Here’s your daily reminder that curly and coily hair requires. extra. moisture. And if you aren’t already using a hair oil to help hydrate, strengthen, and enhance your texture, welp, you’ve officially come to the right place. Because despite the fact that there are legit hundreds of oils for curly hair on the market RN, not all of them are truly excellent for your hair type. That’s why I went ahead and found the only seven oils your hair could possibly need, including a silky coconut oil for definition to a rich jojoba oil for next-level moisture. Shop them all, ahead, and prepare to elevate the hell out of your hair routine.
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Best Defining Oil for Curly Hair
Mizani 25 Miracle Nourishing Oil
There’s a reason this curly hair oil has legit hundreds of five-star reviews on Sephora—it’s lightweight but super hydrating, thanks to the formula’s blend of coconut oil (for softness), jojoba oil (for shine), and sunflower seed oil (for strength). You can use this bb on wet or dry hair, but it’s especially great for breaking up the “gel cast” (i.e., that crunchy coating you get after using a curl gel) for shiny, ultra-defined curls.
Best Hydrating Oil for Coily Hair
Pattern Jojoba Oil Hair Serum
A tad thicker and more hydrating than your typical hair oil, this jojoba oil creates a protective barrier around your coils to lock in major levels of moisture and shine. And, better yet, it doesn’t leave behind a greasy film, since the formula’s safflower, rosehip, olive, lavender, and jojoba oils are actually residue-free.
Best Strengthening Oil for Curly Hair
Carol’s Daughter Monoi Oil Repairing Sacred Strengthening Serum
Not only does this cult-favorite hair oil deeply hydrate (which, trust me, it rly does), but it also works to strengthen and repair dry, damaged textures. The magic is all in the formula’s monoi oil—a blend of gardenia flower and coconut oil—which is combined with rosehip and kukui seed oils to help get your curls and coils back to a shiny, soft, and healthy state. Just smooth a couple pumps through damp, towel-dried hair and style as usual.
Best Lightweight Oil for Fine Curls
Verb Ghost Weightless Hair Oil
If your fine curls get weighed down easily, you’ll love how lightweight this oil from Verb is. It’s got a blend of moringa seed oil (to smooth), bamboo extract (to strengthen), and argan oil (to hydrate), so you still get all the moisturizing benefits of a rich hair oil, without the thick or greasy residue. A little goes a long way, though, so just run a drop or two through the lower half of your hair (damp or dry will do).
Best Castor Oil for Curly Hair Growth
Kreyòl Essence Haitian Black Castor Oil
Okay, here’s the thing: There aren’t any scientific studies that prove castor oil makes your hair grow (annoying, I know). That said, it can help set your curls and coils up for optimal growth, since you’ll need a healthy, hydrated foundation if longer hair is your goal. This 100 percent pure Haitian black castor oil is a great option for sealing in moisture and shine (and, yup, you can even use it on your skin).
Best Pre-Poo Oil for Curly Hair
Alaffia Pure Unrefined Coconut Oil
Pro tip: Try using this coconut oil as a pre-shampoo treatment—it’ll help hydrate and protect your hair during and after wash day, too. Working in sections, work it through your dry curls or coils until your hair is completely saturated, then gently detangle any knots with your fingers or a wide-tooth comb. You can either (A) throw on a plastic cap and sleep with the oil overnight or (B) let it chill in your hair for 30 minutes before rinsing, shampooing, and conditioning.
Best Scalp Oil for Curly Hair
Briogeo B. Well Organic + Australian 100% Tea Tree Oil
Dealing with a dry, itchy, or flaky scalp? Mix a couple drops of this tea tree oil with your favorite carrier oil (think: coconut, jojoba, or castor) and gently massage it through your scalp. Leave it in your hair overnight, and it’ll help soothe and clarify your scalp as you sleep. Just don’t forget to rinse it out in the morning, k?
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