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Solve Coloured Hair Problems with Safflower Oil for Hair

Safflower oil for hair makes a great treatment for colored hair and prevents protein loss from hair. 

In this article, I cover how to use safflower oil to mitigate colored hair problems as well as the benefits of safflower oil for hair.

Colouring hair, even when done correctly, tends to lead to a plethora of problems such as dry hair, breaking hair, and allergic reactions among other complications. 

A safe way to color hair is through natural methods such as henna and indigo. You can read my experience with this at Henna Head Weekend Results.

However, women still go with the chemical products available on the market for a number of reasons related to convenience and color variety.

Learn how to use safflower oil to alleviate colored hair problems in this article. 

I also cover safflower oil nutrition and the best brands of safflower oil for hair. 

There’s also a handy safflower oil for hair recipe card at the end for you to print and keep for when you’re ready to try the recipe.

Improve the look of hair damaged by colour with these safflower oil treatments for hair

Is Safflower Oil Good for Your Hair?

Coloring hair with commercial products can lead to dry hair, damaged hair and split ends. It can take months to recover from these issues.

Sometimes, the only solution is to cut your hair and start again. Safflower oil can help mitigate the issues caused by using coloring dyes on hair.

What is Safflower Oil?

Safflower aka Carthamus tinctorius is a herbaceous, thistle-like flower which blooms annually. Safflower oil is a vegetable oil and is extracted from the seeds of the plant.

The plant’s flower heads bloom in yellow, orange, and red colors, and have a very mild flavor.

Traditionally, safflower was used for coloring and flavoring food but has been cultivated almost exclusively for safflower oil in the last 50 years.

Safflower oil is colorless and flavorless. It pairs quite well with sunflower oil. Read Smoothen Out Dry Hair with Sunflower Oil.

Currently, there are two kinds of safflower oil on the market.

One version is high in polyunsaturated fatty acid (linoleic acid) while the other version is high in monounsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid).

The safflower oil high in monounsaturated fatty acid (oleic acid) is the edible version used in cooking and for hair care. shares some excellent benefits on safflower oil as well as production process.

Below are the best benefits of safflower oil for hair and how it can improve hair health over time.

Benefits of Safflower Oil for Hair

1. Prevents Loss of Protein from Hair

Safflower oil helps with preventing the loss of protein from the hair. Similar oils that do this include peanut oil, grapeseed oil, and coconut oil.

2. Suitable for Heat Styling

Safflower oil has a high smoking point qualifying it as one of the oils suitable for heat styling. 

3. Contains Ceramides

With a high ceramide content of 78%, safflower oil is excellent for smoothing out hair and helping hair recover from the aftereffects of coloring hair with chemicals.

How to Use Safflower Oil for Hair

Safflower Oil Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair



  • Measure the dried safflower into a bottle then pour in the safflower oil, vitamin E oil, and lavender essential oil.
  • When ready to use, heat the bottle up in a bowl of boiling water
  • Apply to your clean hair and scalp. Massage your scalp and smooth through your strands.
  • Pinup your hair and sit under a hair dryer for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse out and deep condition your hair.

The scalp massage will help dilate the blood vessels, allowing more nutrients to reach the hair follicles.

This fosters an environment for healthy hair growth while the hot oil treatment will hydrate your strands and reduce the effects of hair coloring.

Is Safflower Oil Good for Hair Growth?

Safflower oil is optimal for dry and dull hair and helping hair recover after harsh treatments like commercial coloring. 

When it comes to hair growth, safflower oil would not be at the top of my recommendations list. 

I recommend oils like castor oil, pumpkin seed oil, emu oil, and others for hair growth. Have a look at the hair growth archives for my best hair growth oil recommendations 

Does Safflower Oil Penetrate Hair Shaft?

There are only three oils that can penetrate the hair shaft and safflower oil isn’t one of them. That doesn’t mean safflower oil isn’t good for hair though.

The three oils that can penetrate the hair shaft include coconut oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil. 

Safflower Oil for Skin

Sunflower oil can be used as an alternative to safflower oil.  

Safflower oil can also be used for shaving your legs leading to smooth, silky, and moisturized legs! 

Safflower Oil Supplements

If preferred, safflower oil can be taken as a nutritional supplement. However, focusing on the external application can help address the issues faster.

For recommended oil supplements for hair, read my earlier articles on at:-

When buying safflower oil, ensure you pick up the organic expeller-pressed oils. They might be more expensive but they are better in the long run.

Best Brands of Safflower Oil

The most recommended Safflower oil brands are:-

spectrum naturals organic safflower oil

Spectrum Organic High Heat Safflower Oil

Beauty Aura Safflower Oil

Beauty Aura Safflower Oil

eden organic safflower oil

Eden Foods Organic Safflower Oil


Life-Flo Pure Safflower Oil

How to use Safflower Oil for hair

How to Use Safflower Oil for Hair

Yield: 1 bottle
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Difficulty: Simple

This safflower oil recipe for hair can be used as a hot oil treatment for dry and dull hair. It also helps improve hair damaged by commercial hair dyeing.


  1. Open the bottle and measure in the dried safflower.
  2. Pour in the safflower oil until the bottle is almost full.
  3. Add in the vitamin E oil and lavender essential oil. Close and shake.
  4. On wash day, pour some hot water into the mixing bowl then place the safflower oil mix into the hot water. Leave it to warm up.
  5. When it's ready, dampen your hair then apply the warm oil to your hair and scalp. Massage your scalp and smooth through your strands in sections.
  6. Twist and pin-up each section then cover your hair with a disposable cap.
  7. Place the bonnet attachment over your head and attach the end to the hair dryer.
  8. Turn the hair dryer on to low heat and sit back for 30 minutes.
  9. After 30 minutes, rinse out with lukewarm water then deep condition.

How to use Safflower Oil for hair


  • Use every week for great results.
  • Do not wash out with a clarifying shampoo. Rinse out thoroughly.
  • If you have an oily scalp, you can wash it out first but with a diluted moisturizing shampoo formulated especially for colored hair.

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