Edible sunflower oil is used not only for skin but for cooking and hair care, too. The antioxidants and fat are sunflower oil make it a good option for dull, dry hair. Coconut oil is better for treating damaged hair according to some studies. Still, here are some things to know about using it on your hair if you’re grabbing sunflower oil from the shelf.
Benefits of Sunflower Oil for Hair
Sunflower oil helps dry hair. The sunflower oil is rich in:
- Oleic Acid
- Vitamin E
- Linoleic Acid
Sesamol and vitamin E are known to have benefits for hair health. They’re may help neutralize free radicals and both antioxidants that can damage the scalp and hair. Oleic acid is also found in sunflower, which can stop hair breakage and may make it seem like hair is growing faster. It has anti-inflammatory properties which may help to relieve an itchy scalp and may help calm dandruff.
Anecdotally, after using sunflower oil some people say that their hair feels more hydrated, and it may help hair hold onto moisture. Using oil makes your hair easier and softer to manage and on the hair can help smooth split ends. You can use a small amount on dry hair to smooth frizz because sunflower oil is lightweight.
How to use sunflower oil for your hair
Depending on what you’d like to do there are a few ways to use sunflower oil for hair. You can mix several together for a luxe treatment if you have other oils at home. Including shampoo, conditioners, many products you find in stores, leave-in conditioning sprays, and masks also contain sunflower oil. For a deep conditioning mask, people use this oil for overall hair health or a way to smooth frizz and add shine.
You can use sunflower oil at home here are 4 ways:
Take a small dollop of sunflower oil and into your scalp massage it directly. From root to end comb it through the hair. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes and wrap your hair in a warm towel, then condition and shampoo as normal.
You can make a DIY hair mask using 1/2 avocado or honey, banana or sunflower oil and olive oil.
In your palms apply a pea-sized amount of sunflower oil then smooth the oil anywhere you see frizz and rubs your hands together.
You can add a dime-sized amount of sunflower oil to your existing conditioner for a richer conditioner. Rinse and apply as normal and you may need to double rinse if your hair still feels oily.
Precautions when using sunflower oil
According to the researcher, sunflower oil is generally considered safe for use. However, you should avoid the oil if you’re allergic to sunflower seeds. Your hair may look a little greasy if you use too much or don’t rinse thoroughly, which just means it needs to be rinsed again. Thorough with warm water rinsing helps remove the remaining oils.
As it can heat up and burn or damage the hair shaft avoid heat styling your hair after applying a lot of the oil.
Before putting it all over your scalp it’s always a good idea to test a small amount on your skin if it’s your first time using the oil.