The Truth about Avocado Oil for Hair Growth

Can avocado oil actually help with hair growth and just what is in it that makes it so good for your hair?

Despite many websites giving a long list of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 fats and amino acids supposedly in avocado oil. And then giving reasons why all of these nutrients are responsible for its hair growth properties, the truth about using avocado oil on your hair is actually much simpler and more powerful.

First a little cleanup of some of the avocado oil hair growth myths out there.

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Online Myths About Avocado Oil

Firstly, avocado oil is not a significant source of protein. It is an oil after all and the whole purpose of extracting an oil is the removal of proteins, carbohydrates and any other substances that aren’t fat based. Take a look at the nutritional information on a bottle of it and you will usually see the protein content listed as zero.

While fresh avocados are a great source of vitamins and minerals, the oil itself does not contain the same sort of broad spectrum of these nutrients.

Even a good cold pressed avocado oil like this, with its gentle manufacturing process, is still created by separating the oil from the rest of the pulp. Obviously, many water soluble vitamins like vitamins C and the B vitamins will be largely removed. Fat soluble vitamins on the other hand, and one in particular as we shall see, are concentrated instead.

Finally, while it does contain some omega-3 alpha linolenic fatty acids, the amount is relatively small (taking a good fish oil or using flaxseed oil on your hair is your best bet here). Far more important, from a hair benefits point of view, is the extremely high content of monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil.

Avocado Oil Hair Growth Nutrients

The monounsaturated fatty acid content in avocado oil is even higher than extra virgin olive oil and is one of the main reasons it is so good for your hair.

Many people’s hair is dry, damaged and weak from poor nutrition, heat styling, chemical treatments and environmental pollution. Monounsaturated fats, when applied directly in a hair mask, can moisturize, nourish and strengthen hair strands, improving the way they look and protecting them from damage.

Massaging avocado oil into your scalp also stimulates blood flow to your hair follicles. With improved blood flow and circulation to the scalp, more nutrients can reach the follicles to stimulate new growth and healthier hair in general.

Finally, and perhaps most beneficially for hair care, its monounsaturated fatty acids, phytosterols and high levels of antioxidants like vitamin E, are well absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts. This not only has a highly moisturizing and protective effect against environmental stressors and damage, it may also stimulate new growth and help unclog blocked follicles.

The combination of antioxidant vitamin E, moisturizing plants sterols and the rich levels of monounsaturated fatty acids in avocado oil, provides three different nutrients that have been individually recommended for stimulating hair growth, in one simple, highly absorbable topical treatment.

While there are no clinical trials I’m aware of (and are unlikely to be since pharmaceutical companies can’t patent natural treatments), many people report positive results with using avocado oil for hair growth.

3 Ways to Use Avocado Oil for Better Hair

Applying a high quality cold pressed avocado oil to your hair will improve its appearance and texture while strengthening and moisturizing the strands. See the page on treatments for some simple homemade ideas that are likely to be far more effective than your expensive store bought conditioners.

Massaging avocado oil into your scalp stimulates circulation and allows it to penetrate in deeply, providing beneficial nutrients, unclogging blocked follicles and, it is reported for many people, stimulating new growth.

Last but not least, use the oil for healthier cooking and as a recipe addition or salad dressing. Good nutrition on the inside can be just as important for strong and healthy hair in the long run.

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6 Tips for Shiny Healthier Hair

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If you are one of the billions of women who want shiner hair, you are certainly not alone! After all, glossy or shiny hair can make you look and feel like a princess. While everyone wants healthy hair shine, there are many things which can make your hair look dull.  Lack of vitamins, chemical color damage and heat damage are a few of the most common dull-hair culprits. If shiner hair is what you crave, use these easy beauty tips to help you learn how to turn lifeless hair into glossy, long locks!

Use heat activated  shampoo If you are a slave to your hair  dryer or flat iron, it’s important to start using heat activated  shampoo every day. Heat activated shampoo can protect your hair from  any damage a flat iron or other hair tool can cause.

  • Deep condition  weekly Whether your hair is normal, fine  or thick, it’s important for you to use a deep conditioner once a  week to help your hair maintain its lusciousness. To help you  remember to do this, choose a day of the week and stick to it. For  example, most people choose to deep condition on Saturday. This is  often because they have a little extra time on the weekend to spend  in the shower. You can get a very inexpensive conditioner product  called “Cholesterol” at most beauty stores, which is highly  effective and will leave you with a cocoa butter scent. You simply  apply it to your hair, leave it on for ten minutes and then shampoo  and condition as normal.
  • Try natural rinse  techniques If your hair is light colored,  try to boost its silky appearance by putting a few tablespoons of  lemon juice into your rinse water, for a natural shine boost. If  your hair is dark, mix apple cider vinegar into the rinse water for  similar results.
  • Use a homemade  hair care mask To get an effective mask  you won’t find at even the fanciest salons, grab eight  strawberries and a little mayonnaise. Start by mashing the berries  with one tablespoon of mayo. Then massage the mixture into your wet  hair after you wash it. Place a shower cap over it and wrap your  hair in a warm towel. Allow it to sit for ten minutes, then wash,  shampoo and condition as usual.
  • Get a hair cut Sometimes hair looks dull and dingy because it needs a trim. For  professional results, hit the salon and ask for your dull ends to be  removed. If it has been a long time since you’ve had a trim,  chances are you’ll need to lose a few inches.
  • Turn to trusted  products Products like a hair serum by  companies like Neutrogena are often a great way to add shine to your  hair. However, keep in mind if you want a shiny and sleek style,  it’s important not to overdo it on the products you do use every  day. Product buildup can quickly dull your hair’s natural shine.  Remember, if you have fine hair it’s important to look for  products with wheat proteins or polymers, because they will make  your hair look thicker. Those with normal hair should look for  products with silk amino acids, which will add shine and soften your  hair structure. If your hair is thick or coarse, pomades will be  able to add great shine.

Are sew-in weaves bad for your hair?

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No, not ALL sew in weaves are bad; the main thing you have to remember when wearing a weave is to TAKE CARE OF YOUR OWN HAIR!!! Sew in weaves won’t give you freedom from your own hair, but if anything it kind of gives you more reasons to pay attention to your hair. Sew in, just like any other weave, has its ups and downs. They can protect your hair but if not “installed” correctly it can damage or break your hair. If you’re trying to grow your hair out it’s recommended that you install a “full head” of weave (which means none of the clients hair is left out.). Even though this may make it harder to shampoo the crown of the head, it keeps the hair growing at the same rate and it can be used as a protective style. Extracurricular activities such as working out etc may not affect this style as much. When doing a “partial sew in” the crown of the clients hair is left out, then flat ironed or “hot combed” to blend in with the weave and then used to cover the tracks, this gives the client a more natural look. But, this can cause breakage on the client’s hair because you would have to flat iron your hair to keep it blended. And the big thing that comes along with breakage…no growth. So, while the braided hair is growing, the hair at the crown is broken and not growing because of heat damage.

Now for a little Sew in tips; Some FAQs about getting sew ins.

  • 1. How long do they last? It’s recommended that you get a new sew in about every 8 weeks and allow your hair to breathe for a few days. Once you feel the braids getting loose, and starting to hang because of the new growth, get a new install!
  • 2. How do you maintain the hair under the sew in? It’s your hair do it just like you would do your hair if it wasn’t under the weave. You should still wash and condition your hair about every two weeks and dry under a hooded or bonnet dryer. Important note: Make sure your hair is dry before getting from under the dryer; don’t feel the weave to determine if your hair is dry. It’s important that your hair is dry first; it may take longer for your hair to dry because it’s braided and under the weave. If your hair isn’t completely dry then it can cause mildew in your hair because the weave is covering your hair and its not getting any air. Also, remember to dry your hair using the medium setting.
  • 3. What kind of hair should I buy? Honestly, if you’re going to go buy the 12.99 pack of yaki hair that you used back in the day for a ponytail, that’s EXACTLY what you’re going to get. Some 13 dollar quality hair, don’t be surprised if it sheds a lot and tangles. Try buying a more expensive type of hair such as Remy hair. This hair is more expensive but it doesn’t shed as much, hardly won’t tangle and its reusable (if you want to reuse it).
  • 4. How tight should your hair be braided? If it hurts, it’s too tight. Just like with regular braids, braiding too tight causes a strain on your hair. If you feel your stylist braiding your hair too tight, SAY SOMETHING! It’s your hair. (Do the “eyebrow check”, if you raise your eyebrows and you feel the braids pulling at your scalp. You need to call your stylist back. The oil sheen really won’t help this time lol)
  • 5. What kind of products can I use on my weave? You don’t want anything too heavy that will weigh your hair down, you can use the same products you use on your regular hair just don’t get happy and start to get heavy handed. A little goes a long way. Since it’s a weave it won’t respond to products the way your normal hair will, so you won’t have to use a lot.

Tips for getting a sew in include: Knowing your stylist: Especially if you don’t know the stylist who’s about to do your hair, know what you want before you get there. Know the exact cut, how much hair you want in your head, and how tight you want it. (Some stylist may sew the hair in too tight and it can break the hair off, and we’re trying to grow our hair out, we don’t want to damage it.) Don’t let the stylist take advantage of your hair especially if you’re new to getting sew ins, they will tell you anything!!! Some stylist will do anything to make you look good, just so they can get your money. (Trust me I know from experience). Don’t rely on your stylist for everything; learn how to do your own hair. That way you can save money and getting stronger in your journey to healthily hair growth.

So, I don’t think all sew ins are bad. But, you do have to take care of your OWN hair under the weave. Sometimes we get so caught up in the weave and how much we love it, and we begin to think that having a sew in is a free ticket to get out of doing our own hair. When we forget about our hair underneath it causes our hair to become a victim of “Hair Negligence” which results in a bad sew in, breakage, and possibly some hair loss.