4 Benefits Of Canola Oil For Hair And How To Apply It

This plant-based oil is a great alternative to many hair care products due to its composition.

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Canola oil gained importance as a cost-effective and flexible cooking oil that provides nutrition. However, many claim that it also provides numerous benefits for hair. Here, we will be looking into these claims about the potency of canola oil for hair growth and health. This vegetable oil is extracted from canola seeds.

According to studies, canola oil contains healthy proteins, vitamins, and fats (1). These nutrients provide many benefits to health. It is also claimed to moisturize the hair, reduce inflammation, and stimulate hair growth. However, all these benefits  are backed by anecdotal evidence, and research in this regard is limited. In this article, we will dig deep into these claims and other aspects of canola oil. Keep reading.

protip_icon Know Your Ingredient: Canola Oil

What Is It?
It is an edible vegetable oil derived from the seeds of the canola plant.

What Are Its Benefits?
It is rich in fats that can soothe the scalp, moisturize hair strands and fight split ends and dandruff. It is a natural and safe option for hair growth.

Who Can Use It?
Anyone as it is safe for use on the hair and scalp.

How Often?
Best used once or twice a week as a hot oil massage.

People with oily hair may use it in moderate quantities.

What Is Canola Oil?

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Canola oil is derived from the canola seed, a genetic variation of the rapeseed developed by scientists in Canada. The name “canola” comes from “Canada” and “ola” (meaning oil). This vegetable oil is primarily used for cooking, and most of the crops are genetically modified to improve the health benefits of the oil. Canola oil is rich in (1):

  • Saturated fati  A type of fat found in high amounts in processed food, an excess of which causes cholesterol (plaque) build up in the arteries.
  • Monounsaturated fati  A beneficial type of fat found in nuts and seeds that helps reduce bad cholesterol in the blood and promotes heart health.
  • Polyunsaturated fati  A type of fat that includes omega-3 fatty acids that are needed for brain function, heart health, and controlling blood sugar levels.
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin K
  • Oleic acid (C18:1)
  • Linoleic acid (C18:2)
  • ALA (C18:3)
protip_icon Fun Fact
Canola oil was first created as a genetic modification of rapeseed oil in Canada in 1974.

Canola oil has low levels of saturated fat (only 7%) and is considered one of the healthiest cooking oils available today. But does that mean it is safe to use on your hair? Let us find out.

Is Canola Oil Good For Your Hair?

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While the evidence for this is purely anecdotal, canola oil is said to be incredibly moisturizing and comes with a host of hair health benefits. A few of them are as follows:

1. Reduces Inflammation

Anecdotal evidence suggests that the fats and acids in canola oil can soothe the skin and promote cell production. Thus, applying canola oil on your scalp may relieve itching and irritation and stimulate hair growth.

2. Hydrates The Hair And Prevents Water Loss

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Beauty bloggers claim that canola oil is good for hair because of its moisturizing and nourishing properties. The oil coats the hair strands to lock in moisture. This prevents issues like frizzy hair, split ends, and dandruff.

3. Promotes Hair Growth

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Canola oil contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that promotes hair growth. Consuming vitamin E minimizes oxidative stressi  An imbalance in the free radical production and antioxidant properties of the body that damages cells, proteins, and DNA and contributes to aging. on the scalp and promotes hair growth (2). Applying canola oil to your hair may rejuvenate your tresses and improve shine.

4. Reverses Hair Damage

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Canola oil moisturizes and softens the hair strands. The antioxidants present in the ingredient can purify your hair and prevent dryness and UV damage.

Now that you know the benefits of canola oil for hair, here is how you can use it.

How To Apply Canola Oil On Hair

You can apply canola oil directly to the hair or mix it with other natural oils. Here are a few application methods you can try:

1. Heat Method

  • Heat the canola oil and let it cool down a bit.
  • Massage the scalp and hair with the warm canola oil for 10-15 minutes.
  • Cover the hair with a towel or shower cap.
  • After 30 minutes, wash out the canola oil with cold water or shampoo.

2. Coconut Oil And Canola Oil Hair Mask

Canola and coconut oils can help strengthen your locks. Coconut oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and moisturizing properties and soothes the skin (3).

To prepare a coconut oil and canola oil hair mask:

  • Mix one cup each of coconut and canola oils.
  • Gently massage your scalp with the oil blend.
  • Leave the hair mask on for 30 minutes.
  • Use a mild shampoo to wash the oil off.
  • Repeat every week.

3. Canola And Almond Oils Pre-Shampoo Hair Mask

If you notice dark patches along your hairline, add almond oil to your canola oil hair mask. It prevents structural damage caused by UV radiation and also has emollient properties (4). This can help keep the hair moisturized and soft.

To use the almond and canola oils mask:

  • Mix equal quantities of canola and almond oils.
  • Section your hair and massage the scalp and hair with the oil mix.
  • Leave it on for 1-2 hours.
  • Rinse it off with a mild shampoo.
protip_icon Quick Tip
You can also use olive oil, sesame oil, mayonnaise, and egg instead of almond oil in the canola oil hair mask.

Another oil that canola oil is often compared to for hair care is peanut oil. Check out how they compare in the next section.

Canola Oil Vs. Peanut Oil For Hair

Both canola and peanut oil are rich in nutrients and popularly used for hair care. They both have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that are great for nourishing the hair while also ensuring good scalp health (1), (5). However, the main difference that may determine someone’s preference for either may be the texture.

Canola oil has a light, non-greasy texture that does not weigh the hair down, making it suitable for fine hair types. Peanut oil, on the other hand, is heavier with a thick texture that may be more suitable for dry hair types.

Nonetheless, the answer to which of them is more suitable for hair care boils down to individual hair care requirements and preferences.

Infographic: Precautions To Take While Using Canola Oil For Hair

From managing frizzy hair to reducing dandruff, canola oil works wonders for your hair. This lightweight oil is packed with healthy fats and is especially beneficial for dry and damaged hair. However, like any other hair oil, you must follow some dos and don’ts before using canola oil for hair. Check out the infographic below for more information.

precautions to take when using canola oil for hair (infographic)

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Canola oil is a nutrient-dense oil that is commonly used in cooking, and helps you lead a healthy lifestyle, but it has recently been successfully used to formulate a number of cosmetics. Anecdotal evidence suggests that using canola oil for your hair may hydrate it, reduce scalp inflammation, and promote hair growth. You can apply canola oil either directly or use household ingredients such as coconut oil or almond oil to make hair masks at home. Canola oil is a versatile and affordable alternative to many oils. However, conduct a patch test before using it, and stop using it immediately if you experience any adverse reactions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Canola oil penetrate the hair shaft?

Yes. Canola oil has a light texture and can easily penetrate the hair shaft.

Is coconut oil better than canola?

Yes. Coconut oil is better than canola oil as it prevents protein (keratin) loss from the hair shafts, locks in moisture, strengthens the strands, and reduces hair breakage. Coconut oil is especially beneficial for reviving dry and damaged hair.

Is canola oil good for low porosityi  The ability of hair to absorb and retain moisture content. It determines the suitability of hydrating products for specific hair types. hair?

Yes. Canola oil is great for low porosity hair because it is lightweight and will not weigh the hair down. Also, its high fatty acid content can nourish and strengthen low porosity hair.

Are canola oil and rapeseed oil the same?

Yes. Canola is a genetically modified and highly processed version of rapeseed. Rapeseed oil has up to 54% erucic acid, which is fit for industrial use, and canola oil (processed rapeseed oil) must have an erucic acid level of 2% or below to be used as a cooking oil.

How can you tell if canola oil is pure?

Pure canola oil has a pale yellow, almost transparent color.

Key Takeaways

  • Canola oil is derived from canola seeds and is rich in vitamins E and K.
  • Canola oil can help relieve scalp inflammation and stimulate hair growth.
  • You can use canola oil on its own or combine it with coconut oil to moisturize the hair.
  • Canola oil has a lightweight, non-greasy texture, making it ideal for fine hair. On the other hand, peanut oil has a heavier texture and is suitable for those with dry hair.

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Dr. Shruti Chavan is a consulting dermatologist at Dr.Sheth's Skin and Hair Clinic since 6 years. She is a co-committee member of CDSI (Cosmetic dermatologist Society of India). She is highly skilled in non-surgical facial skin rejuvenation and face lift by the use of injection treatments and lasers.   Dr. Chavan is well-versed with dermatological and aesthetic procedures. Her special...read full bio

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