I love messing around with my own hair and sharing hair tips and tricks with others.
Because my life-long dream has been to grow Rapuzel-like hair, I’m always searching for new hair treatments. So far, the most effective treatments have been natural oils, and since we’re quarantining, this is the perfect time to pour as much goo on your hair as you wish.
One of my favorite oils is almond oil (for hair and skin). Let me tell you why.
Almond Oil Properties
The almond has been hailed as the King of Nuts (Ha! Nuts…) because of its immense health benefits and properties. Almonds are rich in proteins, fiber, potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron , vitamin E, D, A, B1, B6, fatty acids, etc… This unique combination of properties nourish the hair and fill in any gaps within each strand’s structure, making your hair stronger, healthier, and resilient.
As you can see, almond oil is great inside and outside your system. But for now, let’s focus on what this wonderful oil can do for your hair.
Types of Almond Oil
There are two types of almond oil — sweet and bitter. Sweet almond oil is the one you want for use in hair and skin. The seeds used for the sweet variety do not contain poisonous chemicals.
Bitter almond oil is almost used exclusively for medicinal purposes.
Also, keep in mind that you want to buy cold-pressed sweet almond oil. Oil that has been exposed to heat during the making may lose some or all their nutrients. Cold-pressed oil retains all benefits and nutrients.
How Can Almond Oil Help My Hair
Almond oil will have you telling all your friends about it, whether they want to hear it or not, because you’ll notice the difference from the very first use.
Shiny Hair. Vitamins A, B, and E not only make your hair shiny, but they’re also great for dry hair. The fatty acids will also protect your hair against sun damage and will repair keratin in your hair, which means stronger, shinier strands.
Split Ends Be Gone. Because almond oil can repair your hair from the inside out, your hair will be stronger and less prone to those awful split ends, and will repair those you already have.
Dandruff. Almond oil can moisturize your scalp and loosen those pesky, itchy flakes.
Helps Prevent Hair Loss. Some of the biggest culprits of hair loss are nutritional deficiencies, environmental pollutants, stress and hormonal imbalances.
If you’re losing hair, almond oil might be just what you need. The abundance of zinc, calcium, and magnesium found in this awesome oil can help prevent and repair the loss when used regularly as a mask.
Always make sure to use cold-pressed sweet almond oil to make sure you’re getting all the properties and benefits almonds have to offer.
How To Use It
Almond oil is versatile and can be used in dry or damp hair.
On Dry Hair. Separate your hair in small sections, and apply almond to each section. Wrap a towel around your hair, and leave it on for at least two hours.
If you want a deeper treatment, leave it on while you sleep, and wash in the morning.
On Damp Hair. You can use it as leave-in conditioner, but DON’T apply too much of it or you’ll look like you haven’t showered in ages.
Pay special attention to the tips, and avoid the root.
For Hair Loss. Apply and massage almond oil directly on the scalp, wrap hair with either a towel or a shower cap (any plastic bag will also do the trick) and leave on for at least one hour. This will generate heat that will activate the proteins, omegas and vitamins in the oil. Do this at least once a week for best results.
As a Thermal Protector. We all know we need to protect our hair whenever we use heat-styling tools. The type of oil you use as a thermal protector will depend on the oil’s heat point. Almond oil is a great natural thermal protector because it gets absorbed easily and has a very high smoke point (430 degrees Fahrenheit), meaning that it tolerates high temperatures before it starts to burn. Keep in mind that you don’t need to apply a lot of oil to your hair. Just apply 3-5 drops (depending on hair density) to damp hair, and style as usual. Just keep your heat tools under 420 degrees Fahrenheit.
***Before you try it as a heat protector all over your hair, it’s always a good idea to try a small section first. Experimenting with DIY protectants could cause some serious damage if not done correctly. Use oils carefully and appropriately.
As Conditioner. Apply a few drops of almond oil after shampooing, let it rest for 2-3 minutes, and rinse. I’ve heard some people don’t rinse at all. Haven’t tried it myself, but, hey, why not give it a try?
To Thicken Hair. Mix 3 tbs. of castor oil with 3 tbs. of almond oil. Massage all over scalp and hair during 10 minutes. Cover with shower cap (or plastic bag). Leave for 20 minutes - 1 hour. Wash hair.
Before you try it as a heat protector all over your hair, it’s always a good idea to try a small section first. Experimenting with DIY protectants could cause some serious damage if not done correctly.
I’ve been using almond oil for about a month now, and I’m loving it! I had always used it as make-up remover (eyes only), but I had never thought about using it on my hair, especially for split-ends. Give it a try. I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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