The Best Oils for Dry Hair

The new generation of hair oils boost shine, moisture and overall strand strength. Here are the standouts.

Crystal G. Martin Jan, 24, 2014

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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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This mighty multasker not only provides moisture, but  fights free radicals and gives your strands sun protection.  ($40)

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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)

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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).

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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).

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This multitasker can be used as a pre-shampoo or overnight treatment and protect hair while blow drying. ($6, drugstores)


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