13 Best Pre-Wash Hair Oils 2023 for Softer, Shinier Hair: Oribe, Augustinus Bader, Bread Beauty Supply
Latinx-owned hair-care brand Ceremonia hit it out of the park with this nourishing Aceite de Moska scalp oil that magnifies shine, clears scalp debris, and combats frizz. It treats hair from scalp to ends, with a mix of powerful, natural oils including Mexican chia seed oil, maracujá oil, castor oil, and açaí oil.
Due to a certain level of star power, JVN is already a fan-favorite in the hair-care space, so it’s not a surprise that we adore the Complete Pre-Wash Scalp Oil, which is free from harsh chemicals and synthetic ingredients that can potentially damage the hair and scalp. Sugarcane-derived hemisqualane, rosemary extract, turmeric, moringa seed oil, and basic root extract work in conjunction to minimize hair loss, stimulate the scalp, and improve hair health over time. You’ll be crying Queer Eye-level tears when you see how soft and shiny your hair looks after application.
Bread Beauty Supply‘s Macadamia Oil is a Best of Beauty winner for a multitude of reasons, the main one being its ability to deeply penetrate the hair shaft and nourish hair from within. This gloss is considered a “light” oil that’s easily absorbable and non-greasy, making it ideal for all hair types. It’s rich in triglycerides and Kakadu plum oil, which can help to moisturize, repair, and strengthen the hair, while also adding shine.
For thousands of years, Indian women have used hair oil massages to stimulate blood flow to the hair follicles, which in turn promotes hair growth and healthier, longer hair. This Fortifying Hair Serum from Ranavat, the first south Asian-founded Ayurvedic skin-care brand to launch at Sephora, contains only three ingredients — amla extract to support hair follicle repair for healthier hair, jasmine oil to fight dandruff and sunflower oil to restore hydration.
Made from just five ingredients, including tsubaki and meadowfoam seed oils, Crown Affair’s The Hair Oil provides intense moisture, enhances shine, and fortifies and smoothens hair fibers for optimal hair health. This product is best used as a pre-shampoo oil but can also be used as a leave-in conditioner or a styling oil.
While it may err on the pricier side, this luxury pick from Augustinus Bader, simply dubbed The Hair Oil, is a miracle product for anyone struggling with dry, damaged, or brittle hair. Formulated with the brand’s proprietary TFC8 technology, which is a combination of natural oils, vitamins, and amino acids, this hair oil helps to nourish and strengthen the hair, while also protecting it from damage. Our tester called this oil the “superstar product of the entire [Augustinus Bader hair-care] range” as well as billing it as one of the best hair oils she’d tried, period. “It was intensely conditioning and moisturizing, leaving my curls feeling both soft and strong,” she summarized.