Does Grapeseed Oil Help Hair Growth?
It's no secret that grapes are great for you as a natural, healthy snack. What might surprise you: Grapeseed oil may also have beauty benefits for your skin and hair, too! You can incorporate grapeseed oil into your regular skin and hair care routine for its potential to help ease inflammation, encouraging a healthier scalp and hair.
Grapeseed and other natural oils offer alternatives to traditional products that can be chemical-based. They naturally contain nourishing properties such as essential fatty acids and can promote benefits for your skin and hair alike. Read on to learn more, along with discovering which vegan, plant-based hair wellness products you should use to support a healthier scalp and hair.
What's Grapeseed Oil and Does It Help With Hair Growth?
Wondering what grapeseed oil is — and what it might do for your skin and hair? Extracting and crushing seeds from grapes results in grapeseed oil. Grapeseed oils may have the ability to address a range of skin conditions that impact the human body, including soothing fungal irritation and other types of itchiness, easing inflammation and providing hydration.
In turn, this translates to your scalp and hair, too! Grapeseed oil contains linoleic acid, a polyunsaturated essential fatty acid found mainly in plant-based oils, as well as other nourishing properties that can have scalp and hair-boosting benefits. Grapeseed oil may help improve blood circulation, calm scalp irritation and inflammation, helping build the foundation for a healthy scalp.
And, as healthier hair and growth rely on the health of your scalp, those experiencing thinning hair or hair loss issues might want to consider upgrading their self-care rituals. Including grapeseed oil for hair and scalp products in a daily routine might benefit those with thin or fine hair — or anyone wanting to give their skin, scalp and hair a boost! Think: Enhanced shine, silky texture, more moisture and less breakage and frizz in those with brittle hair. Read on to learn more, straight from an expert.
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Grapeseed Oil For Hair Benefits, According to an Expert
Now, for more on what you're really curious about: Can grapeseed oil really help your hair grow? The simplest answer is maybe — but, there's not yet enough science-backed research to define it as a cure-all.
Here's more about how grapeseed oil works to support your skin and hair, explained by Dr. Dennis Gross, Board Certified Dermatologist and Dermatologic Surgeon.
"There have also been claims that grapeseed oil helps to stimulate hair growth and reduce hair loss," said Dr. Gross. "While I believe that it can help keep the scalp hydrated, which is needed for healthy hair to grow, there have not been enough studies to support the claim about hair growth."
The good news is that grapeseed oil and other essential oils still can do a world of good for your hair, skin and overall wellness! Grapeseed oil contains natural conditioning agents such as vitamin E and essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid that make it a great moisturizing oil for your hair.
- Grapeseed oil is multi-functional: "For hair and scalp health, grapeseed oil can be used in myriad ways, including as a deeply moisturizing hair mask or hair oil, as a soothing scalp treatment and/or as a way to reduce frizz and add shine."
- Acts as an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant-rich hydrator: "Grapeseed oil is commonly used in skin and haircare because of its antioxidant, moisturizing and anti-inflammatory properties."
- Maximizes moisture, shine-enhancer, scalp-soother: "Grapeseed oil has hydrating properties and primarily acts as a moisturizer for the hair and scalp, so it’s great for adding shine, smoothing frizz and soothing a dry, itchy scalp."
As the omega-6 fatty acids found in grapeseed oil can help ease irritated, itchy, dry scalps, elevate the experience by including a weekly clarifying scalp treatment into your self-care routine.
GRO+ Advanced Scalp Detoxifying Serum is great choice to support and treat a dry, flaky scalp. The lightweight serum eliminates buildup, dead skin, dirt and pore-clogging residue, right at the root of the hair follicle.
Treat yourself to the ultimate de-stressing TLC ritual by pairing the scalp detoxifying serum with a silicone scalp massager for an at-home, circulation-boosting massage! It's safe to use on all hair types and can be used on wet or dry hair, featuring gentle bristles that stimulate circulation within the scalp and hair follicles. Plus, it feels as great as it does good for your scalp and hair.
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6 Pro Tips to a DIY Grapeseed Oil Treatment
Integrating a DIY treatment with grapeseed oil benefits both your scalp and strands alike, according to the doctor. Anti-inflammatory and ultra-hydrating, grapeseed oil can be used as a deep conditioner add-on that nourishes, naturally, the scalp and your strands. Or, opt to include it as part of ultra-rich hot oil treatment by combining it with your favorite conditioner, marula oil and/or coconut oil.
Here, the doctor shares tips so you can try it for yourself:
- Use pure oil as an ultra-hydrator. "If you are experiencing a dry scalp, you can add oil to your conditioner for a deeply hydrating treatment," said Dr. Gross.
- Add to your conditioner. "Mix in a few drops of oil with your conditioner."
- Massage oil with fingertips. "Massage it in, let it rest while you shower and then rinse out as usual."
- Maximize moisture and boost blood flow with a soothing scalp massage. "If your scalp is still in need of extra moisture after that, you can apply the oil directly to the scalp and massage it in, to encourage healthy hairs to grow from the scalp skin."
- Consider your hair type and texture: "If you are experiencing dry or coarse hair, you can apply the oil directly to dry, wet or damp hair. Comb through, from the root throughout the hair shaft, down to the ends. This will help to reduce frizz, moisturize dry strands, and add shine."
- Be mindful of your skin type. "However, I would be cautious if you have oily or acne-prone skin (as the oily substance can lead to clogged pores and breakouts) and keep the head back if you're applying oil directly to the scalp. And don't overuse it."
Another way to steer clear of the possibility of pore-clogging oil interfering with your skin: Add either cold pressed grapeseed oil or warm grapeseed oil into a spray bottle with your other ingredients and mist directly onto strands, rather than on your scalp skin.
Natural Nourishment for Healthy Hair
Finally, don't forget that true tress-to-toe wellness begins from within. Treat your self-care routine as a ritual in relaxation that's as de-stressing for your skin, scalp and hair as it is for your spirit!
Take a holistic approach by being mindful, staying balanced and harnessing the healing power of nature. Integrate grapeseed oil along with a comprehensive range of natural hair wellness products infused with essential oils to transform your scalp and hair to look, and more importantly feel, healthy, supported, hydrated and their very best!
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