favorite hair oils

over the past few years, i’ve shared a lot about my own personal hair care routines and things i use. for this post, i wanted to give credit to a few oils that have stood the test of time in my journey. hopefully they can sneak their way onto your bathroom counters and shelves, too (if they haven’t already)!


as always, make sure your oils are pure, cold-pressed, and organic or wild-harvested (even better).

UNGURAHUA – moisturizing, shine boosting, strengthening, nourishing, healing

hands down, this greenish-yellowish oil takes the cake for haircare as far as i’m concerned. sourced from central and south america, this seed oil, rich in omega-9, is touted for its wide range of hair uses, including healing scalp issues, taming frizz, intensive moisturizing, helping with hair loss, and boosting shine. it only takes 3 to 4 drops to make my hair lustrous and super soft, usually done once a week mid-way between weekly “washes.” disclaimer: this oil smells like an earthy barn. i’m not quite sure how to describe it, but it could use some essential oil action if you’re sensitive to smells, especially if you’re using more than a few drops at once.
i bought my latest bottle here (not an affiliate; just trying to help). it’s a little pricey at about $8/ounce, but it will last a long time and is well worth the money.

CHIA SEED – nourishing & hydrating

this light yellow seed oil is lightweight and chock full of omega fatty acids. it’ll leave your hair moisturized and smooth, also helping to promote hair growth and soothe dry/itchy scalps. best of all – it’s a kickbutt body oil that absorbs super fast! note – please keep this oil in the fridge once opened. note II – this oil is edible!
i bought my latest bottle here (again, not an affiliate) for about $4/ounce.

HEMP SEED – nourishing & hydrating

most likely old news to you, but hemp seed oil, containing omega-3/6/9, is still one of my favorites for hair and body. it’s healing and hydrating, absorbing quickly in small amounts. you can use it to promote hair growth with its follicle nourishing properties, or soothe scalp issues. it’s a cool, swampy green and has a little bit of a seedy/earthy smell. it does go rancid more quickly than other oils, so like chia seed oil, please keep this in the fridge once you open it and use it quickly. note – this oil is edible!
i bought mine here (again, not an affiliate).

learning about and testing various oils has been one of my favorite parts of my green beauty journey. please share your favorite hair oils below!

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8 thoughts on “favorite hair oils”

  1. I have loved using argan oil on my very thick, straight/wavy/curly hair. I wash my hair every week/week and a half and put this oil on after I wash it. I also put it on my ends when they need it. I have found this little guy really packs a punch!

  2. Have you ever heard of or used Sea Buckthorn oil? I read about it one time, but have not used it yet. Was just wondering about your thoughts on it? Thank you!

  3. Since reading your blog about 18 months ago I’ve just been washing my hair with water, but it never feels completely soft and always slightly greasy. Any ideas how to break down the stubborn oils? Particularly at the back of my head x

    1. ah, i had (and sometimes still have) that issue. what helped me personally at least was cleaning the length of my hair with a very diluted organic conditioner as i transitioned. also, hard water was never my friend haha. i’m not sure what type of water you have, but maybe an acidic rinse, like with vinegar or lemon juice, will help break everything down and make your hair a bit softer. does anyone else have any tips?? ❤

      1. Thank you! I have really really soft water (north England) but I might try using a vinegar water mix and see if that helps. I’m also pretty lazy with the boar bristle brush… I’m sure it would help if I got more religious with it! X

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