4, April 2023
What Does Avocado Oil do for Hair?
Avocados mean a lot to us; when our founder Rivka was growing up in New York, she grew the seeds of the fruit on her windowsill. It was the start of a lifelong affinity with plants and the beginning of the Faith In Nature story. But aside from their starring role in our story, avocados mean a lot to us because their oil is a powerful ingredient. Especially when it comes to haircare. Here’s more about avocado oil and how it treats tresses…
What is Avocado Oil?
Avocado oil (a.k.a. persea gratissima oil) is oil made from the flesh of avocadoes.
How is Avocado Oil Made?
The skin and pit of the avocados are removed, then the fruit is pulped into mush (imagine guacamole on a massive scale!). Next, the flesh is filtered out to leave behind the oil.
Benefits of Avocado Oil for Hair
Avocados are famous for being packed with nutrients that make them a superfood, and it turns out that these nutrients can also be really good for hair.
Avocado oil is packed with fatty acids including oleic acid (a.k.a. omega-9 fatty acid). Oleic acid is known for penetrating the hair shaft and nourishing the hair, resulting in healthier, glossier locks. It is also thought to lock moisture into each strand, which can help strengthen hair, smooth split ends and help to prevent further damage. All great news for dry, stressed-out tresses.
It’s not all about oleic acid, though: avocado oil also contains biotin, minerals such as magnesium and potassium, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents, vitamins A, B-5 and E. This powerful combination of lipids, vitamins and other good stuff can protect the hair from pollutants and help stimulate blood flow to the scalp. It can also help nourish dry, itchy scalps and may help with dandruff.
In summary, avocado oil could help you well on your way to a healthy scalp and strong, glossy locks.
How to Use Avocado Oil for Hair
There are plenty of tutorials online for making your own hair mask out of mushed-up avocados. But let’s be honest, that’s a very messy way to moisturise your hair. If you’re going to mash avocados, it’s probably best to do it in the kitchen and spread them on toast. And although we’ve established that avocado oil is wonderful stuff, applying it directly to your hair could leave it greasy. It’s far simpler (and less messy) to use a shampoo and conditioner that already have avocado oil in them. Enter our own vegan, cruelty-free Avocado Shampoo and Avocado Conditioner. Made in the UK with avocado oil (of course), sunflower seed oil, vitamin E and a fresh, 100% natural origin aroma, this duo is the perfect way to treat your locks to the goodness of this brilliant ingredient.
Other Benefits of Avocado Oil
All the nutritious ingredients that make avocado oil good for hair mean it’s also good for skin. An excellent emollient (moisturiser), it is often used in face masks, creams and moisturisers. Our Avocado Body Wash carries the same avocado oil and delicate scent as the shampoo and conditioner for a nourishing treat in the shower.