Whether it’s smooth waves at Chloe, polished ponytails at Temperley London, or silky hair at Alexander Wang, exceptionally shiny and healthy hair is coveted all year long and was an undeniable trend on the Spring 2012 runways. To explore the easiest way to get our hair to radiate health and shine, we look into the latest beauty product trend in hairstyling: hair oils. For beauty expert intel, we consulted with Chris Funk, the coveted hairstylist at Beautymark (beautymark.ca) in Vancouver, to learn how we can utilize hair oils to achieve brilliant hair inside and out.
1. Why the hype?
Following the success of Moroccanoil (perhaps the most buzz-worthy hair product of the past few years), today almost every brand produces its own version of hair oil. While hair oils have been around for millenniums — ancient Egyptians are thought to have used it to get healthy hair — they have recently made their way onto our bathroom counters. These oils have evolved since the days of leave-in hot oil capsules, which barely contained any natural oils, and left us with limp, dirty looking manes. The new generation of hair oils are formulated with nutritious and exotic oils like argan, ojon, macadamia and pequi. Their job is to strengthen hair, restore its lustre, tame frizz, as well as protect it against the everyday wear and tear of styling, and against extreme weather conditions.
2. What you should know about Argan oils
The product that popularized hair oil is Moroccanoil Oil Treatment. Its hero ingredient is argan oil, derived from the kernels of Moroccan argan trees and known for its vitamin E and essential fatty acids. These key ingredients make our hair soft and silky from inside out. Funk advises that those with finer and/or blonde hair might want to opt for the line’s lighter formula Moroccanoil Oil Light Treatment, since the original formula tends to weigh fine hair down and even slightly tinge it due to its darker hue. Another notable argan oil hair product is Orofluido’s Original Argan Oil Beauty Elixir. Both of these formulas contain silicone, which help to dissolve the thickness of the oil’s natural state and make it easier to work with. But if you are looking for a silicone-free product, you might prefer Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil treatment, or even John Masters Organics 100% Argan Oil, which is indeed pure oil.