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Almond oil is one of my favorite oils for hair care. It’s also one of the primary oils I use in my daily sealing oil for maintaining a hairstyle after touching up in the morning.
The almond nut can be found on a tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. Today, Iran, Italy, Spain, Morocco and the US are the top 5 producers of almonds around the world. The almond nut starts life inside a thick light green hull. Within the hull is a hard shell, which encloses the almond nut within.
Almond nuts can be consumed raw or roasted and is a component of many meals such as cookies, biscuits, curries, and desserts. Almonds can also be used for making almond milk for consumption as well as for hair care. Read Almond Milk for Healthy Hair.
Almonds contain monounsaturated oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid, B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin and vitamin E as well as essential minerals – calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Almond oil is extracted from the dried almond nut via cold pressing and is a light yellow color with a pleasant nutty smell.
Sweet Almonds and Bitter Almonds
There are two types of almonds – sweet almonds and bitter almonds. They come from different trees. While bitter almonds contain some benefits, it also possesses poisonous properties and should be used with caution. Bitter almonds also contain less oil than sweet almonds.
Sweet almonds are used to produce the popular almond oil used in hair, health and beauty and the type this article is going to focus on.
What Are the Benefits of Almond Oil for Hair?
1. Sealing Oil
Almond oil is light and non-greasy. It is easily absorbed and makes an excellent sealing oil for the hair. It’s one of the primary components of my daily sealing oil (recipe below).
2. Suitable for All Hair Types
Due to its lightness, almond oil doesn’t weigh down the hair making it suitable for all hair types including fine hair.
3. Contains Key Vitamins
Almond oil contains vitamins A, and B vitamins thiamine, riboflavin and niacin, all key vitamins essential for healthy hair growth.
4. Conditions Hair
Almond oil has a significant amount of vitamin E, vital for hair conditioning, smoothening frizzy hair and taming flyaways. If you like pre-poos, you definitely want to include almond oil in the mix (recipe below).
5. Shiny Hair
The vitamin E contained in almond oil promotes a shiny and silky look to your hair. Mixed together with jojoba oil as a pre-poo treatment, the results can be impressive.
Complementary Oils for Almond Oil
A complementary oil is an oil that marries well with another oil and either enhances its properties or elongates its shelf life. The best complimentary oils for almond oil are:-
How to Use Sweet Almond Oil for Hair
Almond Oil Pre-poo Recipe for Hair
- 8 – 10 drops of jojoba oil
- 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
- 3 tablespoons of grapeseed oil
- 1 egg yolk
- Mix the jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, grapeseed oil and an egg yolk together. Whisk until smooth.
- Apply to the length of your hair, cover with a disposable cap and wait for an hour.
- Wash out with a mild shampoo like Davines Momo Shampoo for Dehydrated Hair and deep condition as usual.
- Repeat as necessary.
Almond Oil Sealing Oil Recipe for Hair
- 1 4 oz squeeze cap bottle
- Sweet almond oil
- Castor oil
- Coconut oil
- Grapeseed oil
- 5 drops of vitamin E oil
- 5 drops of lavender essential oil
- Open the squeeze cap bottle and fill up halfway with coconut oil (50%)
- Add sweet almond oil (25%)
- Add grapeseed oil (12%)
- Add castor oil (12%)
- Add the vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil (1%)
- Close the bottle and shake
Below is a pic of my recent sealing oil mix, which I prepared a few days ago (not sure how I got a few strands of hair in there) :). I really love this sealing oil recipe. A dash of leave-in conditioner followed by this sealing oil will bring a great bounce back to any style.
Sweet Almond Oil for Hair Growth
While excellent for pre-poo treatments and sealing in moisture, sweet almond oil is not an oil I would reach out to when it comes to treating hair loss issues. Have a look at the hair loss archives for the best natural oils and resources I recommend for treating bald spots, hair shedding, and thinning hair.
Eating Raw or Roasted Almond
You can add raw almonds to your diet. While the roasted, salted and other flavored varieties taste awesome, the best for health and your hair are raw almonds. Try Terrasoul Superfoods Raw Organic Almonds.
Best Sweet Almond Oil Brands for Hair
Hair Products with Sweet Almond Oil
- Silk Elements Pure Oils Tantalizing Twist Cream
- Design Essentials Almond and Avocado Detangling Shampoo
- Design Essentials Almond & Avocado Moisturizing/Detangling Conditioner
- Camille Rose Naturals Almond Jai Twisting Butter
- Hask Mint Almond Thickening Conditioner
- Mielle Organics Mint Almond Oil For Hair (contains soybean oil and peppermint oil as well)
If you’re interested in learning more about natural oils and how to use them for specific purposes to achieve optimal length and health, have a look at How to Grow Your Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils, a comprehensive guide about natural oils.