Beauty 01.24.23

Top 7 Affordable Oils and Serums to Protect and Revive Damaged Curly Hair

Tiff benson holding Oribe Cote D’azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil bottle, curly hair oil and serums

One thing about me, I absolutely love hair oils! After years of trial and error, I’ve found the perfect combination of oils to keep my curls looking and feeling healthy. Hair oil has been a saving grace for my locs; it helps to repair damaged and dry hair. It also protects the hair from heat damage and smooths out any frizz or flyaways. Whether it’s an all-purpose oil or a special blend of carrier and essential oils specifically crafted to restore damaged curly hair, using hair oil has become an invaluable part of my natural hair care routine! 

What’s the difference between hair oil and serum?

Both oils and serums can be used for curly hair, but they each have their own benefits. According to InStyle, oils are “absorbed by the hair, while serums typically feel like they’re coating strands.” Oil can be used to nourish and treat the scalp and helps the hair stay moisturized and manageable. Using oils to deep treat curly hair or applying it with your leave -in conditioner can prevent your hair from drying and breaking. Hair oils also add shine while hair serums can help with definition and tame flyaways or frizz

Serums contain silicones or silicone-like substances that sit on top of the hair strand, as mentioned by Dr. Chambers-Harris. The added coat shields and protects your hair and is great for preventing heat damage when using hot tools. 

If you’ve been struggling with dull, dry, or damaged curls, you’re not alone. It can be hard to maintain curly hair and know what products will work best for your curly hair type. The good news is that there are plenty of quality oils and serums available to help restore your luscious locs. Here are seven of the best oils and serums to maintain healthy hair.

Related: Fix Damaged Curly Hair with These 4 Deep Conditioners and Mask

1. Oribe Cote D’azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil

Oribe Cote D’azur Luminous Hair & Body Oil is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to treat their skin and hair in one step. It has a fresh and luxurious scent from the combination of Calabrian bergamot, white butterfly jasmine and sandalwood. Its blend of nourishing and restoring oils ensures a satin glow with a silky-finish softness for both your skin and hair. 

Additionally, this hair and body oil is dermatologist-tested,  free of parabens, sulfates and sodium chloride. It also offers UV protection for your hair, is vegan, cruelty-free and gluten-free—all at an affordable price! 

How to Use 

It is easily applied by misting a small amount to damp or dry skin and hair. No need to wait for it to dry; it absorbs right away

2. Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complexe 

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complexe is an iconic hair oil serum comprising a blend of precious oils that can be used on all hair types. Its combination of argan, camellia, and marula oils hydrate and revive hair, and help with hair breakage. It adds a frizz-free shine with a subtle fragrance. Plus, the fast-absorbing formula never leaves hair feeling greasy or weighed down by buildup. Whether you want to protect color, enhance your natural wave pattern, or simply nourish dry ends – this versatile hair oil provides optimal results without fail!

How to Use

Simply apply 2-4 pumps throughout dry or damp curls. 

It can also be used as a pre-cleanse and applied before shampooing to remove impurities. When blow drying, this light, non-greasy oil serum can help with additional protection. Apply it to the ends of the hair to control frizz after styling. If you notice dry ends or frizz throughout the day, Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oleo Complexe is great for touching up your curls. 

3. Ouidad Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Treatment

Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment is an excellent choice for curl types looking to add brilliant shine and deep hydration. Rich in essential fatty acids, the oil helps improve hair health while forming a protective barrier to lock in moisture and prevent heat styling and UV damage. This fast-absorbing elixir is also 100% free from Silicones, parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, phthalates, petroleum, gluten, glycerin; all while being vegan and cruelty-free. Not only can it be used as a leave-in treatment or heat protectant, but it also helps break the cast when styling! It also features the sweet aroma of raspberry, black currant, rose, vanilla bean and caramel. Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment is the ultimate indulgence for curls.

How to Use 

Mongongo Oil Multi-Use Curl Treatment can be used as a leave-in conditioner, heat protectant, styler, and to prevent split ends. 

For maximum benefits, warm a few drops between palms and apply to dry or damp hair. When styling, apply it before using hot tools to help prevent heat damage. For repairing or preventing split ends, start by applying on ends, working your way up throughout the hair as needed. 

4. Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil 

Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil is the best product for anyone with natural or damaged hair. Infused with Mirsalehi Honey from the Mirsalehi Bee Garden, this hair oil helps to nourish, repair and protect your natural curly locs. It does double-duty as a pre-styling and finishing product, an addition to a hair mask or an overnight treatment to repair damaged or brittle hair. Not only does it maintain your hair’s natural moisture balance, but it also provides your hair with stronger and softer locs that will have a beautiful silky shine. No more dull and lifeless strands! So if you’re looking for a quick repair solution damaged hair, Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil will give you healthier and shinier hair in no time.

How to Use 

Honey Infused Oil works well on wet, damp, or dry hair. For better absorption and instant hydration, it is better to use it on wet or damp hair. Using it as a conditioning treatment on curly hair can improve damaged, frizzy strands long-term. To add silky shine, work the oil through dry hair and damaged ends in sections. 

5. Sun Bum Protecting Anti-Frizz Oil Mist

The lightweight Protecting Anti-Frizz Oil Mist features a blend of kukui nut oil and tamanu oil to help guard your hair from frizz caused by humidity. It works for all hair types and absorbs quickly. It leaves you with smooth hair and gives it a healthy, natural shine. This lightweight Anti-Frizz Oil Mist is great for those with thin strands and soft or wavy curls. It fights the frizz without weighing down curls or hair patterns with heavy oils. Who wants that? It’s perfect for refreshing curls once they start to get a bit frizzy— making my curly hairstyles last longer in between washes. Keep your hair protected and looking naturally beautiful with this lightweight oil mist.

How to Use 

Use this oil mists on damp, towel-dried, or already dry hair.  It can either be sprayed directly onto the hair or into your palms. Work through your hair with fingers concentrating on the ends if they feel dry and brittle. If you’re trying to tame frizz or flyaways, Sun Bum Anti-Frizz Oil Mist works great while boosting everyday shine. Leave the mist in without rinsing it off to get the most out of it. 

6. Moroccanoil Treatment 

Moroccanoil Treatment is the silky,  lightweight oil that provides your hair with much-needed nourishment and shine. Its innovative formula combines antioxidant-rich argan oil and shine-boosting vitamins for a truly transformative experience. This unique blend of ingredients helps to detangle wet strands, reduces drying time, adds intense radiance. It leaves your curls feeling smooth and manageable. Not only this, but an independent study has confirmed that just one use of Moroccanoil Treatment increases hair’s shine by up to 118%. Upgrade your haircare routine today with the lightweight wonder of Moroccanoil Treatment.

How to Use 

Apply 1–2 pumps of this oil treatment to clean, towel-dried hair, from mid-length to ends. It’s great when used as the end of your curly hair routine to seal in other products and add extra shine. It’s light enough to use before getting a blow out and styling your hair without weighing it down. 

To use it as a deep treatment, mix in a couple of drops with your hair mask or leave in treatment. This will leave you with moisturized, manageable, and soft hair. 

7. Vegamour Hair Serum

When it comes to maintaining healthy, natural hair, the cause of thinning locs or hair fallout can be a tricky one to pinpoint. With stress, lack of sleep, vitamin deficiencies and hormones often all playing a part, it’s hard to know which one to tackle first. Implementing a holistic approach, with products like Vegamour GRO Hair Serum , can help decrease shedding and support the growth of thicker and healthier hair. This vegan-friendly serum features clinically-tested phyto-actives that work together to promote nourishment and balance within the whole follicular ecosystem. With no harmful ingredients like toxic chemicals or carcinogens, you can have peace of mind knowing you’re taking care of your scalp in the gentlest way possible. I’ve been using it since the end of last year and I have been loving it! So give your curls and scalp the best chance at health with Vegamour GRO Hair Serum. 

How to Use 

Apply the Gro hair serum directly to the scalp for faster results. You can use your fingertips to massage it onto dry or damp hair. To see faster improvements, use it as a leave- in on a daily basis. 

Which one will you pick?

No matter what type of curly hair care you’re looking for, there’s an oil or serum out there for you! Oils and serums lock in moisture, add shine, and protect your natural curls. Knowing what oil and serums to use for your natural curly hair texture can help add definition and a healthy shine. Whether you need something light enough for daily use or something a bit more intense for weekly deep treatments, these seven products will help revive your curls in no time at all! So give them a try today—your locs will thank you later!

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