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Using bleach or heat to achieve your ideal look means the health of your hair will inevitably suffer some damage. However, the best hair oils can be a bona fide savior for those of us suffering from over processed strands.

Stylists say that to find an effective formula, you'll need to first take your current hair goals and concerns into account. With that in mind, our top pick is the UNITE U Oil; it's one of the best hair oils designed for all hair types and textures that works quickly to replenish your hair's nourishment and shine.

"Hair oils can provide a range of perks, such as nourishing and strengthening hair, adding shine, reducing frizz, promoting growth, and protecting against damage from heat styling tools," says Dawna Jarvis, an expert hairstylist at The Canyon Salon in Westlake Village, CA. While Jarvis notes that people of all different hair types can benefit from using hair oils, not all products are created equal. Read on for more of our favorite formulas that target common hair afflictions.

Our top picks for the best hair oils

Best for promoting hair growth: Kreyòl Essense Haitian Black Castor Oil

This time one of the best hair oils is made with just one ingredient: Haitian castor seed oil. Anecdotal evidence points to the possibility that castor seed oil can promote hair growth, but there's not enough scientific research to prove this link just yet. Still, inflammation is associated with hair loss — and castor oil is known to be rich in several essential fatty acids and antioxidants, giving it anti-inflammatory properties.

Yvey Valcin recommends adding a few drops to your shampoo or conditioner, or mixing some into your mousse or other styling products. You can also massage a small amount directly into the scalp, or leave it on your hair overnight as a deep conditioning treatment.


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