Found: The Moisturizing $5 Oil That Helps Your Hair Grow


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We're constantly in search of ways to help our hair flourish. Right now, grape-seed oil's got our full attention. You probably haven't heard much about the benefits of grape-seed oil for hair, so you've come to the right place. Although wildly under the radar, you can find the oil in many hardworking hair products. And here's exactly what it is: "Grape-seed oil is extracted from the seeds of grapes, which is interesting since we all love to eat grapes, but it is actually the part we toss away," explains Chelsea Scott, hair expert and founder of TruHair. "These are the seeds that contain the most powerful antioxidants. The oil extracted from these seeds contains a compound known as OPC. Countless studies have shown that OPCs are highly potent antioxidants that can help prevent premature aging [and have] deep moisturizing properties."

"Grape-seed oil came about as a byproduct of winemaking, and the oil is extracted from the leftover grape seeds," adds Olive + M founder and oil expert Mariska Nicholson. Grape-seed oil has countless benefits for your hair. "It has a lightweight, silky feel to help provide shine, softness, and moisture," Michelle Corredor, director of global product development at Bumble and Bumble says. And you can use it in many ways. "If you want to use grape-seed oil as a de-frizz and cuticle sealer, apply a nickel-size amount onto damp hair and comb it through the root to your ends daily," suggests Scott. "As a hydrator, mix a nickel-size amount into your current conditioner. Or if you'd like to use it as a scalp treatment, use a dropper and apply a few drops directly into your scalp area and massage it in two times a week." 

Now, let's get into all the ways it can do your hair a lot of good. 

1. It Helps Your Hair Grow

Scott confirms: "When it comes to your hair, grape-seed oil is an excellent choice because it contains vitamin E, flavonoids, linoleic acid, and OPCs, all of which are necessary for healthy hair growth and vitality." 

2. It's Moisturizing

"Grape-seed oil is an excellent natural choice to seal in moisture and hydrate the hair," explains Nicholson. "Because of its lightweight texture, it won't leave the hair feeling greasy." 

3. It Smooths and Combats Split Ends

"When pulled through the hair, it can help tame frizz, or you can just apply to the ends to combat split ends," says Nicholson. 

4. It Reduces Dandruff

"Because of its high content of nutrients and emollient properties, when massaged into the scalp, it can reduce dandruff production by stimulating new, healthy cell growth," says Nicholson. 

5. It Strengthens Weak or Brittle Hair

"With its high levels of antioxidants, vitamin E, and omegas, it can help strengthen weak or brittle hair and restore shine," explains Nicholson.

"Over-processed and dry hair benefits greatly from the grape-seed oil as a deep hydrator, leaving hair feeling moisturized and shiny," Scott adds.

6. It Reduces Hair Loss

"Applied directly to the scalp, grape-seed oil may prevent the production of a hormone called DHT that causes weakened hair follicles and hair loss," says Nicholson.

7. It's a Weightless Oil

"The other advantage that grape-seed oil has over other types of oils for the hair is that it is practically weightless. This means it's a perfect option for those with even the finest, thinnest hair. It doesn't weigh hair down," explains Scott. 

"It's a lightweight oil that won't weigh down your hair or take two shampoos to rinse out," hairstylist Liana Zingarino at the Serge Normant at John Frieda Salon adds. "It's also odorless so you won't have to worry about lingering scents that other oils can leave." 

8. It Soothes Your Scalp

"Issues such as flaky, itchy scalp are relieved with the application of grape-seed oil directly on the scalp," Scott explains. "The essential fatty acids and nutrients have anti-inflammatory properties that help to nourish and soothe scalp." 

Expert-Recommended Grape-Seed Oil Products

Nurturing Shampoo
Aesop Nurturing Shampoo $45

"This wonderful Aesop shampoo contains grape-seed oil. When looking at shampoos and conditioners, you are looking for Vitis Vinifera on the ingredient deck." 

Nicholson is a fan of this shampoo as well. "This leaves your hair glossy, moisturized, and super soft," she adds. 

Hairdresser's Invisible Oil Mini 0.85 oz
Bumble and Bumble Hairdresser's Invisible Oil $31

"Our Hairdresser's Invisible Oil franchise, especially our Heat/UV Protective Primer and Hairdresser's Invisible Oil are so good. They help to soften, silken, tame, de-frizz, detangle, and protect against breakage," explains Corredor. 

Now Foods Grape Seed Oil, 16 Ounce
Now Now Foods Grape Seed Oil $10

"Personally, I prefer to use 100% grape-seed oil and mix into your favorite products so you know the efficacy and can control the amount used. I recommend Now Grapeseed Oil, as it is 100% pure grape-seed oil," suggests Scott. 

Now you have every reason to start lathering your locks with this multitasking oil. 

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