For those with especially thick hair, washing out an oil or serum can be a struggle. The more you have, the more product you use (sometimes too much). Whether or not you over apply, finding a formula that’s suited to greater hair density can be key to a non-greasy finish. Ready to feel the weight being lifted off your head (and shoulders)? Here, nine ultra-hydrating hair oils and serums to shop that can replace your extra-heavy conditioner, too. —Anastasia Barbuzzi
Rahua Legendary Amazon Oil. A Rahua exclusive blend, this product uses light-as-air plant and flower oils like Amazonian rahua, sacha inchi, aloe, and gardenia to banish flyaways, heal split ends, and promote shine. It’s quick-absorbing to boot.
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser’s Invisible Oil. This invisible hair oil made of coconut, grapeseed, macadamia, squalene, sweet almond and safflower oils softens, de-frizzes, and detangles thick hair in a snap. Plus, it protects against UV damage.
AG Hair Glow Shine Infuse Serum. Help your hair shine from the inside out with this superfood blend of broccoli, chia, cucumber, pumpkin, black raspberry, tomato, and cranberry oils. Silicone-free and ultra-nourishing, this lightweight serum smoothes cuticles for your softest hair yet.
Josh Rosebrook Serum Spray. Whether your hair is fine, coarse, wavy, or extra curly, this sprayable serum performs as a defining styling product and doubles as a nutritive scalp treatment. A combination of herbs and organic plant oils like oregano, neem, marula, and argan encourage hair growth and condition at the same time.
Sahajan Nurture Hair Oil. An Ayurvedic hair treatment that strengthens and restores lustre, this formulation from Canadian-made Sahajan helps you deal with modern hair stressors like blow-drying and colouring. Time-honoured ingredients like amla and eclipta alba oils allow you to break up with breakage for good without leaving a slick mess behind.
OUAI Rose Hair & Body Oil. As a body, perfume and hair oil, this protective and hydrating moisturizer does it all. Scented with OUAI’s signature fragrance, Melrose Place Eau de Parfum, this fusion of rosehip, shea, and absinthium oil restores moisture, adds a dewy glow, and mutes frizz too.
Gisou Honey Infused Hair Oil. A special family recipe from Negin Mirsalehi’s family bee garden, this honey infused hair oil balances moisture levels and is rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants that protect and repair damage. It can be used as a pre-styling and finishing product, or even a hair mask and overnight treatment.
Don’t Despair, Repair! Strengthening Treatment Oil. This silicone-free hair treatment is densely packed with ceramides, rose flower and macadamia oils to seal split ends and cuticles that have been lifted through environmental and treatment damage. Whether you colour, perm, or chemically-straighten your hair, this product is a must-have.
100% Pure Pro-Vitamin B5 Smoothing Hair Serum. A buildable formula that leaves hair feeling softer, smoother, and more manageable thanks to a healthy dose of shine-inducing Pro Vitamin B5 and moisturizing vitamin E, this product fortifies hair with strengthening wheat protein without weighing it down. Better yet, it leaves behind the soothing smell of lavender.