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These hair oils will breathe life back into dry, damaged hair

Do you suffer from dry hair that seems to be incurable no matter what you throw at it? Try hair oils.

It’s an essential product to keep dry strands looking and feeling hydrated — especially those with long tresses, as your hair will be too long to receive the sebum from the scalp.

It is the perfect next step after using your shampoo, which can really dry out your hair and strip the scalp of all its natural moisture. Just a couple of drops can help to add a healthy shine to your locks.

Whether it’s regular heat styling, dull, lifeless locks, colour changes or split-ends, there’s a hair oil out there for every issue. From new launches to cult-favourites, here are a crop of outstanding hair oils that address a wide mix of hair types and concerns.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Singapore.

Damage and dullness ailing your strands? Olaplex’s game-changing No. 7 Bonding Oil might just be the hair oil for you. It stars a patented active ingredient that repairs bonds caused by chemical, thermal and mechanical damage, making it an ultra-restorative hair oil for those who make frequent trips to the salon. It also contains anti-ageing grape seed and green tea oils for moisture and strengthening purposes, making it a cult-classic favourite amongst many.


If you’re not suffering from concerns like split ends and damaged hair, put some extra shine into your locks with Joon Haircare’s Saffron Hair Elixir. This weighty formula is one that enhances, nourishes and moistures, and is best used on those with a thicker mane. The saffron, pistachio and rose enhancements will not only help you achieve bouncy, smooth hair, it also leaves a beautiful scent after use.

RM115 (33ml)
RM205 (92ml)

If you’re the type who has to wash their hair in the morning before starting your day, you might know that a lightweight solution is extremely important when it comes to hair products. Enter Verb’s Ghost Oil. The moringa oil blend boasts a “vanishing” formula that is so lightweight that it is, indeed, almost spooky. Its main ingredient, moringa, has long been prized for its high concentrations of vitamin C, calcium and potassium, which makes it a highly-moisturising product that is particularly effective with summer-worn hair.


Christophe Robin’s solutions expertly target coloured and sensitised hair, so if you’ve been chemically treating your hair regularly, you might want to check out their Regenerating Plant Oil with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil. The oil’s rich formula is enhanced with rice bran oil for its 100 antioxidant stimulants and protectors, inula flower extract, which further protects and revitalises natural or dyed hair pigments and prickly pear seed oil for its antioxidant and regenerating virtues. The lightweight oil absorbs in the hair quickly for a soft and hydrated look, making it great for your after-morning showers.


Before you cringe at the name, Ryo’s Beautiful Ageing Fermented Hair Oil goes through a fermentation process to micronise the size of oil particles so that it can treat your hair cuticles in the most effective way possible. The velvety smooth product is infused with camelia and ginseng extracts to encourage shine and stimulate hair growth, and when combined, add a natural fragrance to the oil. This product is best used at night as it may not be as lightweight or absorbent as the other products on this list. However, if you are accustomed to washing your hair before bed, this product is a great solution for you.


Aesop’s Shine is a potent mixture that smooths rough ends and tames those annoying little baby hairs that stick straight up after flat-ironing. As a silicone-free blend of emollient oils that include sweet almond and jojoba, it has close to no greasy buildup and residue, leaving your hair glossy without any of the fuss.

Jocelyn Tan
Senior Writer
Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.
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