Emu oil fights baldness, and encourages hair growth and re-growth. It is non-toxic and hypoallergenic oil that works as an excellent carrier oil.
Besides, this natural absorbent oil has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. Thus, application of emu oil can also help heal scalp problems.
Moreover, it promotes cell regeneration and revitalizes the dormant hair follicles (those in the resting phase). In addition, it inhibits an enzyme called 5 alpha reductase which converts testosterone into DHT (Dihydrotesterone). DHT is associated with hair loss as it prevents the growth of hair follicles.
Dr. Michael Holick, Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Dermatology at the Boston University School of Medicine tested this oil on mice and found that it awakened 80% of inactive hair follicles from the sleeping phase.
Emu oil contains high concentration of oleic and linoleic acids. Plus, this highly penetrating oil has a low irritation potential.
It does not clog skin pores as the oil is moisturizing but not greasy. Furthermore, its fatty acid composition is similar to that of natural skin oil.
Basically, emu oil is derived from a type of bird native to Australia. Emu is a large flightless bird (ratite) like ostrich and cassowary. It is usually farmed for meat, oil, and leather.
The oil is extracted from a thick pad of fat, which is found on the bird’s back. Fully refined and processed emu oil has pearly white color. Though it is supposed to be odorless still, the oil may have a faint neutral odor.
How to Use Emu Oil for Hair Growth
Simply massaging emu oil on your hair and scalp about three times in a day, for almost half an hour at a time can help reduce hair loss.
Individuals experiencing hair thinning or hair fall due to scalp disorders can leave it on the scalp overnight. If the emu oil you have is semi-solid then you can the bottle or jar in a bowl filled with hot water to melt the oil.
Follow this therapy on a regular basis for a few months. In fact, you can use this oil daily on your roots to improve the growth phase of the hair life cycle.
To use this oil, just put a small amount of emu oil on your palm, rub it, and apply it uniformly on your hair, from roots to ends.
When you want to use it specifically for scalp treatment, you can part your hair, pour a drop of the oil directly onto the scalp skin, and massage it around the area.
Repeat the process until you cover the entire scalp. Leave it on your head for at least five minutes, though it is suggested to let it soak for 20-30 minutes before washing your hair.
In case you are planning to leave it on your scalp overnight, consider covering your hair with a towel or shower cap.
Apart from hair, emu oil benefits your skin as well. In fact, it is considered effective for the treatment of issues like eczema, psoriasis, keloids, open wounds, burns, and even bed sores. Moreover, it helps relieve the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.
You can find pure and organic emu oil at natural health food stores. You may get it from an online store as well. It usually lasts for about two years, but can last longer when stored in a refrigerator.
Certain shampoos and conditioners also contain this therapeutic oil. Commercial emu products are graded and certified by the American Emu Association.