Do you know all the ways avocado oil benefits hair? See, There’s a reason millennials love avocados so much. That’s because it’s delicious, versatile, and healthy when eaten or applied topically.
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Coconut oil rose to fame as the be-all-end-all for everything from weight loss to beauty treatments but today I’m sharing with you why avocado is actually the it girl we should all be praising. Pull up a chair and let me share with you avocado oil benefits for hair, nails, skin, waistline and just your whole entire life honey.
It’s no secret by now that avocados are pure fat. Pure, delicious, creamy but more importantly, quite healthy fat. And we’re waking up to the realization that healthy fat is good for us! All that low-fat mumbo jumbo we once believed? Garbage.
Go ‘head and get your fat in dahlin. And just like how the delicious creamy fruit is good for you when eaten, when applied to your skin and hair it truly works wonders. Why is this so?
Well, let’s look a little at the properties of avocado oil. Cold-pressed avocado oil that has not been processed by heat or any chemicals is a powerhouse.
In this post you'll find:
- What is Avocado Oil?
- How Avocado Oil Benefits Hair
- Avocado Oil Vs Olive Oil
- Avocado Oil vs Coconut Oil
- Avocado Oil for Skin
- 4 Ways to Use Avocado Oil in Your Hair
- Reap the Benefits of Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
What is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil is extracted from the pulp of the avocado itself at a temperature low enough to not tamper with the natural composition of the oil. The resulting oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids, specifically oleic and palmitoleic acids, and quite similar in profile to extra-virgin olive oil with one outstanding difference, its smoke point.
Avocado oil has a smoke point of around 500°F making it the perfect choice for frying, broiling, and grilling whereas we all know extra-virgin olive oil (EVOO) should really be used in light stir-fries and more so as salad dressings and in your dips. This is because EVOO has quite a low smoke point and will break down and become rancid quickly if you attempt to cook with it at high temperatures.
Avocado oil on hair is very light in nature and one of the few oils that can actually penetrate your hair follicles, making it an excellent choice for moisturizing your skin and hair. It is less comedogenic than coconut oil meaning it may not clog your pores and lead to breakouts as surely as coconut oil does for me. This is why I prefer to use it in my beauty treatments to gain all its benefits.
How Avocado Oil Benefits Hair
When avocado is pressed for its oil, we do lose some nutrients like Vitamin B and C however the resulting oil is still quite rich in other vitamins and minerals highly beneficial to your hair. It maintains the fatty acids that can help to seal your hair follicle, resulting in your hair being stronger, more elastic, and resistant to split ends.
Avocado oil is also rich in biotin, Vitamins A, D, and E, potassium, and lecithin. It is also antioxidant in nature, which means that avocado oil can help your hair by adding moisture and strength to your hair while healing to repair any breakage and damage to your strands and scalp. Let’s look closely at these benefits.
Using Avocado Oil to Moisturize Hair
The essential fatty acids, particularly the oleic acid content of avocado oil allow it to penetrate your hair strands instead of just sitting on top of your hair like other oils. Hair that is well moisturized is less susceptible to breakage and is shiny and easier to maintain. Avocado oil is a great option for you if you use the LOC method to moisturize your natural hair.
One study showed that the minerals found in avocado oil help to seal the cuticle which helps to prevent shedding and breakage. If your hair is breaking a lot and is in need of repair, give avocado oil the chance to repair your damaged hair.
If you suffer from an itchy, flaky scalp, avocado oil’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may help to keep your scalp clear of the bacteria that cause these conditions. The fatty acids in the oil are also able to penetrate your scalp quickly, keeping it moisturized so you won’t suffer from dry scalp. Massage avocado oil into your scalp if you suffer from these conditions.
Avocado oil will stimulate hair growth by helping to keep your hair healthy and moisturized. It’s rich in biotin and Vitamin D which are both beneficial to hair growth. Because it’s able to penetrate your hair cuticle and scalp, it’s also a great carrier oil for essential oils that stimulate hair growth, such as peppermint and lavender.
To use avocado oil for hair growth, mix one ounce of pure avocado oil with 4 drops of peppermint essential oil and 4 drops of lavender essential oil. Massage this oil into your scalp and through your hair twice per week to help stimulate hair growth.
Avocado oil is rich in Vitamin E which makes it helpful against harmful UV rays which can dry out and damage your hair. This makes it an ideal oil for everyday use especially in the summertime.
Avocado Oil Vs Olive Oil
Both of these oils penetrate the hair shaft and provide moisturizing benefits so which is better? I’ve long been a lover of olive oil in my hair, even when relaxed because it adds a brilliant shine to hair after conditioning. However, I went with avocado oil for the Vitamin E component.
Avocado oil also protects against sun damage and the antioxidant properties of this oil help to keep my scalp clear and stimulate hair growth. Olive oil is boss at taming flyaways but avocado oil is lighter and more beneficial in terms of nutrients. You can always mix the two if you like them both!
Avocado Oil vs Coconut Oil
This one was a no-brainer for me because coconut oil makes my face break out so I can’t leave it in my hair. Coconut oil also made my hair trashy and brittle at the ends. This might have more to do with the porosity of your hair and what oils work best so trial and error will be your friend here. For me, avocado oil hands down.
Avocado Oil for Skin
Because of all the benefits listed here, avocado makes a great moisturizer for the skin. I have long used different oils in my whipped shea body butter to moisturize my skin. My favourite is argan oil but avocado oil does a great job as well and acts as a superb carrier oil.
You can also use avocado oil to cleanse your face. I experimented with using oils to cleanse my face for a while and loved how soft and supple my skin was after. To do so, warm the oil between your hands and massage it into your face for a few minutes. Then, cover your face with a warm, clean wash rag to break up the oil and lightly steam your face. To finish up, use the rag to gently wipe your face clean, removing all traces of oil, dirt, and makeup that this process has lifted.
I need to get back into this, it was amazing and I simply stopped because I got lazy. I bet this would be beneficial even once or twice a week, giving yourself a break from harsh soaps.
4 Ways to Use Avocado Oil in Your Hair
The best avocado oil for hair is going to be pure unfiltered cold-pressed oil. The same kind you’d cook with or drizzle on salads. The four ways I suggest you use avocado oil in your hair for maximum benefit are:
- as a pre-poo to wash day
- as a hot oil treatment
- as a deep conditioner
- as a moisturizer in your wash day routine
Avocado Oil Pre-Poo Treatment
A pre-poo is an oil-based treatment used to help safeguard your hair from the surfactants in your shampoo plus all the agitation your hair will endure on wash day. It’s meant to provide extra protection so it will come out soft and moisturized after your wash day by helping to coat your strands in moisture making it easier to detangle.
To use avocado oil as a pre-poo, simply apply enough oil to your strands to coat it all and wrap it up in a plastic cap. You can leave avocado oil on your hair overnight or at least for an hour before you plan to wash it. This is also a good step to add essential oils to your avocado oil to boost growth or other benefits.
Avocado Hot Oil Treatment
Applying a hot oil treatment works similarly to a pre-poo but it works if you only have 15 minutes to spare. Warm enough avocado oil in a saucepan or in the microwave to cover all strands. Go as warm as you can manage without burning your hands or scalp. Apply it to your hair then cover it with a steam cap and either cover it with a warm towel, sit under a hooded dryer, or use a cordless steam cap such as this. You only need about 15 minutes. The heat will help the oil to penetrate your hair and scalp much quicker.
Avocado Oil Deep Conditioner
Avocado Oil Moisturizer
Finally, you can simply keep the pure oil on hand to use in your wash day routine after your leave-in conditioner and either before or after your cream-based moisturizer and sealant. It’s a great oil to keep handy as it’s the best oil to use in frying and broiling and any other cooking method that requires a high smoke point.
Reap the Benefits of Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
Avocado oil truly is a great oil to incorporate into your beauty regimen for both your skin and your hair. It’s quite healthy internally too and I love an oil that’s multi-purpose. Remember that healthy hair always starts from the inside so to get the most benefits of avocado for hair, your best bet is to eat fresh avocados more. It’s delicious and makes your green smoothie and salads quite creamy and filling!
Make sure to incorporate the oil in your hair regimen once weekly to reap maximum avocado benefits for hair. Do you currently use avocado oil in your hair?
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