The watermelon is a large, refreshing fruit popular as a snack or desert. Usually, the seeds within the watermelon are discarded while eating it. However, an excellent oil can be derived from the seemingly useless seeds.
Watermelons are commonly found in West Africa where it is used in cooking. It is aka as ootanga or kalahari oil. Back home, we use the seeds in a local dish known as egusi, which is prepared with red palm oil.
Watermelon oil is obtained from the watermelon seeds, which are dried then pressed to extract the oil. The end result is a non-greasy, non-comedogenic oil, which is excellent for hair and oily skin. It also has a high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as essential vitamins like niacin, thiamine and iron. The oil is thick and has a mild aroma. Watermelon oil also has a long shelf life.
Despite its great benefits, it’s not very common in hair care and is overshadowed by its more popular counterparts like coconut oil, castor oil, almond oil, grapeseed oil, emu oil and a host of others.
Moisturizing Hair Mask with Watermelon Oil
You will need your favourite deep conditioner, watermelon oil and vitamin E oil.
- Mix enough conditioner with 2 tablespoons of watermelon oil and 5 – 10 drops of vitamin E oil.
- Apply to your hair after shampooing and cover with a shower cap.
- Deep condition for 60 mins without heat or 30 mins under a steamer then rinse out and style as usual.
- You can also add an egg for a protein boost and use as a pre-poo instead if you don’t like the smell of eggs.
Better DIY Hair Trimming with Watermelon Oil
Another excellent use for watermelon seed oil is aiding in trimming your hair yourself. Because it smoothens your hair, you are able to better identify where you want to start trimming from and achieve an even end result. Just before trimming, apply watermelon seed oil to your hair, smoothen through thoroughly, finger comb, section and start trimming as usual.
Bonus Tip: Using Watermelon Oil for Skin Care
Due to the non-comedogenic qualities of watermelon seed oil, it’s excellent for removing excess sebum, which causes acne from the skin and promotes skin elasticity. Better skin elasticity means less wrinkles, stretch marks and other signs of premature aging. Add 3 – 5 drops of watermelon seed oil into your regular moisturiser for improved skin.
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