Some of you will be happy to know that my afternoon trip to the library with my kids did not only prove beneficial for them, but for you also! I did a little research on Grape Seed Oil and here’s what you need to know.
I think we have all learned already that oiling our scalps is necessary and should be a part of our regular hair maintenance regime.
However, Grape Seed Oil is a new one for me. It is made by pressing the seeds of grapes and extracting the oil. It is mostly used as carrier oil.
As stated in the Video Style of the Week feature by Jazzy Té, she uses Grape Seed Oil before sitting under the dryer to protect her hair from the heat, and moisturize her locs. Now, I am not a huge fan of blow drying locs, but nobody can deny that it is not sometimes necessary! Well, research confirms that Grape Seed Oil does protect against heat damage. It has a high heat tolerance which is measured by the smoke point of oils. BUT, while it is said to have a smoke point of anywhere from 430-485 ◦F, other oils like Safflower Oil, Avocado Oil, Almond Oil and Coconut Oil actually have even higher smoke points ranging from 510 to 520 ◦F. So, you might want to consider those as well.
Some of the benefits of specifically Grape Seed Oil are that:
-it is high in antioxidants
-it gives you a great sheen
-regular use helps relieve dandruff
-any hair type can use it, because it is light and non-greasy
-it is absorbed by both your hair and scalp
-it is odorless
But we all know what the real selling point can sometimes be: PRICE. For about 16 oz, you’re not going to spend more than $10 which is comparable to Extra Virgin Olive Oil which is my usual oil of choice.
Okay, so clearly the above is based on research and not on experience. So, as always friends, stay connected for an update on how Grape Seed Oil works for me!
For a comprehensive list of oils and their benefits, to learn the difference between essential oils and carrier oils, or to find out how to start using oils on your hair.