Friday, July 8, 2011

Battle of the Hair Oils: Which One is Right for You?

Hair oils are the 'in' thing right now. Every single brand from super-duper high end to cheap as chips high street seems to be bringing out their own variant on the trend.

Multi-use oils can do wonders for the hair when used as a treatment, serum or styling product, but they all claim to do the same thing! Which ones are worth forking out for? Which one is the best for your hair type?

Well I've put seven of the best to the test!

(l-r: Moroccan Oil, Kerastase Huile Celeste, L'oreal Professional Mythic Oil,
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Essence Absolue, Kerastase Elixir Ultime,
Macadamia Healing Oil Spray, VO5 Miracle Treatment)

1. Best for Shine

If it's sleek, shiny locks you're looking for then Kerastase Elixir Ultime is your answer. This rich formula is pleasantly fragranced and leaves your hair super shiny when used as a styling product. The packaging is very glam too, but so it should be for £27.85!

2. Best for Fine Hair

Good news for all the fine haired girls out there! The cheap alternative, 'Miracle Concentrate' by VO5 is my top recommendation for finer hair. This formula is much lighter than the others and smooths nicely without weighing your hair down too much. Only £4.99 for 50ml from Tesco.

3. Best Treatment

The most expensive of the bunch, but seemingly the most potent. The Shu Uemura Essence Absolue smells divine and leaves your hair feeling equally as heavenly. Apply this to dry hair and leave for 30 minutes before shampooing off to treat the most coarse, unruly manes. A luxury treat for your hair at £32.75, but you get 150ml so it will last you a lifetime!

4. Most Convenient

I'm all about convenience, so for me the 'classic' hair oil on the scene, Moroccan Oil is a total winner. You can buy it in this handy 25ml size that lasts for months, but is small enough to carry in your handbag for on-the-go defrizzing! I've always got this little bottle with me for hair emergencies! Expensive but worth it at £12.85 for 25ml and £30.45 for 100ml

5. Best for Summer

Kerastase Huile Celeste is without a doubt the top choice if you're looking for a do-it-all oil to take away with you. Not only does it help protect your hair from the sun, sea and chlorine but it also contains reflective micro-particles to add a glamourous shimmery finish to your locks. The spray bottle doesn't allow for the most accurate application (you have to be careful not to spray it too close to your hair or you'll end up more grease ball than beach goddess!) but it is convenient for reapplying throughout the day. At £15.60 for 125ml, it's a cheaper alternative to Elixir Ultime, but is much lighter and not the best for using as a treatment.

6. Average at Everything

L'Oreal Professional's Mythic Oil is a bit of a middle of the road product. It works, and at £14.95 for 125ml, it's cheaper than some of the others but it doesn't stand out in the hair-oil crowd for me!

7. Don't Waste Your Money!

There's only one oil I've tried to date that I have actively disliked. Macadamia's Healing Oil Spray is a very light weight formula but the spray application and chunky bottle make it a pain to use. It's very easy to end up with greasy looking hair when using this and it has a smell that reminds me of Theirry Mugler's Angel (and not in a good way!) £12.70 for 60ml, it's cheaper than some of the others but I would recommend forking out a little more to see really great results.

Overall, If I was going to chose just one product to stick with, it would be Moroccan Oil... the original and the best! Shu Uemura and Kerasatse Elixir Ultime come a very close joint second in my books as I prefer them when used as a hair treatment, but it's the convenience of the mini bottle that nudges Moroccan Oil into the lead for me personally!

I hope this little round up helped you decide which oil would be best for you! Do any of you have a favourite hair oil? Would love to hear your thoughts on this hair care 'craze'!

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