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Rosehip seed oil can help achieve and retain super moisturized hair. Rose hips are what is left after rose petals fall off a bush. Subsequently, rosehip seed oil is then extracted from the pods. The wild rose bush grows in the southern Andes as well as many areas of the world.
Rosehip seed oil is high in essential fatty acids such as omega-6 and omega-3 and super antioxidants beta-carotene, lycopene and phytosterol.
What is Rosehip Seed Oil?
Rosehip seed oil aka rosa mosqueta was used by Mayans, Egyptians, and Native Americans for its healing properties thousands of years ago. Rosehip seed oil can be used for skin care as well as hair care. From various research, it seems a lot of the natural oils were recognized for their benefits and used accordingly a long time ago but we are only just tapping back into them again in recent years.
Despite the name, rosehip seed oil doesn’t smell like roses and instead has a subtle earthy scent, which blends quite well with hair products. Rosehip seed oil can be light yellow or red-orange in colour based on the processing method.
Benefits of Rosehip Seed Oil for Hair
1. Nourishes Scalp
Rosehip seed oil contains essential fatty acids and vitamin A which nourishes the scalp and prevents dandruff, dry scalp and itchy scalp.
2. Excellent for Fine Hair
Rosehip seed oil is a light and non-greasy oil, which makes it excellent for fine hair. It won’t weigh down the hair or make the hair oily, especially when combined with jojoba oil (recipe below).
3. Hydrates the Strands
Rosehip seed oil hydrates the strands by helping to lock in moisture for longer due to its high content of omega-3 (linolenic acid) and omega-6 (linoleic acid) fatty acids.
4. Beta-carotene Protects from Hair Breakage
The high beta-carotene content in rosehip seed oil helps strengthen follicles and protect hair from breakage.
How to Use Rosehip Seed Oil for Hair
Dry Hair and Scalp Issues Recipe
- Mix the oils together and warm up over a bowl of boiling water.
- Whisk and massage int your scalp.
- You can work on your dry hair and scalp issues with rosehip seed oil by warming up the oil then massaging it into your scalp.
- Leave on for 45 – 60 minutes then wash out with a mild shampoo like Davines Momo Shampoo for Dehydrated Hair followed by a deep conditioning session. To enhance the treatment, add 5 drops of rosehip seed oil into your deep conditioner as well.
Your hair will feel soft and moisturized. It will also eliminate the scalp conditions after constant use over a few months.
Rosehip Seed Oil Pre-Poo Treatment
In an earlier article – 5 Ingredients for an Awesome Pre-poo, I shared one of my great pre-poo recipes, which is moisturizing, hydrating and strengthening all in one. You can use rosehip seed oil as one of the oils in that recipe. 5 – 10 drops is more than enough.
Best Brands of Rosehip Seed Oil
Ensure the rosehip seed oil is of the red-orange variety. This has been cold-processed and retains all of the nutrients while the light yellow version has been heavily processed. See some best rosehip seed oil recommendations below:-
Hair Products with Rosehip Seed Oil
There are many products with rosehip seed oil as part of their ingredients. There is a great line from Aubrey Organics that stand out for their moisturizing properties such as:-
- Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Shampoo
- Aubrey Organics Rosa Mosqueta Conditioner
- Matrix Oil Wonders Volume Rose Conditioner
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