The juice of pomegranate is extremely well-regarded in the scientific world. It has antioxidant and anti-cancer effects among many others. But the seeds of this amazing fruit can be used for the extraction of a precious essence – the Pomegranate essential oil. This essence is a very potent active ingredient that can benefit the hair on a deep level.
It is especially useful for the dry and damaged hair with split ends and no brilliance. The oil’s complex chemical composition makes it very nourishing and soothing. It also has strong anti-inflammatory effects.
In the first part of this post, you’ll get to find out what it can do for your hair. I will tell you how to use it to revive your hair and give it back its natural shininess. You’ll be stumbling upon some simple recipes and serums also!
Lastly, if you want to know even more about this oil, you’ll get your chance. In the second part, you will find things like tips on a safe use and the way the oil is extracted through the CO2 method. I will explain to you in more detail why this extraction method is even better than the usual steam distillation.
Having said all this, let’s see how the essence of Pomegranate can face the challenges of a rebel and damaged hair.
Did You Know?
- Pomegranate is considered a super-fruit. It contains a lot more antioxidants than the acai berry or the green tea!
The Benefits of Pomegranate Essential Oil (Extract) for Hair
Botanical name: Punica granatum
Texture: relatively thick oil.
Color and Aroma: shades of yellow, with a faint green scent. The French describe its scent as being similar to biscuits.
The effects of the pomegranate are known among the oriental people for centuries. The pomegranate tree (grenadier) is indigenous to Iran, so we can see why it was so popular there for such a long time.
The Pomegranate extract or essential oil is obtained by supercritical CO2 extraction. The oil is a bit different than the rest of the essential oils, obtained by steam distillation. The CO2 extracts every bit of nutrient and beneficial molecule from the plant. This means that there will be some fatty acids in the extract too.
The oil belongs to the essential oils category. However, it is more of an extract because it doesn’t evaporate like essential oils do. But, calling it Pomegranate essential oil is not wrong. Many actual essential oils can be extracted through the CO2 method.
This is one of the most modern extraction methods these days. It gives pure extracts and essential oils. For that, it is considered better than the steam distillation process. I will tell you exactly why in the next chapter of this post. There, you’ll find out more about the advantages and benefits of using CO2 essences.
Pomegranate oil contains 60 – 75% Punicic acid. This one is also known as Omega-5 and it has great antioxidant properties. At the same time, the punicic acid has calming and soothing effects on the skin. It is a powerful anti-inflammatory as well.
It can help repair the hair and clear dandruff. All that while giving the hair its natural shininess and suppleness. It can also nourish those pesky split ends. The Pomegranate extract can protect the hair against damaging factors too. They can be UV rays, hair dye and hair sprays, among others.
The oil also contains vitamin E, which is another powerful antioxidant, and phytosterols. They are great at soothing inflammations and itchiness, and repair the scalp and hair.
Uses and Ideas of Pomegranate Essential Oil (Extract)
The best way to make use of the beneficial properties of this oil is by local applications. Now, the CO2 extract is a much more potent solution than the steam distilled oils.
Because of this, you are recommended to use a lesser amount than you would with a different essential oil (EO). The normal Aromatherapy dosage is 6 – 12 drops of EO per Oz carrier oil.
Broken hair with split ends
There are lots of reasons for which your hair can get split ends. It usually happens if you’re using or used commercial hair care products for a very long time.
Some of them manage indeed to give the hair the look you wanted, but it’s just an impression. Commercial products dry the hair and scalp, making it easier for bacteria to thrive and ruin the body’s natural sebum balance.
For those days to be over, you’d have to give up using as many synthetic products as you can. And start applying masks with Pomegranate essential oil (extract) as often as possible.
You can make a mask out of:
- Olive oil: 2 tsp.
- Pomegranate oil: 10 drops
- Lemon EO: 2 drops
Warm this blend and apply it all over the scalp, roots and all the length of the hair. Keep it on, under a shower cap for at least an hour. Wash the mask off really well, until the hair squeaks. You’ll get a very shiny, healthy looking hair that’ll be a lot easier to style.
You could also rub a drop of Pomegranate extract between your palms and apply only on the ends of your hair. This can be done daily.
UV natural protection for hair
Being such a powerful antioxidant, the extract of Pomegranate can protect the hair from the damaging effects of the sun. Its use is especially recommended during summers.
You can always make yourself a simple protective hair spritz and apply it before getting out. Try to avoid spraying directly on the roots, but cover as much of the hair as possible.
This spray can be used in parallel with a weekly mask!
Mix 6 drops of Pomegranate with 1 Oz Aloe Vera gel in a spray bottle. Always shake well before use and keep it stored in a cool but dry, dark place.
Dandruff is caused by a fungus called Malassezia, which thrives on oily hair and scalp. The scalp becomes oily only after becoming severely dry.
For this to be treated and prevented, you can always add 20 drops of Pomegranate essential oil in your shampoo. You could also add 10 drops of Lemon Verbena or Lemon essential oils. You can then use as normal and as often as you wish. The inflamed scalp will be soothed and calmed instantly.
Add to this method a weekly mask like the one for split ends. Your hair will gain back its volume and elasticity in a short while.
The same treatment can also help with dry scalp and hairs. This way you can give your hair all the nutrients it needs to start growing easier and more beautiful.
The Pomegranate extract contains a molecular structure that penetrates deep into the layers of the scalp. Thus, it can hydrate and nourish on a deep level. You can also find out more on how to make your hair grow faster in this article here.
Repair and protect the hair, and give it brilliance
All the nutrients in the oil of Pomegranate can help your hair become full of vitality again. Once deeply nourished, the hair becomes more supple and shiny. It will also be protected against many external damaging factors.
This next recipe will also help you care for your hair anytime you need it.
Repairing hair serum
- Castor oil: 1 Oz. (30ml)
- Pomegranate extract: 15 drops
- Vitamin B5: 25 drops
This blend can be applied directly on the length and ends of the hair or it can be used as a hair mask (or both). Keep it stored in a cool, dry place, away from direct light. You should make it fresh every 2 – 3 weeks.
What do you think of this oil so far? If you like it and you’d like to know more about Pomegranate essential oil (extract), keep reading.
More about the Pomegranate CO2 Extract
The extraction method makes all the difference in figuring out what type of oil you’re using. So far, the most common extraction method for essential oils is steam distillation. The cold processed method is representative for all carrier oils.
The seeds of the pomegranate fruit are crushed first. Then they are introduced in a high quality recipient. The CO2 acts like a solvent in this case. The CO2 is a non-inflammable and odorless gas that can be found all around us. In fact, what we breathe out is carbon dioxide (CO2).
But, once this gas is under high pressure, at a temperature of 30 – 33 degrees Celsius (86 – 91.4 F), it becomes hypercritical. This is a state where the gas is neither gas, nor liquid. It is also the perfect state that allows the extraction of every single molecule from the plant material, the pomegranate seeds in our case.
With steam distillation, the vapors can’t extract heavier molecules and fatty acids. The CO2 method can extract everything from the seeds.
This makes the resulting Pomegranate essential oil (extract) 100% pure and unadulterated. This is why the CO2 extraction is considered the best method to get pure, high quality essential oils and extracts.
Once the CO2 becomes gas again, it doesn’t leave behind solvent residues. There are no heavy metals or inorganic salts residues either. That would be possible when actual solvents like hexane are used. Absolutes and concretes are obtained with the use of solvents. This however, will be the subject of another article.
The CO2 extraction method has only one disadvantage: that it is very expensive. It requires fancy equipment that costs a lot. Therefore, the oils will also be expensive. Still, they’re all worth it, especially since you don’t need to use a lot to get really good results.
Many reputable companies that sell essential oils sell these pure extracts too. Sometimes, instead of steam distillation, some essential oils are produced that way (e.g.: German chamomile).
A Few Words of Caution
- Pomegranate essential oil (extract) should not be used undiluted. Mix it with another carrier oil to use it for a longer time, safely. The CO2 extract is even more powerful than an essential oil. To make an idea, a drop of Mint essential oil is equal to 20 cups of mint tea! And the Co2 extract is even more concentrated than that!
- Always test it for allergic reactions on a small patch of skin before the first use.
- Do not take the oil internally, not without medical advice.
- Keep away from the reach of children and don’t use on them until over the age of 2.
- If it’s too thick, you can use a pipette to take out the quantity of Pomegranate oil you need for your blends.
- Try not to use more than 5% in a blend.
As you can see, CO2 extracts are actually a lot better than steam distilled essential oils. But they are also a lot more expensive, which can be quite an issue if you’re an Aromatherapy fan.
I’m not saying steam distilled essential oils can’t be high quality, because they can and they are! You just have to be a bit more cautious about the details of the oil before buying it.
If you see a CO2 extract then that will be expensive. Steam distilled oils are not really a guarantee for getting pure products. You’d have to trust your merchant and check out to see if the price is right. Here’s more on how to recognize high quality essential oils.
Pomegranate essential oil (extract) is a very active ingredient. It works great for the treatment of damaged hair, with split ends and lack of shininess. It can be used in any way you wish, and as often as you need it. You can even use it as an SOS serum, for when times get really tough on your hair.
Would you use the extract of Pomegranate now that you know all these? Or have you ever used it for hair care? Please share with us your experiences here.