8 vegetable oils for hair

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Have you ever used vegetable oil for damaged hair? Well know that the oils extracted from the seeds or pulp of the fruits can be powerful natural substitutes for conventional hair treatments.

Most of these benefits occur due to the compositions of these materials, as they are usually based on fatty acids, lipids and various types of vitamins.

All of them are important components in the wire structure. They are also essential to keep your locks healthy, even with everyday aggression. ( 1 )

In this post, you’ll see the eight best vegetable oils to use in your highlights and what their benefits are to keep your hair healthy and beautiful. In addition to discovering how to use them and how to choose the ideal one for your hair type.

Benefits of vegetable oils for hair

Vegetable oils are gaining more prominence because of their benefits for hair treatment. Mainly with the growth of no and low poo trends , techniques that abolish the use of petroleum derivatives in hair treatment.

The benefits of using this material for hair care are numerous. The main ones are the moisturizing and conditioning effects present in most oils, which help to give shine and strength to the hair.

Each type of oil, however, has different properties and serves specific functions when used on hair. See which are the 8 best oils to use on your hair and what each one is for.

1. Coconut oil

One of the darlings not only for hair treatments, but also in food, is coconut oil. This type of oil is extracted from the pulp of the fruit and has 65% of its composition formed by fatty acids.

These, as already mentioned, are essential parts of the hair structure. In addition, coconut oil is fully formed by lipids and helps prevent hair from oxidizing . This helps to prevent damage caused by the sun, wind and chemicals such as dyes and straightening.

Another benefit of it is that the oil is very thin, so it is quickly absorbed by the hair fiber. For this reason, it is very suitable for treating very dry and brittle hair. ( 2 )

This benefit is mainly due to the fact that the oil extracted from the coconut pulp manages to form a kind of protective barrier around the hair strands . This not only reduces moisture loss to the environment, but also prevents damage and lessens frizz . ( 3 )

Coconut oil can be used in three different ways. The first of these is it pure, in the form of wetting. In this case, apply the product throughout the strand, from the root and let the hair absorb. The ideal is to let it act for a few hours or even overnight. To rinse, simply apply shampoo to dry hair and then wet it.

The second option to use is with your preferred treatment cream. To do this, just mix the two products well and apply directly to the threads. Finally, coconut oil also works as a finisher.

When applied in small amounts and only on the ends of the hair, it serves to keep the strands aligned and frizz-free for longer.

2. Macadamia oil

Perfect for frizzy and curly hair, macadamia oil is widely used by the cosmetic industry. Mainly because of its high nutritional value, which penetrates the hair and leaves the tresses healthy from the inside out.

Among the main components of this oil are: the highest concentration of fatty acids among all nuts, several minerals and vitamins such as C , E, and complex B.

On top of that it has antioxidant action . In this way, it penetrates inside the yarn and prevents not only aging but also damage caused by external influences. ( 4 )

All of this makes macadamia oil considered one of the best for hair health. Because it provides hydration, softness, volume control and frizz. In addition, it works by promoting recovery from day-to-day damage and helping to define curls.

This oil can be used as a moisturizer, applying from the root of the hair and allowing it to be absorbed. Or, mixing with the treatment creams of your choice.

3. Linseed oil

Flaxseed is one of the most used oilseeds in the world, especially due to its nutritional value. However, its residues are also used in the manufacture of dyes and in making fabrics.

Regarding its composition, linseed vegetable oil is mainly composed of lipids, including a large amount of fatty acids, proteins and fibers. And this all makes it have a moisturizing and fortifying action.

When applied directly to the hair, it works by helping to supply nutrients lost with chemical procedures, giving shine and reducing frizz. ( 5 )

Flaxseed oil can be used for moisturizing, which serves to deeply nourish the hair or as a natural finisher. To do this, just apply it directly to the strands, always from the middle to the ends, or put a few drops in the styling cream.

However, it is noteworthy that this oil has a thicker texture than the others on the list, as well as a very strong color and aroma. So if you’re bothered by the smell, it’s best to use it before washing.

4. Argan oil

Argan oil is already a guaranteed figure when it comes to vegetable oils, and is also present in several industrialized treatment creams. It is extracted from the argan tree, which grows mainly in the region of Morocco, but which has become popular all over the world.

Part of this popularity is due to the fact that it brings several benefits to the hair. For example, this natural ingredient prevents falling, drying and damage from sun, wind, and the use of hair dryers and flat irons.

As it is composed of fatty acids and vitamin E, argan works by deeply nourishing the locks. Another benefit of this type of oil is its antioxidant action, making it prevent premature aging and deterioration of hair fibers. ( 3 )

Besides being beneficial to the hair, argan oil is very versatile. Therefore, it can be used for moisturizing, mixed with treatment creams and as a finishing oil to keep the ends aligned.

It can also be applied throughout the hairline before entering the pool or the sea. Thus, it forms a protective layer and protects the hair from damage caused by external agents.

5. Sunflower oil

The sunflower oil is widely used in food, but it also brings many benefits when used directly on the hair. Due to its light texture, it is perfect for those with oily hair. It is also best suited for whether or not you have ever used vegetable oils and are afraid to use thicker products.

Regarding the composition, sunflower oil has 65% fatty acids, in addition to vitamins C, E and K. This makes it act against the dryness of the threads and does not leave the hair with a heavy or oily appearance . ( 2 )

This oil can be used for wetting. As it is light and thin, it is quickly absorbed by the threads and guarantees nutrition and softness. For those who do not need intensive treatment, it can be mixed with the treatment cream or daily comb.

Finally, sunflower oil is also a great finisher and can replace silicone-based ones.

6. Olive oil

Olive oil is a culinary ingredient that can be used on hair. This oil is considered one of the most important and oldest in the world and brings several benefits for the health of the hair. All this due to its composition rich in fatty acids.

In addition, it has vitamins E, A and K in its composition, in addition to amino acids and minerals that are important for the maintenance of hair structure.

All this allows the oil to act protecting the hair against external aggression, preventing premature aging and hydration and alignment. Even with the use of chemical treatments and heat sources.

Another benefit that makes olive oil widely used is its calming ability. This makes it reduce irritations and improve hair growth, and can be easily applied to the root of the hair. ( 6 )

As it has a very characteristic smell, the best way to use olive oil in hair treatments is moistening. To do this, just apply the entire length of the hair, including the root, and let it act for a few hours.

After this procedure, wash and finish as usual. There is no need to worry about the smell, because it comes out completely with the wash.

7. Jojoba oil

Jojoba is a perennial shrub native to North and South America. From its seed a liquid wax is extracted which forms 97% of the composition of the so-called jojoba oil.

Composed mainly of liquid wax, fatty acids and vitamins A, E and some of the B complex, jojoba oil helps to reduce oiliness, treat dandruff and protect hair from damage.

The oil extracted from jojoba helps to keep hair hydrated, reduces breakage, controls frizz and provides strength, elasticity and softness. It is also a powerful antioxidant, preventing premature aging of locks.

Also, it is considered a stimulant. Thus, when applied directly to the scalp, it works by helping hair growth. ( 7 )

Best of all , jojoba oil is quite versatile. It can then be used in the wetting step, mixed with treatment creams or as a finisher.

8. Avocado oil

The last oil on the list is avocado oil , which is extracted from the pulp of this fruit and is a nourishing pump for the hair. As it is rich in vitamins A, B and E, in addition to proteins and fatty acids, this oil serves as a conditioner. For this reason, it works on the regeneration of porous, dry and brittle hair.

This serves to make the strands softer and frizz-free throughout the day. Vitamin E also acts directly to protect against damage caused by chemical treatments, as well as to prevent dryness and breakage caused by brushing.

In addition, it has antioxidant action, helping to prevent fiber aging. It also works by preventing and treating dandruff and other problems that appear at the root. ( 3 )

Like most of the oils on this list, avocado oil can be used for moistening, mixed with traditional treatment creams, or straight as a finisher. This last way of use is perfect for frizzy or curly hair, especially since they need a higher dose of hydration.

How to choose vegetable oils?

First of all, you need to know that all vegetable oil for hair needs to be extra virgin. That is, they must be extracted cold and without using any type of solvent. This makes them purer and more nutritionally valuable.

Unlike refined oils, which are heated and undergo various chemical processes. All with the objective that they yield a greater amount, thus resulting in an oil that is nutritionally poor and that does not bring any benefits to the health of the hair.

Another point to be taken into consideration when choosing a type of vegetable oil is the desired result. This is because there is a specific oil for each purpose, such as preventing dryness, for hair growth or protection.

Just to give an example, very dry or brittle hair needs thicker oils. Therefore, the ideal is to use avocado, olive or linseed. Those who have streaks with a finer structure or suffer from oiliness and dandruff should use jojoba, olive or sunflower oils.

Coconut oil, in turn, is suitable for all types of yarn. Another tip is that heavier oils are better for frizzy or curly hair.

Care that must be taken with use

As it is a natural product, everyone can use vegetable oils in their hair. However, it is important to be careful when choosing extra virgin products.

It is also necessary to completely remove the oil after application, especially when wetting is performed. That’s because leaving oils on your hair for too long can result in heavy, oily strands.

Another attention is with possible allergies. Therefore, always test before use and at any sign of irritation, discontinue treatment and seek a specialized physician.

Ellie Lauderdale

My name is Ellie Lauderdale, MD and I am USA based professional Nutritionist .

I am a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and board certified specialist in sports dietetics who is trained in integrative medicine. I have worked with hundreds of clients, from those suffering with chronic disease to professional and olympian athletes. My goal is to help optimize you from the inside so that you can feel, perform, and look your best on the outside.

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