Hair Care: Grapeseed Oil for Healthy Hair
Natural remedies have become very popular today. The reason for this is because it is usually safer compared to the use of products that contain harsh chemicals. Thus, most hair and body care products are taking the natural route, using active ingredients that are extracted from plants and other natural sources. Recently, many people have jumped into the grapeseed oil bandwagon for hair care. The big question is if it really works and what kind of applications can it offer? These are the questions we will answer in this article.
Why Grapeseed Oil?
First of all, why use grapeseed oil when there are many other natural remedies for different hair problems. Here are the main reasons:
1. It Is Inexpensive
Most natural oils for hair care are expensive but grapeseed oil is a lot more affordable. Of course, it depends on where you purchase it but the price is still at least 30% lower compared to virgin coconut oil or extra virgin oil. It is also more accessible compared to other natural oils such as jojoba oil. Just choose one carefully and make sure its concentration is high and the product is 100% natural.
2. It Is a Good Moisturizer
Grapeseed oil is rich in the omega-6 fatty acid called linoleic acid. Studies have shown that this fatty acid is highly effective in fighting dryness of the skin and provides excellent protection from moisture loss. This is the reason it is a good moisturizer for the scalp.
3. It Is Light and Odourless
The consistency is just perfect for hair care, it is somewhere in the middle of olive oil and jojoba oil. If olive oil is too heavy for you and if jojoba oil is too light then grapeseed oil is the perfect compromise (it may even be better). It is also odourless so you won’t have problems mixing it with other liquids or essential oils.
Applications of Grapeseed Oil for Hair Care
Make Your Hair Vibrant
Grapeseed oil offers excellent moisturizing and conditioning for your hair but it won’t cause a greasy feeling. It can help prevent frizz, brittle hair and split ends. You just need to use it like a conditioner and leave it on your hair for about ten minutes before rinsing with warm water. It can help restore the vibrancy and shine of your hair by addressing the lower sebum production that usually occurs due to several causes such as aging and prolonged sun exposure.
There are many studies indicating that grapeseed oil and other essential oils have good conditioning properties with very little risk of adverse effects. This is much better compared to hair conditioners and other hair care products made with synthetic ingredients that can cause a number of adverse effects including dandruff.
Fight Dandruff with Grapeseed Oil
Dandruff can be caused by a variety of things like psoriasis, dermatitis, eczema or build-ups due to infrequent hair washing. But if the cause is a dry scalp which is the most common, grapeseed oil can help fight the dandruff. It moisturizes the scalp, preventing dryness and decreasing the severity of dandruff gradually.
Natural Hair Grower
There is very little clinical evidence that grapeseed oil can help promote hair growth. One study in Japan conducted on mice showed significant hair growth as a scalp treatment and as a tonic. Most evidence are anecdotal like Rhonda Ridley, a natural hair expert who claims she treated a client’s bald patch using a mixture of grapeseed, peppermint, jojoba and eucalyptus essential oils. According to her, hair growth in the bald patch started in six weeks and it was significant enough in just four months. Thus, this natural treatment takes time; patience is really very important. Of course, consistency is the key since you have to apply it once or twice a day.
Treating Hair Loss
Grapeseed oil is still not proven to have considerable effects when it comes to hair growth. However, it may be more effective for treating or reducing hair loss. This is because it contains antioxidants that can help stop the production of DHT, the hormone that is directly connected to hair loss. Grapeseed oil also helps when combined with certain essential oils by promoting relaxation of the hair follicles. This prevents hair loss that is caused by the stress hormone cortisol. Try mixing a few teaspoons with a few drops of jojoba oil and then rub it into your scalp to reduce hair loss.
There is still no substantial evidence that grapeseed oil offers significant effects in treating hair problems. However, it is still worth a try since there are many people saying it has worked for different skin issues. Just remember to be careful and make sure you purchase high quality grapeseed oil. Otherwise, there will be some risk of adverse effects that may even worsen your problem.