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10 Things to Know About Sunflower Oil
Most of you would already know the benefits of sunflower oil in cooking. The fat and antioxidant levels in sunflower oil make it a popular cooking oil. But what about the topical application of this oil? Is sunflower oil for hair good, or is it a make-believe marketing gimmick? Many people and studies will tell you that coconut oil is the best when it comes to hair care . Others will tell you not to use oil at all. So, what information should you trust? In this article, we will look at the properties of sunflower oil and list some of the benefits of sunflower oil for hair.
Something is uplifting about sunflower oil. Looking at those beautiful blooming flowers can uplift your mood. Well, that’s literally what also happens when you apply it to your hair and Scalp. The fat and antioxidants in sunflower oil help restore the shine of dull and dry hair.
Sunflower oil is made from sunflower seeds, which are high in essential fatty acids such as phospholipids and ceramides. The oil is also a rich source of antioxidants and vitamin E, a critical vitamin that deeply nourishes and soothes dry skin and hair. Vitamin E traps moisture to keep the skin and hair glowing. Before we explain the benefits of sunflower oil for hair, let us look at the nutritional value of the oil.
|Serving size 1 Tbsp|
|Amount per serving|
|Total Fat 14 g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 1 g||5%|
|Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g|
|Monounsaturated Fat 11 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Dietary Fiber 0 mg||0%|
|Sugars 0 mg||0%|
|Protein 0 g||0%|
|*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie need|
Sunflower oil is rich in vitamins and fatty acids. Some of the key ingredients include:
The benefits of Vitamin E for skin are known to everyone. Vitamin E is responsible for glowing, healthy skin and hair, as it helps fight free radicals that can damage both hair and scalp.
Sunflower oil is a rich source of oleic acid and linoleic acid, which are known to stop hair breakage, helping in hair to grow faster (since the ends are not breaking off).
Oleic and linoleic acids have anti-inflammatory properties that can prevent itchy scalp and dandruff problems.
Many people also claim that sunflower oil helps in retaining hair moisture and is a natural solution to combat dry and frizzy hair. Using sunflower oil for hair can help reduce split ends and make hair softer. What’s more, since this is light-weight oil, you can use a small quantity on dry hair to reduce frizz.
Sunflower oil can be applied to the hair in a few different ways based on the hair type and desired outcome. You can mix it with other oils for or get ready-made shampoos, conditioners, sprays, and masks that have sunflower oil in it. However, if you want to go natural, we’d suggest you create your sunflower oil treatment for your type of hair. You can use it as a deep conditioner, a mask, or simply as oil to get rid of frizz and dullness.
Here are the four most common ways to use sunflower oil for hair at home:
Sunflower oil can be used to treat itchy and dry scalp. For this treatment, take a small quantity of sunflower oil and thoroughly massage it onto your scalp. Use cotton swabs if you want and apply on either wet or dry hair. Then comb your hair from root to end. Take a hot towel and wrap it around your hair for at least 20-30 minutes. Use a mild shampoo and conditioner to rinse off.
Use sunflower oil for hair as a mask. Creating a face mask is easy as it can be prepared from common ingredients found in every home. For this do-it-yourself hair mask, take 1/2 ripe avocado or banana (or both) and mash them properly. Then add honey, coconut or olive oil, and sunflower oil. Mix the ingredients until you get a uniform paste. Apply this mask on your hair and leave in for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off with a normal shampoo and conditioner.
If you are having a bad hair day with a lot of frizz, then take a pea-sized amount of sunflower oil and rub it in your palms. Apply it on your hair to smoothen out the frizz. Do not rinse or comb since it can increase the frizz, especially if you have curly hair.
Make a rich conditioner of sunflower oil for hair. For this, just add a drop or two of the oil in your existing conditioner. Apply the conditioner and rinse as you normally would. If your hair feels oily, then rinse it again to wash off the excess oil.
Sunflower oil is usually safe unless you are allergic to sunflower seeds. In such cases, avoid the oil since it can cause reactions. Here are some other things to keep in mind while applying sunflower oil:
Sunflower oil for hair can be included as a part of your beauty routine to make your hair appear shinier, healthier, and stronger. And the best part, it is affordable and can be used in multiple ways!
Try 24 Mantra Organics’s Sunflower Oil and enjoy its haircare benefits.
10 Things to Know About Sunflower Oil