Apricot Oil for Hair: Benefits and How to Use It

Apricot Oil for Hair

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It feels like every week, there's a new oil said to deliver amazing results for your hair: coconut oil, avocado oil, macadamia oil, and more. The latest to join that list: apricot oil. The fruity oil is said to deliver a softer scalp and mane. But is the hype justified?

Apricot Oil

  • Type of ingredient: Emollient and anti-inflammatory.
  • Main benefits: Softens the hair shaft, soothes the scalp, and draws in moisture.
  • Who should use it: In general, anyone with curly to coily hair types can use apricot oil.
  • How often can you use it: It’s safe to use on the hair and scalp as needed.
  • Works well with: Most hair care products.


We wanted to hear from the experts on using apricot oil for shinier, healthier hair. To get the details on the oil, we chatted with a dermatologist and trichologist. Keep reading to get the details on everything you need to know about apricot oil for hair.

Meet the Expert

  • Michelle Henry, MD is a board-certified dermatologist and Harvard-trained Mohs surgeon
  • Shab Reslan, a trichologist and hair health expert at HairClub

Benefits of Apricot Oil for Hair

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Many of us use oils to add shine and lock in moisture via the LOC method, which means liquid, oil, and cream. With apricot oil, softer, shiny, moisturized strands and a healthier scalp are just a few drops away—but how we use it is the key.

  • Contains fatty acids to keep hair hydrated: In the case of apricot oil, the fatty acid-rich oil has many benefits for both the hair and scalp, and Henry agrees. "[Apricot oil] contains linoleic and oleic acid, which is omega-9 fatty acids and acts as a wonderful emollient that makes hair and scalp softer and more pliable," she says, "It not only seals in the moisture, but it also absorbs small amounts of water from the air’s humidity to help maintain that barrier of hydration inside the strand and scalp."
  • Rich in vitamins: In addition to its humectant abilities, apricot oil has a vitamin we love for skin that can be great for our scalps as well. "Apricot oil has high concentrations of vitamin A—required for cell rejuvenation and collagen stimulation," says Reslan. "It also contains a high amount of vitamin E, which is essential for scalp health."
  • Prevents hair loss: "It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which provide protection and moisture for the scalp by decreasing inflammation which can lead to scalp issues and hair thinning or loss," comments Reslan.
  • Anti-inflammatory for scalp health: "It can be soothing so that it can help scaly inflamed scalp by penetrating the outer layer," comments Henry. However, she notes that the oil won't treat that condition if you have dandruff, but it could potentially help soothe because of the anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Works well with other oils: "On its own can be used to moisturize and nourish the scalp and follicle, but since it’s a great carrier oil, it can be mixed with any other essential oils to help distribute their properties," says Reslan.

Hair Type Considerations

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Oils are typically well-suited for curly and coily hair textures. However, Reslan recommends the use of apricot oil only on the scalp. "This oil is ideal for the scalp," says Reslan. "If you want to moisturize your dry or irritated scalp, I would highly recommend using apricot oil." However, Reslan adds that the oil shouldn't be applied direction to hair strands as it can "create build-up if left on for too long." This can cause your hair to weigh down, get tangled, and start looking dull.

How to Use Apricot Oil for Hair

Using oils on hair is versatile and can prevent hygral fatigue (a fancy phrase for dryness). As already mentioned, if you choose to apply it over your strands, and not just your roots, make sure you shampoo well to avoid build-up.

  • Use prior to shampooing: Most hair experts advise treading lightly using oil on the hair shaft, but as a pre-poo treatment using oils to moisturize overnight or up to 30 minutes before your washing session can prevent hygral fatigue— the repeated swelling and drying of the hair cuticle.
  • Mix with essential oils: Reslan says apricot oil is an excellent carrier oil and has a few additional recommendations on incorporating it into your hair care routine. "My personal favorite essential oils are lemon for scalp clearing and cedarwood for hair growth stimulation," she says. "They should be mixed with a carrier oil as no essential oil can remain on the scalp or skin surface long enough on their own."
  • Create a conditioning treatment: If whipping up our own DIY pre-poo conditioner is a part of your wash day process, try adding a few drops of apricot oil to your mixture. Olive oil, bananas, honey, and even eggs (for protein) can make for excellent at-home ingredients to help give your hair what it needs if it's feeling thirsty or brittle. A recipe is below for inspo.

Ingredients:

  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon apricot oil
  • 2 to 3 drops of essential oil of choice

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together until well combined.
  2. Massage ingredients onto scalp and gently run fingers to get product through ends of the hair.
  3. Keep on hair for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
  4. Rinse out with warm water.
  5. Shampoo and condition like normal.

The Best Products With Apricot Oil

NOW Solutions, Apricot Kernel Oil
NOW Solutions Apricot Kernel Oil $8.00
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Adding a few drops of this 100 percent non-GMO oil to a pre-poo mix or deep conditioning mask is a simple way for your hair to soak up all the benefits of this multifaceted oil.

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Aussie Paraben-Free Total Miracle Conditioner with Apricot For Damage Hair $6.00
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Formulated with apricot and Australian macadamia oil, this budget-friendly, three-minute conditioner strengthens, provides split-end protection, and moisturizes the hair.

Garnier Fructis Sleek and Shine Anti-Frizz Serum
Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum $5.00
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Keep both your wallet and hair happy with this serum that blends together argan and apricot oil to create frizz-free hair.

Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer
Oribe Run-Through Detangling Primer $37.00
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Hair tangles? We don't know them with this superstar formula that has both coconut and apricot oils.

Derma-E Nourishing Shampoo
Derma-E Nourishing Conditioner $10.00
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If you'd rather skip the hair oil, go with this nourishing conditioner that contains apricot, argan, and coconut oil for all around hydrated hair.

FAQ
  • Does apricot oil make hair greasy?

    Apricot oil is fairly light, meaning it won't grease up your hair as much as other oils can. If it's combined with other oils, like coconut or argan, a little goes a long way.

  • Does oil make hair thicker?

    The beneficial nutrients that are in apricot oil can add to hydration, likely making it feel thicker and more hydrated compared to dry, brittle. hair.

  • Is apricot oil good for low porosity hair?

    Low porosity hair doesn't easily allow product in and repels moisture. With apricot oil being so light compared to other oils, it actually works great for low porosity hair to keep moisture from escaping.

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