Avocado Oil For Hair: 6 Potential Benefits And How To Use It

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
Written by Anjali Sayee

Are you looking for a hair oil that promotes hair growth without being greasy and heavy? Check out avocado oil. This hair oil is derived from the versatile avocado fruit. It has a light texture, high penetration property, and is packed with essential nutrients.

Avocado contains vital minerals, vitamins, and fats your hair needs. Its oil helps moisturize the hair, reduces dandruff, promotes hair growth, protects the hair from damage, and imparts shine. In this article, we have discussed the potential benefits of using avocado oil for hair, its methods of usage and the oil’s possible risks. Scroll down for more information.

What Is Avocado Oil?

Avocado (Persea gratissima) oil is a cold-pressed nutrient-rich natural oil primarily used for cooking and cosmetics applications. It is derived from avocado, the only fatty fruit rich in monounsaturated fatty acids like oleic acid. The oil’s rapid penetrating properties can help boost hair health. It also is rich in vitamins E and D and possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. These characteristics of the oil make it ideal for boosting hair health.

6 Potential Benefits Of Avocado Oil For Hair

Avocado oil helps promote overall hair health with its wide range of nutritional properties. It can improve moisture levels, hair growth, and hair shine.

1. Moisturizes Hair

Dry hair can eventually cause breakage. You can minimize this problem by applying avocado oil, which is rich in fats that provide essential moisture to the hair. Most oils have a thick consistency and are heavy; they cannot easily penetrate the hair shaft. But avocado oil contains monounsaturated fats and oleic acid, which help it penetrate the hair shaft easily and moisturize your hair.

Generally, shampoos and other hair products strip the scalp of its natural oils (also known as sebum) (1). This may make your hair strands brittle. But avocado oil, with its excellent hydrating properties, can resolve this problem. The vitamins B and E in avocado oil can help strengthen the hair (2), (3). The oil also contains monounsaturated fats (4). These fats help strengthen each hair shaft from the inside out. They may also prevent hair breakage.

Avocado oil can also protect the hair from environmental stressors and pollution. You can add this oil to your favorite leave-in conditioner and enjoy its moisturizing benefits.

2. Effectively Detangles Hair

Dry and fine hair can form knots easily. Weather conditions can also leave your hair in knots. Avocado oil has lubricating properties and can be used as an alternative to conditioner. The vitamins B and E and the fats in avocado oil help condition and smoothen the hair strands. This oil acts as a detangling agent.

You can apply a small amount of the oil to your hair to preserve moisture and prevent breakage. You can then comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb (or your fingers) to remove the tangles.

3. Reduces Dandruff

Color treatments, detergent shampoos, and certain medical conditions can make your scalp dry and flaky. This scalp condition may lead to dandruff (5), (6). The monounsaturated fats like oleic acid have a quick-penetrating formula (7). Massaging some avocado oil into your scalp before washing it may help reduce dandruff.

Scalps that are too dry or too oily can cause dandruff. Frequently oiling your scalp is a good starting point to prevent dry scalp. The topical application of a natural oil, like that of avocado, can help improve scalp health.

4. Promotes Hair Growth

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the nutrient-rich avocado oil can help boost hair health and growth. Avocado oil, when used along with essential oils of peppermint or rosemary, can reduce hair loss and promote natural hair growth. Both the essential oils have been found to boost hair health (8), (9). Massaging avocado oil into your scalp may help increase blood circulation to the scalp. This could stimulate the hair follicles and unclog any blocked hair follicles that lead to hair growth.

Avocado oil also contains vitamin D (10). This nutrient can help in the generation of new hair follicles. However, research is limited in this regard. Simply massage a small amount of avocado oil into your scalp. Do this every couple of weeks.

5. Protects Hair From Damage

Avocado oil can coat the hair with fatty acid-rich moisture and protect it from damage. Common causes of hair damage include exposure to the sun, rough styling techniques, and hot hair tools, such as blow dryers or straighteners. Applying avocado oil to the hair right before using hair styling tools can minimize heat damage.

Avocado oil contains vitamin E that can reverse sun damage. It also prevents hair breakage (11), (12). The hair strands can easily break if they are always dry and brittle. To mitigate this issue, you can coat your hair with a thin layer of avocado oil.

6. Boosts Hair Shine

Avocado oil can help impart shine to your hair and enhance all your hairstyles. You can dispense a small amount of the oil into your hands, rub your hands together, and apply it to your hair.

Avocado oil is a powerhouse of all the essential nutrients and vitamins that your hair needs. In the following section, we will look at how you can use the oil to enjoy its hair benefits.

How To Use Avocado Oil For Hair?

Avocado oil gets absorbed easily. It does not leave a greasy film on your scalp. If you use too much of the oil on your hair, you can wash it out thoroughly with a chemical-free shampoo.

 How To Use Avocado Oil As A Hot Oil Treatment

What You Need:

  • 3-5 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 3-5 tablespoons extra virgin coconut oil
  • Glass jar
  • Saucepan
  • Warm towel


  1. Boil water in a saucepan.
  2. Depending on the length of your hair, use avocado oil and extra virgin coconut oil in equal parts (3 to 5 tablespoons each). Combine them in a glass jar.
  3. Place the glass jar with the oil in hot water for one or two minutes.
  4. Cool it and do a temperature check before applying it to your hair.
  5. Gently massage the oil into clean hair and wrap it with a warm towel.
  6. Wait for about 20 minutes.
  7. Rinse your hair with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  8. Let your hair air dry.

How To Use Avocado Oil For Scalp Massage

Massaging the scalp with avocado oil moisturizes the hair and treats dry, flaky scalp. It also helps prevent dandruff. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Massage pure avocado oil into your scalp. It promotes blood circulation, strengthens the hair roots, moisturizes the scalp, and encourages overall hair growth.
  2. Use avocado oil as a carrier for essential oils (add a couple of drops of your favorite essential oils like lavender or tea tree oil).
  3. Avocado oil has excellent lubricating properties. The oil can be used as a leave-in conditioner. Apply it to detangle your hair.
  4. Twist your hair with avocado oil to preserve moisture and prevent breakage.

How To Use Avocado Oil As A Deep Conditioning Treatment With Hair Mask

What You Need

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon of avocado oil
  • 1 tablespoon of honey

How To Make An Avocado Hair Mask:

  1. Whisk the egg yolk and avocado oil together until you get a smooth mixture.
  2. Add one tablespoon of honey to it.
  3. Combine the ingredients.
  4. Apply the mixture to clean, damp hair from the roots to the tips.
  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap.
  6. Leave it on for about 30 minutes.
  7. Rinse hair thoroughly with cool water and a mild sulfate-free shampoo.
  8. Let your hair air dry. You can follow this as a hair treatment once every fortnight.

You can follow this as a hair treatment once every , this can be used once a fortnight if needed.

Avocado oil can be a wonderful addition to your hair care arsenal. But it also may cause certain adverse reactions, and it is important to know them before you make a purchase.

Risks And Warnings

Avocado (or the oil) is generally safe for use for most people. But those allergic to latex may develop avocado allergies (13). Using avocado oil may also cause side effects, even if you are not consuming it. If you experience redness or discomfort on the skin, stop using the oil.

Do a patch test on your skin before using avocado oil.


Avocado oil is a versatile hair oil with many benefits. It has high penetrating power and is suitable for almost all hair types. From moisturizing the hair to reducing hair damage, this hair oil offers multiple benefits to improve the overall hair health. Choosing the right avocado oil (cold-pressed and natural) for your hair type will help you reap its benefits.

Key Takeaways

  • Avocado oil has rapid hair-penetrating properties. So, it helps quickly nourish the strands with vitamins B, D, E, and more.
  • It also keeps hair moisturized, reducing the risk of breakage and tangles, and damage from the sun and heating tools.
  • Using avocado oil and essential oils of peppermint or rosemary helps boost hair growth.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long can you leave avocado oil in your hair?

Apply avocado oil to clean, damp hair and leave it on for half an hour to allow it to soak into your hair follicles. Rinse thoroughly with a chemical-free shampoo and dry your hair to reap the benefits.

Can I leave avocado oil in my hair overnight?

Avocado oil gets absorbed quickly and does not leave a greasy film on your scalp. Hence, you can leave it in your hair overnight. But wash it thoroughly with a chemical-free shampoo for the best results.

Can you mix castor oil with avocado oil?

Yes, you can mix this oil with castor oil in equal amounts and apply on your damp hair.

Does avocado oil thicken hair?

Yes. Avocado oil is rich in vitamin E, monounsaturated fats, and minerals that help strengthen the hair strands.

Is avocado oil a sealing oil?

Yes, avocado oil is a sealing oil. It can penetrate a little beyond the outer cuticle layer. It seals and lubricates the hair strands and helps prevent moisture loss from the scalp. It also makes hair softer.

Is avocado oil good for fine hair?

Yes, avocado oil is good for fine hair. It is packed with monounsaturated fats that help moisturize and nourish your hair. They also protect your hair from environmental stressors or heat damage.


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Dr. Shruti Chavan

Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee... more