You must have heard of a lot of different types of hair oils- coconut oil, jojoba oil, etc. But ‘Abyssinian seed oil’ must be a new word for you. In this blog, we will talk about just the same, answering all your questions- from what is Abyssinian seed oil to what are Abyssinian seed oil’s various benefits for hair. Let's get started!
What is abyssinian seed oil?
Abyssinian seed oil (or Crambe oil, as it is commonly called) is an ultra-light carrier oil produced from the Crambe abyssinica- a little, white flower with a growth cycle as long as 90 to 100 days and which requires much less water as compared to other plants. It first originated in the Ethiopian Highlands in Eastern Africa known as ‘Abyssinia’- the place from which it derived its name. Currently, it is grown in the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe, and southern Africa as well. Abyssinian oil contains unsaturated C22 omega-9 fatty acids as well as Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids. It also contains various vitamins, i.e. vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E. It is highly anti-inflammatory and suitable for all skin types. All in all, Abyssinian oil is a beneficial oil obtained from an environmentally friendly sustainable plant.
How is abyssinian seed oil used?
Thanks to its unique molecular structure, Abyssinian seed oil can be used for various purposes, especially for hair. Some of Abyssinian seed oil’s uses for hair are listed below:
- For a nourished scalp: The omega fatty acids in Abyssinian oil help in keeping the hair as well as the scalp hydrated and nourished. These boost hair growth and prevent dandruff. Rub the oil onto your scalp and hair, and let it sit for at least 30 minutes. If you want, you can even wrap a towel around your hair. After 30 minutes, rinse your hair thoroughly with shampoo.
- For protecting your hair against damage from heat-based styling tools: Abyssinian oil helps protect the hair against damage from heat-based styling tools, and prevents hair breakage as well. Simply apply some Abyssinian oil to your damp hair before heat styling it.
- For moisturizing your hair: Abyssinian oil-based DIY hair masks help in defrizzing the hair as well as adding moisture and shine to it. For the hair mask, mix 2-3 tablespoons of Abyssinian oil with equal amounts of argan oil or jojoba oil. Apply this hair mask to your hair and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes before rinsing it off with shampoo.
Abyssinian seed oil’s benefits for hair
As you must have already figured out, the Abyssinian seed oil is highly beneficial for your hair. Due to its different yet unique molecular structure, it not only protects your hair but also helps in nourishing, hydrating, and moisturizing it. We have listed below some crucial points as to how Abyssinian oil is beneficial to the hair. Read on to find out about the various ways in which Abyssinian seed oil benefits the hair.
1. It strengthens the hair.
Abyssinian seed oil hydrates and adds shine to the hair, and prevents it from getting frizzy and damaged. The vitamins and nutrients in Abyssinian oil help in moisturizing the hair and protecting it against everyday damage from pollutants and irritants. This leads to more strengthened hair and is less prone to breakage and split-ends.
2. It conditions the hair.
The various vitamins in Abyssinian oil, i.e. vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, C, and E help in conditioning the hair, making it softer, silkier, and stronger. These help in retaining moisture in the cuticles, which leads to smooth and conditioned hair.
3. It boosts hair growth.
Abyssinian seed oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and proteins. These help in preventing the hair from becoming rough, dry, and brittle, leading to less hair fall. This, in turn, leads to boosted hair growth.
4. It prevents dandruff.
The Abyssinian seed oil contains linoleic acid. Linoleic acid is an unsaturated fatty acid, which helps in repairing rough and damaged hair and scalp. The presence of linoleic acid in Abyssinian oil helps in making the oil a natural anti-fungal. This means that applying Abyssinian oil to your hair regularly helps in preventing dandruff, all the while maintaining your hair as well as scalp health.
5. It is lightweight and non-greasy.
You must have noticed how hair oils usually end up making your hair look greasy and oily. However, with Abyssinian seed oil, it is quite the opposite. Abyssinian seed oil is lightweight and non-greasy, thanks to the omega-fatty acids present in it. It moisturizes the hair without clogging the pores. Therefore, you can apply this on your hair daily for making your hair look glossy and shiny- without so much as looking greasy and oily!
6. It works on the hair consistently.
As per research, Abyssinian seed oil has very high oxidation resistance, meaning that the nourishing ingredients in Abyssinian oil retain their highest efficacy for a long time. In simple words, this means that the vitamins, minerals, and proteins that Abyssinian seed oil leaves in your hair will keep on nourishing your hair to its highest potential for a long time!
7. It improves scalp health.
Having a healthy scalp is the first and foremost essential for having healthy hair. Your hair can never truly be healthy if your scalp is not in good health. Therefore, maintaining your scalp health is as important as maintaining your hair health. The fatty acids in Abyssinian oil help in keeping the scalp healthy and prevents it from getting dry and flaky. This nourishes the scalp and improves its health. Also, as mentioned before, the Abyssinian seed oil is lightweight and non-greasy, meaning that it moisturizes the hair without clogging the pores. This helps in keeping the hair roots healthy.
Now that we have discussed all the necessary information about Abyssinian seed oil, from what it is to how it benefits your hair, we hope you understand its true potential and effectiveness and add it to your hair care routine!
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