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