Avocado Oil for Hair Growth and 3 Homemade Treatments


Avocado's effects on hairCan avocado oil help with hair growth and if so what’s in it that makes it work?

Many sites give a long list of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, omega-3s and other nutrients supposedly in the oil, and why they are responsible for its beneficial effects. These are all incorrect.

The truth about using avocado oil on your hair is much simpler. First though, a quick correction of the many myths and misinformation online.

Avocado Oil Myths Versus Facts

Avocado 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 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 more concentrated.

Even a very good cold-pressed and unrefined oil like this, is still created by separating the oil from the rest of the pulp. Water soluble nutrients like vitamins C and the B vitamins are naturally removed.

Finally, while it does contain some omega-3 fatty acids, the amount is relatively small. Far more important, from a hair benefits point of view, is the very high amounts of monounsaturated oleic acid found in this oil.

Why Avocado Oil is Good for Your Hair

The monounsaturated fatty acid content in cold pressed avocado oil is even higher than extra virgin olive oil. This is the main reason why 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 to your hair in a mask or hot oil treatment, will 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 circulation to the scalp more nutrients can reach the follicles to stimulate new growth and healthier hair in general.

Finally, and most beneficially for preventing hair loss, the oleic acid, phytosterols and high levels of antioxidant vitamin E in avocado oil are quickly 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.Avo oil for alopecia

3 Homemade Hair Treatments

Here are 3 simple and effective natural treatments for your hair you can make at home. They can quickly improve its softness, shine and even strength and thickness over time.

There is no need to buy expensive commercial conditioning treatments when these are so easy to make at home, all from ingredients straight out of the kitchen.

1. Avocado Hot Oil Treatment

  1. Blend 2 to 4 tablespoons of cold pressed and unrefined avocado oil, like this organic one I use, with 2 to 4 tablespoons of extra virgin coconut oil and heat in a saucepan on a very low heat until warmed to a comfortable temperature.
  2. If you have it, you can add a few drops of rosemary essential oil and mix it in. Rosemary oil is known to be especially good for thicker hair and a healthy scalp.
  3. Apply this hot oil hair mask to freshly washed hair and gently massage it into your scalp.
  4. Cover with a shower cap, or ideally wrap it in a very warm towel you don’t mind washing and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.
  5. Wash out as normal, though you won’t need any conditioner after this hot oil treatment. Many people online say they’ve never felt their hair as soft or seen it so shiny as after doing it.

2. Homemade Hair Mask

  1. Whisk up 2 tablespoons of avocado oil, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tablespoon of honey and 3 tablespoons of natural yogurt (the real yogurt, not the sugary ‘fruit’ stuff).
  2. Smooth this hair mask over damp hair and gently work it in with your fingers.
  3. Cover with a shower cap and leave for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Wash out thoroughly, preferably with a good chemical free shampoo like this, but as with the hot oil treatment, you won’t need any store bought conditioner after this hair mask has done its work.

3. Simple Conditioner Enhancement

  1. The easiest of all hair treatments with avocado oil is to simply squeeze some of your regular conditioner into your palm in the shower and then add a similar amount of the oil to it.
  2. Mix it together in your hands before rubbing this avocado conditioner into your hair as you would normally.
  3. Leave it in your hair for a few minutes before washing it out. You might need to do this a couple of times for longer or curly hair to get the best results.Cold pressed avocado oil for hair

A Natural Treatment for Better Hair

I keep a bottle of this extra virgin and unrefined oil in my bathroom as both a natural treatment for my hair and as a simple face moisturizer.

Another one I use just in the kitchen for healthy cooking at high temperatures and as a great tasting salad dressing.

As good as these avocado oil hair masks and treatments are at bringing some quick strength and shine, really healthy hair comes from good internal nutrition over time.

Avocado oil has many benefits, including improving your hair’s thickness and shine, when you make it a regular part of your diet. See this page for the best brand to buy online and how to avoid low quality oils.

Polyphenol reds and black currant oil are two more natural remedies for hair loss that will complement avocado oil’s beneficial effects by covering different nutritional bases.

I hope these homemade avocado oil hair treatments have been helpful. I’d appreciate reading in the comments how they work if you make them up for yourself.


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Francisca

Thank for the clearification, am glad and satisfied.

sharmin

avocado oil where can get in bangladesh?

Jim Dillan

Hi Sharmin,

I’d recommend iHerb as they deliver worldwide cheaply. Any of their links on this site will also have a $5 discount of your first delivery.

Hope this helps.

Natashia

Avocado oil is also very resilient to heat and is a good heat protecting alternative to other “protecting” sprays.

Jim Dillan

Hi Natashia. Avocado oil is indeed very heat resistant and makes one of the best cooking oils – https://superfoodprofiles.com/avocado-oil-cooking-smoke-point-oils

Solina

Hey I am writing an article for my journalism class about green tea and avocado benefits for ones hair at Plattsburgh State University and I think your information was really helpful and I was wondering if i could ask you a few questions. Thanks,
Solina.

Jim Dillan

Hi Solina,

I’ll answer any questions I can on here so it may help others as well. A reference link if your article goes on the plattsburgh.edu site would also be greatly appreciated and shared on this site’s social media.

All the best.

Rory

Is expeller pressed avacado oil still suitable for hair growth? I had no idea there was cold pressed AO. I am considering just buying a bottle of cold pressed for hair only and repurposing my expeller pressed for kitchen only.

Jim Dillan

Hi Rory,

I’d use the cold pressed avocado oil for the kitchen. It’s best for both purposes for the future but expeller pressed should be fine for the hair as well.

All the best.

Lady June

I love you man! Thank you for that site recommendation :)

kholie aktar

Is avocado oil 100% healthy and halal? and is it organic?

Jim Dillan

Hi there,

Avocado oil is 100% healthy and the links in the article are to organic avocado oil. It will say so on the bottle if it is organic.

As to halal avocado oil I would imagine cold pressed avocado oil would be considered a natural food and thus halal but I’m not aware of any brands that have paid for the certification.

All the best,

Jim

princess obioha

does advacado n egg yolk make hair grow longer

Jim Dillan

Hi there,

Avocado and egg yolk is often used as a hair mask for healthy hair so it may help prevent split ends and allow your hair to grow longer.

All the best,

Jim

Sarah

Why would avocado oil not be halal? Avocado is a vegetable. All fruit and veg are halal.

Evelyn

Hello!
I tried avocado oil for the first time yesterday. My daughter had suggested that I try it, but I kept putting it off. Well bottom line….my hair is currently in braids and I was looking for a Great moisturizer and something to soothe my scalp. Avocado oil did it for me. I’m hooked!!

Jim Dillan

Hi Evelyn,

Glad to hear avocado oil works so well for your hair.

All the best,

Jim

Gina Miller

Jim, How do I apply avocado oil to enough hair growth. How to do.

Jim Dillan

Hi Gina,

Here’s an article on 3 different methods https://superfoodprofiles.com/avocado-oil-hair-treatments

All the best,

Jim

Cheryl

I was using avocado oil from past 2 years and it very effective

felicity

You can use raw avocados in your hair:

Mash a ripe avocado (pit removed) with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. If you are not up for all the dirty mashing in the kitchen, you can also use the Shielo Intensive Mask, which has Avocado and other oils in it. Both work well!

Elijah

Hey, I don’t have the ingredients to make avocado oil. First does it stop baldness and regrowd hair? What are my solutions?

Jim Dillan

Hi Elijah,

It’s very hard to make avocado oil yourself and is best to get from the link in the article or iherb internationally https://superfoodprofiles.com/go/iherb

Pumpkin seed oil is actually considered the better oil for hair growth https://superfoodprofiles.com/pumpkin-seed-oil-hair-loss-prostate-problems

All the best,

Jim

medico mart

It was a great post to share with us.i am using a Avocado Oil so very nice and effective to my hair growth.. thanks to share a really good article…I think your information was really helpful and I was wondering if i could ask you a few questions. Thanks,

Shantel

HI Jim, I have been using coconut oil and olive oil for my hair. Either I’m not adding enough and its all dry or I’m adding too much and it looks over greased and ‘clumped together’. Will be trying avocado oil. But my question is do you have any suggestion as far as how much to use to prevent under moisturizing or over moisturizing? I cant seem to find the balance.

Thanks,

Monica

I heard about many benefits of avocado oil has for hair texture and hair growth. I can’t wait to try it and see the effects. Thanks for the useful information!

Jim Dillan

Hi Shantel,

I’ve had a few people write in and say that coconut oil doesn’t seem to agree with their hair. Some good avocado oil treatments are here https://superfoodprofiles.com/avocado-oil-hair-treatments though you might be better replacing the coconut oil in the first recipe with olive oil. I don’t think it comes down to especially specific amounts, more whether the oil is right for your hair.

All the best,

Jim

Joshua

Could I do Avocado oil mask one night and then the next night use Castor Oil followed the next night with Onion Seed Oil? Or would it be beneficial to add them all together?

Jim Dillan

Hi Joshua,

I tend to think alternating is more effective if you can, though combining can work as well.

All the best,

Jim

Emmanuella Mina Obudibo

I am glad I learned this together. I don’t eat avocado, but if used the oil hope it will be good for me

Janet

I was told to mash ripe avocados in my hair and put on a shower cap. I leave it in for 4 hrs will this help my hair grow in a area that’s very thin and see through

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