15 Best Hair Oils For Fine, Frizzy, Dry Textured or Damaged hair

15 Best Hair Oils For Fine, Frizzy, Dry Textured or Damaged hair

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Whether it’s daily heat styling, regular colour changes or slacking on the split-end trims, it seems we all have a vice when it comes to keeping our hair in top condition. But whatever your complaints may be, a good hair oil could well be the hero you’re looking for.

Hair oils often get confused with serums, but as hair stylist Louise Garbutt explains, the two products actually have completely different uses. ‘A silicone serum is ultimately a styling product – it should be applied onto dry hair to tame frizz. Most contain special light reflectors to add immense shine on the surface. In contrast, hair oils are more treatment focused and dig a little deeper,’ she says. So, where a silicone-based serum will coat your hair to smooth frizz and enhance shine, an oil can actually penetrate fibres and nourish follicles, working to restore and repair on a long-term basis.

But here’s the thing – the right hair oil for you may not necessarily be the one your best friend swears by, because hair care is rarely a one-size-fits-all situation.

‘Just like the rest of our products, we should aim our hair oils at specific concerns,’ says Garbutt. ‘Coconut oil is still the holy grail due to its moisture-retaining properties: it’s perfect for especially dehydrated hair.’ For coarser, frizz-prone hair, she recommends the thicker argan oil. And for weak hair? ‘Look for something containing castor oil. It’s protein based, so works to rebuild the integrity of each strand.’ Finally, jojoba oil is an unsung hero for dry and irritated scalps. ‘Amazingly, it has the same chemical structure as the sebum produced by our scalps, so is great for dryness and dandruff yet still softens your ends.’

Thankfully, today’s beauty shelves now contain a hair oil for every hair type, and the ELLE editors have rounded up the very best ones, below. Meanwhile, in the ELLE beauty lab, we took a closer look at hair oils for curly hair, putting 20 to the test to see which impressed our testers with curly hair the most.

How we test

In the ELLE beauty lab, we asked our panel of 278 testers – with curl types ranging from 2a to 4c – to try 20 hair oils, to see whether they successfully helped define and smooth their natural hair texture.

They assessed the curl definition, softness, shininess and the ability to reduce frizz, without leaving hair looking greasy and weighed down.

We also used our Dia-Stron equipment, which measured the smoothness of hair switches that had been treated with each hair oil.

Scroll down for the best hair oils you’ll find us slathering on come wash day…

The 15 best hair oils to nourish, treat and strengthen


Best hair oil for frizz

Farewell Frizz Rosehip, Argan & Coconut Oil Blend – £23.95


Specially formulated for frizz-prone hair, this luxe oil features a blend of crowd-pleasing coconut and argan oils, alongside rosehip for a spot of pollution protection. It’s rich, so ideal for coarser hair types, and will make a straightening session so much easier.


Best oil for fine hair

No Frizz Vanishing Oil

For finer hair that tends to frizz, this one really is magic. The lightweight blend of five oils works to block humidity from puffing up your strands, yet feels completely undetectable on even the more slender of strands. The result is sleek, shiny hair that never feels greasy. Try applying it to dry ends as a post-styling sealant, too.


Best hair oil for deep treatments

HoliRoots Hair Oil

The founders of Fable & Mane launched this hair oil as an ode to the Indian hair-oiling rituals they treasured as children. Containing safflower, sesame and jojoba alongside strengthening ashwagandha, it’s a true-to-tradition nourisher designed to be massaged in with care, and left to linger overnight.


Best hair oil for breakage

No.7 Bonding Oil



Yes, Olaplex – the love of your hairdresser’s life – now makes a hair oil that you can use at home. If you really need more detail, just know that it’s formulated to penetrate so deeply into strands, it can repair damage caused by straighteners, rough brushing and that time you bleached your own hair over the bathtub. If this isn’t big beauty news, we don’t know what is.


Best affordable hair oil

Shea Oil Nourishing Hair Treatment

Hair oils at the more affordable end of the spectrum can be risky: many of them fall short when it comes to both scent and performance. The Inkey List, however, has mastered it: this no-frills bottle might not come with major shelf appeal, but the simple blend of jojoba and shea oils (with nothing else added) sinks into thick and curly hair to impart shine and separation.


Best hair oil for growth

Grow Strong Hair Oil

If you’re looking to promote healthier hair growth, you need to treat your scalp as well as your strands.Inspired by the Indian tradition of hair oiling, this potent formula is steeped with Ayurvedic herbs – including amla, bhrami and bhringraj – to add lustre and shine to hair while keeping the scalp hydrated and balanced.Apply it from root to tip, incorporating a meditative scalp massage to boost the benefits of the mind-soothing scent.


Best hair oil for heat protection

Mythic Oil Original Oil

L’Oréal Professionnel


This classic oil is ideal for anyone who has a close relationship with their hair straighteners. Shielding from up to 230°C heat, it’s a great protective option that leaves straggly ends feeling silky and looking shiny.


Best hair and body oil

Gold Lust All Over Oil

Sitting firmly in the ‘treat yourself’ camp is this delicious new launch from Oribe. More than just a decadent bottle, this 99% natural blend of oils is rich in antioxidants (to stop colour fade) and fatty acids for strength and elasticity. There’s a subtle calming scent, and the texture is rich without feeling heavy – an ideal choice for mid-to-thick hair.If you need to justify the price to yourself, consider that it can be used as a body treatment too.


ELLE Beauty Lab Picks – Best Hair Oil For Curly Hair


Best for defining curls

Manketti Hair Oil

Legendary British afro hairstylist, Charlotte Mensah, pulled out all the stops with this one. Combining organic and sustainably sourced manketti nut and ximenia oils, all our testers raved about the smoothing effect it had on their curls, keeping them frizz and flyaway free. While 93% said it made their hair more hydrated and softer, with a more defined texture and without weighing hair down. Key specifications
Size: 100ml
Paraben free: Yes
Suitable for: Afro, dry, colour-treated, damaged, frizzy hair


Best for smoothing

Curl Moisturising Shine Oil

If you’re after a super-sleek look, this is the oil to reach for. Our testers voted it top for taming their tresses, with 93% saying it made hair feel smoother, softer and more hydrated. It also worked well reducing frizz, while 67% of those with colour-treated hair said it gave their colour more vibrancy.Key specifications
Size: 50ml
Paraben free: Yes
Suitable for: Colour-treated, frizzy hair


Best for fine hair

Nutriplenish Multi-Use Hair Oil



Fine curly hair can often deflate like a soufflé by lunch time, but this versatile potion helped eliminate the problem. Aveda recommends it for use before shampooing, after washing, or as an overnight treatment. It helped bring definition to 92% of our testers’ curls, while 69% said they also lasted longer than usual, without leaving a greasy look behind. Key specifications Size: 30ml Paraben free: Yes Suitable for: Dry, damaged, frizzy hair


Best vegan hair oil

Hair-Oil: Everyday Gloss

Bread Beauty Supply


It’s in the name, but this superfruit-powered formula promises to deliver on both gloss and hydration. Lightweight, it revived parched ends and smoothed out hair for 86% of testers, without leaving strands feeling too slick or heavy. Although it didn’t impart much gravity-defying bounce, 86% said they’d continue to use after the trial was over. Key specifications
Size: 100ml
Paraben free: Yes
Suitable for: Afro, dry, damaged hair


Best for afro hair

Curl Anti-Humidity Gel-Oil

Bumble and Bumble


Looking to add a little movement? This was a dream match for testers with afro hair, adding moisture and leaving hair easier to style. Our panel said it left curls looking more defined and bouncier, while 92% reported softer, smoother, more hydrated hair. Lightweight and easy to apply (due to its gel-like texture), all of our testers said it gave even coverage without build-up, while easily washing out. Key specifications
Size: 150ml
Paraben free: Yes
Suitable for: Afro, damaged, dry, frizzy hair


Best for reviving colour

Curl Manifesto Huile Incroyable Repair Oil



Colour appointments shouldn’t have to be a monthly occurrence. But if you struggle to get to four weeks without strands looking dull, this will be your new best friend. It energised all our panel’s colour, while also leaving 86% with softer, smoother, more moisturised tresses. Key specifications Size: 50ml Paraben free: Yes Suitable for: Damaged, dry, colour-treated hair


Best for boosting shine

Shine Hair & Beard Oil

Although this luxe oil comes in a dinky bottle, it packs a powerful punch; a little goes a long way. It left 80% with impressive shine and helped keep frizz to a minimum for 79%. It aced our lab tests for smoothing strands too, and can double up as a his and hers purchase. If you want to share that is. Key specifications
Size: 25ml
Paraben free: Yes
Suitable for: Damaged, dry, frizzy hair

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