It is really good to hear that we can find a product in our kitchen which is also a little known hair fix used by celebrities and industry experts? What makes it even better is that it is available in almost any grocery store? We are talking about grapeseed oil, which is extracted from the seeds of wine making grapes. It is clear, very light and thin with a pale yellow-green color.
Because of its exceptional qualities it is perfect for hair care and styling and we have noticed that it is becoming a ‘must-have’ ingredient for shampoos, conditioners and various cosmetic products. Grapeseed oil is moisturizing and lightweight so the greasy feeling and look we get when applying other oils on our hair and scalp is not present because it is easily absorbed. This characteristic is great since grapeseed oil use won’t make the pores on the scalp blocked and will cause no irritation.
The absence of odor make this oil perfect in the aromatherapy world, which makes it a great ‘carrier oil’ to dilute essential oils that have stronger or heavy scent. As grapeseed oil can also be mixed with your favorite essential oil, you have the advantage of enjoying the benefits of both oils in mixture. It also allows these essential oils to be absorbed by the skin without evaporating. Since it is easily absorbed by our skin, grapeseed oil is an effective weapon against dandruff or dermatitis of the scalp.
It is also rich in linoleic acid. In fact it has it more than any other carrier oils. Linoleic acid is known to be an anti-inflammatory agent with the ability to reduce acne. When we use grapeseed oil the linoleic acid basically lightly coats each hair follicle so that moisture is locked in and retained. Hair cuticles are smoothed so that hair looks and feels healthy as well as shiny without being weighed down. This makes this oil perfect in the treatment of chemically damaged hair (use of excessive heat, relaxers or harsh colorants).
Grapeseed oil is rich in antioxidants such as vitamins C and E along with other vitamins, minerals and proteins which have been proven to promote the health of the scalp skin. This oil can help to strengthen the hair follicles, which can stimulate hair growth. It has mildly astringent, which means it can tighten the scalp to delay and prevent premature shedding of hair strands.
Ways to Use Grapeseed Oil on Hair
This wonderful oil can be used on the hair in several ways. The most basic is to massage it into your scalp before shampooing and leaving it to sit for a few minutes. It can be used as a hot oil treatment by warming half a cup of the oil in a container or plastic baggy placed in hot water then applying to the scalp and leaving to sit for 30 minutes (hair can be covered with a cling film and a towel for a more intensive heat treatment, if preferred). Hair should then be shampooed and thoroughly rinsed with warm water. You may add a drop of essential oil of your choice to the oil mixture before applying. Be sure to research thoroughly before using essential oils.
Try making your own deep conditioner by mixing grapeseed oil with egg yolks, essential oil and avocado. You can also add lime juice or garlic – experiment and see what works best for your hair! Just be sure to make grapeseed oil the main ingredient.
You can use a few drops of grapeseed oil, rub hands together and smooth over freshly washed hair before or just after blowdrying for a glossy finish and a few drops can be smoothed in the same way and used daily (sparingly) on the very ends of hair to prevent split ends and smooth down flyway hair.
Look for pure, organic grapeseed oil as some cosmetic grapeseed oils have added chemicals to lengthen their shelf life. These chemicals can cause allergic reactions or reduce the effectiveness of the oil. If you use food grade oil, it should be stored in a cool, dark place when it is not in use, even in the refrigerator if you don’t plan to use it frequently.
Enjoy the benefits of using grapeseed oil – your hair will thank you for it!