Walnut oil is derived from walnuts. It is edible oil and recommended for culinary use. However, walnut oil is beneficial for hair care and can be applied topically to achieve strong silky hair.
Walnut oil nutrients
Walnut oil is high in polyunsaturated, monounsaturated fatty acids according to Wikipedia. It possesses omega-6, omega-9 and omega-3 fats. The oil is a source of B-group vitamins, Vitamin E, zinc, selenium, calcium, magnesium and niacin. All these vitamins and minerals boost the health of our hair and essential for its growth.
Benefits of walnut oil for hair
The main benefits of walnut oil for hair are as follows:
- moisturizing effect,
- nourishing effect,
- antifungal properties,
- prevention of hair loss,
- dandruff elimination,
- accentuating the natural color of the hair.
The beneficial composition of walnut oil, especially unsaturated fatty acids, vitamin E and zinc makes your hair strong and shiny. Fats of the oil are easily absorbed into the hair follicles and strengthen the hair from inside. Fatty acids hydrate the hair and don’t allow it to lose moisture. Vitamin E protects the hair from harmful impact and helps prevent hair graying. Walnut oil helps treat scalp infections which lead to hair loss. Some people apply it to get rid of seborrheic dermatitis, a widespread disease according to Wikipedia. It will lead to better results if you combine walnut oil with jojoba oil or tea tree oil. Black walnut oil is even more effective against skin diseases and is believed to kill lice.
The walnut husk is a good means for natural hair dying. The application of walnut oil on hair won’t dye it but it is considered that the oil highlights the hair color.
How to apply walnut oil on hair
Walnut oil is usually applied topically on hair. When you eat the oil it also contributes to the hair health as well as to the health of the whole body. Walnut oil is recommended to apply twice a week. Simply massage it into the scalp and hair and leave for 20 minutes, rinse with a shampoo. Try to mix walnut oil with other oils beneficial for hair, such as olive oil, sweet almond oil or essential oils. Walnut oil is safe; however, it is better to take an allergy test first, as the oil can cause an adverse reaction in people suffering from nut allergies.
A DIY walnut oil hair mask
Another way to apply walnut oil on hair is to make masks containing walnut oil and other natural ingredients. The following hair mask will condition your hair and prevent hair loss.
You will need:
- 2 egg yolks
- 1 tbsp. of walnut oil
- 3 drops of rosemary oil
Mix walnut oil with egg yolks, add rosemary oil and apply on your hair and scalp. Take a warm towel and wrap the head. It is possible to put on a plastic shower cap and a warm towel. Leave for an hour and rinse afterwards. Make this mask twice a week.