8 Benefits & Uses of Grapeseed Oil for Hair

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Using grapeseed oil for hair is a common practice thanks to its long tradition as a natural booster for hair health and appearance.

Grapeseed Oil for Hair

Grapeseed oil is a byproduct of the wine industry. It is produced by pressing the grape seeds leftover from the juicing process. Grapeseed oil is a widely used hair treatment, due to the myriad benefits it provides. The oil is also used industrially to help preserve raisins and is a popular cooking oil due to its very light taste and high smoke point. Due to its lightness, grapeseed oil is great to use in salad dressings and baking.

A glass bottle of grapeseed oil with grape seeds next to it

Grapeseed oil is a light, odorless oil with moisturizing properties. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Benefits of Grapeseed Oil for Hair

Grapeseed oil is a herbal oil that helps to prevent baldness, reduce dandruff, hair loss, and moisturize dry hair. Let us look at the benefits in detail.

Moisturizing Dry Hair

Dry hair is a problem for many people, especially in the winter months. Among all the different oils recommended for moisturizing your hair, grapeseed oil has a very light scent and does not leave your hair feeling overly greasy, which oils like coconut oil often do. Applying this oil will also help prevent frizz and split ends. [1]

Nutrition Facts

Oil, grapeseed
Serving Size :
Energy 884
Energy [kJ]3699
Total lipid (fat) [g]100
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) [mg]28.8
Fatty acids, total saturated [g]9.6
14:0 [g]0.1
16:0 [g]6.7
18:0 [g]2.7
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated [g]16.1
16:1 [g]0.3
18:1 [g]15.8
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated [g]69.9
18:2 [g]69.6
18:3 [g]0.1
Phytosterols [mg]180
Sources include : USDA [2]

Reducing Dandruff

A dry scalp can cause unseemly dandruff, redness, and irritation. According to research published in the Research Journal of Topical and Cosmetic Sciences, the use of herbal oils aids in hair treatment. Few drops of grapeseed oil rubbed into your scalp regularly will not only feed your skin nutrients and keep it moisturized, but it will also help increase blood circulation and regulate your scalp’s production of natural oils. [3]

Preventing Hair Loss

Since it is sourced from grapes, grapeseed oil is packed with antioxidants, which help to fight free radicals. Those same antioxidants may block the body’s production of DHT, which is widely known as the hair loss hormone. Try using a few essential oils with grapeseed oil, such as lavender, to reduce stress.

Reducing stress blocks the production of cortisol, which can further contribute to hair loss. According to a research report published by Dr. Raquel Bloom through the University of Maryland, grapeseed oil demonstrates an anti-proliferative activity that can reduce oxidative stress and lower your risk not only of hair loss but other chronic diseases. [4]

Strengthening Hair

One of the main antioxidants in grapeseed oil is vitamin E. Vitamin E promotes the production of linoleic acid in the body, which boosts hair production and skin health. Thus, not only will this powerful oil topically help your hair by improving individual strand texture, but it will also give your body the nutrients it needs to grow new, stronger strands. [5]

How to Use Grapeseed Oil for Hair?

There are several different ways to incorporate this potent oil into your daily routine.

  • Topical application: The best way to treat your hair with grapeseed oil is by massaging it into your scalp and washing it off in an hour.
  • Hair conditioning: For deep conditioning, first coat the hair with the oil, leave it on for at least 10 minutes, followed by rinsing with cold water.
  • Hair treatment: For an overnight treatment, heat the oil first, massage it into your scalp and hair, then wrap in a towel and leave it on overnight.
  • Hair massage: Also, for a quick fix, simply massage a few drops of grapeseed oil into the scalp.
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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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