Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz-fighting prodz to the test

Coco Rocha silky hair

The Fashion Week runways are showcasing a lot of different hair looks, but the soft waves at DKNY were totally my fave. The general texture, shine and smoothness of the models’ locks is what I seek to achieve daily… but I somehow fail miserably because unless it’s a special occasion, I refuse to spend more than 10 (okay, five) minutes with a blow dryer in my hand.

I’m more of an air-dry girl—which means I’m always on the lookout for a product that I can smooth onto my wet hair and go. Mousses, gels (crunchy curls, anyone?), powders and sprays: I’ve tried them all, but keep coming back to the superstar power of oil. It’s totally fab on my fine hair when I want to go au naturel, and it also rocks when I bite the bullet and commit to giving myself a blowout. I also love smoothing oils on dry hair to conceal split ends and tame frizz when I’m on the run.

But after years testing various hair oil prodz, I’ve become a very harsh critic. I expect a lot out of these babies! That’s why I’m happy to report on six that made the cut… and have my hair looking better than ever! Trust.

Schwarzkopf BC Miracle Oil2 Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the testTHE PRODUCT:  Schwarzkopf Professional BC Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment
THE PROMISE:  Specially formulated for those with fine hair, this treatment provides shine, softness and nourishment via marula oil, oleic acids and antioxidants. (There is also a regular formula for medium-to-thick or fine, porous hair, which uses argan oil.)
THE TEST-DRIVE: This oil totally impressed me! It smells beautiful and feels extra-light. Even better, it eliminated my frizz and didn’t leave any greasy residue.
THE VERDICT: Amazing for everyone, but especially if you have fine, frizzy hair and want to transform it.
BUY IT: At select salons for $39. Find the one closest to you at facebook.com/SchwarzkopfCanada.


Live Clean Argan Oil treatment 442x1024 Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the test

THE PRODUCT:  Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Treatment
THE PROMISE: This silicone-, paraben-, phthalate- and phosphate-free formula repairs damage, restores lustre and shine and combats the effects of humidity­ using 100 percent pure argan oil, grape seed oil and olive oil.
THE TEST-DRIVE:  I love that this is natural and made with sustainable plant ingredients. The clear oil smells great and made my hair soft and shiny.
THE VERDICT: A terrific natural hair oil at a fab price point.
BUY IT: At Well.ca for $13.39. (Free shipping in Canada with no minimum order!)

Kerastase Elixir Ultime Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the testTHE PRODUCT:  Kérastase Elixir Ultime
THE PROMISE:  A combination of four precious oils (pracaxi, argan, maize and camellia), this product can be used in multiple ways: as a pre-cleansing treatment before you shampoo; as an intensive leave-in conditioner on mid-lengths and ends; as a pre-blowdry smoother; as a finishing treatment to tame flyaways; or as a re-touch treatment to add nourishment throughout the day.
THE TEST-DRIVE: This. Smells. Amaze. The golden-coloured oil made my hair smell good all day, absorbed quickly and added shine and silkiness without weighing it down. Can you say supermodel hair?
THE VERDICT: It’s a luxurious, silky leave-in treatment your hair will love.
BUY IT: At select salons for $50. To find the one nearest you visit kerastase.ca.
Moroccanoil Light Oil Treatment 427x1024 Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the testTHE PRODUCT:  Moroccanoil Light Treatment Oil
THE PROMISE: Featuring a lighter consistency and colour than the original Moroccanoil, this provides the same benefits: hydration, strength and improved elasticity (thanks to its signature ingredient, argan oil).
THE TEST-DRIVE: I’ve used the original formula with success, so was super-excited to try out the newer, lighter version on my fine hair. With the same yummy scent as the original, this formula is lighter in colour (great news for my highlights) with a thinner consistency. It didn’t weigh down my hair at all and I loved the silky, smooth texture it imparted to my normally frizzy locks.
THE VERDICT:  This is a top seller for a reason and I love that it does what it claims to do—frizz and flyaways will not be a problem!
BUY IT: At fine salons and spas for $40.80. To find the salon nearest you visit moroccanoil.com.

Sleek Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil 242x1024 Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the test

THE PRODUCT:  Matrix Total Results Silk Wonder Smoothing Oil
THE PROMISE:  This ultra-light formula absorbs instantly and uses shea butter and olive oil to fight frizz, condition and restore shine and sleekness.
THE TEST-DRIVE: This one has a stronger scent that I didn’t enjoy as much as the others, but makes up for it in shine factor. My hair was sleek and frizz-free all day and I loved that it didn’t leave any greasy residue.
THE VERDICT: This mid-range product is great for banishing frizzies and adding shine.
BUY IT: In salons for $15 or at matrixcanada.ca.

Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum Can a hair oil give you silky, shiny supermodel hair? I put 6 frizz fighting prodz to the testTHE PRODUCT:  Ojon Damage Reverse Instant Restorative Hair Serum
THE PROMISE: This tames frizz and flyaways while repairing and protecting against damage from heat styling and chemical exposure. Key ingredients include the famous Ojon oil, plus rouge oleifera oil (found in the fruit surrounding the Ojon nut).
THE TEST-DRIVE: Unlike the signature Ojon fragrance, this has a lemon-y, herbal scent and I was really impressed with how soft and hydrated my hair felt after using it. My frizz disappeared and my split ends were pretty much undetectable. Super-excited to see long-term results on my damaged ends!
THE VERDICT: A light, hydrating oil that’s perfect for repairing damage and restoring shine.
BUY IT: At Sephora, Murale and The Shopping Channel for $28.

Elizabeth Oborne is a Vancouver-based writer and holistic nutritionist. Follow her on Twitter: @elizabethedits.

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28 Comments

Tee
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 11:10 am

I am biracial and have had an awesome (?…. not so much) time finding products that truly work for my long thick and curly hair. Re: oils, I am wary as some have produced the opposite effect of what I want which is weightless moisturization with shine of course. What’s the use if they just sit on top of my strands and make them look greasy? :( The 1 product I HAVE to suggest to you is “Organic Shea Oil” by Eli’s Body Shop. 100% natural with like 6 or 7 different oils incl Mango Papaya! When I first applied this to my hair and blow-dried, I got a result I had never before-seen at home: Shiny, settled, and straight! So impressed :)) oh & how could I forget bonus: its also used as a scalp and (wait for it…) body oil too!

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:42 pm

The shea oil sounds great! I have fine hair so am wary of the greasy look, too, but these ones didn’t have that effect. I liked the Kerastase oil in particular.

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Nicole
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 6:23 pm

I’m not a fan of oils because no matter how little I use I cannot escape the greasy hair look. I’ve tried using them on wet hair and dry hair, styling and air drying… they just never seem to work for me. What I do swear by, and I’ve mentioned it here before, is Shiseido Tsubaki Water Mist. Of course it’s a Japanese product so I’ll have to find a reliable online seller before I move next year, but for now, at under $10 for a large spray bottle this stuff is pure love. I’ve also been using tsubaki oil shampoos & conditioners (one Japanese brand I can’t read and the shine set by Shiseido) and I swear I’ve never had better hair :)
As a bonus, I can use it after scuba diving so I can actually comb through my hair (darn salt water) and I have never ever been able to overuse it no matter how much I spray on!

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:43 pm

I remember you mentioning the Shiseido mist, and I really want to try it!! Will look for it here!

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Janay
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 7:31 pm

Thanks for the reviews Elizabeth, I’m excited to try out a couple of these products! Would you say that “you get what you pay for” when it comes to these products? Is there a difference between say the Live Clean Exotic Nectar Argan Oil Treatment @ $13 , and the Kérastase Elixir Ultime @ $50??

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:45 pm

They all worked really well for me, but you likely will pay more for a higher quality of ingredients..? I’ll have to defer to Michelle on this one :)

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Phil
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 7:54 pm

I mainly use the Nuxe dry oil on my hair and if it’s not that I put in some rene furterer complex 5 oil. Both are amazing and give me silky smooth hair! The ideal for me is to put it in before going to bed and just wash it out the next morning. That or I leave it in for an evening (sometimes entire day if I’m not stepping outside of the house) and wash it out later with lukewarm water. I really have a thing for oils in skincare/haircare/bodycare and they never fail to do so much more than regular products.

Btw doesn’t the ojon range all smell like sigars & stale beer? I recall reading something about the bad smells of the range.

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:46 pm

I love oils too, but I’ve never tried the two you use. And re the Ojon scent – I really like it! No way it smells like stale beer! :)

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Jane
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 9:35 am

Oh I love the Nuxe! The Huile Prodigieuse is divine and smells like delicate flowers. I have used in my hair before heading to the beach, but not as a treatment, per say. Trying this!

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Jane
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 8:23 pm

I am so all over the Kérastase Elixir. Supermodel hair is *just* what I am after! Seriously- I’ve heard this one is amazing, and you say it smells divine? Sold!

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:47 pm

It is sooo good – and the scent is fab! Let us know what you think!

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Jane
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 9:33 am

Btw, be careful with the Moroccan Oil. Even the light version is almost all silicones with argan oil as a tiny ingredient.The argan oil used by Moroccan Oil is obtained using solvent-extraction. Over time, Moroccan Oil products will a) build up on hair making it impossible for conditioners & oils to reach the hair and b) damage the hair. My hair actually got drier, and the colour changed. It works at first- actually seems miraculous- but over time its awful. Best to find organic argan oil that has been pressed. Even Josie Maran Argan Oil for hair is full of silicones.

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skybluesky
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 9:41 am

I don’t think it’s best to use it all the time. I use a clarifying shampoo once a week that takes care of the build-up. I still think Moroccan oil is the best!

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marta
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 5:59 am

I am using it at the moment and I love it! I have greasy hair so I avoid the roots, and it works great. No frizz and super-super-smooth hair. The smell is very nice indeed, although it does not stay on my hair once it is dry, so I would not say the smell is the best reason to buy this product. But I will definitely be using it again. It is quite pricey though…

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skybluesky
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:36 pm

I love the original Moroccan Oil! I have straight, thick hair so it can put up with a lot. It also cuts my drying time in half.

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Elizabeth
Tuesday, October 4/2011 at 10:50 pm

Love that it speeds up your drying time! And PS I’m so jealous of your thick, straight hair!

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Gauri
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 1:27 am

Hair oils are fun!! If they last well, I’d be interested in getting some.

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J.
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 3:07 am

I’ve tried lots of oils and my hair is thin and flat and Norwegian and the only think that has made it sleek and shiny without weighing it down was Davines Oi oil. You should try it. Watch their video on how to use it.

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Barb
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 8:31 am

Thanks for the great info! What is the best way to apply these oils to avoid frizz? I have tried on sopping wet hair, towel dried, and dry hair. Still no luck-perhaps I’m not using enough product.

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Jane
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 9:38 am

Barb- getting silky hair has been my mission in life! Make sure your hair is free from all build up with a good clarifying shampoo (Neutrogena) then use a good conditioner (Terax Crema is excellent) and when you apply the product really depends on your hair type. Using the Crema as a leave in also helps a lot. What is your hair type?

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Barb
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 9:00 pm

I have a lot of fine, wavy/curly color treated hair.

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Kharina
Wednesday, October 5/2011 at 4:45 pm

L’Oreal professional Miracle Oil is great. I use it only on the ends of my coarse and textured curly/wavy hair. Considering my hair is very heavy, I was worried it would weigh it down, and it doesn’t! My hair is soft, it retains it’s wave and looks glossy and awesome.

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QuiteLight
Thursday, October 6/2011 at 2:54 pm

Goooood timing! I was just given a sample of Moroccan Oil by my hairdresser! While it is great when it is dry out at keeping my hair smooth & shiny (after a blow-dry), it doesn’t seem to do much if it’s remotely moist out. Then my fine, bent (doesn’t even curl or wave enough to qualify) hair frizzes into a cloud over a limp core & loses its lovely blowdried shape. It does this with straight silicone drops too. (Sorry, Thomas, the Frizz-Eeze didn’t work!)

Am I not using enough? I don’t want to look greasy, and I was warned by my hair dresser to only use a drop or two when wet, then maybe again when dry. And, like a lot of people here, fine, fine hair.

Does the LiveClean stop the frizz? I’ve been meaning to try that, I love their spray & cream for conditioning.

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Lilly
Sunday, October 9/2011 at 7:22 pm

I quite like the Moroccan oil. I have very fine hair, and I use it on towel-dried hair, after the Living Proof thickening mousse. Another option is Fekkai Olive Glossing cream.

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Deedee
Sunday, November 6/2011 at 3:55 pm

Great article! Which one do you think is the best hair oil: Kerastase Elixir or Schwarzkopf Miracle Oil? I have greasy roots, but very dry, damaged and frizzy ends.

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Santiago Benites
Saturday, March 10/2012 at 4:54 pm

I have just tried the Live Clean Argan Oil Treatment and I am disappointed. Why? Because it made my naturally curly hair completely straight, which is what I don’t want. I just wanted something ‘leave in’ to moisturize my colour treated dry hair.

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Aman Hansdah
Monday, January 6/2014 at 11:29 pm

I like hear oil

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christinamom7
Monday, August 18/2014 at 11:30 am

My hair is a bit drier than it was when I was younger (im 45+). I also live in a very dry climate in western Colorado which also contributes to the dryness of my hair. I use the Shielo Restore Oil because its perfect for making my hair soft and moist again. I have short hair so I only use a small amount on my fingers and spread it through all of my hair. I can shower twice a day when necessary and if I use the Shielo Oil, my hair does not dry out. I like the result!

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