We all want to have shiny, healthy hair without overspending on pricey products and treatments. For centuries women have sworn by one DIY method: all-natural hair oils. We’ve already know about the amazing benefits of the popular argan oil, coconut oil, and macadamia nut oil, and slew of other options can add gloss, luster, and length to your locks. But what about avocado oil?
Avocado oil is derived from the fruit pulp of avocado (Persea americana). It has a fatty acid profile very similar to that of olive oil, in that it is very high in oleic acid. A typical avocado oil has:
- 76% monounsaturates (oleic and palmitoleic acids)
- 12% polyunsaturates (linoleic and linolenic acids)
- 12% saturates (palmitic and stearic acids)
Avocado has the highest vitamin E content among fruit, according to the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition in California.[ii] Most fruits, being much higher in water than fat, contain higher levels of water-soluble vitamins e.g. A and C than fat-soluble vitamin E. Saturated and monounsaturated fats in avocado oil easily penetrate the hair cuticle thereby providing support to and strengthening the hair fiber. Only Jojoba has a higher concentration of monounsaturated fatty acids than Avocado oil.
Here is a list of minerals and vitamin found in Avocado oil:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin D
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin B6
- Amino acids
- Folic acid
Avocado oil helps to revive hair that has been dried, damaged or weakened by styling, relaxing, heat-styling and even environmental pollution. So if you have split end or frizzy hair, avocado oils would be a great addition to your hair care regimen. The proteins help fill in all the crevices in your hair’s cuticles, so each strand is stronger and better protected from future breakage, Since it’s a thicker oil, it works best on medium- to coarse-textured hair.
“Avocado oil is good for moisturizing dry, brittle, and damaged hair. It has a light weight formula that’s easily absorbed into the hair and scalp. It contains many nutrients such as vitamins A, B, D, E, protein, amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium, and folic acid. All these nutrients are beneficial for nourishment and hair growth.” – Urban Bush Babes