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.
I share how you can use safflower oil to mitigate some of these problems in this article plus the benefits of safflower oil for hair.
I’ll also cover safflower oil nutrition, how to use safflower oil on hair and best brands of safflower oil for hair.
Is Safflower Oil Good for Your Hair?
If you find your hair suffering from one or more of the abovementioned problems caused by coloring, you can remedy it through the use of safflower oil.
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 has 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 goes 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.
Below are the best benefits of safflower oil for hair and how it improved hair health.
Benefits of Safflower Oil for Hair
1. Prevents Loss of Protein from Hair
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 on Hair
Safflower Oil Hot Oil Treatment for Damaged Hair
- Mix the safflower oil and vitamin E oil
- Heat over 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.
Safflower Oil for Skin
Safflower Oil Supplements
If preferred, safflower oil can be taken as a nutritional supplement. However, focusing on external application can help address the issues faster.
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 Beauty Aura Safflower Oil, Spectrum Naturals Expeller Pressed Organic High Heat Safflower Oil, Eden Foods Organic Safflower Oil, and Life-Flo Pure Safflower Oil.
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