The Truth about Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
Can avocado oil actually help with hair growth and just what is in it that makes it so good for your hair?
Despite many websites giving a long list of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats and amino acids supposedly in the oil, and then giving reasons why all of these nutrients are responsible for its hair growth properties, the truth about using avocado oil on your hair is actually much simpler and more powerful.
First a correction of the many avocado oil hair growth myths and misinformation out there.
Online Myths and Simple Facts
Firstly, the oil is not a source of protein. It is an oil after all and the whole purpose of extracting an oil is the removal of proteins, carbohydrates and any other substances that aren’t fat based.
Take a look at the nutritional information on a bottle of it and you will usually see the protein content listed as zero.
While fresh avocados are a great source of vitamins and minerals, the oil itself is not. One exception is fat soluble vitamin E which is far more concentrated.
Even a very good cold-pressed and unrefined oil like this, with its gentle manufacturing process, is still created by separating the oil from the rest of the pulp. Water soluble nutrients like vitamins C and the B vitamins will be largely removed.
Finally, while it does contain some omega-3 alpha linolenic fatty acids, the amount is relatively small (using flaxseed oil for hair is your best bet here).
Far more important, from a hair benefits point of view, is the extremely high content of monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil.
Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is even higher than extra virgin olive oil and is one of the main reasons it is so good for your hair.
Many people’s hair is dry, damaged and weak from poor nutrition, heat styling, chemical treatments and environmental pollution.
Monounsaturated fats, when applied directly in a hair mask, can moisturize, nourish and strengthen hair strands, improving the way they look and protecting them from damage.
Massaging the oil into your scalp also stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles. With improved blood flow and circulation to the scalp, more nutrients can reach the follicles to stimulate new growth and healthier hair in general.
Finally, and perhaps most beneficially for avocado oil hair benefits, its monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols and high levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, are well absorbed into your scalp and hair shafts.
This not only has a highly moisturizing and protective effect against environmental stressors and damage, it can also stimulate new growth and help unclog blocked follicles.
While there are no clinical trials I’m aware of, many people in online beauty forums report very positive results with using avocado oil for hair growth.
3 Ways to Use Avocado Oil for Better Hair
- Applying a high quality cold pressed oil to your hair like this will improve its appearance and texture while strengthening and moisturizing the strands. These homemade avocado oil hair treatments are far more effective than store bought conditioners.
- Massaging avocado oil into your scalp stimulates circulation and allows it to penetrate in deeply, providing beneficial nutrients, unclogging blocked follicles and, reportedly for many people, stimulating new growth.
- Last but not least, use avocado oil for healthier cooking and as a salad dressing. Good nutrition on the inside is even more important for strong and healthy hair in the long run.
One simple way to cover a broad range of nutritional bases, and prevent deficiencies that can show up as weak hair and bad skin, is to take a well designed green powder like Organifi Green Juice reviewed in detail here.
Next up is a look at how to save money on moisturizers with avocado oil and improve not just the strength and skin of your hair but your skin complexion as well.
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