The 10 Best Oils to Use for Every Hair Situation

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Using a hair oil may sound counterintuitive depending on your hair type — or it can be music to your ears.

An oil that's packed with the right blend of nourishing ingredients can be just as effective as a hair mask, but the difference is that 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.

But since hair treatments aren't one-oil-fits-all, we tapped two experts — Rala Alsaadi, a Los Angeles-based color specialist and Justine Marjan, a celebrity hairstylist and TRESemmé brand ambassador — to find the best oils for every hair type and concern. Keep scrolling to find out which hair oil you should use on your strands.

Best Overall: Ouai Hair Oil

Ouai Hair Oil
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This oil has a cult following, and for good reason. While Marjan recommends it for color-treated hair — saying it adds softness and shine while repairing color-damage — its lightweight and fast-absorbing formula also seals split ends, protects hair from harmful UV rays, and has rich, nourishing ingredients, making it ideal for all hair types.

Price at time of publish: $14

Best For Frizz: JVN Nourishing Oil Shine Drops

JVN Nourishing Oil Shine Drops
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Marjan recommends this oil as it it adds shine and moisture while smoothing frizz and flyaways. "I love that it's a clean beauty brand, and a small amount goes a long way," she adds. Just a few drops of it as a last step on damp hair, or as a last step after styling, will do the trick.

Price at time of publish: $24

Best for Damaged Hair: TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum

TRESemmé Keratin Smooth Shine Serum
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Marjan says that because this oil is infused with keratin protein and marula oil, it combats some of the most evident signs of hair damage, such as a dull appearance, lack of shine, and lackluster color.

Price at time of publish: $7

Best for Chemically-Treated Hair: Gisou Hair Oil

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With 1,000 five-star reviews on Sephora, Marjan says that this thick and nourishing oil is just what chemically treated hair needs. She also mentions that the formula is infused with honey, which acts as a humectant to seal in moisture.

Price at time of publish: $46

Best for Color-Treated Hair: Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil

Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil
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Alsaadi loves this oil to treat damaged hair, as it penetrates the hair shaft to restore, strengthen, and condition without weighing hair down.

Price at time of publish: $39

Best for Fine Hair: Milbon Luminous Bodifying Oil

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Alsaadi says this oil is perfect for fine hair as it contains baobab oil, collagen, and is specifically formulated to fortify and thicken each strand. Plus, she says it acts as a heat protectant and helps achieve major fullness and volume when styling hair.

Price at time of publish: $53

Best for Thick Hair: R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil

R+Co Bleu Optical Illusion Smoothing Oil
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This oil sleeks air, smooths texture, and tames flyaways — a dream for anyone with thicker tresses. "It's super moisturizing without making the hair feel greasy," adds Alsaadi.

Price at time of publish: $66

Best for Natural Hair: SheaMoisture 100% Pure Argan Oil

SheaMoisture 100% Pure Argan Oil
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Marjan says she loves this oil as an all-over, multi-purpose oil that can be used in hair to soften, add shine, and help curls and coils to separate sans frizz. You can even combine with your favorite curl cream or other products to make it more nourishing.

Price at time of publish: $10

Best for Wavy Hair: Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil

Bumble and bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil
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Wavy hair types tend to be finer, so Marjan says you should use a hair oil that is lightweight so as to not weigh down waves. Bumble and bumble hairdresser's invisible oil fits the bill, as it offers a lightweight shine and hydration without making hair feel heavy or greasy.

Price at time of publish: $24

Best for Curly Hair: Moroccanoil Treatment

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Marjan says curly hair is naturally drier than other hair types, but this oil is thick enough to replenish its moisture levels to give hair bounce and shine. It's infused with antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins —a god-tier combo.

Price at time of publish: $48

Best for Blondes: Unite Blonda Oil

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Oil that is pigmented gold or orange will dull bright blondes, so Alsaadi says it's super important to use a product that's either transparent or has a slightly purple tint.

Price at time of publish: $31

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