Did you know you can use flaxseed oil for your hair? Flaxseed oil is full of benefits that will keep your hair strong and shiny, and your scalp healthy.
Flaxseed oil is a byproduct of the linen industry, where the oil is extracted from extra seeds that aren’t used for sowing. Flax plants can be grown in poor soil, use very little water, and don’t require many pesticides. This makes flax products such as flaxseeds and flaxseed oil very environmentally friendly. Opting for organic flaxseed products is best for the environment. If possible, try to find local flaxseed to reduce your carbon footprint.
Benefits of Flaxseed Oil for Your Hair
Flaxseed is packed with nutrients, including proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and antioxidants, which all have the potential to improve your hair health and growth.
- The omega-3 fatty acids in flaxseed are shown to reduce inflammation, which can benefit scalp health and increase hair growth.
- Flaxseed also can keep the scalp clean of pollutants and dead skin cells, allowing for faster hair growth.
- As a moisturizer, flaxseed oil is very hydrating and conditions hair without weighing it down, making it bouncy and fluffy while boosting hair quality over time.
How to Use Flaxseed Oil for Your Hair
You can use flaxseed as a hair mask by taking about a tablespoon in your hands and massaging it into your hair and scalp. Leave it in for thirty minutes, then rinse it out and shampoo your hair.
You can also use just a few drops of flaxseed oil throughout your hair to help seal the hair cuticle, which helps prevent frizz and breakage. With this method, apply to dry hair and leave the oil in until your next shower.
In addition to being beneficial for your hair, flaxseed oil (and flaxseeds) have a long list of potential health benefits when taken orally, such as:
- reduction of cardiovascular disease, atherosclerosis, diabetes, cancer, arthritis, osteoporosis, autoimmune and neurological disorders
- helps prevent and treat heart disease
- supports the immune system
Flaxseed oil can be used in cooking and baking, and the seeds can even be used as a vegan egg replacement.
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