Camellia Oil, also known as tea seed oil or Tsubaki oil, is a burst of amazing in a bottle that does wonders for hair and beauty with its rich nutrient profile.
In this article, we’ll cover the origins of camellia oil, different types of camellia oil, the benefits of camellia oil for hair, how to use camellia oil, and where to buy the best brands.
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What is Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil)?
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) is cold-pressed from the seeds of Camellia oleifera, a wildflower that grows in China & Japan.
This plant was featured prominently in Tea Rinsing Secrets for Healthy Hair Care and Growth. It’s a pale green colour and has a high smoking point.
In some parts of China and Japan, camellia oil is used as a cooking oil.
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) shouldn’t be confused with tea tree essential oil, an inedible oil produced from the leaves of the tea tree plant native to Australia.
The composition of camellia oil is similar to olive oil. It contains about 85% unsaturated oleic acid, omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, polyphenols and a good amount of vitamin E.
Japanese women have used camellia oil as a key ingredient in hair care for hundreds of years.
There are three different types of camellia oil – Camelia Sinensis, Camellia japonica and Camellia oleifera.
Camellia oil isn’t an oil most people would think of when they want to try out natural oils on their hair and it’s not very popular but it has so many benefits for dry hair and annoying scalp issues.
Interesting Fact About Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil)
The camellia plant is named after Georg Joseph Kamel, a missionary responsible for introducing many Eastern Asian plants to the Philippines.
The name “Camellia” was given to honor him by Carl Linnaeus, a Swedish Botanist.
What Does Camellia Oil Do For Your Hair?
1. Light Texture
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) is absorbed into the hair without leaving behind a greasy residue.
2. Shiny Hair
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) is perfect for dry and/or coarse hair as it smooths down the hair cuticle and promotes shiny hair.
3. Protects Hair
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) forms a protective barrier around hair, which prevents it from drying out.
If you especially have ends that are prone to breaking off, camellia oil should be one of your BFFs.
4. Excellent Scalp Treatment
Camellia oil (tea seed oil) is an excellent scalp treatment with the ability to nourish and moisturize the scalp and roots. Frequent use strengthens the roots and reduces scalp dryness.
How to Use Camellia Oil on Hair
DIY Dry Hair Treatment with Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil)
- Pour the warm water into the spray bottle
- Add the camellia oil and shake the bottle vigorously
- Spray generously into your hair and scalp
- Pinup your hair in twists and cover with a disposable cap
- Leave on for an hour then rinse out with lukewarm water
- Style your hair afterward
You can use this mix to refresh a style midweek and restyle but don’t spray as generously so your hair doesn’t shrink all the way if you have curly hair.
Camellia Oil for Protecting Your Ends
For protecting your ends, rub a few drops on the hair ends once or twice a day. You will get the best results with camellia oil when applied to slightly damp hair.
Camellia Oil Pre-Poo Treatment
Camellia oil can also be used as a pre-shampoo treatment by applying it to dry hair and letting it sit for 1 hour, then shampoo and condition as usual.
Less is more with camellia oil. A few drops are all you need. A standard 100 ml bottle will last for some time.
If you’re wondering which other natural oils you can mix with camellia oil, it blends well with other oils for scalp issues.
Where to Buy Camellia Oil?
Some excellent camellia oil (tea seed oil) brands for hair include:-
- Edens Garden Camellia Seed Oil
- Piping Rock Pure Organic Camellia Oil
- Oleo Botanicals Japanese Camellia Seed Oil
- Fushi Wellbeing Organic Camellia Oil
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Is Camellia Oil Good for Hair Growth?
Camellia oil is an excellent oil for dry and brittle hair. It forms a great barrier that seals in moisture effectively. Try it in the almond oil sealing oil recipe.
However, when it comes to hair growth, there are other oils much more suited for this purpose. I shared the best of them in the hair growth archives.
Does Camellia Oils Clog Pores?
With a non-comedogenic rating of 1, camellia oil is unlikely to clog pores. It’s light and easily absorbed.
For more on camellia oil for skin, read How to Use Camellia Oil for Skin Care.
Hair Products with Camellia Oil (Tea Seed Oil)
Camellia oil can be mixed with your own hair products or you can purchase products that have camellia oil as a component. I’ve tracked down some of the popular brands for hair below:-
- Shu Uemura Essence Absolute Nourishing Cleansing Milk
- Aubrey Organics White Camellia Conditioner
- Boucleme Intensive Moisture Treatment Deep Conditioning Hair Mask
- Sisley Regenerating Hair Care Mask (also contains hazelnut oil and shea oil)