Side by Side (by Side): Badger Hair Oil

Side by Side by Side: Badger's Organic Hair Oil

For a lot of people, hair is a crowning glory. We style it, color it, tease it, and tame it. We express ourselves and our personality with it. We try to take good care of it… and that’s where hair oil comes in. Pollution, UV rays, heat, and styling all take a toll on hair, and hair oil can help.

Think of your hair’s cuticle (outermost layer) like a pinecone. If the cuticle is damaged the pinecone is open and jagged (below, right). When the pinecone is open, it doesn’t reflect as much light and hair can look dull. However, if the pinecone is closed and smooth (below, left), it reflects more light and looks shiny and healthy. The good news is that hair oil can actually help to smooth out the cuticle giving you healthy-looking hair almost immediately. But that’s not good enough for Badger. We believe if you’re going to put anything on your hair (or skin) it should have long-term benefits, nourishing hair and skin over time in addition to the immediate effects.

Side by Side by Side: Badger's Organic Hair Oil
A healthy hair cuticle (left) is smooth and reflects light. This is what gives hair a healthy shine. A damaged hair cuticle (right) does not reflect as much light, and causes the hair to look dull.

The smoothing action of hair oils is why I believe a lot of other hair oils on the shelf are “one for all.” But Badger knows that your hair is unique as you are. So when we considered making hair oil we thought of the most common reasons why you would want to use it, and developed three oil blends for three different needs. So which one is right for you? Read on to see a side-by-side-by-side comparison of Badger’s Hair Oils.

What the Product is Intended For:

Argan Hair Oil is intended for dry and damaged hair. This hair oil is meant to be left on the hair to style, add shine, and help strengthen the hair.

Seabuckthorn Hair Oil is a nourishing blend that can be used on all hair types. This hair oil is a wash out treatment, meaning you apply it to your hair, leave on for at least an hour (up to overnight), and then you cleanse your hair as you normally would.

Jojoba Hair Oil is specifically for dry, itchy scalps. This hair oil helps to moisturize the scalp and impart a cooling and refreshing feeling. This is another wash out treatment, though instead of focusing on the hair you would mainly apply it to your scalp.

All three of these formulas are beneficial for all hair types, and can be used in conjunction with one another. For example: you can do a weekly Seabuckthorn Hair Oil treatment and use the Argan Hair Oil daily. Or you can use the Argan Hair Oil daily and as a weekly treatment (if you apply more). Of course, to reap the maximum benefits from these products best to use as directed. But like all of Badger’s products you might just find additional uses for each.

Ingredient Breakdown:

Badger Organic Argan Hair Oil

Argan Hair Oil: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Argania Spinosa (Organic Argan) Oil, *Adansonia Digitata (Organic Baobab) Oil, Essential Oils of *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Orange), *Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Organic Bergamot), *Santalum Album (Organic Sandalwood), *Cananga Odorata (Organic Ylang Ylang), and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

The real star of this formula is the Argan Oil itself, which has small molecules that penetrate deeply into the hair cuticle. The supporting cast includes Baobab Oil which helps to strengthen the hair with regular use. The nicest thing about this blend of oils is that Jojoba, Sunflower, Argan and Baobab are all very light-bodied, meaning it shouldn’t weigh hair down. That being said, if you apply enough hair oil it will absolutely weigh your hair down – so take a “less is more” approach when applying this hair oil, especially the first few times you use it.

Badger Organic Seabuckthorn Hair Oil Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Prunus Armeniaca (Organic Apricot) Oil, *Punica Granatum (Organic Pomegranate) Oil, CO2 Extracts of *Hippophae Rhamnoides (Organic Seabuckthorn) and *Rosa Canina (Organic Rosehip), Essential Oils of *Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), *Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Organic Sweet Orange), *Pelargonium Graveolens (Organic Rose Geranium), and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

This formula is like a multivitamin for your hair. Sunflower oil contains loads of vitamin E; Apricot oil has a bounty of vitamin A; Pomegranate contains a vitamin B complex (far and away the best vitamins for hair); Seabuckthorn contains a ton of vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, B, E and K. Does this formula replace a healthy diet? No – healthy hair begins on the inside. But with regular use you will see a noticeable improvement, and you’ll be turning heads.

Badger Organic Jojoba Hair Oil

Jojoba Hair Oil: *Simmondsia Chinensis (Organic Jojoba) Oil, *Helianthus Annuus (Organic Sunflower) Oil, *Rosmarinus Officinalis (Organic Rosemary) Essential Oil, *Menthol (Organic Menthol Crystals), Essential Oils of *Melaleuca Alternifolia (Organic Tea Tree), *Mentha Piperita (Organic Peppermint), *Lavandula Angustifolia (Organic Lavender), and Tocopherol (Sunflower Vitamin E).

We may not think of this, but it’s true that our scalp is a delicate ecosystem. And when it is out of balance, it will let us know. Jojoba helps to balance oil production, while providing immediate moisture. Sunflower and all the vitamin E contained within helps to nourish the scalp, while Rosemary and Tea Tree are powerfully cleansing essential oils that help to keep that ecosystem in check. The mints in this formula (both the menthol crystals and peppermint) give a cooling sensation, which helps to soothe an itchy scalp. And Lavender is skin-calming, as well as soothing to the psyche.

Notice I didn’t mention dandruff here? There’s a reason. Despite the fact that dandruff and dry scalp may appear the same, they are actually very different. Dandruff is quite different than dry scalp, and may require a more formal treatment. So while Jojoba Hair Oil won’t make dandruff worse, it’s not going to help the condition either. It will help soothe dry scalp. If you are unsure as to which you have, best to see a qualified professional.

Where to Apply for Best Results:

Argan Hair Oil: this hair oil is best applied starting from the tips (ends) of the hair. When you think about it, the tips are the oldest hair on our head, and probably the most damaged. I’ve had great success by starting on the tips and working up to about mid-ear level. As this is a leave-in formula, I do not recommend applying to the roots unless you are going for the “wet look.”

Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: since this is a wash out treatment you can apply it root-to-tips, but again I would concentrate on the tips where there is the most damage. You can apply as much or as little as you would like! I personally like to apply enough to look like the Fonz, but I’m an oil fanatic. Just be sure to apply enough to coat the strands of hair, and comb through.

Jojoba Hair Oil: since this is specifically a scalp treatment, you’d want to apply it directly to the scalp. Does that mean you cannot apply it to the rest of your hair? Of course not! Personally I like to apply it to the scalp giving myself a gentle scalp massage, then comb the excess through my hair. This is another case where you can apply as little or as much to fit your needs. If you have a really dry, itchy scalp you’d want to apply more. If you are just looking to maintain a healthy scalp, you can apply less.

Tips for Success:

Argan Hair Oil: apply before blow drying hair to help protect the hair from heat styling. Bonus: the heat helps to open up the cuticle, and allows the hair oil to penetrate deeper. Win-win!

Seabuckthorn Hair Oil: heat can really make the difference here, too. When doing a Seabuckthorn Hair Oil treatment, consider wrapping your hair in a towel to trap your body heat (see silly picture of me below), or using a hair dryer to gently warm the hair. You can also warm up the hair oil itself before application, by immersing the glass bottle in warm tap water (not boiling), and shaking the bottle every few moments to warm the oil evenly.

Jojoba Hair Oil: I’ve been told that this product is also great for those who have dreadlocks. I can’t verify this myself, never having dreadlocks. But a dear friend told me that a little bit of the oil applied to the scalp helps to moisturize and deodorize, while maintaining a healthy scalp. From what I know of the formula, it sounds legit to me!

I like to pair a hair oil treatment with a clay mask and VOILA! chores and home repair turn into a spa treatment.
Hair oil + clay mask = chores done right!

How do you use Badger’s Hair Oil? Have any tips to share with the community? Leave them in the comments below!

Jentri Jollimore has been with Badger's marketing department since 2008, and active in the natural products industry for more than 10 years. When she's not handling PR and Social Media for Badger, she enjoys playing guitar, composing songs, and writing scores for short films. Jentri's Favorite Badger products: Damascus Rose Face Oil, Beard Oil, Seabuckthorn Beauty Balm, and Badger Balm.

18 comments on “Side by Side (by Side): Badger Hair Oil

  • Hey, my name is Isabel I read your blog, I loved it. I have bookmarked your website. Because I hope you will continue to give us such good and good information in future also.

  • I buzzed my hair recently so that I can start growing with fresh, healthy hair (and because I was curious what I would look like with a buzzcut. Turns out, pretty darn good). I want to keep my hair and scalp healthy as my hair grows, so I think a weekly oil treatment would be a great thing. My hair and scalp both tend to be dry (as does the rest of me…), but not itchy or flaky. Any recommendations?

    • Hi Cate!

      Happy New Year and congrats on the buzzcut! Very cool! 🙂

      I am absolutely in love with Badger’s Seabuckthorn Hair Oil treatment, and I think you might love it too:

      The main ingredient is jojoba, which is both moisturizing and balancing to scalp. Keeping your scalp healthy will help to promote healthy hair growth. Seabuckthorn berry has vitamins A, B, C, E, and K. The combination of vitamins and fatty acids is, I believe, what you’re looking for.

      Check it out, and let me know if you have any more questions!

      Your friend,

    • Absolutely! I usually fill a coffee mug halfway full of hot water from the tap (not boiling water! The glass could break) and immerse the bottle in it. Take the bottle out every other minute or so, and swirl around. Repeat this until the oil is a comfortable temperature to apply.

      Conversely, you can apply the hair oil and wrap hair in a towel, which traps heat from your head. This has the same effect of opening the hair cuticle so the oils can penetrate deeper. You can also use a blow dryer on a medium setting.

      Hope this helps! Let us know if you have any good tips after doing it!


  • My dry and itchy scalp was driving me CRAZY — I found your Jojoba hair oil via an internet search and consider it a lifesaver. I would love it if you would make a shampoo, as all the so-called natural ones I’ve tried have only made my sensitive more irritated. What do you recommend?

      • I would look go to The company Bubble and Bee makes to shampoos and both are free of sulfates & are made with mostly organic ingredients. One shampoo is called Peppermint & Tee Tree Shampoo and the other one is called Lemon Shampoo. If your hair gets oily the day after washing your hair, I recommend you getting the Lemon Shampoo. Peppermint & Tee Tree oils are good at fighting dandruff.

  • I’m someone who has recently been struggling with my hair. It used to be thick, curly, oh-so-dry but since I graduated college my hair has become fine, dandruff-ridden and oily, and mid-wavy (if it does curl, the curl only lasts a few hours. Any advice? Oily scalp shampoos seem to only have taken me so far, with me still needing (emphasis on NEEDING) to shampoo every day, or at least apply baby powder to my scalp to hide the grease buildup.

    • Hi Sarah!

      Thanks for stopping by our blog. I’m sorry to hear you’re having a hard time with your hair – that’s definitely no fun. What I’ve learned is that our scalp is almost like an ecosystem – it needs balance in order to be healthy. Shampoos designed for oily scalps can often be over-drying, which prompts the scalp to produce more oil to compensate. I would try to find a very gentle balancing shampoo free of sulfates and salts (both of which can be drying), and try shampooing every other day. This may seem counter-intuitive, but what you want to do is encourage your scalp to produce less oil over time. This is not something that happens immediately, but it can be achieved by treating your scalp with gentle care. For days when you’re not shampooing you can use a high-quality dry shampoo. I like non-aerosol kinds, but they can be tricky to use. I find that the blends of powders in dry shampoos work better than baby powder alone, and you can choose from scented or unscented depending on your preference.

      If you have dandruff you’ll want to talk to a doctor who will likely recommend an OTC dandruff shampoo. However, if it is dry scalp flakes (which it could be if you’re stripping the oil away) then our Jojoba Herbal Treatment above can help to moisturize and soothe the scalp, and using jojoba oil regularly can help to balance out oil production over time. Simply apply the oil to your fingers, and gently massage into scalp being careful not to scratch. In fact, you might want to consider a weekly treatment of either that or the Seabuckthorn Hair Oil to give your locks and scalp a little nourishment and moisture. It doesn’t take a lot of oil, and it’s also a nice treat for yourself. 🙂

      Hope this helps! Good luck, and let me know how your journey goes.


      • Hi!

        I bought all 3 hair oils and a bar of soap from you guys, and I’m learning my way around hair oil treatment based on what my hair needs. So far, I’m loving the results (a few days of barely too oily hair but I’ll figure out the right combo). Since you managed to solve one problem swimmingly, I posted another one to the oil cleansing quiz blog post. Maybe you can help there also?

        • Hello again!

          I’m so glad you’re experimenting and figuring out what your hair needs. It really is different for everyone.

          I just replied to your other comment, so head on over and let me know what you think! 🙂


  • Rifat Tabassam says:

    I have tried several hair oils to reduce the dryness of my hair. This hair oil looks great. Argan oil and jojoba oil offers great hair benefits. Thank you for these resourceful review.


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