Grape seeds have been seen as a worthless byproduct of the wine- and juice-making industries for centuries. Lately, though, people have been taking grape seeds and the oil that comes from them more seriously.
Because it’s a byproduct, grape seeds are inexpensive, which adds to their appeal as an ingredient. Compared to other oils, it’s also practically weightless, and that lighter consistency makes it great for use in hair and skin products. Many products claim that there are curative and restorative powers in grapeseed oil.
The oil extracted from grape seeds contains linoleic acid. While this particular fatty acid isn’t naturally produced by the human body, it’s necessary for the function of our major organs. Not getting enough of it can lead to hair loss and dry skin, scalp, and hair.
- Linoleic acid is one of two types of essential fatty acids, which we can only get from food.
- Research shows linoleic acid can reduce bad cholesterol and the risk of coronary heart disease.
- Safflower oil also contains linoleic acid and is a good cooking substitute for olive oil.]
When it comes to hair health, some claim that grapeseed oil can help restore your hair’s natural shine and vibrancy. Your scalp naturally produces sebum, an oily substance, which keeps your hair shiny and healthy. As you age, your scalp’s sebum production slows down, leading to dry scalp and dry, brittle hair.
There are a number of causes for dandruff. Grapeseed oil can’t cure dandruff caused by skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, fungal irritation, seborrhea, or build-up from infrequent washing. However, natural oils like grapeseed oil can help fight dandruff caused by a dry scalp.
The key to seeing results of any kind with a product like grapeseed oil is time. “Patience in seeing results is necessary, and consistency is key,” cautions Ridley. “Don’t seek a quick fix.”