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July 30 2014

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Smooth Moves Ahead

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When it comes to hair oil, we count ourselves among the converted. It may seem counterintuitive, but oil treatments actually leave our hair less slick than anything else in our vast collection of products and considerably more soft. And the professionals are on board, too. “Hair oils have been used for centuries to scent hair, treat scalp issues, shape and style haircuts,” says Erin Anderson, stylist, artistic director and co-owner of Woodley & Bunny Salon and Apothecary. “They help to protect the hair by absorbing in and smoothing each strand. This will cut down on breakage caused by brushing and combing.” But oils are more than just prep, according to Anderson. “They’re great for both wet and dry styling, too, as they smooth, hydrate, and create a brilliant shine.” From personal experience, we can say that a little oil on dry, damaged ends goes a long way. Here, are top five picks for keeping locks healthy and glistening even in the face of blazing sun and surf.



Je Veux Argan Moroccan Oil
Our personal favorite, this lightweight oil smells heavenly and it lasts and lasts; our bottle is still going strong after six months of daily use.
$40, www.rickysnyc.com.

Leonor Greyl Huile du Palm
Anderson’s personal favorite, this classic waterproof oil can be used in a multitude of ways—as a conditioner and blended with your go-to styling aids for extra hydration and sheen.
$49, www.lockandmane.com.

Rodin by Recine Luxury Hair Oil
A rich blend of eight essential oils like sweet almond, rosemary, and apricot, the hair version of Linda Rodin’s popular skin saver is as divine as its predecessor.
$60, www.oliolusso.com.

Davines SU Sun Oil
A good bet for beach days, this mix of vitamin E, jojoba, and argan oil has a UV shield to protect the hair (and skin, too!) from the damaging effects of the sun.
$28, www.davines.com.

Shu Uemura Essence Absolue
This cult favorite acts as a panacea for brittle lengths and can be applied as a leave-in conditioner, thus minimizing your shower routine—which is always a plus.
$65, www.shuuemuraartofhair-usa.com.

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