With dozens of oils available in hair products and skincare, which ones are worth using it can be hard to know. Dry oil is one term you may have heard. Dry oils aren’t actually dry despite what the name suggests. When applied to your skin or hair it’s a subjective term that refers to any oil that dries quickly. Likewise, referred to as wet oils, oils that leave a residue are sometimes.
Sesame, sunflower, and avocado oils are among the most commonly used dry oils. Other dry oils you’ll often see in hair and skin products include:
- Grapeseed Oil
- Jojoba Oil
- Safflower Oil
- Rosehip Seed Oil
Although anecdotal evidence suggests that dry oils have the potential to hydrate your hair without making it feel greasy there’s little research on the effects of dry oil for hair health. To learn about the benefits of dry oil for hair health keep reading.
Potential Benefits of Using Dry Oil for Your Hair
Few scientific studies have examined the benefits of vegetable and mineral oils for human hair. Most of the evidence that suggests dry oils benefit your hair health is theoretical or anecdotal.
Lower Hygral Fatigue
Hygral fatigue is damage to your hair caused by repeated drying and swelling. By penetrating the outer layer of your hair some oils may help reduce hygral fatigue and supporting your hair’s natural moisture barrier. Monounsaturated and saturated fats are better than polyunsaturated fats at penetrating your hair. Safflower, sunflower, avocado and sesame oil are naturally high in monounsaturated fats.
Hydrate Your Hair Without a Greasy Texture
That prevents moisture dry oils may help hydrate your hair by creating a seal inside your hair from escaping. Oils containing saturated and monounsaturated fats are better at penetrating your hair. Many people claim that they don’t leave a greasy residue behind because dry oils dry quickly when applied to your hair.
Reduce Hair Damage
To your hair applying oil regularly may help keep your hair shafts lubricated. This lubrication leads to hair damage and reduces friction.
Between hair strands the main cause of frizz is friction. The lubricating effects of dry oils may reduce frizz and decrease friction.
Protect Scalp From Ultraviolet (Uv) Light
Which acts as an antioxidant to protect your skin from oxidative damage from UV light and other sources, some dry oils like avocado oil and sunflower oil contain vitamin E. In theory, applying vitamin E to your hair could increase vitamin E concentrations in your scalp. There hasn’t been any research especially looking at this, however.
Potential Side Effects and Precautions.
To apply to your hair dry oils are generally safe. Such as avocado or sunflower seeds if you have a known allergy to a product oil is sourced from it’s best to avoid using this type of oil.
There’s a chance that it may lead to an allergic reaction on your scalp, any time you use a new hair care product. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include:
- Dry Scalp
You may want to aply it to a small section of your skin before applying it to your scalp the first time you use a dry oil on your hair. It’s likely safe to use if you don’t develop an allergic reaction with 24 hours.