Hair care products that keep promising without delivering are usually a waste of time and money. Luckily, you have a better and more natural option to that. You can grow a longer and fuller hair with a very rich carrier oil. The use of Avocado oil for hair care is one such beauty ingredient.
From time to time, nature needs a little boost. Thankfully, hair growth is possible and can be encouraged naturally. In this article, you’ll be reading about the following:
- Facts and details about what makes Avocado oil special and popular in hair care.
- Types of hair that is best suited for the use of Avocado oil.
- A long list of benefits for hair, natural or otherwise.
- Tips on how to use the oil and what to expect from it on a short and long term.
- A few hair care recipes with Avocado oil for a quick inspiration.
- A comparison between the most popular carrier oils for hair care and growth. There are similarities and differences between Avocado, Coconut and Olive, for instance. Read about them to choose the best ingredients for your hair type.
- Finally, you’ll be getting some tips and advices on how to spot a good quality Avocado oil for the best results.
FAQ and Benefits of Avocado Oil for Natural Hair Care. Why Use It and for What Types of Hair?
There is no one single natural ingredient to perform one single action (like hair growth). But there are many great natural ingredients that together help the hair grow. There are also many other small things which, if done right, may lead to an improved hair growth.
Taken separately, a clear scalp for instance, would only provide comfort from itching. A shiny hair would provide only cosmetic benefits. A serum for split ends would only improve the overall aspect of your hair.
But all these (and others) put together, on a long term, they will lead to getting the hair you want. They will lead to a better, stronger hair that can grow easier and faster.
To grow, the hair needs:
- Essential fatty acids.
The oil of Avocado can provide the first three, and stimulate the blood circulation. A better circulation delivers more oxygen and nutrients to the hair roots. This boosts hair growth.
What makes Avocado oil so special?
The oil contains a very high percentage (approx.75%) of monounsaturated fatty acids. It is a thick oil, often compared to Olive oil. It contains vitamins (A, B, D, E and K) and minerals (potassium, copper, magnesium, etc.). Omega essential acids are also present.
The monounsaturated fats are well absorbed into the hair shafts and scalp. These fats diffuse better into the hair than polyunsaturated fatty acids. Avocado oil is good for natural hair growth because of its richness in essential nutrients.
What does Avocado oil do for hair?
- It can penetrate the hair fast and hydrate it from the inside.
- The oil gives brilliance and a smooth texture.
- Avocado oil can activate the production of new cells and promote hair growth.
- Envelops each hair with a protective film that protects from UV rays, weather and pollution damage.
- The oil nourishes and strengthens the hair roots.
- Avocado oil also limits hair loss.
- The oil can prevent hair breakage because it makes it more elastic.
FAQ about the Benefits of Avocado Oil for Natural Hair Care
This section will tell you about all of the oil’s benefits for your type of hair. You will find answers for almost all the important questions I received over the time. Plus other matters that I consider important to know. If you don’t find yourself in here, don’t hesitate to ask for more information!
1) What type of hair is Avocado oil good for?
The oil is pretty thick and it could weigh down on very fragile and thin hairs. Because of this aspect, the oil is not really suited for oily and fragile or thin hairs.
Avocado oil is good for the hair growth of dry and damaged, and normal hair types. The oil of Avocado is especially good for natural hair.
2) Does using Avocado oil for hair growth really work?
There is not enough medical data to support this property. But all the others benefits of Avocado oil for natural hair can be easily proved from various sources.
There are other oils with similar composition that have been tested and found effective. This means Avocado will have pretty much the same effect. See Jojoba oil for hair growth or even Argan oil.
Is Avocado oil good for hair growth? It is because it works on many levels. Put together, all the stimulation and nutrition that this oil provides may help your natural hair grow longer and stronger.
3) Can I use Avocado oil for hair loss?
Hair loss can have many causes. Some of them are out of your control, and I’m talking about inherited genes that cause alopecia, for instance. But the lifestyle and diet, too much stress and sun exposure can lead to hair loss also.
These are the damaging factors whose affects you can control. A rich diet in vitamins and minerals can boost hair growth from the inside. Using Avocado oil for hair loss on the outside, this process may be prevented.
4) How can Avocado oil help with dry hair?
Dry hair comes from a dry scalp. The use of Avocado oil for scalp may hydrate and moisturize it enough to allow the hair grow more elastic.
Applied directly on the length of the hair, the oil can fill in the empty spaces between the cuticles and align them in the same direction. That will help seal in the moisture and fatty acids that will keep the hair hydrated and elastic. Thus, using Avocado oil for dry hair should be a must in your hair care regimen.
Dry scalp may also be the perfect environment for dandruff to thrive. The use of Avocado oil for dandruff problems can be effective if used on a regular basis.
5) What about the use of Avocado oil for low porosity hair?
If you have low porosity hair, it means your hair’s cuticles are all aligned in the same direction, holding tight around the hair cortex. Generally speaking, low porosity hair is considered healthy. If your color is dark, this hair is also very shiny.
At the same time, this type of hair resists both chemical treatments and natural treatments. Although this hair needs emollients, Avocado oil may be a bit too heavy for low porosity hair. You should use non comedogenic or lighter oils, such as Jojoba or Coconut.
6) Can Avocado oil be used for black hair?
Natural black hair can enjoy the properties of Avocado oil just like any other hair. Take into consideration whether it is fragile or thin when you decide to go for Avocado. When you use Avocado oil for black hair, it can preserve the color and give it a fuller aspect too.
It has not yet been tested for its ability to maintain dyed colors intact, though its chemical composition suggests it could. You could experiment with it for a couple of times to see what results you get. On the other hand, light colored hair should not use Avocado oil because it has a dark green color.
7) How can Avocado oil be used for baby hair?
Baby hair is that little soft, smooth, thin and rebel hair at the base of your hairline. Instead of struggling to hide it somehow, you can simply style it with a drop of Avocado oil.
You can brush it with a clean toothbrush or your hands. When you use Avocado oil for baby hair, it will weigh down on it and make it stay in place. Since it is also nourishing, the oil can also help those baby hairs grow longer.
8) Can I use Avocado oil for curly hair?
Curly hair tends to look very wild after being washed. That can also happen if it’s too much moisture in the atmosphere (like before or while raining). Being a thick oil, Avocado oil can be used for curly hair. It can tame rebel hairs and help your curls fall back together in place.
9) Can Avocado oil be used for natural African-American hair without greasing it out?
African-American hair is very curly by nature. So is Hispanic hair. Because of its nature, hair care practices can sometimes be taken to extremes. Thus, the hair ends up suffering a great deal of damage.
African-American hair becomes more fragile and prone to breakage or loss.
Using Avocado oil for African-American hair will maintain the curls elastic and hydrated. It will make it more resistant to heat styling tools and other damaging factors.
Apply the oil in a moderate amount, especially before the hair dries up completely. This way, the oil won’t leave a greasy film on the hair. It will be absorbed into the hair shaft, giving it brilliance and nourishment.
10) What if one wants to use Avocado oil for beard?
Men with beards care a lot about the aspect of their hairs. The skin underneath is usually protected from any damaging factors. But it also tends to be drier because the creams and lotions don’t reach it as they should.
Using Avocado oil for beard can shoot two birds with one stone. It can hydrate, soften and strengthen the beard hair and nourish the skin underneath. The trick is to massage the oil well into your skin while caring for the beard.
How to Use Avocado Oil for Hair Growth and What to Expect
Now that you’ve seen all the benefits of Avocado oil for hair, you have to know what the best way to use it is. And it’s quite simple actually.
The oil is non-toxic and can be used pure on the scalp and hair. The best way to enjoy the benefits of the oil of Avocado for a good hair care is to heat it up a bit before use. Heat it up for 5 – 10 seconds and make sure it is warm (not hot) enough to be applied on the scalp safely.
You can also add essential oils into your Avocado oil to boost hair growth. Add them after you’ve heated the oil and stir really well.
The amount of oil used depends on the length of your hair. Somewhere between 2 – 4 tablespoons are usually enough for a medium to long hair.
Avocado oil for hair growth blends well with these essential oils:
- Carrot Seed
You could add up to 10 drops of EOs per Oz carrier oil. Also, a hot oil mask should be kept on for at least 30 minutes, under a shower cap/plastic wrap/warm towel. That’s a good way of preserving the heat inside. That can also maintain the pores and cuticles open to absorb as much oil as possible.
The mask can be kept on for as long as 2 hours or the whole night. But I usually don’t recommend the latter practice as the oil can saturate the hair. And instead of looking shiny, clean and light, it will look oily and dull.
If you have a really dry and damaged hair, keeping the oil on for a whole night might do a lot of good if it’s the first time. Saturated hair can make the hair growth process harder and slower.
When you rinse the oil off the hair with warm water, make sure it squeaks. Shampoo it twice to remove all oily traces, and rinse one last time with cold water to close the pores and cuticles.
The oil is great for daily hair care. Avocado oil can be used to boost hair growth and to prevent hair loss. The oil can also protect from the heat of styling tools and the sun’s UV rays. It can strengthen the hair strands and the roots, make it more elastic and easy to comb.
You can use pure Avocado oil to:
- Add it in your usual shampoo and conditioner.
- Make your own serum for split ends or styling.
- Untangle the hair.
- Get rid of dandruff and damaged hair.
What to Expect When Using Avocado Oil for Hair Growth
Oftentimes, people who decide to put themselves through a rigorous hair care to boost hair growth naturally, they are very motivated and decided to see it through… for a few weeks. That might not be something they were used to do on a frequent basis.
But the idea is that the first weeks/ a month will barely restore the hair and scalp to a better state and aspect. It takes more than just those few weeks to get the hair you’d like.
Hair doesn’t grow overnight. It doesn’t even grow that much in a month. Generally speaking, hair grows approximately 6 inches per year. Depending on your efforts, your hair could grow more or less.
That being said, while using Avocado oil for hair growth, you should give it at least 6 months to decide if you’re happy with the results or not.
Add it in your hair care and styling products. Also, apply a hot oil mask every 10 – 14 days to maximize your chances of success.
Avocado Oil Recipes for Hair Growth and Maintenance
This is where you get your hands dirty and start feeling the beneficial effects of the oil on your own hair. Please keep in mind that the best results will start showing after a month’s use or 4 hot oil masks, if applied weekly.
With that in mind, you can choose between the following Avocado oil recipes for hair care.
Hot Avocado Oil Mask for Hair Growth
- Avocado oil: 1 Oz (30ml)
- Peppermint essential oil: 6 drops
- Hinoki (Asian cypress) essential oil: 6 drops
- Shower cap
These quantities are enough to be used on a medium length hair.
First, heat the carrier oil mildly. Then add the essential oils and stir really well. Apply this mixture all over the scalp and hair length. Massage the scalp to stimulate the blood flow and raise the hair in a bun. Cover it with the shower cap and keep it on for an hour.
Wash well with a gentle shampoo and give it a final rinse with lukewarm – cold water to close pores and cuticles. Repeat the process once a week or twice a month. This Avocado oil mask recipe is great for natural hair care.
The hair will shine more, will be smoother and softer, and easier to style and comb. It will also have a bit more natural volume and body.
Protective Styling Avocado Oil Serum Recipe for Hair
- Avocado oil: 2 tablespoons
- Macadamia oil: 1 teaspoon
- Neroli essential oil: 10 drops
Mix all these oils together and shake the bottle well before each use. Apply 1- 3 drops in your palms, rub and then apply all over the lower part of your hair and ends. That will detangle the hair, tame rebel hairs and define the curls (if any).
You can then use a straightening or curling tool. The hair will be less and less damaged if you apply this protective serum all the time. Neroli is there to give your hair more brilliance and a gorgeous fragrance.
As you can see, Avocado oil has many uses for hair. Luckily, you can take advantage of them in any way you see fit, as it is very easy to use too.
Comparison between Popular Oils for Hair Care and Tips on How to Spot a Good Quality Avocado Oil
There are many different vegetable (carrier) oils on the market. Aromatherapy ingredients are very diverse. Each oil has its own set of characteristics, properties and benefits. It’s a very fortunate thing to be having so many options, considering how different we all are.
Each person’s hair and skin have different needs. We also have the weather to consider when choosing various treatments for our hair. The hair type though, is the ultimate decisive factor. Using the wrong products can make the situation worse.
Just like an oily skin needs a non comedogenic oil to absorb fast and not clog the pores, so do the hair and scalp. Some oils may be too thick and heavy for thin and fragile hairs. Other oils may be to dry and light for really damaged and dry hairs.
Some of the most popular oils used in hair care are Avocado, Olive and Coconut. Jojoba and Argan are also very good carrier oils for hair care, but they are more expensive than the first ones.
I will give you the pros and cons (where it’s the case) for the most popular oils for hair care. Hopefully, that will help you decide whether they’re good for your purposes or not.
Avocado Oil vs. Olive Oil for Hair Care
Both oils are thick and viscous, that’s why sometimes it’s easy to confuse them. Good quality Avocado and Olive oils have a dark green color.
- Olive oil contains more Omega 3 acids that are known to be great anti-inflammatory agents. That makes Olive oil more efficient against dandruff, itchiness and other scalp lesions.
- Both oils contain a high percentage of monounsaturated fatty acids that diffuse better into the hair shaft. That gives the hair its smooth and soft texture.
- They can both stimulate hair growth.
- Avocado and Olive oils are both very easy to find and economical. They come in large bottles that can last up to a whole year.
- Because they’re so thick, not all hair types can do well with these oils.
- They can weigh down on thin hairs and make the oily hair look too oily.
When it comes to comparisons and choices, using Avocado oil vs. Olive oil for a good hair care, is totally up to you! The good thing is that they can also be mixed and used together for really damaged and dry hair and scalp.
Avocado Oil vs. Coconut Oil for Hair Care
Here is where things get a bit different because the two oils are not totally similar, though they do have properties in common. I’ve used both oils on natural hair, and I’ve got some pretty different results. Let’s see why:
Pros and Similarities:
- Both oils can nourish the hair from the inside.
- They’re both great to use for dry and damaged hair.
- Avocado and Coconut oils can protect from external damage and prevent it further.
- Coconut oil has more anti-inflammatory power than Avocado oil. That makes Coconut oil great to use on hair with dandruff and scalp inflammations.
- Coconut oil has a less thick texture, which makes it great for thin and fragile hair strands.
- Coconut oil is solid at room temperature, while Avocado isn’t. This means that using Avocado oil for hair growth may be a bit easier. But only if you don’t warm them, in which case Coconut melts instantly and becomes just as easy to use and apply.
Avocado oil vs. Coconut oil for hair care is more of a personal taste, I think. Nonetheless, depending on your hair type, they’re both great hair care products.
There are not that many cons when it comes to using vegetable oils to boost hair growth. They’re harmless and non-invasive, and easy to use.
It would be a good idea to test them on a small skin area for allergic reactions though. They’re obtained from nuts, seeds and kernels and they may contain allergenic substances. But these substances are not as many as they are in some essential oils.
How to Choose a Good Quality Avocado Oil for Your Hair Growth Plan
When it comes to choosing a quality oil, there are a few important aspects that should be taken into consideration.
First of all, for cosmetic benefits you cannot use cooking Avocado oil on hair. Cooking oils are always refined. This process involves the extraction of certain nutrients from the oil. They use chemicals to purify the oil from sediments.
Cooking Avocado oil has a very light green color. Therefore, the use of refined Avocado oil for hair growth would not deliver all the benefits I’ve been talking about in this article.
The best quality Avocado oil for hair is the virgin or extra virgin type. This means the oil is cold pressed/squeezed out of the fruit pulp and left unrefined. If you’re going to use unrefined Avocado oil for your hair, you’ll get to enjoy its unspoiled benefits.
Unrefined Avocado oil for cosmetic use is usually a bit more expensive than the cooking oil. It is also usually found in bottles of 50 or 100 ml (1.69 – 3.38 fl. Oz). This quantity is usually enough to last about 3 months, which makes it economical.
Also, a good quality virgin Avocado oil for hair treatments should:
- Have its botanical name written on the label: Persea gratissima
- Contain info about the extraction method: cold pressed.
- Information about the country of origin.
- It should also be specified whether it’s organic, BIO or wild. Generally speaking, wild fruits are preferred for the best quality oils, but BIO and organic should mean pretty much the same thing.
- The oil must come in a dark colored bottle, preferably glass. Though amber plastic bottles are also ok. The oil should be dark green.
Hopefully, all this info will guide your steps toward buying a great product and getting the results you want for your hair.
There is something very satisfying about waving a long and shiny hair… A beautiful hair is very feminine and personal. It enhances certain physical features and women from all times have taken good care of their long hair.
Natural hair growth may be a bit harder to boost and maintain, but it doesn’t have side effects. Hair growth drugs usually work only as temporary boosters.
Now you can count on natural oils to help you grow the hair you want. By using Avocado oil for hair growth, you can totally change the looks of your hair and scalp. Regular uses can repair dry and damaged hair, and give it more elasticity and moisture.
Have you ever used Avocado oil on your hair? And if so, how long did you keep at it and what where your results? Talk to me, don’t be shy 🙂