Baobab oil is an excellent oil for treating dry and dull hair. In this article, we’ll look at how baobab oil is made. The baobab oil recipes in this article seriously infuse the hair with much-needed nutrients.
What is Baobab Oil?
The baobab tree is found in tropical regions of Africa at low altitudes and can live for up to 3,000 years.
How is Boabab Oil Made?
The baobab fruit dries on the tree and then falls to the ground. It is then picked and the seeds are extracted, washed, and air-dried.
The seeds are then cold-pressed to produce baobab oil. Baobab oil is lightly scented and a semi-fluid golden-yellow color.
What Are the Benefits of Baobab Oil for Hair?
1. Softness & Moisture Retention
Baobab oil contains softening and regenerative properties that help hair reverse dryness and aid in moisture retention.
2. Promotes Hair Elasticity
Baobab oil contains 6 times more vitamin C than an orange. Vitamin C can help promote hair elasticity and strengthen hair.
Baobab oil also helps with the absorption of iron.
3. Anti-inflammatory Properties
Baobab oil constitutes an effective treatment for eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, and other inflammatory scalp conditions. It’s a soothing and gentle treatment.
4. Long Shelf Life
With a shelf life of nearly 3 years, baobab oil is a great addition to your DIY recipes. It can also be mixed into your hair oils to extend their shelf life.
Light and easily absorbed, a few drops promotes glossy and shiny hair without leaving behind a greasy look or feel.
6. Rich in Omega-3
Baobab oil is rich in the essential fatty acid, omega-3, which makes it so beneficial for hair and skin.
Omega-3 moisturizes, seals in moisture, softens, improves skin quality, and eliminates inflammation
Baobab Oil Recipes for Hair
Baobab Oil Hot Oil Treatment
- 1/3 cup of baobab oil
- 1/3 cup of moringa oil
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
- 10 drops of rosemary essential oil, eucalyptus essential oil, tea tree essential oil, or lavender essential oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl then place the mixture over a bowl of boiling water.
- Once warm, section your hair and apply it to your scalp and the length of your hair.
- Work in thoroughly then cover your hair with a disposable cap.
- Wrap a damp hot towel around your head and wait until cooled down then shampoo and deep condition as usual.
If you don’t use all of the oil mix, you can pour it into a small bottle and store it in the refrigerator until the next time you need it.
Baobab Oil Deep Conditioning Treatment
- 2 tablespoons of baobab oil
- 2 tablespoons of castor oil
- 2 teaspoons of shea butter or another preferable butter
- Melt the butter over a bowl of hot water
- Add the baobab oil and castor oil
- Whisk thoroughly and apply to damp hair in sections. Work quickly before the mix cools down completely.
- Pinup your hair and wait 30 minutes then shampoo and condition your hair.
This recipe is fantastic for very dry hair. When you shampoo, use a natural moisturizing shampoo that doesn’t have any stripping ingredients.
Baobab Tree in Tanzania
Is Baobab Oil Good for Hair Growth?
Baobab oil can be a suitable aid in the treatment of hair loss. You can use it in combination with castor oil, borage seed oil, emu oil, and pumpkin seed oil.
See more of the oils you can combine it with as well as hair growth recipes in the hair loss archives.
Can You Eat Baobab Fruit?
The pulp and seeds of the baobab fruit can be consumed. The seeds are dried and ground into a fine powder.
Baobab powder is used as a thickening agent in jams, gravies, and jellies. It is also added to sauces for a tangy flavor.
The dried pulp of the fruit is used to aid fermentation in beer-making in Tanzania.
In Angola, the dried fruit is used for juices and the base for local ice cream.
In Zimbabwe, the fruit is used as an ingredient in porridge and to prepare drinks.
The fruit can also be eaten fresh from the tree and is said to taste like sorbet while baobab powder tastes tangy and fruity.
You can learn more about eating baobab fruit and powder in the short video below:-
Is Baobab Oil Non-comedogenic?
With a comedogenic rating of only 2, baobab oil is a non-comedogenic oil. This means it’s unlikely to clog your pores
For more on non-comedogenic oils and using them for skincare, read 30 Best Non-Comedogenic Oils for Oily Skin.
Where to Buy Baobab Powder?
You can find baobab powder in your local health stores or online at the following sites:-
- California Gold Nutrition Superfoods Organic Baobab Powder
- MRM Raw Organic Baobab Fruit Powder
- LIVfit Superfood Organic Baobab Super Fruit Powder
- Terrasoul Superfoods Organic Baobab Fruit Powder
Best Baobab Oil for Hair
Baobab Oil Hair Products
- Sienna Naturals Baobab Oil Moisturising Leave-in Conditioner
- Burt’s Bees More Moisture Shampoo With Baobab
- Burt’s Bees More Moisture Conditioner With Baobab
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Reference – Nutraceuticals for Skin Care