It turns out that almonds may be good for much more than just a healthy snack on the go, they may help to revive your hair as well.
Hair oils are making their rounds on the trendy hair product circuit at the moment, and while coconut and argan oils are getting a lot of the spotlight, almond oil seems to be able to hold its own in terms of hair benefits.
What does almond oil do for hair
Almond oil helps lend some of those same components that make it a nutritious snack directly to your hair strands and scalp.
Almonds, and almond oil, carry an impressive arsenal of omega 3s, proteins, vitamin E, and magnesium.
Historically, almond oil has been used in many cultures for its purported benefits for skin conditions including psoriasis, eczema, or helping to heal surgical scars.
And, when the oil is applied directly to your hair, this may help up the shine, moisture, and smoothness of each strand.
Almond oil may also help strengthen and repair hair that has been damaged from coloring, bleaching, or heat styling.
By utilizing the power of Vitamin E contained in almond oil, a powerful antioxidant, almond oil may help limit environmental damage to the hair from everyday encounters like pollution or UV rays.
While studies on almond oil hair benefits are limited, and more research needs to be done before we reach any concrete conclusions, almond oil application to hair is a safe hair care option that many swear by.
How To Use Almond Oil On Hair: 5 Ways
1. Just before shampooing
- If you tend to find your shampooing regimen to be especially drying on your hair, try massaging in a few drops of almond oil into wet hair when you first get into the shower.
- Allow the oil to sit for a few minutes before following with your normal shampoo and conditioner.
2. Mixed with your conditioner
- Mix a few drops of almond oil in with your conditioner in your hand to give a moisture boost to your regimen.
- After letting the conditioner and oil mixture sit for a few minutes, rinse hair as usual.
- Keep this step to just a few drops of oil to see what your hair can handle, as you will not be shampooing your hair after this step and you don’t want to leave your strands too oily.
3. As a hair mask
- If you are ready to really get in there with almond oil, you can use much more of it as a hair mask.
- This will be very greasy, so plan on giving yourself enough time to let it sit and fully wash your hair afterward.
- You can mix the oil 1:1 with coconut oil, or just use the almond oil alone.
- Apply enough of your oil(s) into your hair from root to tip to fully coat each strand.
- When applying, give your scalp a good massage with the oils to really maximize the scalp nourishing.
- Allow to sit on your hair for at least 30 minutes, but you can also cover the hair mask and leave it overnight.
4. Applied to damp hair
- For some, almond oil is best used lightly directly into damp hair after washing.
- This will give the hair a little extra moisture and shine.
- Only use a few drops for this application and avoid the roots to make sure hair doesn’t look too oily.
5. Applied to dry hair
- Almond oil can be used as a finishing oil on hair.
- You will only need a few drops for this route, and focus the oil on the mid-lengths to ends of hair to avoid the roots from getting oily.
- This is best applied once all heat styling is done to avoid frying the hair with the oil.
When to not use almond oil on hair
Avoid using almond oil on hair just before heat styling. As with any oil applied to your hair, if the strand is coated in oil before styling, you will end up with a hair frying situation which can cause more damage than just the heat styling alone.
If you have an almond or nut allergy, you should avoid all products with almonds. Although you are not consuming the product, just applying almond oil to your hair or skin may cause an allergic reaction in someone with a severe allergy.
- Almond oil has many hair benefits, and it seems to have its place in boosting shine, smoothness, and strength.
- But, if you are looking to really boost hair growth and stop hair loss, you may need to pair your almond oil regimen with some over-the-counter or prescription hair growth medications.
- Prescription Strut Hair Formula for women contains Minoxidil, the active ingredient in Rogaine, as well as hair growth ingredients chosen with women in mind.
- Finasteride is a prescription tablet for men that helps stop hair losses and potentially increase new hair growth in some.
There are no downsides to seeing if adding almond oil to your hair care routine can improve your hair, so give it a try and see if almond oil is the strong & shiny hair boost you have been looking for.
Jill Barat, is a Doctor of Pharmacy with a unique background in specialty pharmacy, innovative compounding products, supplements, and integrative medicine with a passion for helping patients live their best lives.