In a previous article we examined the multiple health benefits of using argan oil and grape seed oil in day to day activities (such as cooking, hair care and skin care) as well as in the large scale manufacture of other useful household and cosmetic products. In this article we will focus specifically on the advantages of using both aforementioned natural oils as well as olive oil in the promotion and maintenance of great hair and a healthy scalp.
While hair loss (androgenic alopecia) is usually regarded as a condition that affects only men, it is important to note that a significant percentage of women are also affected. 40% of men have discernible hair loss by age 35, 65% by age 60 and 80% by age 80. Comparably, hair loss affects up to 50% of all women. However the disease affects the genders differently. While males tend to experience a receding frontal hairline and/or vertex balding, females usually experience diffused thinning, primarily throughout the top of the head. There are several factors which can contribute to hair loss, such as poor nutrition, stress, genetics, chemical imbalances, the side effects of pharmaceutical drugs, dryness in the scalp and hair follicles, et cetera. While it is true that there is no miracle cure that can address all hair care problems, the regular use of grape seed oil, olive oil or argan oil can make a world of difference.
Moisture is absolutely essential for hair follicles to promote growth and prevent hair loss. A dry, flaky scalp affected by dandruff, eczema or psoriasis contributes significantly to the thinning of a person’s hair. When any of these natural oils is massaged onto a dry scalp however, several healthful processes begin to take place. Firstly, vigorous massaging with these oils loosens the dry skin cells around the hair follicles and promotes blood flow. As the dry cells begin to slough off it results in the opening of the pores, thereby stimulating natural oil production. Each of the three oils is rich in antioxidants and vitamin E, which help to repair damaged hair cells. The antioxidants may also block the activity of DHT, a hormone that causes hair loss. As a bonus, grape seed oil, argan oil and olive oil also bring specific hair benefits depending on which oil is used to treat the scalp. All three natural oils are known for their ability to penetrate the hair shaft of each hair strand, thus maximizing the moisturizing benefits. However grape seed oil is markedly more effective in penetrating the hair shaft than argan oil or olive oil. Additionally, unlike other natural oils, grape seed oil is renowned for its astringent properties – it tones the scalp, reduces the effect of dirt, sweat, excess oil and contributes significantly to scalp cleanliness. Grape seed oil may also be used as a “carrier” for other essential oils that contribute to the relaxation of the hair follicles and reduce cortisol induced hair loss.
A tight, itchy, burning scalp can drive most people to the very brink of frustration and despair. Sensitive scalps are often developed when moisturizing lipids are regularly removed from the scalp through overuse of alcohol-containing styling products, drastic climate changes, poor scalp hygiene or even stress. However, individuals who suffer from sensitive scalps can find soothing relief by massaging drops of high quality grape seed oil, argan oil or olive oil onto the scalp and leaving it overnight. The next morning, shampoo should be added to the dry hair and massaged into the scalp, before lathering up and rinsing with lukewarm water. This specific sequence will ensure that excess oil is removed from the hair and scalp.
Hair is much more important to human psychology and well-being than you might initially think. Surveys carried out by the Belgravia Center, The UK’s leading hair loss clinic, show that (1) 60% of hair loss sufferers would rather have more hair than more money or more friends, (2) 30% of hair loss sufferers would give up sex if it meant they could get their hair back and (3) 47% of hair loss sufferers would spend their entire life savings if it resulted in them having a full, healthy head of hair.
Thankfully, the regular use of natural oils can spare us from making such life-altering sacrifices. And while all three of the featured oils are effective, grape seed oil gives you much more value for money. Not only does pure grape seed oil have a longer shelf life than pure argan oil, it can be purchased for as little as 5% of the price of argan oil. In comparison with olive oil, grape seed oil provides your hair with significantly more moisturizing and toning benefits. So be smart and get your head in the game. Protect your hair, your health, your love life and your pocket by picking up a bottle of grape seed oil today!
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