Amla Oil: What Is It And Is It Good For Your Hair?

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30 August 2018
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Emily Arata

Senior Editor

No matter how far science and beauty technology come, there’s one truth about humans that never fails: We love a miracle cure. For the past ten years, internet headlines have touted everything from coconut oil to aloe vera as the supposed cure-all for hair woes.

The truth is no single ingredient can solve every hair problem you’re experiencing, but some—like amla oil—can contribute to achieving hair happiness. If you feel like amla oil is popping up on packaging all over your favorite beauty supply store, don’t rub your eyes. It really is.

Before you spend hard-earned cash on the beauty industry’s newest darling, get the lowdown on what it does and whether amla oil actually deserves a place on your vanity.

What is amla oil?

Like so many popular ingredients, amla oil isn’t new at all—just new to the mid-tier and luxury beauty markets. The oil comes from the amla fruit, otherwise known as the Indian gooseberry. Commonly used as a beauty and health cure-all in India, women who use it generally mix dried or powdered amla with a carrier like coconut oil.

In the United States, products can be formulated with less than 1 percent actual amala oil. It’s important to read the label before you purchase any new products if amla oil is your number one concern.

What does amla oil do?

Amla oil has a reputation as the “secret” behind the manes of Indian women everywhere, acting as the best support system for thick, shiny, luscious manes. Let’s be clear: it’s likely much of that is attributable to good genes, not fruit-infused oil. But does amla have anything else to offer?

Some research has shown signs that amla oil can contribute to hair growth and fewer gray hairs, but these studies are in their earlier stages and a lot more research is needed before we can draw any conclusions. We’ll plan to keep tabs on any updates, but will stick to our professionally proven products and salon appointments until then. 

Should you try amla oil?

If you wanted to try an exciting skincare ingredient, you’d book an appointment with the dermatologist first. The same should always apply to hair care—when in doubt, shoot your stylist a text.

It may seem like an unnecessary extra step, but consider how much time and money you’ve invested in your hair health and color. Trying a new homemade oil that stains your blonde highlights would be a disaster. Moreover, your stylist may be able to recommend a salon quality formula that’s guaranteed to get you the hair results you want without requiring you to boil fruit or get oil all over your towels.

For those seeking manageable, beautiful hair with minimal frizz, we recommend adding Kérastase L’incroyable Blowdry Crème to your heat styling routine. The opulent heat-styling cream for thick and unruly hair boasts three times faster flat ironing at 302 degrees Fahrenheit with long-wear control and repositionable shape definition. It even controls the look of frizz for 96 hours in high humidity. Finish off with the brand’s Aura Botanica Concentre Essentiel Hair Oil Blend for dull, devitalized hair.

Interested in more information about whether or not amla oil is right for your hair? Use our salon locator to book an appointment with a stylist near you.

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