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The 12 Best Hair Growth Oils For Healthy-Looking Locks In 2022

There's something for every type of hair.

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Women's Health (Christine Giordano)

If your hair is looking a little thinner than usual, a hair growth oil could be your new BFF. First, let’s consider why your hair may be looking a little sparse:

Chemicals and heat can damage the shaft of the hair (the part we can see) itself, and that leads to dullness and breakage, says dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Hospital's Department of Dermatology.

If you’re experiencing thinning hair, though, your follicles—where the hair is made—are behind it. When these aren’t functioning optimally (they can be weakened by things like free radical damage, for example), they don’t grow hair as well as they should, he says.

Hair growth oils can condition hairs, hydrate the scalp, and support your follicles as they grow new hairs to the best of their ability. They can also help strengthen and protect hair strands themselves to make your mane shinier and less prone to breakage, according to Dr. Zeichner.

He recommends looking for oils that include ingredients like botanical extracts and antioxidants such as vitamin E, which can help to neutralize free radical damage around the follicles.

These are the 12 best hair growth oils to try, based on user ratings and expert recommendations.

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Best Personalized Hair Oil
Custom Hair Oil

Recommended by Dr. Zeichner, Prose will create a custom formula that targets your particular hair needs. Ingredients include a range of natural oils that can hydrate, soothe, protect, and encourage growth.

Best For Sleeping Beauties
Night Density Rescue

Let this one work while you sleep! This treatment contains a blend of antioxidants said to neutralize free radical damage, says Dr. Zeichner.

Best For Color-Treated Hair
Healing Oil

This oil contains vitamin E, thought to neutralize free radical damage, along with gardenia extract to help strengthen and protect your individual strands of hair.

Best Lightwight
Biotin & Collagen Weightless Healing Oil Treatment

Infused with vitamin B7, collagen, and hydrolyzed wheat protein, this oil treatment is said to make hair look thicker and fuller without weighing it down.

Best For New Moms
Régénérescence Naturelle
Leonor Greyl

Formulated with apricot, hazel, and sunflower seed oils (just to name a few), this oil is a fan-favorite among new mothers who are struggling with hair loss and thinning post-pregnancy.

Best For Spot Treating
KERASTASE Initialiste for Scalp and Hair

A serum and oil hybrid, this pick from Kerastase contains gluco peptides to purportedly strengthen existing hair, native plant cells to hydrate, and a wheat protein derivative to help repair the flexibility of damaged and over processed hair.

Best For Fine Hair
Multi-Vitamin Scalp Nourishing Hair Growth Oil
The Mane Choice

This growth oil contains soybean, castor, and sweet almond oil (among others) to help reduce hair shedding. Plus it's not greasy so it won't leave you feeling like you need another shower.

Best For Scalp Build Up
COMPLEXE 5 Stimulating Plant Extract
Rene Furterer

This pre-shampoo treatment has an impressive cult-following. Rather than applying after washing your strands, this formula is meant to be applied before shampooing, and should be left on the scalp for five to 10 minutes before washing it out.

Best Budget Friendly
Grow Long Anti-Breakage Oil
Marc Anthony

Not only does this oil work to strengthen hair, it's also said to smooth, control frizz, and add shine, too, thanks to the caffeine, ginseng, and sunflower seed oil. When using this pick, don’t just stop at the roots—you can spritz this oil all the way to your ends.

Best For Textured Hair
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
Now 22% off

Ideal for textured hair, this serum-oil hybrid features castor oil, shea butter, and safflower seed oil, purported to penetrate the scalp with vitamins, nutrients, and minerals for strong, healthy hair.

Best Lightweight Oil
Energizing Superactive

This lightweight hair oil is said to reduce hair loss while also boosting hair density. Shampoo and condition your hair, apply the formula all over your scalp, and style as usual.

Best For Frizz & Flyaways
Marula Oil Hair Mist

Featuring marula, mongongo, and cyperus oils, this easy-to-use spray can be applied all over the hair and conditions hair without added build-up. Users like the mist for smoothing flyaways without weighing hair down.

3 Pro Tips For Keeping Hair Healthy & Full

Start Treatment ASAP.
The best time to use hair growth oils, according to Dr. Zeichner, is when you initially start to notice hair thinning. “It’s far better to keep the hair that you have than to try to regrow it after you’ve lost it,” says Dr. Zeichner. But if you’re already seeing a lot of hair in the shower drain, don’t worry! Hair oils can help to maintain the hair you have, prevent future loss, and potentially help you grow new hair.

Be Consistent.
Like with many treatments, you’ll see the best results with regular use. “Hair growth oils need to be used continuously to experience benefits,” says Dr. Zeichner. Your hair typically grows a half an inch per month, so it may take a while to see any noticeable improvements.

Consider Professional Help.
If you're really looking to regrow hair, Dr. Zeichner recommends looking out for an ingredient called minoxidil, an FDA-approved medication proven to help with regrowth (and found in products like Rogaine). It also comes in a generic form at your local drug store (i.e. you don’t need a prescription for it).

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