7 Reasons To Use Sesame Oil For Your Hair

Medically reviewed by Vd. Naveen Sharma, Ayurveda Physician
by Sindhu Koganti

Sesame oil is among the oldest oils used by mankind and is known for its healing and lubricating properties. It is derived from the sesame (Sesamum Indicum) seeds and is popularly used for hair growth and scalp health maintenance. It is a powerhouse of many essential nutrients. Its nourishing effect helps strengthen hair from the roots and promotes hair growth. In this article, we have discussed the benefits of sesame oil for hair and the various ways to use it. Keep reading.

What Is Sesame Oil?

Sesame oil is a rich source of essential fatty acids and antioxidants that could be beneficial for hair (1). The oil also has antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties that help treat several scalp and hair issues. It is also enriched with vitamins B and E, and minerals such as magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, and protein. These nutrients help strengthen the hair from the roots.

In the following section, we will explore the benefits of sesame oil for hair.

Benefits Of Sesame Oil For Hair

1. Promotes Hair Growth

Sesame oil is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega-3 and omega-6 fats (2). These fatty acids may help with hair growth. Deficiency of these fatty acids may lead to loss (3). Sesame oil also stimulates blood circulation and hair follicles, thereby promoting hair growth. It also penetrates the scalp easily and helps heal hair from chemical damage.
Sesame oil also contains oleic acid that has quick-penetrating properties (4).

2. May Help Treat Dandruff

Sesame oil possesses antimicrobial properties that may help treat dandruff (5). Massaging sesame oil into your scalp every night before bed may help soothe your scalp and reduce dandruff. However, more research is warranted in this regard.
Furthermore, sesame oil also may help moisturize the scalp/skin (6). It may help treat scalp flaking and itching associated with dandruff.

3. May Combat Scalp Dryness

The emollient properties of sesame oil may smoothen your hair strands (7). The fatty acids in this hair oil may help combat dryness. The oil penetrates deep into the hair roots and scalp and may hydrate hair. You can mix equal parts of sesame oil and lemon juice and use it to reduce scalp dryness. You can apply this oil to your scalp with your fingertips. Massage in a circular motion and cover all parts of the scalp. Leave it on overnight and wash the next morning.

For better results, soak a towel in hot water, squeeze out the excess water, and wrap it around your head. Keep it on for 30 minutes and shampoo your hair. The heat will allow the oil mixture to penetrate and condition your scalp deeply.

4. May Treat Premature Graying

Massaging your hair and scalp with sesame oil may prevent premature hair graying. In fact, sesame oil has hair-darkening properties (7). Regular use of the oil may help darken hair. The antioxidants in sesame oil may also help reverse premature hair graying. However, more research is warranted in this regard.

5. May Protect Hair From Harmful UV Rays

Exposure to the sun’s UV rays can cause damage to your scalp and hair. Sesame oil is a natural sun-blocking agent. It resists up to 30 percent of the UV rays (8). Applying sesame oil to your scalp and hair may prevent potential hair damage that could occur during extended sun exposure. The oil forms a protective coat around the hair shaft and keeps it safe from the harmful sun rays. It also saves your hair from the damaging effects of pollution.

6. Helps Soothe Hair

Anecdotal evidence suggests that sesame oil has soothing properties. Heat from the styling tools can dry your scalp by removing all the moisture. Sesame oil may help seal the moisture and protects air from further damage. Furthermore, this hair oil acts as a coolant. It nourishes the scalp from within.

7. May Make Hair Shinier

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the emollient properties of sesame oil may help boost hair shine. Rub 2 to 3 drops of the oil in between your palms and apply to your hair. You may also use the oil as a leave-in conditioner.

These are a few benefits of the oil. But what would be the best way to apply the oil to your hair? Keep reading.

How To Use Sesame Oil For Hair?

1. Sesame Oil With Almond Oil

Almond oil conditions your hair without weighing it down. It is also a rich source of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. Vitamin E may reduce the oxidative stress in the scalp and boost hair growth (9).

You Will Need

  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Almond oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Mix the sesame and the almond oils in a bowl.
  2. Massage the oil mixture into your scalp and work it into your hair. Ensure you cover your entire hair length.
  3. Wrap your hair around with a hot towel. You can heat the towel by immersing it in hot water.
  4. Leave the towel on for 30-40 minutes. Rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

2. Sesame Oil And Aloe Vera

Both aloe vera and sesame oil help reflect the harmful UV rays(10). This mixture helps form a protective barrier around your hair shaft and helps prevent sun damage.

You Will Need

  • Aloe vera gel, 2 tablespoons
  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Mix the aloe vera gel and sesame oil in a saucepan. Heat for a couple of minutes and set it aside to cool.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and let it sit for 30-45 minutes.
  3. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo.

3. Sesame Oil And Avocado

Avocado is rich in vitamin E and has a high antioxidant content. Antioxidants help maintain scalp health by neutralizing the damage-causing free radicals (11), (12). Avocado also contains oils that help nourish your hair and restore its health.

You Will Need

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Mash the avocado until there are no lumps. Mix it with the sesame oil to form a smooth, consistent paste.
  2. Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it on for an hour.
  3. Wash with shampoo.

4. Sesame Oil And Coconut Oil

Coconut oil deeply nourishes your hair shaft with its rich content of fatty acids. It also helps control frizz and conditions your hair.

You Will Need

  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons
  • Coconut oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Combine the sesame and coconut oils in a bowl.
  2. Massage the oil into your scalp and work it into your hair. Ensure you cover the entire hair length.
  3.  Wrap your hair with a hot towel.
  4. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes and rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

5. Sesame Oil And Curry Leaves

Anecdotal evidence suggests that curry leaves may help curb hair fall. They may also promote healthy hair growth.

You Will Need

  • A bunch of curry leaves
  • Sesame oil, 3 tablespoons

Process

  1. Heat the sesame oil in a saucepan and add the curry leaves to it. Wait till you see black residue forming around the leaves. Set the oil aside to cool.
  2. Massage the cooled oil into your scalp and work it into your hair. Ensure you cover your entire hair length.
  3. Wrap your hair with a hot towel.
  4. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.

6. Ginger And Sesame Oil

Ginger may help soften your hair and boosts hair shine. It also helps maintain scalp health.

You Will Need

  • Ginger juice, 1 teaspoon
  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Mix the sesame oil and ginger juice in a bowl.
  2. Massage the oil mixture into your scalp and work it into your hair. Ensure you cover your entire hair length.
  3. Wrap your hair with a hot towel.
  4. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes and rinse with a mild shampoo.

7. Sesame Oil And Egg

Eggs are among the richest sources of protein. This pack will help treat the protein damage in your hair shafts. The pack also keeps your hair shiny, soft, and conditioned.

You Will Need

  • Sesame oil, 2 tablespoons
  • 1 whole egg (for normal hair) or 2 egg whites (for oily hair) or 2 egg yolks (for dry hair)

Process

  1. Beat the egg(s) with the oil to form a consistent mixture.
  2. Apply the mixture to your scalp and hair and leave it on for 30 minutes.
  3. Wash the egg pack off with cool water. Do not use warm or hot water as it may ‘cook’ the egg.

8. Sesame Oil And Fenugreek

Fenugreek is among the most popular remedies for dandruff (13). It helps soothe your scalp while conditioning your hair and adding shine.

You Will Need

  • Fenugreek seeds, 2 teaspoons
  • Sesame Oil, 2 tablespoons

Process

  1. Place the fenugreek seeds in a jar with the sesame oil. Place this jar in a pot of boiling water.
  2. Turn the heat off in a couple of minutes. Allow the mixture to cool until it is only slightly warm.
  3. Massage the mixture into your scalp and work it into your hair.
  4. Wrap your hair with a hot towel.
  5. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes and rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

9. Sesame Oil And Honey

Honey helps moisturize your hair (14). Using it with sesame oil may also help condition your hair. However, use this pack sparingly as excess use of honey may lighten your hair color (as honey is a bleaching agent).

You Will Need

  • Sesame oil, 3 tablespoons
  • Honey, 1 teaspoon

Process

  1. Mix the sesame oil with honey in a bowl.
  2. Massage the mixture into your scalp and work it into your hair.
  3. Wrap your hair with a hot towel.
  4. Leave it on for 30-40 minutes and rinse your hair with a mild shampoo.

These are the various ways you can include sesame oil into your hair care routine. However, it is important to note that the oil may pose certain adverse effects.

Side Effects Of Sesame Oil

Some people could be allergic to sesame oil. Depending on the severity of the allergy, one may experience mild itching to anaphylaxis (15), (16). If you observe any allergic reactions with sesame oil, stop use and consult a doctor immediately.

To Conclude

Sesame oil offers a broad range of benefits for hair and scalp. It has been used for hair care for its nourishing and lubricating properties. It also may help promote hair growth, treat dandruff, and combat hair dryness. However, the oil may cause certain adverse effects in some people. Hence, use it with caution.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

How to store sesame oil?

You should store sesame oil in an airtight bottle, in a cool, dry place that is away from sunlight. Warm temperatures and exposure to sun can turn the oil rancid. This oil is best stored in the refrigerator.

what is cold-pressed sesame oil?

Cold-pressed sesame oil is extracted from the seeds without the use of any heat. The use of heat may degrade the nutritional qualities and flavors of the oil.

What are the other names of sesame oil?

Sesame oil is also known as gingelly oil, til oil, and benniseed oil.

Are there any specific hair types sesame oil suits best?

Sesame oil is suitable for all hair types.

Is sesame oil edible?

Yes, sesame oil is an edible vegetable oil derived from the seeds of the sesame plant.

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Sindhu Koganti is a Biotechnology graduate and has been in the writing field for over 4 years now. She specializes in writing on Health and Wellness. She has hands-on experience in writing articles and press releases on Life Sciences and Healthcare, Food and Beverages, and Chemicals and Materials. When she’s not writing, she loves watching movies and listening to music. She also enjoys traveling.
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