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Grapeseed oil, just like other natural oils, has been hyped to be of multiple benefits to hair. Over the years, grapeseed has been regarded as mere byproducts of wineries, not until beauticians looked inwardly and discovered its many incredible benefits.
In this article, we would be revealing most of the common benefits of grapeseed oil for hair that you probably don’t know about.
You’ll get to know why you should consider adding it to your hair care regimen, especially if you have weak hair and dandruff.
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What is Grapeseed Oil for Hair?
Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of winemaking, extracted from grapefruits used in making wine. Grapeseed oil can be greenish-yellow to yellow, is very light, which makes it a good option for hair care and even skincare and has a characteristic scent.
Grapeseed oil can be extracted either through the cold-pressing method or solvent extraction. The cold pressing method involves crushing the grapeseeds in an expeller press to separate the grapeseed oil from the grapeseed extracts.
The extracts can be used to make juice or wine. After full extraction of oil, the oil obtained is placed in a container, set aside, and allowed to settle and separate for 24 hours.
The solvent extraction method involves the introduction of food-grade solvents to the grapeseeds. These solvents extract oil from the seeds within a matter of minutes.
This process also involves the application of high heat and high pressure. However, this high temperature alters the chemical composition of the extracted oil.
Cold-pressed grapeseed oils are the healthiest and safest because they do not undergo any heat process nor contain any chemical solvent. They also retain their natural scent.
Grapeseed oil contains antioxidants, emollients, and nutrients that are essential to the growth of healthy hair and skin cells. Grapeseed oil is superior to other natural oil due to its ability to treat hair loss and strengthen weak and brittle hair.
Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Hair
Here are some benefits of grapeseed oil for hair that you may not know about:
Grape-Seed Oil Protects Hair against Heat Damage
Grapeseed oil protects hair against any form of heat damage. People with natural hair who like to occasionally get some heat style that is free of silicone are encouraged to use grapeseed oil.
Grapeseed oils serve as excellent protection against heat damage because they have a good smoke point and have a high tolerance for elevated temperatures. Grapeseed oil has a smoke point of 485ºF, while flat ironing hair requires a temperature of about 300-400ºF.
However, grapeseed oil can slow down the flat ironing process, when applied on your hair. This would require you to extend the duration of flat ironing to ensure that your hair is well flattened.
Grape-Seed Oil Promotes Hair Growth
Grapeseed oil produced through the cold-press method prevents and treats hair loss by inhibiting DHT production. DHT is a hormone that induces hair loss. The oil contains antioxidants that prevent the creation of DHT.
Grapeseed oil prevents hair loss caused by cortisol when it acts as base oil. Cortisol is a stress-induced hormone that interferes with optimal hair growth.
To prevent or treat hair loss caused by cortisol or DHT, mix a few spoons of grapeseed oil with four drops of jojoba oil and apply it to your scalp. Do this repeatedly for effective results.
Grape-Seed Oil Cures Dandruff
Grapeseed oil cures dermatitis and dandruff caused by dry, flaky scalp. Dry scalp is a known culprit in dandruff formation. Grapeseed, as an emollient, treats dry scalp and gets rid of consequent dandruff.
Other nutrients in grapeseed oil help to nourish the scalp and induce the growth of new healthy skin cells.
How To Use Grape-Seed Oil To Treat Dandruff
Mix ten drops of Grape-seed carrier oil with two drops of lime essential oil. Apply gently on your scalp and massage it on the scalp to condition the hair and enhance its softness and smoothness.
Alternatively, you can use only grapeseed oil. Apply the oil on your hair and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it out with lukewarm water.
During the treatment of dandruff using grapeseed oil, apply the oil on the scalp in a circular motion; this helps loosen the skin allowing the absorption of oil and promotes blood circulation.
Repeat the procedure regularly to achieve healthier hair and scalp.
Grape-Seed Oil Moisturizes Hair
Grapeseed oil provides good conditioning and moisture for every hair type, including the low porosity hair. This is because it penetrates easily into the hair. It also prevents frizz, hair breakage, and split ends by locking in moisture.
It is a good option for hair conditioning and moisturizer because it is light, odorless, and non-greasy. You can use grapeseed oil as a moisturizer twice per week for remarkable improvement of your hair.
Grape-Seed Oil Makes Hair Grow Faster
Grapeseed oil has been reported to induce faster hair growth. This was concluded after researchers used grapeseed oil as tonics to mice and to treat the scalps of mice. Significant hair growth was noticed in the treated mice.
In humans, a mixture of grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, eucalyptus oil, and peppermint oil help improve hair growth. Regular usage of this mixture would show an improved result within six weeks.
Grapeseed oil is also useful in making beards grow faster. Consistent application of grapeseed oil to the chin helps stimulate beard growth, unclogs pores, and increases the rate at which beards grow.
Grape-Seed Oil Improves Hair Shine
Grapeseed oil improves hair shine by naturally balancing the production of sebum by the sebaceous gland. Sebum helps in making hair smooth and shiny.
How To Use Grape-Seed Oil To Improve Hair Shine
Mix 1/4 cup of pure grapeseed oil with ½ fresh avocado flesh or three egg yolks. Thoroughly stir them to mix properly until you have a paste-like or consistent texture.
Apply the mixture to your hair and allow it to sit on your hair for about an hour or more.
After the time elapses, wash out the mixture using your regular mild shampoo.
To improve the strength and shine of your hair, you can apply the grapeseed oil to your hair and leave it on overnight. This would allow the oil to penetrate your hair to fight against hair breakage and give your hair a healthy appearance.
Another easy option to improve your hair shine is to add several drops of grapeseed oil to your hands or hairbrush and then distribute evenly through your hair, steering clear of your hair roots.
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Grape-Seed Oil Hydrates and De-frizzes Hair
Grapeseed oil is perfect in hydrating and de-frizzing hair as a result of its richness in omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid. Linoleic acid can penetrate hair cuticles, locking in moisture, and reducing water loss. This helps in preventing hair breakage and blocks frizz.
To de-frizz your hair using grapeseed oil, drop a few drops of grapeseed oil into your hands and apply to your hair, starting from the ends and upward into the roots.
Grapeseed oil hydrates and de-frizzes all hair types, including natural and chemically altered hairs.
Grapeseed Oil Helps Maintain Hair Volume
Nothing frustrates than applying to your hair oil that weighs down your curls, kinks, waves, and coils. It hurts to see those volumes get reduced to limp strands of hair.
Grapeseed oil as light oil, when applied to your hair, breathes a new life to it without compromising its volume and appearance. It maintains your hair volume while adding more aesthetically pleasing effects to your hair.
The Science Behind Grapeseed Oil’s Hair Growth Properties
Grapeseed oil can do all of these wonders to the human hair and scalp as a result of its following scientific composition and abilities:
Grapeseed oil is high in fatty acids like omega-6 and omega-9 and has about 60 – 70% of its content made up of phenolic compounds. Grapeseed oil is also high in polyunsaturated fats (PUFAs) such as oleic acid.
These polyunsaturated fats function to ensure that the skin and scalp’s sebaceous glands produce just enough oil to make the hair flexible and less likely to break due to brittleness.
These polyunsaturated fats also add shine to the hair. Like other natural oils, grapeseed oil contains a high amount of vitamin E.
Vitamin E works as a fat-soluble antioxidant that protects cells from damaging effects of free radicals that are associated with chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease. Vitamin E also supports your immune system and can withstand heat.
By now, you may have agreed with us that grapeseed and its oil could be referred to as a ‘Purposeful waste.’ Who would think that a byproduct of winemaking would be of such an immense benefit, not just for the hair but to the skin and the general health?
Now that you have read about its several amazing benefits and the science behind how it does what it does to the hair, we hope that you can look out for a bottle of cold-pressed grapeseed oil the next time you shop.
It is, however, vital that you do not expect a quick fix from this oil for whatever reason you are using it. It requires consistent usage and patience to see remarkable results.
There should be no side effects of using grapeseed oil. But if you notice an unusual reaction from your scalp during usage, discontinue usage even though there are low chances of grapeseed oil causing an adverse scalp reaction since it is a natural oil with highly nourishing nutrients.