Avocado Oil for Hair Growth: Should You Believe the Hype?

Avocados: Nutrient-Dense Superfood

  • Potassium
  • Magnesium
  • Sodium
  • Provitamin A carotenoids
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C
  • B-Vitamins
  • Monounsaturated fatty acids
  • Phytosterols
  • Fiber

Can Avocado Oil Be Used for Hair Growth?

Phytosterols

Carotenoids

  • β-carotene
  • α-carotene
  • Lutein
  • Zeaxanthin
  • Cryptoxanthin
  • Avocado oil contains antioxidant carotenoids.
  • These carotenoids have UV-protective and free radical neutralizing properties in the skin.
  • They can be used topically or incorporated into the skin via the diet.
  • Carotenoids are more stable and effective when obtained through the diet or used topically in a mixture with other antioxidants.

Vitamin E

  • Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that has possible hair growth promoting properties when taken orally.
  • There is no current data examining the benefits of vitamin E for hair when used topically. However, we do know that topical vitamin E is absorbed into the skin.
  • The presence of vitamin E in avocado oil might enhance the activity of the carotenoid content.
  • But, there’s not enough data to establish that vitamin E in avocado oil will benefit hair.

Oleic Acid

  • Oleic acid is the primary fatty acid in avocado oil.
  • Oleic acid can enhance ingredient penetration by opening up protective skin barrier.
  • However, this can also allow microbes and environmental pollutants in to cause damage. It can also allow water to evaporate out, causing TEWL.
  • Taking these factors into account, avocado oil may be a not-so-optimal oil for promoting hair growth.

Putting It In Perspective: Rate-Limiting Factors

  • Avocado oil’s lack of penetration might prevent the nutrients from exerting any beneficial effects.
  • Avocado oil may act as a protective barrier and prevent TEWL to promote skin health.
  • Preventing TEWL may benefit the scalp by promoting its health. The scalp acts as an incubator for new hair growth. The condition of the scalp is known to impact hair growth and retention.
  • Avocado oil may benefit health when used in the diet, but isn’t as beneficial as consuming whole avocados.

Avocado Oil Vs. Other Oils

Castor Oil and Avocado Oil for Hair Growth

Avocado Oil Vs. Coconut Oil for Hair

Avocado Oil Hair Treatment

  1. Mix equal parts avocado, castor, and coconut oil in an applicator bottle. You might have to melt down the coconut oil on low heat.
  2. Optional: add 3 drops of peppermint essential oil per 2 teaspoons of oil for a 3% dilution.
  3. Apply to combed hair until your scalp is fully coated.
  4. Let the oil mixture sit on your scalp for a minimum of 15 minutes.
  5. Rinse with shampoo and conditioner like usual.

Avocado Oil for Dandruff

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I am a hair loss researcher based out of East Yorkshire

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Daniel Burlington

I am a hair loss researcher based out of East Yorkshire

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