How To

How to: Hair oils

Style, nourish, protect – these new oils do it all

  • Super-light, multipurpose oil blends continue to be a rage in hair care. Here are five ways to use them.

    As a pre-wash treatment

    With a mix of oils like olive, almond, jojoba, argan – they’re all very nourishing for your hair. A quick, brisk massage about 15–20 minutes before you wash your hair will also improve blood circulation in your scalp.

    6 Oil Nourish Extraordinary Oil, Rs 119, L'Oréal Paris


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  • On damp hair

    A couple of pumps massaged into damp hair lengths will minimise frizz as your hair dries out.

    Elixir Lavender & Olive Oil, Rs 185, Dove


  • On dry hair

    Give a quick-shine fix to two-day-old hair – smooth on a couple of pumps of the oil on the lengths and ends. Rubbing it between your palms first will ensure even application.

    Elixir Ultime, Rs 2,200, Kérastase


  • As a heat protectant

    A bit of oil smoothed over your hair before blow-drying or using tongs will form a barrier, protecting hair from heat damage.

    Mythic Oil Rich Oil, Rs 950, L'Oréal Professionnel 



  • To fix flyaways

    Push back baby hair from your scalp into place, or tame a windblown ponytail back to its sleek, smooth self with a dab of oil.

    SP Luxe Oil Reconstructive Elixir, Rs 1,900, Wella