My Favourite and Not So Favourite Hair Oils

I’ve been talking so much about hair and oiling that am beginning to feel like a bit of an oily, slippery, slimy person! But while I am on this topic, thought I might as well compile a list of my favourite and not so favourite hair oils as well as those that I doubt can be called hair oils at all.

So here it goes…

My Favourite 5 Hair Oils (In random order and all reviewed in detail earlier)

  1. Forest Essentials Bhringraj Hair Oil

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The sophisticated cousin my other favourite, Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila, this is a best seller from the Luxurious Ayurvedic brand and rightly so. Enriched with goodness of Bhringraj, this ought to sort out most of your hair concerns. Expensive at Rs 925/- for 200ml but that’s how all their products are priced

2.Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila

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This is the poor country cousin of the above rock star but helped save my hair post pregnancy. Not for the faint hearted, the smell and “chip chip” quotient being very high, but if you are truly desperate, this is your answer. However it may not suit all scalps as the ingredients are very “garam” and can cause small breakouts on the scalp. Rs 80/- for a 100 ml bottle- can it get any cheaper?

3.Kama Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment

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The only oil I have come across that has Indigo as an ingredient and thus helps maintain the black colour of the hair. A great option for dark hair ladies as it helps with the colour and has all essential ingredients for healthy hair as well, bhringraj being the primary one. This is the one I’m definitely using in winters to reduce the repetition of henna-indigo. Once again an elite oil at Rs 450/- for 100 ml.

4. Fabindia Sesame Hair Oil

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The first of the “branded” hair oils I picked up couple of years ago, it still is my favourite for its no frills goodness. Sesame oil is the base oil for most of the above oils and this is pure sesame oil. A great option and pocket friendly too at Rs 300/- for 200ml.

5. MABH Fast Growth Hair Oil

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My current favourite that had my jaw drop with the picture of the gorgeous hair on its bottle. Made and sold exclusively by Lancy of Makeup And Beauty Home, it promises to be a one stop shop for all your hair problems. While I’m still checking out its fast hair growth claim, it’s a great oil in itself. Available only on line through Makeup and Beauty Home at Rs 400/- for 100 ml, it is expensive.

 

Not So favourite Hair Oils-

1. Biotique Bio Flame of the Forest –

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I tried this oil a long time back and it was nothing but a disappointment.

2. Forest Essentials Sugandha Hair Oil

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A dud from the big brand itself hurt my pocket as much as it hurt me. Did absolutely nothing for my hair and left me depressed over a 1000 bucks gone down the drain.

3.Kesh King Hair Oil

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I tried it after hearing praises from few friends but somehow could not take to it- felt somewhat synthetic and the smell was a bit overpowering. Could not bring myself around to trying their shampoo and conditioner even though it came free with the oil.

4. Sesa Hair Oil

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Some love the smell, I hated it- period.

 

 

Are these even hair oils?

1.Matrix Biolage Root Nourishing Oil

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With chemical like Limonene, Hexyl cinnamal, Coumarin, Linalool, Butylphenyl methylpropional, Benzyl alcohol, Hydroxycitronellal, Amyl cinnamal, Geranoil, Alpha-isomethyl ionone, Isoeugenol, Benzyl Benzoate, Cinnamyl alcohol etc etc, how does this even qualify to be called a hair oil? Really now…

2. L’Oreal Mythic Oil Nourishing Oil

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It has avocado oil and grapeseed oil but is more of a styling serum than “oil”. Loaded with silicones and many chemicals

3. Kerastase Elixir Ultime

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Same as above- good hair serum and pre styling tool, but not“oil”.Again is chemical based .

 

 

Kama Bringadi Intensive Hair Treatment

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This is a curious hair oil that I picked up about 2months ago. I say “curious” because one of the ingredients listed is Indigo, which is what I have been using for getting natural black colour on my hair ( Reviewed here). And this is the ingredient because of which I picked up the oil- as much as I love hair oils and keep trying out new ones, I’ve never come across one that had indigo as an ingredient.

Kama calls it “Intensive Hair Treatment” instead of a hair oil. Their website says – “This product is meant to prevent hair loss, dandruff and premature graying. It is also a natural conditioner for lush hair growth. In addition, it cools the head.

Intensive Hair Treatment, the secret of Indians’ lush, glossy hair, is a blend of herbs processed in pure sesame oil and milk. The herbal formula includes indigo (neeli), Eclipta Alba and gooseberry to promote hair growth; liquorices which acts as an anti-fungal agent; and balloon vine which prevents scalp infection.”

 

The key ingredients are – Sesame oil along with indigo, Bhringraj and amla. The oil has a deep brown- black colour to it, no doubt owing to the indigo in it. Application is the same way as with any hair oil- heat the quantity required in a bowl and massage all over the scalp. As you massage it into the scalp, the fingertips get a blackish tinge due to the indigo ( it washes off easily though) and even when shampooing, the water has a black-blue tinge to it quite like when you rinse indigo off. I prefer to leave the oil overnight though it says that leaving for 20 minutes or so is good enough. Shampooing it off is no more a hassle than any other hair oil would be and it is not particularly very greasy. I mean it is an oil so it has to be oily, right? The smell is not very strong but yes it is a herbal-ayurvedic kind of smell that may not appeal to some.

My take on it? I love this hair oil and here’s why-

  1. Bhringraj, I have come to realise is an ingredient that works wonders on hair. The other two hair oil I have used and really liked are Forest Essentials Bhringraj hair oil and Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila, both of which had bhringraj . (Reviewed here). This oil too has bhringraj which seems to be suiting my hair.
  2. While I don’t have persistent hair fall or dandruff problems, whatever I did it has sorted them out. I think it will help people battling problems of hair fall and dandruff.
  3. The indigo in it has been of a great help in preserving the black colour on whatever few greys I have. I did not need any root touch up with henna and indigo for almost one and a half months. This hair oil, I reckon, lives upto its claim of preventing greying and giving you black, lustrous hair. This is unlike any other hair oil I have tried.
  4. Hair gets a nice shine and body but then that will depend on the overall quality of your hair. I have always used a conditioner after shampooing but those who do not have dry hair (or are not paranoid about not using a conditioner, like I am) could skip it. It does work as a natural conditioner.

 

CONS-

  1. The smell may not appeal to everyone.
  2. While indigo is wonderful for those who have or want black hair, those with light coloured hair may not like it. Not that it coats the hair but indigo is meant to give a black colour to the hair. Those with light hair colour, or who like a burgundy tinge to the hair, may prefer oil with, say Rattanjot in it.
  3. Expensive- Rs 450/- for 100 ml. But that’s the going rate for all branded hair oils it seems. But it does last long. With regular, twice/thrice a week oiling, the 100 ml bottle has lasted me about 2months and is still left for 2-3 more uses.
  4. Availability is a problem.

If you have any serious issues or are interested in the over all health of your hair, this is one of the few hair oils worth trying, other being Forest Essentials Bhringraj hair oil and Patanjali Divya Kesh Taila.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.

Fabindia Sesame Hair Oil

 

Life is all a matter of perspective. And this question of perspective applies to small things in life as much as it does to the big ones. When I picked up the Fabindia Sesame Hair Oil a couple of years ago, probably 3 years ago, I found the price tag of Rs 275/- ( I think it was that much) for a 200 ml bottle totally insane. That was of course before I discovered Forest Essentials ( Bhringraj Hair Oil Reviewed here and Sugandha Hair Oil reviwed here) and Kama. Now Rs 300/- for a 200 ml bottle (the current price) seems very reasonable. After all, I have got used to expecting a good hair oil cost close to a 1000 bucks!

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It was after a long gap that I picked up this oil again recently as I strolled into Fabindia on a free evening. Sesame oil, traditionally, is supposed to be excellent for hair health especially to prevent premature greying of hair and hair fall. As far as I know, Fabindia is the only well established company that makes this hair oil. Otherwise one has to just pick up “Till ka Tel” from the local grocery store.

The hair oil from Fabindia is “Pure Sesame Oil blended with Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil”. Directions are standard- Massage on the scalp. Wash after minimum period of 1 hour.

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I always leave my hair oiled overnight and shampoo the next day. This oil has distinctive smell, which does not bother me, but it is better to check the smell before buying it. Almost a clear yellow oil, it’s not particularly sticky, not more than any oil would be. It easily comes off and you won’t be struggling for hours in the shower.

I don’t have any serious hair issues- like dandruff or hair fall or too much of greying- so can’t say if it would help people with such problems but it suited my hair well. whatever occasional dandruff or dryness I have, this hair oil dealt with them.

PROS

  1. One of the few pure sesame oils from a well-reputed brand. You can be sure that you are getting what you are paying for or so I think.
  2. Has vitamin E which is good for hair.
  3. Not very sticky or smelly, at least for me. But I am used to oiling my hair and the herbal smells.
  4. Washes off easily. Dealt with daily hair issues effectively.
  5. Considering the prices of brands like Forest Essentials and Kama, it is “cheap”. (See…perspective! everything is relative!)
  6. Cruelty free brand.
  7. Long shelf life ( 36 months from date of manufacturing) which is a lot as far as “natural” products go. Forest Essential products typically say 12 months from the date of manufacturing and 6 months from the date of opening.

 

CONS

  1. None really except perhaps the smell which many may not like. Also can’t say if it will help with any serious hair concerns one may have. Sesame oil is supposed to darken the hair colour and prevent premature greying but again, I can’t say anything about it.

Having moved to Forest Essentials and Kama ( don’t ask why though), this is not an oil I use regularly anymore but a bottle after a couple of years is a good change. Those of you intimidated by the exorbitant price tags of these other brands can and should give this a try. You won’t be disappointed.

Rs 300/- for a 200 ml bottle.