Lusting after smoother locks? These are the best hair oils of 2023 (2023)

Kérastase elixir ultimate l’huile original hair oil

  • Best: Overall
  • Size: 100ml
  • Key ingredients : Amla extract, camellia oil, argan oil
  • For hair type: All hair types
  • Suitable for vegans: No

The Kérastase hair oil has built up quite the fan base, and it’s easy to see why. The gorgeous golden packaging adds a little luxury to your everyday routine, and our tester is a sucker for boujee-looking bottles. But, of course, it’s what’s on the inside that really counts, and the elixir ultimate certainly doesn’t disappoint.

Hero ingredients include amla extract, camellia and argan oil which all help to strengthen strands, stimulate hair growth and even prevent premature pigment loss, meaning it works to keep grey hairs at bay. It also acts as a heat protector up to 230C, seals split ends and instantly adds shine while smoothing strands and fighting frizz.

Whether used on damp hair as a primer or dry hair as a finisher, the competition was close, but Kérastase kept the top spot as our favourite find.

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John Frieda frizz ease miraculous recovery oil

  • Best: Budget hair oil
  • Size: 100ml
  • Key ingredients : Argan oil, coconut oil and moringa oil
  • For hair type : Dry, frizzy, damaged hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Coming in at just £6, this hair oil is a real bargain buy. Argan oil, coconut oil and moringa oil are the key ingredients working to smooth strands and add shine, but dimethicone is the key ingredient used to fight frizz, which is the aim of the game for this hair oil. While dimethicone is famous for giving a sleek, silky look to hair, it is a rather controversial ingredient, so be sure to do your research beforehand to check it’s right for your hair type and texture. But, when it comes to smoothing strands, our tester truly couldn’t complain as their frizzy locks were instantly tamed time and time again.

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Arkive the good habit hybrid oil

  • Best: Hair oil for travelling
  • Size: 50ml
  • Key ingredients : Baobab oil, jojoba oil
  • For hair types : All hair types
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

At 50ml, this isn’t the smallest hair oil we’ve found, but housed in a plastic bottle with a twist-to-lock pump, it is perfect for travelling. Dubbed a hybrid hair oil, baobab and jojoba oils are rich in fatty acids, moisturising dry and weak strands and adding shine and strength at the same time.

The brand recommends applying a few drops to freshly washed damp hair, which our tester found added softness and made a hard-to-tame mane easier to style. And it can also be used on dry locks to fight frizz and flatten flyaways. But, in even better news, the brand is also a B corp meaning those conscious of where they buy their beauty products will be pleased.

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Moroccanoil treatment original

  • Best: Argan oil hair oil
  • Size: 100ml
  • Key ingredients : Argan oil
  • For hair type : All hair types, especially frizz-prone hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Moroccanoil is one of the most famous hair oil brands around, building a strong reputation as the go-to solution for hard-to-tame manes. Working with the hero ingredient, argan oil – which comes from the argan tree native to Morocco, hence the name – it is thicker than the likes of coconut oil, jojoba oil or castor oil. So, although suitable for all hair types, it will work best for those with thicker, frizzier locks.

A little goes a long way, and the handy pump distributes the perfect amount, so long as you press it gently. Our tester loved using this on the ends of their hair, as argan oil works wonders to help heal split ends, moisturise strands and reduce breakage. And for a deeper treatment, we also worked it into the roots for an hour pre-washing to give our scalp some much-needed TLC too.

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Chāmpo weightless hair oil

  • Best: Everyday hair oil
  • Size: 28ml
  • Key ingredients : Hydrogenated olive oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil
  • For hair type: All hair types, including fine hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Our tester swears by this Chāmpo option as an everyday hair oil that can be trusted to revive lacklustre locks in seconds. Formulated with hydrogenated olive oil, it’s slightly thinner than some of the others on our list, meaning it’s perfect for those with finer strands. Jojoba and coconut oil help to hydrate and condition strands, while turmeric, amla extract and malic acid are just a handful of the ingredients helping to boost hair health, growth and strength. Our tester keeps this one in their bag to tame frizz and flyaways thanks to its tiny size, and the scent is also just divine. But, as it is so lightweight, those after a deep conditioning treatment may want to look elsewhere.

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Sol de Janeiro Brazilian glossy nourishing anti-frizz hair oil

  • Best: Hair oil for curly or coily hair
  • Size: 60ml
  • Key ingredients : Patauá oil, buriti fruit oil, pequi oil
  • For hair type : Thick, curly and coily hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

The first thing to note about this hair oil is that it is incredibly thick, meaning it’s best for those with coarse, curly or coily hair. Cupuaçu seed butter deeply conditions while active ingredients patauá oil, buriti fruit oil and pequi oil flood the hair with healthy fats fighting signs of breakage while adding shine and defining waves, curls and coils.

Our curly-haired tester found it made the most noticeable difference to hair health out of all of those we tried, but be sure to use it sparingly as there’s a fine line between glossy and greasy-looking strands. It even heats protects, making it a styling star for all occasions.

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BondiBoost super shine and strength oil

  • Best: Smelling hair oil
  • Size: 125ml
  • Key ingredients : Argan oil, jojoba oil, vitamin E
  • For hair types : Thick, curly hair
  • Suitable for vegans : Yes

This hair oil instantly transported us to a tropical Island – so long as we closed our eyes and blocked out the sounds of the M25 – thanks to its sweet floral coconut scent, giving us a moment of peace on a stressful day. Named super shine, it does exactly what it says on the tin, transforming lacklustre locks into seriously shiny strands. Just be sure to use it very sparingly on the roots, lest you be left looking more greasy than glowing.

But, it isn’t only an aesthetic boosting oil, as argan oil – which is rich in essential fatty acids Omega-3, 6 and 9 – and jojoba oil work to strengthen strands and replenish the hair’s natural lipid content for healthier and stronger locks from the inside out. No parabens, sulphates or silicones are included, and it’s also suitable for vegans, so everyone can enjoy this one.

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Monpure London ultralight healthy hair oil

  • Best: Luxury hair oil
  • Size: 100ml
  • Key ingredients : Vegan keratin, castor oil, wheat germ oil
  • For hair types : All hair types, especially dry or damaged hair
  • Suitable for vegans : Yes

At just under £60, the Monpure hair oil is certainly on the pricier side. But packed full of hair-loving oils and a cocktail of deeply nourishing ingredients, it’s easy to see why. Key standout stars include strengthening castor oil, hair elasticity-enhancing wheat germ oil and powerful antioxidant Q10 to help hair growth and strength. Vegan keratin from quinoa seeds hydrates the hair while smoothing and repairing fragile strands, working to enhance hair health from the inside out. Just one drop was enough to add a noticeable boost to our testers’ hair, and they fell in love with the fresh botanical scent too. Just remember, a little goes a long way.

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Aēsop shine hair and beard oil

  • Best: Hair and beard oil
  • Size: 25ml
  • Key ingredients : Borage seed, jojoba seed, petitgrain
  • For hair type : Coarse, dry, frizzy, and wavy hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

At just 25ml, this hair oil is another great option for on-the-go top-ups and travelling. In signature Aēsop packaging, the dark brown glass bottle fits perfectly with the rest of the brand’s apothecary vibe and has a similar botanical-like scent to boot. It is lightweight, so a little goes a long way, and our tester found just two to three drops was the perfect amount to quickly cover each strand. It didn’t cause the roots to become too greasy either, a definite plus for an everyday oil.

Borago officinalis seed oil is the key ingredient, working to restore strength and shine to brittle strands prone to breakage and a cocktail of other oils such as olive, avocado, jojoba, jasmine and grape, seal in moisture and make for softer, smoother strands. While we love this as an everyday oil for dry, damaged hair, it also works wonders on beard and moustache hair, making it a great all-rounder for everyone.

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Ouai hair oil

  • Best: Hair oil with heat protection
  • Size: 45ml
  • Key ingredients : African galanga oil, argan oil, Asian borage oil
  • For hair types : All hair types
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Founded by celebrity hairstylist to Bella Hadid and Kendall Jenner, Jen Atkin, Ouai has racked up quite a loyal following of beauty buffs, and it’s easy to see why. Designed to fight frizz, seal split ends, repair damaged strands and protect from heat styling, this one hair oil has many functions, reducing your need for a whole host of products.

African galanga, argan, ama and Asian borage oils are the key ingredients, working to hydrate the hair, soothe scalps and restore strength and shine. Whether used on damp strands to aid with styling, loaded on as a hair mask overnight or sparingly smoothed through dry locks to add extra oomph, it’s a one-stop-shop for silky-looking strands no matter your hair type.

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Augustinus Bader the hair oil with TCF8

  • Best: Hair oil for damaged hair
  • Size: 30ml
  • Key ingredients : TFC8 complex, argan oil, vitamin E
  • For hair type : All hair types, especially damaged hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Founded by a biomedical scientist, physician and world-leading stem cell biology expert, Augustinus Bader is the luxury brand to know for those looking for potent products with visible results. Every product is made with meticulous detail to the ingredients, including a patented trigger factor complex called TFC8, comprised of more than 40 ingredients.

Working to stimulate the body’s natural renewal process, this hair oil helps to heal damaged strands and restore and regenerate new ones for healthier, happier hair. Of course, prolonged use will yield the best results, but immediate effects include hydrated, shinier and smoother strands that are only going to get stronger with time.

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Percy and Reed I need a hero! Wonder treatment oil

  • Best: Treatment hair oil
  • Size: 50ml
  • Key ingredients : Camellia oleifera seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil, sunflower seed oil
  • For hair type : All hair types
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

While most hair oils are designed to be added into dry locks, this Percy and Reed pick is best used on freshly washed, damp strands to seal in moisture and treat your tresses at their most vulnerable state.

Camellia oleifera seed oil, macadamia ternifolia seed oil and sunflower seed oil are the three key seed oil ingredients, moisturising the hair and scalp to aid stronger and shinier locks. Beta-carotene, carrot root extract and seed oil help to encourage sebum production in the scalp to keep hair naturally hydrated and aid growth.

Our tester fell in love with the scent, how easy it was to use, and the immediate silky feeling it left on our freshly washed hair – not to mention the visible reduction in frizz and flyaways.

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Paul Mitchell tea tree hemp replenishing hair and body oil

  • Best: Hair and body oil
  • Size: 50ml
  • Key ingredients : Hemp seed oil, tea tree leaf oil, grape seed oil
  • For hair type: All hair types
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

Tea tree oil has long been used to treat blemishes, soothe colds and battle bacteria, but when it comes to hair, it’s been said to help with hair growth and diligently reduce dandruff. So, if you’re prone to a scratchy scalp or blemishes on your body, this two-in-one body and hair oil may be just the ticket.

At 50ml, it is on the slightly smaller side, so don’t expect to bathe your body in it, but for on-the-go use, we found it soothes skin, instantly adds shine to hair, and the tea tree scent was quite the treat. Hemp seed oil is also included, which is high in essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6, hydrating and protecting both the skin and hair and hemp extracts and cleansing ingredients add to its potent skin-boosting power.

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Osmo Berber oil hair treatment with argan oil

  • Best: Hair oil for dry hair
  • Size: 100ml
  • Key ingredients : Argan oil, avocado oil, coconut oil
  • For hair type: All hair types, especially dry and damaged hair
  • Suitable for vegans: Yes

This Osmo hair oil hit us with the distinct smell of strawberries, which, although lovely, did catch us off guard when looking through the key ingredients of avocado, coconut and argan oil – so it’s safe to say it isn’t a fully natural product. Of course, this is no issue at all, but anyone after an all-natural hair oil may want to look elsewhere.

What this hair oil did excel at was repairing dry locks, as just three drops were enough to instantly hike up hydration levels and leave strands smooth and shiny. The brand recommends using it on damp hair to deeper penetrate each strand, and we did notice that it reduced the drying time a little bit too. So, for hydrated hair that smells super sweet, look no further.

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Gisou hair oil

  • Best: Honey hair oil
  • Size: 50ml
  • Key ingredients : Mirsalehi honey, argan oil, coconut oil
  • For hair type: All hair types, especially dry and damaged hair
  • Suitable for vegans: No

Gisou is famous for its honey-infused products, and many a beauty buff will hark on about this outstanding hair oil. Enriched with Mirsalehi honey sourced from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, all of the hydration properties of the honey work wonders to tame frizz, define curls and revive dull-looking locks. Sweet almond oil, argan oil and coconut oil are also included to boost the benefits of this oil, giving it the multi-purpose use as a hair treatment, overnight mask and everyday styling essential. So, for non-vegans after silky, shiny hair, you’re sure to be satisfied – just remember, one to two drops really is enough.

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