Is Vegetable Oil Good For Hair Growth? How To Use It

Before switching cosmetic hair oil with vegetable oils, take note of the dos and don'ts.

Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shruti Chavan, MBBS
By Ramona Sinha, Certified Skin Care Coach

Vegetable oils have been in our culture for centuries. The high levels of unsaturated fats in these oils are important for your health. But is vegetable oil good for hair? The essential fats in vegetable oils are beneficial for damaged hair. They also help retain moisture, protect your hair from breakage, condition the hair, and minimize dryness.

This article explores how vegetable oils benefit your hair and how you can incorporate them into your hair care routine. Keep reading.

How Is Vegetable Oil Good For Your Hair?

Vegetable oils are rich in carbohydrates and essential nutrients that can repair damaged hair. Many cosmetics formulation contains vegetable oils as they help improve the cuticles and increase hair softness (1).

However, do not pick any random jar of cooking oil from your kitchen shelf to use on your hair. Cooking oils are processed and may not contain the essential nutrients your hair might need. Always use unprocessed, cold-pressed, and virgin vegetable oils (like virgin coconut, olive, jojoba, and argan oils) on your hair.

Here is how vegetable oils may benefit your hair:

1. Hair Conditioning

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Vegetable oils (like sunflower and coconut oils) condition the hair. They penetrate the hair and reduce the rate of water absorption, minimizing swelling and hair damage. Vegetable oils reduce hygral fatigue (repeated swelling and drying) to prevent hair damage (2).

2. May Prevent Dandruff

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Coconut oil may help prevent the growth of Malassezia, a yeast-like fungus that causes dandruff. A study found that those who applied coconut oil to the scalp had a less severe case of dandruff (3).

3. May Promote Hair Growth

Olive oil may promote hair growth. A study found that oleuropein, the main constituent of olive leaves and fruits, encouraged hair growth in telogenic mice (4).

4. May Prevent Scalp Inflammation

Vegetable oils like olive, grape seed, sunflower, coconut, safflower, avocado, peanut, sesame, and jojoba oils contain essential fatty acids that prevent oxidative damage, inflammation, UV damage, and skin barrier degeneration. Almond oil helps prevent itching and soothes the skin (5). All these vegetable oils may also have a similar effect on the scalp and help maintain optimal scalp health.

5. Protects Hair From Heat Damage

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You can use a few drops of any vegetable oil as a hair protectant. The vegetable oil coats the hair and shields it from damage caused by heat styling tools. It also adds shine and bounce to the hair and shields it from environmental damage.

Vegetable oils contain essential nutrients that are beneficial for your overall and hair health. Let’s take a look in detail.

What Are Vegetable Oils Composed Of?

Vegetable and plant oils are composed of essential fats and nutrients like (5):

  • Triglycerides (boost skin hydration)
  • Free fatty acids like oleic acid (act as permeability enhancers)
  • Tocopherols (antioxidants)
  • Phospholipids (act as permeability enhancers and anti-inflammatory agents)
  • Squalene (emollient and natural antioxidant)
  • Linoleic acid (maintains skin barrier)
  • Polyphenols (like catechins, trans-resveratrol prevent oxidative damage)
  • Phenolic alcohols (like flavonoids, lignans prevent oxidative damage)

All these ingredients in different vegetable oils work together to maintain scalp and hair health. In the next section, learn the ways to incorporate vegetable oils into your hair care routine.

How Can I Use Vegetable Oil For Hair Growth?

Note: Use any cold-pressed and virgin vegetable oil (like coconut, jojoba, avocado, sweet almond, olive, castor, sunflower, grape seed, and sesame oils) of your choice for the masks. Avoid cooking oil.

Also, adjust the quantity as per the hair length.

StyleCraze Says
For a quick oil treatment, gently massage your scalp with unprocessed vegetable oil in circular motions. Leave it on for about 10 minutes, then wash it with a mild shampoo.

1. Beer And Oil Mask

Beer is often used as a post-wash hair rinse to add shine and improve hair smoothness. Mixing it with any vegetable oil enhances its hair conditioning properties.

You Will Need

  • 200 ml beer
  • 1 tablespoon of any vegetable oil

Method

  1. Mix the oil and beer and wash your hair with it.
  2. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  3. Rinse with a mild shampoo.
  4. Use once or twice a week for shiny and soft hair.

2. Eggs And Vegetable Oil Hair Mask

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Egg yolk contains water-soluble peptides that can promote hair growth and prevent female pattern hair loss (6). This hair mask will help maintain hair health and prevent hair loss.

You Will Need

  • The yolk of an egg
  • 1 tablespoon of any vegetable oil (preferably castor oil)

Method

  1. Beat the egg yolk and mix with the oil.
  2. Apply the mixture evenly to your hair.
  3. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes.
  4. Wash off with shampoo and lukewarm water.
  5. Use the mask twice a week.

3. Vegetable Oil And Avocado Hair Mask

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Mashed avocado is often used in hair masks to help lubricate the hair strands. You may mix olive, coconut, or jojoba oil for additional nourishment.

You Will Need

  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon of coconut or jojoba oil (optional)
  • 1 mashed avocado
  • The yolk of an egg (optional)

Method

  1. Mix the avocado, oils, and egg yolk (if using).
  2. Apply the mixture to damp hair.
  3. Use a wide-toothed comb to ensure even application.
  4. Leave it on for a minimum of 30 minutes.
  5. Wash off with a mild shampoo.

These are the ways to use vegetable oil for maintaining hair health. However, you can also oil your hair directly. In that case, you should leave it on for a specific time for the optimal benefits. Read the next section for more details.

How Long Should I Leave Vegetable Oil On My Hair?

You may leave the oil on your hair for a minimum of 1-2 hours. However, if you prefer an overnight application, you can leave it on for not more than 6-7 hours. Beyond that, your scalp and strands will gather dust and dirt, and the oil may clog the hair follicles.

StyleCraze Says
You can either clip your hair up, cover it with a shower cap, or place a towel over your pillow to ensure the mask does not stain your sheets while you sleep.

If you are using the oil with a hair mask, you may leave it on for at least 30 minutes, especially if you have dry and damaged hair.

Does Vegetable Oil Help With Dry Hair?

Yes. Vegetable oils are excellent hair conditioners. They can penetrate the hair shaft, nourish the hair from within and smoothen the raised cuticles for softer and smoother hair. Vegetable oil is also beneficial for maintaining and moisturizing processed and colored hair.

Infographic: Best Vegetable Oils For Different Types Of Hair

Vegetable oils are oils derived from different parts of plants, such as seeds, and flowers. Most cold-pressed, organic vegetable oils can have many benefits for the hair. However, some are better suited for certain hair types than others. Check out the infographic below to know about the most suitable oils for different types of hair.

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Illustration: StyleCraze Design Team

Vegetable oils are nutritionally-rich oils that have been used for centuries for health and hair. They consist of essential fats and carbohydrates perfect for hair conditioning, stimulating hair growth, and preventing dandruff and scalp inflammation. You can combine vegetable oils that are good for your hair, like coconut, jojoba, or olive oil, with ingredients such as egg or avocado to make hair masks. Incorporating these oils into your hair care routine will nourish and moisturize your hair, making them smooth and healthy in the long run.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you make your hair grow overnight with vegetable oil?

As with all ingredients, your hair will not grow overnight after you use vegetable oil just once. You will see noticeable hair growth after using the oil for a few months consistently.

How do you wash vegetable oil out of hair?

Rinse your hair with warm water. Warm water opens your hair shafts and the pores on your scalp, making it easier to remove the oil. Use a clarifying shampoo to thoroughly cleanse your hair and scalp. Wash it off with warm water. Repeat the process if your hair is still greasy.

Key Takeaways

  • Cold-pressed virgin vegetable oils are loaded with beneficial fatty acids and nutrients that nourish, moisturize, and protect the hair from any damage.
  • Coconut oil is good for treating dandruff, while olive oil promotes hair growth.
  • Make the most of vegetable oils by adding them to your natural DIY hair masks.

Sources

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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... more

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