8 Benefits Of Grapefruit Essential Oil For Hair

Include this light and nourishing oil in your hair care routine to see a visible difference.

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Cue the drum rolls as we will open up your eyes to the benefits of grapefruit essential oil for hair that is trending for all the right reasons. It does not only smell divine or taste scrumptious but offers numerous benefits that are recommended for good hair health. For those who didn’t know, it is a citrus fruit that is infused with antioxidants, has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, and has various herbal healing properties. Many consume its juice to avail of the fruit’s nutritional benefits and treat many hair-related problems.

Grapefruit essential oil is extracted through the method of cold pressing. It comes out yellowish in color and is less oily with high water content. It is different from its seed oil, which is thicker and richer in consistency. However, you should use the raw and virgin grapefruit oil within six months of its extraction to be effective. Scroll down to know all about the benefits and uses of this citrusy essential oil!

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Grapefruit Essential Oil

What Is It?
An orange-colored oil extracted from grapefruit peel that has a zesty, citrusy smell.

What Are Its Benefits?
Fights dandruff, and cleanses, detangles, deodorizes, and adds shine to hair.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone except people who are allergic to grapes.

How Often?
1-2 times a week.

Consult your doctor before using it if you are pregnant or allergic to it.

Benefits Of Grapefruit Essential Oil For Hair

The benefits of grapefruit essential oil for hair
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1. Healthy Hair

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Massaging the hair with grapefruit oil is an easy method to promote healthy hair and enable hair re-growth (1) (2). Moreover, it leaves the hair more shiny and lustrous. Alternatively, you may make a homemade hair mask by mixing some fresh grapefruit juice or grapefruit essential oil with orange, lemon and sage. Apply the mask and leave it on for 30 minutes before washing it off. This will cleanse the scalp effectively and add bounce and vitality to the hair.

2. Hair Deodorizer

Fill a spray bottle with a few ounces of water and some drops of essential grapefruit oil. Spray the hair and scalp with this mixture after shampooing and drying. The oil will leave the hair with a sweet and refreshing aroma.

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Grapefruit oil should not be confused with grape seed oil. Grapefruit oil is extracted from the citrus fruit whereas grape seed oil comes from cold-pressing the seeds in grapes. Having said that, this oil has a citrus scent.

3. Hair Cleanser

Grapefruit essential oil is an excellent hair cleanser
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This easy-to-make cleanser will clean the hair and remove all dirt, salt buildup and chlorine.

The cleanser recipe includes half-cup club soda, quarter-cup grapefruit juice, quarter cup orange juice, quarter cup lemon juice and 2 drops of sage oil (to restore vitality and shine). Add all the ingredients to a spray bottle. Wet hair thoroughly and spray the mixture onto it. Comb through the hair and let it stay for 5 minutes. Wash the hair with your regular shampoo and conditioner. Repeat the process every 2 weeks and for dry and damaged hair, re-peat every three weeks.

4. Fights Dandruff

According to studies, natural oils like grapeseed oil can help prevent dandruff caused by a dry scalp due to its antifungal properties (4).

5. Lustrous Shine

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A few drops of grapefruit essential oil when added to your regular shampoo bottle will ensure lustrous shiny hair.

6. Hair De-Tangler

A combination of 2-3 drops of grapefruit essential oil, two drops of glycerin and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel and half liter of water, when sprayed to the hair before taking a hair shower will remove the tangles on your hair.

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Run a wide-toothed comb through your hair to spread the spray evenly and make the process of detangling easier.

7. Hair Stripper

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Grapefruit juice can help strip away chemicals that have loaded the hair follicles due to usage of hairsprays, gels and crèmes that have been used on the hair. Simply massage some grapefruit juice onto the hair and wash it away with water. The natural juice will not cause damage to your hair and will leave hair that feels soft and silky. The oil is also known to eliminate oily scalps.

8. Reduces Scalp Itching

Grapefruit essential oil for itchy scalp
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While grapefruit oil, due to its antifungal qualities, is considered to be effective in preventing dandruff resulting from a dry scalp, it is also believed to offer relief from scalp itching and soothe irritation. You can try adding a few drops to a carrier oil like coconut, jojoba, or avocado oils, and massage the mixture into your scalp.

However, before trying this essential oil, make sure to conduct a patch test to avoid any kind of allergic reactions.

Vanessa Dixon, a vlogger, shared the process of making her own grapefruit oil at home and how it helped improve her hair health in the video. She said, “I pop it in and leave it on for a few hours and then I’ll go and wash it out to kind of remove that oily hair look (i)”

Infographic: Top 4 Ways To Use Grapefruit Essential Oil For Hair

Grapefruit essential oil is among the few natural ingredients ideal for use in your hair care routine. It helps improve hair health, treats dandruff, cleanses the scalp, and boosts hair shine. You can use it as a hair mask, hair spray, or detangler. In the infographic below, we have listed some recipes that you can use. Check them out.

top 4 ways to use grapefruit essential oil for hair (infographic)

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Grapefruit essential oil is a must-have in your haircare arsenal. The benefits of grapefruit essential oil for hair may stimulate hair growth, cleanse your hair of dirt and oil, and add that extra shine to your hair. Its high vitamin C and mineral content make it perfect for not just your hair but your overall health including increased circulation, stress relief, and relief from insomnia. It may lower your cholesterol, reduce inflammation, and boost your immune system. It acts as a mood enhancer and gives you mental clarity and energy while reducing stress and anxiety. If you are looking for something to destress your mind, using grapefruit essential oil is the perfect way to do so.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does grapefruit oil cause hair loss?

No. On the other hand, it improves hair growth and health, thus reducing hair loss.

Does grapefruit oil lighten hair?

Grapefruit contains vitamin C, which may lighten the hair.

Is grapefruit essential oil pink or white?

Grapefruit essential oil is available in both pink and greenish-yellow colors. White grapefruit essential oil has a greenish-yellow color while the pink grapefruit has a pinkish orange hue.

What is the best carrier oil for grapefruit essential oil?

Coconut oil or jojoba oil can be the best options as carrier oils for grapefruit essential oil as they are light.

What is the shelf life of grapefruit essential oil?

The estimated shelf life of grapefruit essential oil is estimated to be around 2 years.

Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with using grapefruit essential oil on hair?

There are no potential side effects associated with using grapefruit essential oil on hair. However, it is best to avoid using it if you are allergic to the fruit.

Are there any precautions or considerations to keep in mind before using grapefruit essential oil for hair care?

Do not use grapefruit essential oil if you are allergic to the fruit and use only natural and unadulterated oil to avoid adverse reactions.

Where to buy grapefruit essential oil?

Grapefruit essential oil can be purchased from various sources, including health food stores, online retailers, and specialty stores that carry essential oils. Look for reputable brands and check customer reviews for quality assurance.

Key Takeaways

  • Using grapefruit essential oil can make hair look healthy and increase hair growth.
  • Grapefruit essential oil can add a shine to the hair when mixed with regular shampoo.
  • A grape juice rinse can remove chemicals from the hair and make it soft and smooth.
  • Grapefruit essential oil helps to cleanse the scalp by removing dirt, dandruff, and build-up and leaves hair smelling fresh.
Benefits Of Grapefruit Essential Oil For Hair

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Learn more about the health benefits of grapefruit essential oil in the video below. Check it out now and apply its uses to improve your health and well-being.

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