The lowdown on sesame oil and your hair

How does hair loss occur?

Hair loss can happen for a variety of different reasons. Including but not limited to, a change in hormones, stress, family history, age, malnutrition, and or, because of a shock to the system. The common misconception is that once you start getting hair loss, there isn’t much you can do about it. Of course, there are things you can do about it!

Sesame oil  and the seed it comes from:

If you thought that sesame oil comes from sesame seeds, well you’d be right. Sesame seeds are one of those often overlooked natural herbs, that is actually insanely good for you. It’s frankly insane how insanely good this insane plant is for you. Sesame contains, 42% oleic acid, 43% omega-6 linoleic acid, and 15% saturated fat, it’s also rich in B-complex vitamins, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, pantothenic acid, amino acids, zinc, calcium, copper, selenium, phosphorus, iron, antioxidants  and vitamin E, among many others. All of this adds up to one healthy seed.

The copper is beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis, while the calcium is helps prevent colon cancer, osteoporosis and migraines. It’s also important to eat zinc-rich foods like sesame to help with bone density to help prevent bone diseases.

The tiny oval seed has been said to have originated in India.  According to Assyrian legend sesame seeds were a gift from the gods, and no wonder given its nutritional value.

In addition to being a vitamin and mineral rich seed it contains 18 grams of protein, 23 grams of carbohydrates, and 50 grams of fat per 100 grams of sesame seeds. Of the fat, there are 7 grams of saturated fat, 22 grams of polyunsaturated fat, and 19 grams of monounsaturated fat.

What sesame oil can do for your hair:

The great thing about sesame oil is that it’s multi functional as far as your hair health is concerned. It helps with dandruff, can undo hair damage (chemical or physical), can be used to treat split ends, promotes hair growth, relieves itching and pain, protects from hair from sun damage, boosts scalp circulation, and is even good for skin tone and quality.

How it works:

Sesame as a liquid oil in most temperatures, has the advantage of being a better moisturizer, this being the case, it has the unique ability to penetrate deep into the scalp stimulating hair growth and new follicles. It’s ability to moisturize also pays dividends for your scalps overall health, relieving it of dryness, irritation, and dandruff.  Additionally the number of other vitamins and minerals only serve to strengthen the follicles.

How you can use it:

There are a variety of different ways to use sesame oil on your hair. Given its liquidity, it’s safe to apply to your hair overnight, as opposed to solid oils such as coconut oil which can solidify in colder weather and dry out your scalp which can exacerbate the issue.

Add to your masking treatment:

If you’ve already been trying to thicken your hair or you’re just trying to give it some extra volume, then you’ve probably made some kind of homemade masking remedy, in which case add sesame oil to it, because it’s one of the best home remedies for increasing your hair’s overall quality.

As a conditioner:

After you’ve washed hair in the shower massage your scalp with some sesame oil, there’s no better time to apply a remedy than just after washing all the gunk out.

Instead of hairspray:

Looking for some extra volume without puncturing the Ozone? Sesame oil can be utilized to give your hair a natural sheen.

A word of warning to blonds everywhere!

Sesame oil is a natural hair and skin darkener. So if you want to keep you hair blond you should probably apply sesame oil to your hair.

Conversely, if you suffer from premature greying or just greying sesame oil can help reverse your look from distinguished to reckless (distinguished is overrated anyway). After all isn’t sesame oil better than getting just for men? At least economically speaking, a three pack of a touch of grey will run you about $22 for a three pack on Amazon, suddenly replacing that with a few drops of sesame oil sounds like it’s worth giving a try, doesn’t it? At the most, it can replace your just for men subscription and at the worst, it’ll leave you selling exotic.

Ingesting it:

Sesame oil has the benefit of being really healthy for so incorporating it into your overall diet is just a really good idea. Also, sesame oil is an oil with a very high smoking point which means that it’s good for cooking in something like a stirfry.

Another word of warning

Some people are allergic to sesame so it’s very important that you apply a little to your skin if you haven’t been in contact with it in awhile just to see how your skin reacts.

So remember, if you suffer from hair loss or damage, there is something you can do about it. Sesame oil is a great remedy for overall hair health (unless you’re blond). It can be used in a variety of ways, from an ingredient in a masking cream to a sheen to a conditioner. Also eating sesame seeds doesn’t seem like the worst idea in the world.

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