Until recently, the thought of putting oil into my hair was simply, well, unthinkable. Hair oils for fine hair? Surely not?
You see, I have really, really fine hair. Fine, blonde and straight in fact. Sounds nice enough? Greasy and flat 1 day after a blow dry? Not so much. Oil on top of that? Nooooo thankyou!
Now, I know that I’m really lucky to have natural long blonde hair that, because it’s fine, is also really silky. I am reminded of this every time I visit a salon. Stylists come fawning around, pawing at my locks and reminding me that ‘people pay good money to get hair like this!’ This is all very lovely of course, but I’ve now heard it so often that it has triggered a guilt complex about having hair at all.
Guilt aside, the thing is that anyone who has fine hair will know that actually, it’s incredibly frustrating for two reasons:
1) Creating any sort of lasting style that isn’t ‘limp and straight’ (tres chic!) takes a miracle.
2) Keeping it moisturised, healthy and shiny without it looking like I’ve basted my head in Vaseline takes an even bigger one. (I did this once – my entire body in fact – when I was 6 or 7, after seeing something on the television about moisturiser. My beauty obsession started at a young age. My parents were less enthusiastic).
However, with the rise in popularity of hair oils recently, and with some being marketed specifically for fine hair, I decided to see for myself what all the hype was about. Healthier, shinier, bouncier locks with more volume and less damage? Yes please! A couple of months later, what’s my thoughts?
I just wish I’d jumped on the wagon sooner.
If you have fine hair like me (or normal hair and you’ve still not tried one!), don’t be put off thinking that oils aren’t right for you. They can be and they will actually help your hair look thicker and plumper, if you get the right ones and use them correctly:
Ways to use hair oils for fine hair:
As a mask – My personal favourite – and to me the most luxurious – method of using hair oil is to smother your lengths in it a few hours before you get int the shower, then sit back and luxuriate whilst you soak up the oily goodness, before shampooing and conditioning as normal. Great to do weekly as a treat.
In wet hair before styling – Just one or two drops through the lengths before drying and heat styling is a great way to add extra heat protection, and wet hair is able to absorb more product too. Can be done however often you wash your hair.
In dry hair – To finish your style or to top up shine between washes. One drop is normally enough, and can be used to smooth down your style or add a little shine to the ends.
I’ve now tried several hair oils in my quest to find the best, and I’ve shared my three favourites with you here – all at different price points to suit your budget.
Price: £6.65 for 100ml
Smells Like: Sweet nut oils, and any other Aussie product you’ve tried. AKA gorgeous.
I love the smell of Aussie products and this doesn’t let you down. Containing macadamia, safflower seed and coconut oil, this one feels the most ‘oily’ in your palm. So at first I was a little nervous that it would look oily too, but so long as you don’t apply too much on dry hair, it’s great.3 This was my favourite of the three to use as a mask. The scent lasts a long time and the result is a natural healthy shine which lasts a few days.
Price: £11.94 for 100ml
Smells like: Vanilla and bubblegum. Dreamy.
The pro salon pick of the three, this performs particularly well when a few drops are combed through wet hair and then styled. It has a slightly thicker consistency than the other so might be less suitable for using dry if you have very fine hair, but I really felt that my hair looked healthier and glossier after a couple of weeks using this, so it would be my pick if your hair is particularly damaged or dry.
Price: £37.00 for 50ml
Smells like: Honey, of course!
Possibly the most hyped hair oil around, this was developed by vlogger and fashion influencer Negin Mirsalehi and her team, using an old family recipe and honey from her father’s bee garden in The Netherlands. I love Negin, with her relaxed and gorgeous sense of style, her humour and glamorous lifestyle, but even I was a little sceptical about the picture-perfect story behind a product that, thanks to her following online, is usually out of stock. Was it really that good? Or was she just really popular?
Both, actually. Although it’s not specifically designed for fine hair, I can’t fault this product and love everything about it. The smell, the consistency (it even oozes out of the dropper like honey!), the perfume-like bottle design (aforementioned dropper), the packaging, and of course the results. I’ve tried this oil all three ways listed above and although it’s quite a thick consistency, I’d say it’s the best overall for using in dry hair at the ends. I’ve found that it soaks in so well you can repeat daily between washes. The healthy sheen it gave my locks looks natural, and gorgeous.
Overall, I’d say that if you’re looking for an quick-fix boost of shine for your style, then give a hair oil a go! But, stick with it for a few weeks and you’ll start to notice a big difference in the condition, fullness and texture of your hair. Of course my hair is still fine, but it doesn’t looks and feels thicker. Hair oil is one hype I’ll be sticking to.
Have you tried any of these oils, or any others that you’d recommend? Please share below!