep your color just-left-the-salon-fresh by running OGX’s blend of orchid and grape seed extracts from your roots to ends. The duo locks in color and shields from UVA/UVB to prevent fading.
Keep thick strands from getting dry by coating them with Shu Uemura’s uber-nourishing oil. Its enriched with camellia oil which keeps strands soft, sleek, and smooth.
If your heat tools are always within reaching distance, use Rodin’s oil as extra protection to prevent and repair damage from daily styling. It counts nourishing oils like sunflower, jojoba, rosemary, neroli amongst its powerful ingredients.
If your hair is dull and lifeless, treat it with L’Oréal’s featherweight mix of sunflower, argan, and coconut oils just to name a few, to boost shine.