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Peanut oil is a vegetable oil, which is mostly used for cooking, but by virtue of its qualities, it falls into the category of natural oils for hair care. It’s aka groundnut oil or arachis oil.
Peanut oil is derived from peanuts and is available in various varieties such as refined, unrefined, cold pressed, and roasted. The varieties are not created equal and serve different purposes outlined below:
- Refined Peanut Oil: This oil has been refined, bleached and deodorized. This process eliminates the component of the oil that causes allergic reactions.
- Roasted Peanut Oil: This is specialty oil similar to sesame oil. The peanuts are roasted before processing to enhance the flavour and aroma of the oil.
- Unrefined Peanut Oil/Cold Pressed: This type of peanut oil has been processed mildly to retain as much of its natural qualities as possible. The aroma in this type is softer than roasted peanut oil.
Benefits of Peanut Oil for Hair
- Peanut oil is rich in essential fatty acids such as oleic acid and linoleic acid.
- It contains vitamin E, which extends its shelf line and provides antioxidant properties.
- Peanut oil contains an emollient component and creates a barrier on application. This barrier can help reduce loss of protein from hair during shampooing.
- Anti-inflammatory properties helps control flaky scalp & dandruff problems.
- One of peanut oil’s best qualities can be noted in its high boiling point, which makes it suitable for straightening or blow drying hair. You can read up more information about straightening hair with oils at – Is It Safe to Use Heat Styling Devices with Oils?
Hot Oil Treatment with Peanut Oil
- After washing your hair, heat up about 1/3rd cup of peanut oil in the microwave.
- Part your hair into small sections and start applying the oil to your scalp, taking care not to burn yourself.
- Once your scalp is covered, apply the rest of the oil to the length of your locks. Get a good scalp massage in there, cover with a shower cap and leave in for 45 – 60 minutes.
- Wash out with a conditioner, then rinse with warm to hot water.
- Do a final rinse with a blast of cold water to close the cuticles.
Peanut Oil Dandruff Treatment
- Thoroughly mix 1/3rd cup of peanut oil with 10 – 15 drops of peppermint or tea tree essential oil and 5 – 10 drops of lemon juice.
- Apply to your scalp, massage in, cover your head with a shower cap then leave in for 2 – 3 hours. Remember, lemon juice can lighten hair so restrict the application to your scalp.
- Wash out with a mild shampoo.
- Condition and style as usual.
The treatments above can be done once a week alternating between the two depending on your hair issues. You can also include it in your oil rotation for its benefits by adding a bit to your deep conditioning recipe from time to time.
Warning: Though refined peanut oil has been processed to remove the allergens, it’s still a good idea to remain cautious if you’re allergic to nuts.
If you have enjoyed this article and want to know more about how you can use natural oils for common hair issues and overcome them, have a look at How to Grow Hair Healthy & Long with Natural Oils. There’s a whole section in there about natural oils for dandruff.