If you have been wondering about avocado oil and how it works in your hair, then you’ve come to the right place! After all, avocados are all the rage in the health, beauty, wellness and nutrition realms these days. Fresh avocados are nutritional powerhouses, full of vitamins and nutrients, and the oil is no different. So, let’s dive in!
What is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil comes from the actual flesh of the avocado- this contrasts with many other popular skin and hair care oils that come from the seeds of their respective plants. The fruit of the avocado is cold pressed to create a luxurious and light oil. Avocado oil is used both for beauty purposes as well as for cooking, given that it’s high monounsaturated fat and oleic acid content makes it a standout healthy choice in beauty and nutrition. Cold pressed avocado oil is an excellent source of vitamins A, D, and E, as well as lecithin and potassium.
Avocado Oil for Natural Hair
Now that you’ve got the basics of how avocado oil is processed and what antioxidants and vitamins it contains, how does avocado oil effect your hair?
Generally, oils are used to moisturize your hair and scalp, helping with growth, repairing damage, as well as many other great benefits.
For starters, Avocado oil is lighter and less thick than other common hair care oils. This means that you can apply avocado oil daily (or nightly) to your hair and scalp without too much buildup causing that dreaded super greasy look. Also, avocado oil is a rich source of oleic acid as well as monounsaturated fats, giving it the ability to penetrate through the hair shaft, lending much needed hydration to dry and brittle hair, as opposed to just sitting on the shaft and no doing much moisturizing.
Although this penetrating hydration won’t repair or undo major damage, it can help to protect your hair and prevent further damage or breakage. By coating your hair and giving it back some of its lost flexibility, avocado oil can prevent normal wear and tear that you experience from combing, brushing, and many other external environmental factors.
Those same fats are what makes avocado oil an excellent choice for those who are dealing with a dry or sensitive scalp. The oil penetrates the skin just as easily as the hair and can provide nourishing properties to the scalp to relieve symptoms of psoriasis and the appearance of dandruff. While it’s easy to ignore the health of your scalp, keeping your scalp moisturized and healthy contributes to stronger, longer, and healthier hair.
Avocado oil has a lot of Vitamin E, which not only aids in the protection and repair mentioned earlier, but also may be able to reverse hair damage done by UV rays. In addition to all these great benefits, avocado oil also encourages healthy hair growth! Since avocado oil contains vitamin D, a necessary vitamin for the creation of new hair follicles, continuous use of this natural oil can help stimulate new hair growth.
Adding this nourishing oil to your haircare routine is sure to give you some shining, healthy results. For more information on our natural shampoo bars with avocado oil, click here.