Bergamot Oil For Hair

by Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Bergamot oil is gaining popularity as an effective solution for dry and damaged hair. It also may soothe scalp inflammation and soften your tresses. Proponents of bergamot oil believe it also combats hair loss. But does the oil live up to its hype?

Here, we will look at how bergamot oil could be good for your hair. We will also explore its ways of use and any of its potential side effects. Keep reading.   

What Is Bergamot Oil?

Bergamot oil is extracted from the peel of the bergamot orange. The oil has a spicy taste and is used as a flavoring agent. It exudes a light citrusy and floral scent upon application. While some believe it can soothe the scalp, many wonder if it is really good for hair.

Is Bergamot Oil Good For Your Hair?

Yes, the bergamot essential oil helps treat a variety of hair issues. It is primarily known for its antimicrobial properties (1). These properties may help combat certain scalp issues.

In the following section, we have listed the 5 potential benefits of the oil.

Top 5 Benefits Of Bergamot Oil

1. May Promote Hair Growth

Bergamot oil has anti-inflammatory properties. In animal studies, the oil (and bergamot extract) was found to boost collagen content and promote hair growth (2).

2. May Reduce Dandruff

Bergamot essential oil is known for its antimicrobial properties (1). It seems to be effective in cleansing the scalp and reducing build-up. Anecdotal evidence suggests the oil may also reduce dandruff.

3. May Boost Hair Shine

The after-effects of oxidative stress can take a toll on your hair and scalp. The antioxidants in bergamot oil may combat these stressors and boost hair shine. More research is warranted in this regard.

4. May Help Reduce Frizz

Bergamot oil may help soften and tame your curls, giving you superior frizz control. Its fatty acids are thought to condition your tresses from within.

5. May Relax The Scalp

Bergamot oil may soothe an irritated scalp and even stimulate blood flow in the area. More research is warranted to understand this mechanism.

In the following section, we will go through the various capacities in which you can use this oil.

How To Use Bergamot Essential Oil

Since bergamot oil is primarily used as an essential oil, it should not be applied directly to the scalp. Make sure to mix this oil with a carrier oil (such as coconut oil, sweet almond oil, jojoba oil, or olive oil). Do not swallow this essential oil.

Here are some ways you can use this oil for your hair.

  • Use It To Massage Your Scalp

Mix one to two drops of this oil with a tablespoon of any carrier oil of your preference and gently massage it into your scalp. Leave it on overnight for the best results.

  • Add It To Your Hair Care Products

You can add two to five drops of essential oil to your shampoos, conditioners, and hair masks for optimum results.

Before you start using bergamot oil, it is important to consider the potential side effects and the precautions you must take.

Side Effects And Precautions

Side Effects

As per anecdotal evidence, undiluted bergamot essential oil may cause allergic dermatitis in some people. You will know you are having an allergic reaction if you experience any of the following:

  • Redness
  • Burning sensation
  • Blisters
  • Hives
  • Pain

Precautionary Measures

Before you use bergamot essential oil, make sure to do a patch test. Apply the bergamot oil diluted in a carrier oil of your choice on a small area of your forearm. Wait for 24 hours and check for any allergic reaction. The oil is safe for use if you experience no allergy.

  • Do not apply this oil on children, pets, or pregnant women.
  • The oil contains a phototoxic compound called bergapten. It can cause photodermatitis, which includes skin irritation and damage if exposed to sunlight (3).
  • Do not swallow this oil as it can have harmful effects.
  • Do not inhale the bergamot oil directly from the bottle as it may cause nasal congestion and throat irritation.
  • Always store the bottle in a cool, dry place and away from direct sunlight.
  • Anecdotal evidence suggests that using this oil topically may interfere with certain medications, such as ciprofloxacin, antidepressants, vitamin A derivatives, antibiotics, or antifungals. However, more research is warranted in this regard. Consult your doctor for more information.


Many of the benefits of bergamot oil on hair are based on anecdotal evidence. The oil does have antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Proponents of the oil claim it helps treat a number of hair ailments. Using the oil, however, seems to be generally safe for most people. But perform a patch test before use, and consult a doctor if you experience any allergies.

Expert’s Answers for Readers Questions

Is bergamot oil good for hair growth?

Yes, bergamot oil comes with anti-bacterial properties that can facilitate wound healing and lower inflammation, which helps in hair growth.

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Ravi Teja Tadimalla

Ravi Teja Tadimalla is an editor and a published author. He graduated from SRM University, Chennai, and has been in the digital media field for over six years. He has a Professional Certificate in Food, Nutrition & Research from Wageningen University. He considers himself a sculptor born to chip away at content and reveal its dormant splendor. He started his career as a research writer, primarily focusing on health and wellness, and has over 250 articles to his credit. Ravi believes in the great possibilities of abundant health with natural foods and organic supplements. Reading and theater are his other interests.