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) –
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
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?
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.
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.
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 –
I tried this oil a long time back and it was nothing but a disappointment.
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–
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–
Some love the smell, I hated it- period.
Are these even hair oils?–
1.Matrix Biolage Root Nourishing Oil –
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 –
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–
Same as above- good hair serum and pre styling tool, but not“oil”.Again is chemical based .