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Are you in constant search of ways to deal with your hair issues and promote healthy hair growth? Then, you would probably have heard a lot about the benefits of grapeseed oil for hair. If you haven't, then this is the article for you.

Know how your hair can benefit from the magical properties of grapeseed oil and the best ways to use it.

Our Ayurvedic Doctor Speaks

‘’Grapeseed oil suits all the hair types including straight, curly, wavy, short or long.’’

-Dr. Zeel Gandhi (Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine & Surgery), Chief Ayurvedic Doctor, Vedix

What Is Grapeseed Oil?

Grapeseed oil is an odorless and light-weight oil, which is naturally extracted from the grape seeds that have been leftover from winemaking [1]. Grapeseed oil has existed for over 6000 years.

This oil is a rich source of fatty acids such as oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, palmitic acid, stearic acid, omega-3 and omega-6. Also, it contains vitamins-C, D and E, which all together improves the health, texture and look of your hair dramatically.

Besides being used for aromatherapy, and as a replacement for vegetable oil in cooking, grapeseed oil is widely used in several haircare and skincare products.

In ancient times, Greeks used grapeseed for medicinal purposes. It contains Proanthocyanidin, which is helpful in protecting your skin, blood vessels and cardiovascular systems. Also, it is known to lower the risk of certain types of cancers.

How Safe Is Grapeseed Oil For Hair?

As per the National centre for complementary and integrative health in the USA [2], grapeseed oil is beneficial as well as safe for all scalp and hair types, unless you have an allergy.

The recent studies conducted by Princeton University concluded that plant oils such as grapeseed oil work as natural conditioning agents for hair. It is lighter and penetrates the scalp tissue quickly, thus, it does not clog the follicles or cause scalp buildup.

Though the natural grapeseed oil has several benefits for your hair, most of the commercial products that have grapeseed oil are processed using hexane, a well-known air pollutant and neurotoxin. Also, the grapeseed oil which is processed at high temperatures may have depleted properties and may not benefit your scalp and hair.

Therefore, it is better to pick a grapeseed oil which is prepared using expeller-pressing or cold pressing processes as they don't require high temperatures or chemical solvents such as hexane.

Cold pressed grapeseed oil

Benefits Of Grapeseed Oil For Hair

1. Controls Scalp Dryness And Dandruff

Many factors such as exposure of your hair to high temperatures, UV rays, dry climate, using harsh chemical products and dyes, etc. can result in dry and itchy scalp. Eventually, this can turn into a flaky scalp with dry dandruff. Grapeseed oil can be your best choice to treat your dry scalp with flaky dandruff condition effectively. The vitamin-E present in grapeseed oil moisturizes your scalp as well as prevents dehydration in the scalp tissue.

2. Fights Frizz And Hair Damage

Grapeseed oil can be your saviour from frizzy and damaged hair. It contains linoleic acid which acts as a damage-controlling agent for your hair. Grapeseed oil works as a protective layer for your hair. It reduces the effects of friction and seals the cuticles excellently. Thus, you can tame your frizzy manes.

3. Improves Shine

Grapeseed oil works best to bring out a natural shine to your hair without causing product buildup. It has lighter density and can be applied on any hair type without making it greasy.

4. Gives Softer And Silky texture

The fatty acid content in the grapeseed oil fills in the cuticle gaps and minimizes the porosity of your hair. This in turn, makes your hair much softer and gives it a smooth and silky texture.

5. Promotes Stronger Hair Growth

Grapeseed oil contains all the nutrients and flavonoids [3] which are essential for vitality and stimulating hair growth in the follicles. Also, massaging your scalp with warm grapeseed oil boosts the blood circulation in your scalp, thus, promoting stronger hair growth.

6. Fights Free Radicals

Grapeseed oil is rich in carotenoids and oligomeric proanthocyanidins that have anti-proliferative and anti-oxidant properties [4]. They help in fighting the cellular damage caused by free radicals in your scalp and hair while boosting the regeneration of new and healthy hair cells. Also, the anti-oxidants present in grapeseed oil help in preventing premature greying of your hair.

7. Reduces Hair Loss

Grapeseed oil contains DHT hormone inhibitors, which help in preventing the blockage of your follicles with DHT hormones. Thus, it helps in controlling the DHT hair loss (alopecia) [5] and strengthens your hair follicles.

8. Protects Against UV Damage

The phenolic compounds present in grapeseed oil help in protecting your hair from UV damage. Also, it has natural anti-inflammatory properties which soothes your scalp.

‘’Grapeseed oil suits all the hair types including straight, curly, wavy, short or long,” says Dr. Zeel Gandhi.

How To Use/Apply Grapeseed Oil On Hair?

1. As A Moisturizer

  • Take a small amount of grapeseed oil and apply it on your damp hair.
  • Comb your hair thoroughly so that the oil gets spread evenly from the roots to the tips.
  • Do this twice or thrice a week if you have dry or brittle hair.

2. Grapeseed Oil Treatment

  • Apply a sufficient amount of warm grapeseed oil to your scalp and damp hair.
  • Comb your hair gently and then massage your scalp for a few minutes.
  • After half an hour, wash your hair with a mild Ayurvedic shampoo.
  • Do it twice a week.

3. As A De-Frizz Spray

  • Add 1-2 spoons of grapeseed oil into a cup of distilled water.
  • Add a few drops of lavender oil into the solution and pour it into a spray bottle.
  • Shake well and spray it across your frizzy hair once a day in the morning.

4. DIY Hair Mask

  • Add a spoon of grapeseed oil into one ripened banana mash.
  • Blend the ingredients well and apply it properly to your scalp and hair.
  • After 30-40 minutes, rinse your hair with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.
  • Do it once a week.

5. As A Scalp Serum

  • Apply a few drops of warm grapeseed oil into your scalp using a dropper.
  • Massage your scalp gently for 2-5 minutes.
  • Leave it overnight and wash your scalp the next morning.
  • Do this twice a week for best results.

Natural grape seed oil dripping from pipette into bottle

6. Mix Into Conditioner

Add a few drops of grapeseed oil into your hair conditioner and then use it every time you wash your hair. This keeps your hair hydrated for a longer time.

7. Blend With Other Oils

Mix grapeseed oil with almond oil or olive oil in equal amounts. You can use these blended oils for your weekly hair massage sessions to provide deep conditioning and nourishment to your hair.

Vedix Tip: Always store the grapeseed oil in a dark colored tightly sealed glass container to retain its properties for a longer time.

How Long Should You Leave Grapeseed Oil On Hair?

This depends on your hair condition and how you want to use the grapeseed oil. Dr. Zeel recommends leaving your hair and scalp with grapeseed oil for at least half an hour before you hit the shower.

What Are The Side Effects Of Grapeseed Oil?

People who are allergic to grapes may have the following common side effects from using grapeseed oil:

  • Hives
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Swelling of throat, lips, tongue or face
  • Headache, etc.

Important Note:

Please visit your doctor immediately if you notice any reaction after using grapeseed oil.

Frequently Asked Questions About Grapeseed Oil On Hair

1. Is Grapeseed Oil Safe For Everyone?

When applied topically, grapeseed oil is very safe for any scalp and hair type. However, avoid using grapeseed oil for your hair if you are allergic to grapes.

2. How Long Does Grapeseed Oil Take To Work For Your Hair?

Usually, it takes around 4-6 weeks for the grapeseed oil to promote hair growth significantly. However, some people may take longer depending on their hair condition. You need to be patient and consistent with the regimen to notice faster and better results.

The Last Word

While there are a plethora of reasons to use grapeseed oil for your scalp and hair, you need to be mindful to purchase an unrefined, cold-pressed oil. Also, prefer doing a patch test before using the grapeseed oil on your scalp and hair.

At Vedix, we customize an Ayurvedic hair care regimen that address your unique scalp and hair needs, and promote healthy hair growth naturally.

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