As a pre-shampoo treatment
A good way to revive dull, lifeless hair is to work in a nourishing oil such as the Kopari Coconut Melt, $31, from root to tip, leave it on for 20 minutes and wash as usual with shampoo and conditioner. This product contains coconut, argan, almond and sesame oils, which are rich and nourishing, and help replenish lost moisture in the hair. The result is soft, smooth and manageable tresses. However, note that this can get a bit heavy for daily use, so it’s best to use it as a weekly treatment.
As a styling aid
Using a hair oil before you blow-dry your hair will help protect it from damage while also keeping hair glossy. Using your fingers, comb a lightweight oil such as the Verb Ghost Oil, $24, through damp lengths and then blow-dry. It contains moringa oil, along with bamboo extract and soy protein, to strengthen and hydrate locks.
As a frizz fighter
You can also use a hair oil on dry hair to smooth frizz. Section your hair, warm a drop of oil in your palms, and comb through each section with your fingers, avoiding the roots. You can use whatever is left on your palms to help smooth any flyaways. Try the Percy & Reed Smoothed, Sealed & Sensational No Oil Oil For Thick Hair, $30, which tames frizzy, unruly hair without weighing it down. It also comes in a formula suitable for fine hair.
As an at-home hair spa
If your hair is looking particularly dry, frizzy and lacklustre from sun damage and heat styling, you can use a hair oil as a spa treatment to inject life and moisture into your locks. Coat hair from roots to tips with a hair oil like the Kama Ayurveda Organic Sweet Almond and wrap your hair in a towel turban-style. You could also soak the towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water and wrap your hair in the towel (just make sure it’s not too hot) to help the oil get absorbed better. Leave the towel on for 15 to 20 minutes and wash and condition as you normally would.
As an overnight treatment
If you prefer your hair oil to work while you go to bed, you can also use it as an overnight treatment. The Ouai Hair Oil, $42 is light enough to be used during the day, but doubles up as a nourishing treatment if left on the lengths overnight and washed off the next morning.
As a leave-in conditioner for curly hair
Curly hair tends to be dry and needs all the moisture it can get. A hair oil is a good way to keep it hydrated. The best way to do this is to spread a hair oil like Moroccanoil Treatment Oil, $99 for 200ml, through the lengths when hair is wet, comb with a wide-toothed comb and let it air dry. The oil will be quickly absorbed and keep hair hydrated through the day leaving curls soft and defined.