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Wheat Germ Oil for Dry Hair and Hair Growth

Wheat germ oil, often referred to as liquid gold, is a rich and nutritious oil that can provide an intense moisture boost and restore health to dry and damaged hair.

Wheat germ oil is loaded with essential nutrients, vitamins, and fatty acids. I love the way wheat germ oil makes my hair feel after a good deep conditioning session. 

I have gushed about the benefits of wheat germ oil for hair in 5 Ingredients for the Best Pre-Poo with Oils and Wheat Germ Oil Benefits for Skin.

Intense Dry Hair Treatment with Wheat Germ Oil

This hydrated feeling from a wheat germ oil treatment can last for up to a week. 

Yes, wheat germ oil is just that awesome! It can bring relief and respite to even the driest of curls.

In this article, I delve into what wheat germ oil, the benefits of wheat germ oil for hair, the best wheat germ oil recipes for the hair, and answer FAQs I receive about wheat germ oil for hair and skin.

What is Wheat Germ Oil?

Wheat germ oil is obtained from the kernel of the wheat grain. This kernel is located within the core of the plant and feeds the plant as it grows.

Though wheat germ oil is used on hair, it can also be used on the skin as well as in culinary applications.

According to Food Data, just 1 tablespoon of wheat germ oil contains 135% of the daily vitmain E requirement. Consider adding wheat germ oil in your smoothies.

Note – wheat germ oil may contain traces of gluten so avoid if you have celiac disease or a gluten sensitivity.

Wheat germ oil has a slightly thick consistency and a strong nutty smell, which isn’t overpowering though it bothers some people.

I hardly notice the smell whenever I use it because I mix it in with a variety of other ingredients.

If you don’t like the smell of unrefined wheat germ oil, you can mask it with the following pleasant smelling essentials oils:-

7 Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil for Hair

1. Wheat Germ Oil Softens Hair

Wheat germ oil has the highest concentration of vitamin E among all the vegetable oils. Vitamin E is excellent for restoring and maintaining softness in hair.

2. Vitamins for Healthier Hair

Wheat germ oil contains significant amounts of vitamins A and D, protein, and lecithin. These vitamins aid in strengthening, protecting and healing hair.

3. Essential Fatty Acids for Nourishing Follicles

Wheat germ oil is also a good source of essential fatty acids – linoleic acid, oleic palmitic, and stearic acids.

Essential fatty acids nourish hair follicles and promote healtheir hair growth.

4. Shiny, Smooth & Strong Hair

Wheat germ oil is one of the oils in the ceramide family with a 55% concentration.

That means shiny hair, smooth hair, and stronger hair protected against split ends and frizziness.

For more on this, read Using Ceramides in Natural Oils for Moisturised & Healthy Hair.

5. Easily Absorbed into the Hair

Wheat germ oil contains squalene, a polyunsaturated fat that’s similar to the kind of oil our body produces and thus has the ability to readily absorb into the hair and skin.

6. Wheat Germ Oil Promotes Elasticity

Wheat germ oil also contains B vitamins – B1, B2, B3, and B6. B vitamins promote healthy hair growth and stronger hair with elasticity while reapiring any existing damage.

7. Combats Frizz

With all the smoothing and softening abilities provided by wheat germ oil, it inevitably translates into frizz free curls over time.

Wheat Germ Oil Recipes for Hair

Wheat Germ Oil Pre-Poo Treatment



You can use wheat germ oil as part of your pre-poo. Below is a video of my pre-poo recipe from – 5 Ingredients for the Best Pre-Poo with Oils.

Wheat Germ Oil Hot Oil Treatment



  • Mix the wheat germ oil, olive oil, and hemp seed oil together in a cosmetic bowl. Add the essential oils as well if you are using them.
  • Heat up the mixture slightly over a bigger bowl of boiling water.
  • Dampen hair and spread the mixture down the length of your locks using the 8 Effective Steps for a Scalp Massage Method.
  • Cover with a shower cap and wrap with a hot towel or sit under a hair steamer for 45 minutes.
  • Wash out with a mild shampoo and deep condition as usual. 

Wheat germ oil is one of the most popular oils used on hair and can reverse a lot of the damage caused by mishandling, exposure to the elements, and other harmful hair products.

If you have never used wheat germ oil, now is a good time to jump on this bandwagon. Read user reviews of wheat germ oil HERE.

Tips for Using Wheat Germ Oil

  • Wheat germ oil mimics protein and motions CPR is a protein treatment as well. Ensure the issue with your hair is a lack of protein before trying out this treatment so you don’t end up with protein overload.
  • When you deep condition after these treatments, use a moisturizing deep conditioner without any protein or ingredients that mimic protein in it. An overload of protein is just as bad as not enough protein.

Wheat Germ Oil Side Effects

Wheat germ oil is generally well tolerated. However, if you have a wheat or gluten allergy, you should avoid wheat germ oil.

Best Brands of Wheat Germ Oil

You can find wheat germ oil online at the following locations:-

Now foods wheat germ oil

Now Foods Unrefined Wheat Germ Oil

Viobin wheat germ oil

Viobin Wheat Germ Oil

Swanson Wheat Germ Oil

Swanson Wheat Germ Oil

Naissance Virgin Wheatgerm Oil

Naissance Virgin Wheatgerm Oil

Wheat germ oil should be stored in a dark and cool area away from high temperatures in order to preserve its shelf life.

One of the products curly-haired ladies rave about is Salerm Wheat Germ Conditioning Treatment (Mascarilla Capilar) for good reason.

The key ingredient in this product is wheat germ oil.

Reviews have included intense moisture and soft hair after the first application. It comes in a humongous jar too so you can expect it to last for a while.

For more on recovering from hair issues with natural oils, have a look at How to Grow Hair Healthy  & Long with Natural Oils.


Wheat Germ Oil FAQs

Is Wheat Germ Oil a Protein for Hair?

While it’s not exactly a protein, wheat germ oil does mimic protein and has similar effects on hair.

Keep this in mind when you’re planning your hair care regimen.

Does Wheat Germ Oil Need to be Refrigerated?

As soon as you break the seal on your wheat germ oil bottle, it needs to remain refrigerated especially if you’re going to be using it for culinary purposes.

Also keep in mind, wheat germ oil has a short shelf life of less than 12 months.

Can I Put Wheat Germ Oil on My Face?

Yes, you can use wheat germ oil on your face. However, it’s best for dry, flaky skin. Keep in mind wheat germ oil has a comedogenic rating of 5 so use sparingly.

For more on this, read Benefits of Wheat Germ Oil for the Skin.

Is Wheat Germ Oil a Carrier Oil?

Wheat germ oil is a carrier oil that blends well with lots of other carrier oils as well as most essential oils.

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Abi is a curly hair expert who delved into the world of natural oils after severe hair loss issues. Through her research, study, and testing, she was able to regrow her bald spots & a healthy head of hair. She is the founder of Healthy Natural Hair Products & Ade Ori Hair Care, and the author of the highly-rated Healthy Hair Care Series. She continues to study hair science, Ayurveda, and natural and healthy solutions for hair and skin. Learn more about our Editorial Guidelines

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Sunday 28th of December 2014

Looks interesting but I've heard wheat germ oil can make hair hard though. What's your long term experience with it?


Friday 12th of December 2014

Wheat germ oil seems to be one of those all around oils good for hair and body. What does it smell like?

Natural Oils for Hair

Friday 12th of December 2014

Yes it is. It has a strong nutty like smell but if it bothers you, you can always mask it with an essential oil like ylang ylang.


Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

That pre-poo looks yummy. I might give it a try for my next wash :)

Natural Oils for Hair

Tuesday 2nd of September 2014

I highly recommend it. Moisture for days I tell you. Do let me know how you get on :)