The older we get, the more we tend to fight with our hair. Long gone is the natural glow of our childhood, where nothing seemed to penetrate our healthy strands. Now, it feels like we’re constantly battling brittle, dull, thinning hair. But it doesn’t always have to be a losing fight! Try adding hazelnut oil to your hair care routine for a nourishing boost.
Is hazelnut oil actually good for your hair?
I’ll admit, my familiarity with hazelnut starts and stops at Nutella — the deliciously sweet chocolate spread that I can eat by the spoonful. But that’s not it’s only benefit. Oil extracted from the nut is chockfull of benefits that can give your hair a serious boost.
It works especially well for women who are older and experiencing all the side-effects of menopause. Menopause changes so much about our bodies, and our hair is no different. Some women tend to experience suddenly brittle and thinning hair, especially if it’s been color treated.
Thankfully, key components of hazelnut oil can help change that.
What is in hazelnut oil?
First of all, hazlenut oil works great as a moisturizer for our hair. It is packed with linoleic acid, a fatty acid that helps reduce water loss. This critical component helps your hair keep its natural moisture, fighting back against dry and brittle strands and ends. The fatty acid also helps keep the frizz away and should leave your hair feeling smooth.
“Hazelnut oil is a penetrating oil. Therefore, it can be used as a hair and scalp conditioner. You can expect smoother, shinier hair and improved texture by restoring moisture to the hair and scalp. Dry, brittle, or frizzy hair would benefit from the use of hazelnut oil,” Dr. Alia Ahmed told Byrdie.
According to Ahmed, hazelnut has a long list of health benefits: “It is a source of vitamin E, vitamin B, fiber, protein, sugar, thiamine, potassium, phosphorus, calcium, manganese, selenium, flavonoids, fatty acids — especially oleic acid — and folate, among others.”
How to Use It
Applying this oil is simple and should fit right into your routine. We recommend using it as a pre-shampoo treatment, applying it up to one hour before washing. Or if a dry scalp is what’s bothering you, massage it into the top of your head and leave in overnight for maximum effect. These two methods will help bring moisture and bounce back into your hair.