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Oils: Are They Worth the Hype for Your Hair?

There’s a whole lot of hype about oils and why they’re essential to a well-curated beauty routine. But how much of it’s true, and how much is urban beauty legend? Our scientists spent a lot of time studying what different oils do (or don’t do, as is often the case) when it comes to your hair. We went straight to the lab to get the truth from the scientist who formulated our new Nourishing Oil, Betsy Patel.

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Photo courtesy of Twist Me Pretty, a blogger we love. Read more about her review of our Nourishing Oil here.

Coconut oil: solid mistake

Cook with it. Bake with it. Use it for oil pulling. Heck, even put it on your skin. Just keep it out of your hair. “Coconut oil’s melting point is around 75 degrees,” explains Betsy. But in it’s natural state it is a waxy solid. “Hair reacts differently than skin, because our hair is naturally at room temperature.” Translation: not warm enough. Just think about that waxy, white substance solidified on your hair—no thanks.

Olive oil: unexpected makeup hack

This oil has tons of health benefits, but it’s not necessarily ideal for hair. A better hack? Use it to clean your makeup brushes—this oil does a great job at breaking up the pigments on your blush brush.

Argan oil: save it for your skin

We hate to break it to you, but lots of oils out there marketing themselves as natural argan oil are really made up of mostly silicone. But even pure argan oil isn’t ideal for hair. “Argan oil is high in essential fatty acids, which are amazing for your skin,” Betsy says. Your skin is a living organ—your hair isn’t. You need EFAs in your diet (like Omega-6 and Omega-3) and they’re great for your skin, but not so much when it comes to your hair.

No Frizz Nourishing Oil

Hair is totally different from skin—so the products that work for one body part aren’t going to be so great for the other. That’s why, when we were formulating our No Frizz Nourishing Oil, we looked to mimic the natural oil composition of healthy hair. We paired that blend with OFPMA, our killer proprietary molecule that helps everything spread easily and absorb. Translation: it sinks in quick to give you smoother, shinier, healthier feeling hair. It’s also sulfate-free, silicone-free, and safe for color- and chemically-treated hair.

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Photo courtesy of Upperlyne, a blogger we love.

The bottom line? Not all oils are created equal, and they aren’t a one-size-fits-all solution for all your culinary and cosmetic needs. The smarter solution: our new Nourishing Oil.  Still curious? Read more about it here.

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