For a long time, the pomegranate fruit has been exploited for its delicious juice and seeds used as snacks in the Mediterranean and in Indian cuisine. But recently, this fruit’s seed, usually considered a wasteful by-product of pomegranate juice production, has been revealed to produce a rich oil beneficial for hair growth. In this article, we will explore the benefits of pomegranate seed oil for your hair and how to use it properly.
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About pomegranate seed oil
Pomegranates originate from Iran but have been grown for centuries in Mediterranean countries. Also popular within the western Himalayas and India, this fruit is often referred to as the “fruit of life” for the numerous healing and nourishing nutrients that can be found in all parts of the fruit.
In the past, pomegranates were mostly recognised for their juice, known to be a high source of vitamin C, Vitamin K and potassium. However, more attention has been turned to the oil produced by pomegranates and it has been discovered to be a mine of goodness for the hair and skin.
Pomegranate seed oil is made from the cold press of pomegranate seeds which produce light amber and fruity oil. This rich oil is known to have restorative properties as it is packed with antioxidants and over the years has been used for hair treatments, skincare and for medicinal purposes.
Benefits of pomegranate seed oil for hair
Although there still isn’t sufficient research on what pomegranate seed oil can or cannot do, hair professionals have begun discerning interesting properties. Here are some reasons why adding pomegranate seed oil to your hair care routine will be a great choice and so for all hair types.
It is moisturizing
Pomegranate seed oil has a composition of fatty acids that gives this oil moisturizing properties. It contains linoleic acid and stearic aid that help keep the hair soft and hydrated which is great to revive dull and dry hair.
Strengthens the scalp
Pomegranate seed oil also contains punicic acid, a molecule known to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help soothe irritated scalp. It also has anti-fungal benefits that can help people dealing with scalp issues like dandruff.
Strengthens hair follicles
Pomegranate seed oil also has strong antioxidant properties that help protect the hair from oxidative stress, and prevent the accumulation of dirt on the scalp. Pomegranate oil also strengthens and promotes hair growth by improving blood flow to the scalp.
Revives dull hair
The fatty acids present in pomegranate seed help nourish hair follicles and revive hair that lacks lustre. Free radicals in the environment as well as the use of multiple products over time can reduce the shine of hair strands. Pomegranate seed oil helps provide a coating that protects the hair and limits dirt on the scalp resulting in more radiant strands.
So far, there are no studies that indicate that pomegranate seed oil directly impacts the hair growth cycle. However, this natural oil has the ability to promote a great environment for healthy hair growth. Thanks to its high content of antioxidants it facilitates blood to the scalp which is essential for a healthy scalp and stimulates proper hair growth. Its hydrating and antibacterial properties help keep the scalp clean and prevent dry scalp issues like dandruff, eczema and hair breakage.
Pomegranate seed oil is a lightweight and non-comedogenic oil and as such, it is not heavy on the hair nor does it cause build-up like shea butter, for example. As such, it is great for curly hair. Applying this oil on curls will help condition and smoothen frizzy hair for easy detangling.
This oil can be incorporated into your hair routine in various ways like other natural carrier oils. Below are a few options based on your needs:
1. To boost hair thickness
Using pomegranate directly on your scalp can help stimulate hair growth, reinforce hair follicles and keep the scalp clean and healthy. Resulting in a thicker head of hair. It can be applied directly to your hair after using hydrating treatments. This will seal in and deeply nourish the hair and scalp. Using pomegranate seed oil this way will lead to thicker, and healthier hair.
2. As a wash and go
For shiny hair on a daily basis, you can add pomegranate oil to your wash and go styling products.
- Shampoo and condition your hair with your regular products
- Rinse off and dry out your hair leaving it slightly damp
- Add a few drops of pomegranate oil in your styling gel, cream or mousse and apply to your hair
3. As hair breakage treatment
Pomegranate seed oil can be combined with other nourishing oils to reinforce hair follicles and prevent breakage. Mix with coconut and jojoba oil and massage to the scalp. This combination can also be applied as a night hair mask and washed off the following day.
4. As a hot oil treatment
Hot oil treatments are a great way to strengthen hair cuticles for healthier hair. When mixed with coconut oil, pomegranate seed oil spread throughout the scalp to fortify hair strands for better growth:
- Mix 1 part pomegranate seed oil with 4 parts coconut oil.
- Mix thoroughly and warm the oil combo then apply directly to your scalp.
- Allow to sit for at least 2 hours before washing off with our shampoo.
This hot oil treatment can be used once every week for maximum results.
5. As a dry hair treatment
Although on its own, pomegranate oil is moisturizing it can be combined with other moisturizing oils to provide intense hydration and shine for dry hair. Here is a quick recipe for dry and dull hair:
- In a 500ml bottle mix together 5 Tbsp each of grapeseed , sweet almont, and castor oil.
- Follow up with ½ cup of pomegranate seed oil and 5 drops vitamin E oil
- Shake well and apply twice a week for shiny and revived hair.