Just as tree leaves are considered nature’s food factories, taking water from the ground through their roots. We must follow nature’s lead and properly nourish our very own roots – hair roots that is. Some common challenges women (and men for that matter) face with regard to hair roots are dry scalp, hair breakage and frizziness due to seasonal changes.
In my Humble Opinion sat with up and coming connoisseur of beauty Destiny Nia to learn how she uses a common household remedy, grapeseed oil, to avoid challenges many of us face as a result of seasonal changes. More exciting to learn is that using grapeseed oil compared to some of your more popular hair oils can help us save a few extra dollars along the way!
- Grapeseed oil is inexpensive. Compared to your more popular hair oils, this one is fairly inexpensive. Depending on where you purchase your grapeseed oil, it is almost 30-40 percent less than extra virgin olive oil or extra virgin coconut oil. It is also much cheaper and more accessible than jojoba oil.
- Grapeseed oil protects against moisture loss. It contains a high amount of linoleic acid, a type of omega-6 fatty acid. Research has demonstrated that when applied to the skin, this fatty acid can help combat dryness by providing protection against moisture loss. This may be good news for a dry scalp.
- Grapeseed oil is fairly light. The thought of adding oil to freshly shampooed hair can be counterproductive to the entire cleansing process, but the consistency of grapeseed oil is somewhere between that of jojoba oil and olive oil. Therefore if you find olive oil to be too heavy and want an alternative to jojoba oil, give grapeseed oil a try. Your hair will thank you later. Oh, grapeseed oil is odorless too!
How to Use Grapeseed Oil:
- Depending on your hair, grapeseed oil may work just fine as a sealant after a good wash and conditioning session. Just apply the oil to damp hair to lock in the moisture.
- Grapeseed oil can be used to enhance your current moisturizer. Mix a little bit with your moisturizer to increase moisture retention.
- Grapeseed oil can be used to alleviate a dry scalp. As discussed earlier, linoleic acid has been demonstrated to provide a protection against moisture loss when applied to the skin. Apply as needed.
- Grapeseed oil can be used as a hot oil treatment. Use the oil alone or mixed with other oils as a hot oil treatment prior to your wash.