As the name suggests, grape seed oil comes from the seeds of grapes. These seeds are generally discarded during the process of wine making process. The oil extracted from grape seeds is light in color and has a nutty flavor.
It is a moisturizing carrier oil that makes your locks lustrous, increases the manageability of curly hair, and encourages hair growth. In fact, it works as excellent base oil for essential oils that cannot be used directly on skin.
It gets absorbed quickly and reduces brittleness as it smoothes the cuticle and seals in the moisture. As this oil has a non-greasy texture, it does not weigh your hair down.
Moreover, regular application of grape seed oil on the scalp assists in dandruff treatment. It strengthens the hair follicles and can be applied on all types of hair.
This therapeutic oil contains about 76% linoleic acid (a naturally occurring omega-6 fatty acid), which nourishes the scalp and facilitates in skin repair because it is effective in cell regeneration.
Plus, it is loaded with vitamin E and works as a natural heat protectant (resists temperatures up to 450 degrees Fahrenheit). So, you can apply a little grapeseed oil on your hair before applying heat such as blow drying or flat ironing.
Grape seed oil can be used for enhancing hair growth in the following ways:
- Infuse oils of herbs, herbal decoctions or simply dried herbs in organic grape seed oil to stimulate hair growth. You may consider herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage, burdock, stinging nettle, cypress, saw palmetto, clove, ylang ylang, and so on. Some of these herbs also help reduce hair loss. You can add two teaspoons of any essential oil in about four to six tablespoons of grapeseed oil.
- Massage your hair and scalp with a combination of organic grape seed oil, coconut oil, castor oil, and lavender oil for about five minutes, leave it for at least half an hour and then shampoo your hair. You may add olive oil, too. Use this as a hot oil treatment on a regular basis.
- Prepare a hair mask by whisking an egg and mixing four tablespoons of grape seed oil and a few drops of lavender essential oil in it.
- Combine four teaspoons of grape seed oil, half a teaspoon of jojoba oil, three drops each of rosemary, lavender essential oils, and two drops each of thyme and cederwood essential oils. You can massage this oil on your scalp almost daily.
- Another hair growth hair treatment involves the use of a combination of four tablespoons each of grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, and a quarter teaspoon of lavender and ylang ylang essential oils. Leave this solution on your hair for half an hour. Finally, shampoo as usual.
- To get rid of dandruff, regularly apply a mixture of three tablespoons of grape seed oil, ten drops of tea tree oil and five drops of lemon essential oil for 15-20 minutes.
Although not convenient, yet it is suggested to make use of slightly warm grape seed oil when including it in various hair care recipes.
Hence, you can heat the oil in a microwave or pour it in a zip-lock plastic bag and immerse this bag in a bowl of hot water for a few minutes.
As grape seed oil is likely to go rancid when exposed to heat and light for a prolonged time, it is best to store it in a cool, dark place, preferably in the refrigerator.
You can smell the oil to check it is rancid or not. Pure grapeseed oil is odorless but it gives off an unpleasant odor when it has gone rancid.