Cold pressed vs regular hair oil: What is better for strong hair growth

Our solution to hair problems has always been tel maalish or hair coloring. And for all the right reasons and since brushing your hair from time to time provides the much needed miniaturization and strength of our hair. But the golden question is what kind of oil should be used: regular oil, essential oil or cold oil? That’s all good but we’re going to tell you why cold pressed hair oil tops the charts and is so much better than your regular hair oil!

What is cold pressed hair oil?

Cold-pressed hair oils are extracted from seeds, nuts or fruits through a process that involves crushing and pressing them at low temperatures. This extraction method ensures that the oil retains its natural nutrients and is free of harmful chemicals that are often added to conventional oils to extend their shelf life.

Is cold pressed hair oil better than regular oil?

“Cold-pressed oils are really better than regular oils for hair and skin,” says Dr Sonal Bansal, Consultant-Dermatology, Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram. He backs it up by saying that regular oils go through a hydrogenation process that involves the addition of chemicals, preservatives, and other additives (longevity) that can damage your hair and skin.

On the other hand, cold pressed oils are unfiltered and less processed, making them more effective and better for your hair and skin. Although they have a short shelf life and are expensive, they are very effective as no nutrients are lost during extraction. They contain essential fatty acids, fat-soluble vitamins such as E and K, antioxidants, and polyunsaturated fatty acids that nourish and protect your hair.

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Cold pressed hair oil is full of nutrients! Image courtesy: Adobe Stock

Benefits of cold pressed hair oil

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of cold pressed hair oil as shared with us by Dr. Bansal:

1. Moisture and hair conditions

Cold pressed hair oil is great for moisturizing and conditioning your hair. They penetrate deep into the hair shaft, nourish it and make it soft, smooth, and break-free. This oil works best on dry, brittle, and damaged hair.

2. Promotes hair growth

Although oils have no direct effect on hair growth or density, they play an important role in promoting healthy hair. Cold pressed hair oil contains nutrients that nourish and strengthen the hair roots, which in turn promotes healthy hair growth.

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Cold pressed hair oil will boost your hair growth! Image source: Shutterstock

3. Slows down aging and reduces fine lines

When applied to the skin, cold hair oils can help delay aging and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. They are rich in antioxidants that reduce free radicals, which cause skin aging.

How to use cold pressed oil on hair

1. Apply the oil to your hair from the root to the top, making sure to cover all areas of your hair.
2. Cleanse your scalp gently to promote blood circulation and ensure that the oil penetrates your hair follicles.

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Cleanse your scalp with cold pressed hair oil! Image source: Shutterstock

3. Leave the oil on for at least an hour or overnight to allow it to penetrate deeply into your hair.
4. Wash your hair with a mild shampoo and conditioner to remove oil.
5. Cold pressed hair oil can also be used as a hair serum while styling your hair or as an ingredient in a hair mask.

So, the next time you’re looking for a hair care solution, consider using cold pressed hair oil and give your hair the natural nourishment it deserves.

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