Olive oil has long been a staple in the kitchens and beauty cabinets of Mediterranean women from Spain, Italy and Greece—both for cleansing and moisturizing the skin and nourishing the hair. In the past couple of years, oils have become big business in the beauty industry because they're quickly absorbed, contain antioxidants, and can increase softness, boost radiance and fight fine lines. Whether you have frizzy, curly, coarse or fine hair, there's an oil for that. Have oily or breakout prone skin? Certain oils can help balance natural oil production, helping your pores to release less oil over time.
I have combination oily skin and fine hair but, after a long winter, I also noticed some dry patches on my face and brittle, split ends on my parched strands (also due to my love affair with bleach). I decided to convert many aspects of my beauty routine—from my face cleanser to my shampoo and styling products—to oils at least some of the time, and I've had amazing results. Read on for my favourites that have made it into ongoing rotation.