This post was originally published on January 11, 2018.
Flaxseed oil has many potential health benefits. But did you know that flaxseed oil also has benefits for your hair? Read on to learn more about the benefits of flaxseed oil and whether or not you can use flaxseed oil for hair growth.
What is Flaxseed Oil?
To learn more about how flaxseed oil for hair growth works, we must first understand omega-3 fatty acids. Omega-3’s are healthy fatty acids known to contribute to healthier brains and hearts, better moods, decreased inflammation, glowing skin, and shiny hair. Since the human body is unable to produce omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, they must be consumed elsewhere.
If you don’t get enough omega-3 fatty acids in your diet, you can suffer from thinning, brittle hair. This is why it’s so important to supplement your diet with healthy sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
Flaxseed oil, also known as linseed oil, is one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. Derived from small golden seeds of the flax plant, is an edible oil that can also be applied to the hair and skin for certain benefits.
Flaxseed Oil Benefits for Hair
A 2014 study indicated that flaxseed oil had a positive effect on both hair length and thickness. Flaxseed oil’s benefits for hair include:
- Flaxseed oil provides nutrition for hair follicles because it’s rich in fatty acids. Omega-3 fatty acids nourish hair follicles for healthy hair growth. Deficiency in omega-3 fatty acids can result in dry, brittle hair.
- Flaxseed oil is also rich in protein and selenium, both of which are necessary for growing healthy, shiny hair.
- Flaxseed oil’s omega-3 fatty acids are anti-inflammatory and may lower inflammation associated with hair loss, dandruff, and other unhealthy scalp conditions.
- Flaxseed oil’s vitamin E content provides additional nourishment for hair follicles and moisturizes the strands.
3 Ways to Use Flaxseed Oil for Hair
Is your hair dry, brittle, and unmanageable? Applying flaxseed oil to your hair may be the solution! Flaxseed oil is a great way to support healthy hair growth since it has the ability to hydrate dry hair, preventing breakage while your hair grows. Follow the below tips for using flaxseed oil for hair.
Flaxseed oil can either be taken orally or used as a conditioner or hair mask to keep hair looking strong and thick. Here are a few of our favorite ways to use flaxseed oil for hair:
1. Flaxseed Hot Oil Treatment
To see more immediate results, apply this flaxseed hot oil treatment to hair once or twice per week. Wet hair in the shower, then briefly towel dry so hair is wet but not dripping. Massage a small amount of flaxseed oil into your scalp. Comb the remaining oil through your hair. Wrap hair in plastic wrap, then wrap in a towel and allow to sit for 15-20 minutes. The plastic wrap and towel will hold in your natural body heat, allowing the flaxseed oil to penetrate hair shafts more thoroughly. Then wash the oil from your hair with a mild shampoo like Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Shampoo.
2. Flaxseed Oil Hair Spritz
For on-the-go moisturizing, try this flaxseed oil hair spritz. This mixture also works great for detangling wet hair. Mix one part water, one part flaxseed oil, and one part sunflower oil in a spray bottle. Add a few drops of a hair-healthy essential oil like lavender for a pleasant scent. Spray on to damp hair to detangle, or on dry hair to add moisture to parched locks.
3. Flaxseed Oil Treatment for Split Ends
If you find that only your ends are dry, apply flaxseed oil directly to split ends. Spray split ends with water, then apply a teaspoon of flaxseed oil to the ends.
Tips for Using Flaxseed for Hair
When purchasing flaxseed oil for hair, look for cold-pressed, organic oil from a respected manufacturer. Flaxseed oil should be stored in a dark-colored, opaque bottle to prevent oxidation. Flaxseed oil is also available in capsule form.
Keep flaxseed oil in the refrigerator to maintain freshness and consume it within six to eight weeks after opening. Do not use flaxseed oil for cooking. However, it’s fine to use on foods that have already been heated.
As with any new ingredient, speak to your doctor before adding flaxseed oil to your routine. If you’re concerned about hair loss, you should also visit your doctor to rule out any serious issues.
Have you ever tried flaxseed oil for hair? Let us know in the comments!