In this article you’ll learn exactly how to use grapeseed oil for hair loss in the most effective way possible. Back in 1998 Japanese researchers showed that grapeseed did have a positive affect on hair loss when tested on mice.
However, I want to show you how you can start using it today in your diet, and in a homemade shampoo recipe to immediately start seeing the benefits.
But before I get to that it’s important to understand the background benefits of grapeseed extract. And remember, this is just one very small part of regrowing your hair.
What Is Grapeseed Extract?
Grapes have been used for 6,000 years, both as a delicious edible treat and for the treatment of a number of medical conditions. But what is it about these sweet, round berry fruits that lends itself to medicinal use, and what provides them with their curative powers?
The answer, of course, is their abundance of vitamins, nutrients, and complexes which can be found within the skins and seeds.
Grapeseed extract is the product of crushed grape seeds, and it’s been a staple in the diets and medicine cabinets of cultures all around the world.
How Can Grapeseed Extract Be Used to Prevent Hair Loss?
Grapeseed extract has a number of general health benefits.
From its use in the treatment of edema to its ability to control sugar levels, there’s no doubt that grapeseed extract has a number of extraordinary benefits. But what about its use in the treatment of hair loss?
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Well, there’s a number of ways in which supplementation with grapeseed extract can help individuals with male-pattern baldness, and the below ways are just a few.
Grapeseed Extract Increases Blood Flow
Blood flow is the most important factor when it comes to the health of your hair. When blood flow is restricted then the miniaturization of the hair follicles is sure to follow.
This means the follicles are no longer able to support strong and healthy hair growth. One way to reverse these effects, however, is to increase the blood flow to these follicles. This will allow them to receive the nutrients they require.
Grapeseed Extract Promotes Hair-Cycle-Converting Activities
You know that the miniaturization of hair follicles can make it difficult for hair to regrow, but what exactly leads to the miniaturization of hair follicles?
For individuals suffering from Androgenetic Alopecia (also known as male-pattern baldness), the sex hormone DHT leads to the miniaturization. As the follicles become smaller, the hair cycle shortens.
Grapeseed extract, however, has actually been proven to jumpstart the hair cycle and push the follicle from the telogen phase (the phase in which the most hair is lost) to the anagen phase (the phase in which active hair growth occurs).
Grapeseed Extract Is Full of Antioxidants
Antioxidants play an important role in the fight against hair thinning and hair loss. And, fortunately, grapeseed oil is one natural and easy-to-obtain source of these free radical fighting molecules.
Grapeseed Extract is Antibacterial
MRSA is a difficult-to-treat infection which is seen in humans.
Scientists have been researching treatment options for years, and in 2010, researchers found that grapeseed extract is actually an effective treatment for this debilitating, and sometimes fatal, bacterium.
If grapeseed extract is effective at treating MRSA, then surely it’s an effective treatment for a number of less deadly bacterium found throughout the human body and on the scalp.
For those with hair loss, one of the most important things you can do is to keep your scalp and hair follicles healthy and free of infection.
This will make treatment for hair loss more effective, and it will keep your hair follicles from irreparable damage.
What Does the Research Have to Say About Grapeseed Extract and Hair Loss?
While no research has been done to directly link the use of grapeseed extract to hair loss treatment in humans, a few studies have shown the numerous benefits that grapeseed extract contains and how it can help to minimize hair loss and encourage hair growth.
One such study, performed in 1998 by Japanese researchers, has proven that grapeseed extract is successful at promoting hair cycle conversions.
The study consisted of three groups of mice. All mice in the study were of the same age (8 weeks at the start), and the three groups each received topical applications of either A) control, B) 1% Minoxidil, or C) 3% proanthocyanidins purified from grape seeds.
The age of the mice is actually vital to the results of this study, as scientists know exactly when each phase of the hair cycle occurs at different ages.
For example, from ages 5 weeks to 14 weeks, the dorsal hair of C3H mice is in the telogen phase.
This is known as the resting phase and is actually the hair cycle phase where hair loss is most common.
This study lasted for 19 days, and the results can be clearly seen to the left.
Group A, the control group, showed the smallest amount of hair growth (about 30 – 40%). Group B, the Minoxidil group, saw a hair coverage of about 90 – 100%. And, astonishingly, Group C, the group which received a topical application of 3% proanthocyanidins from grape seeds, saw hair coverage of about 80 – 90% of the shaven area.
What does this have to do with the hair cycle?
Considering that the mice were receiving applications from 8 weeks old to 10 weeks old, the researchers knew that, naturally, the mice’s dorsal hairs would be in the telogen (resting) phase.
The applications of 1% Minoxidil and 3% proanthocyanidins actually caused hair to grow much quicker than in the mice who received applications of the control.
This means that the follicles in groups B and C actively went from the telogen phase (resting) to the anagen phase (active).
Can Grapeseed Extract Promote Hair Growth in Men with Male-Pattern Baldness?
While no human studies have been done, the above research study does highlight the abilities of grapeseed extract to promote hair growth.
This means that grapeseed extract has a very promising future as a treatment for men with male-pattern baldness.
Are There Side Effects Associated with Grapeseed Extract Supplementation?
Grapeseed oil extract is a safe supplement for the majority of individuals.
Keep in mind, however, that an allergic reaction is possible with any form of supplementation, and it’s best to be aware of the warning signs.
Symptoms of an allergic reaction to grapeseed oil extract include hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of the mouth, tongue, lips, or throat, and increased temperature.
Should you experience any of these symptoms, it’s vital that you seek emergency medical help right away.
Prior to supplementation, it’s best to speak with your doctor about your preexisting medical conditions and current medications.
Certain individuals, such as those with a blood clotting disorder, should speak with their doctor about possible side effects and whether the benefits outweigh the risks.
And, as always, women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or who are currently nursing should consult with their obstetrician before use.
How Can You Add Grapeseed Extract to Your Hair Care Routine?
If the above research and benefits have convinced you to give grapeseed extract a try, you may be wondering how to get started. Two ways to do so include application to the scalp.
Apply It Directly
Grapeseed extract can be applied directly to the scalp and hair, and this is an easy, no fuss way to add grapeseed extract to your regular hair routine.
While you can purchase the extract in stores and online, you can also extract the oils from the grapes yourself. How?
Well, you’ll need a few things.
- Cold press
- Grape seeds
Wash the grape seeds thoroughly, and then set aside to dry for at least 24 hours. To speed up the process (though, this isn’t necessary), bake the seeds on low at a very low temperature.
Add the dried grape seeds to your cold press, and press until the oil is visibly separated from the seeds. Set aside to allow the seeds and oil to separate further.
Once your oil has separated, put the oil in a container and store in a cool, dry place.
How to Apply:
Grapeseed oil is best applied to the scalp after a shower. This allows the extract to sink into the scalp fully.
Apply a quarter-sized amount of grapeseed extract directly to the scalp, massaging in a circular motion. Rinse off after 15 – 20 minutes, or allow to stay on overnight.
Add It To Your Shampoo
If you’d like to make grapeseed oil extract a more regular part of your hair care routine, then adding it to your shampoo is a simple way to do so.
An even healthier way to add grapeseed oil extract to your hair care routine is to add it to your own shampoo mixture. Are you not feeling inspired? Check out the homemade shampoo recipe below.
Hair Loss Shampoo
- Apple Cider Vinegar (1/2 cup)
- Baking Soda (1 tablespoon)
- Water (1 cup)
- Rosemary (1 bunch)
- Grapeseed Oil (2-3 teaspoons)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil (6-8 drops)
- Magnesium Oil (2-3 drops)
Bring one cup of water to a boil, and then add one bunch of rosemary to the water. Remove the water from heat and steep the rosemary until the water has cooled. Strain the rosemary water and throw away the rosemary.
Add the rosemary water, in combination with the other ingredients, to a bottle of your choosing. Mix or shake well.
How to Apply:
Pour a palm-sized amount of the shampoo into your hand, and then apply to wet hair.
You may leave the shampoo in your hair for one to two minutes, and then rinse thoroughly.
The grapeseed oil and rosemary tea have a moisturizing and soothing effect on the scalp, whether you’re suffering from dandruff or general irritation.
The grapeseed oil also promotes blood flow, which is essential for healing of the hair follicles.
In addition, the vinegar and tea tree oil extract act as cleaners, and will remove any white buildup (from shampoos, hair masks, pollution, etc.) from your scalp.
How Can You Increase the Effectiveness of Grapeseed Extract?
If you’re ready to get started using grapeseed extract to treat hair loss and promote hair growth, there’s a few things you can do to increase the effectiveness of this highly beneficial supplement.
One, it’s best to use only the highest quality oils on your hair and scalp.
While grapeseed oil extract may be available for purchase at your local grocery store, your best bet is to purchase the extract from a reputable health foods store or online shop.
Of course, you can also make the extract at home (as outlined above).
Two, grapeseed extract should only be combined with other natural and organic ingredients.
While the direct application of grapeseed extract to the scalp will deliver the most bang for your buck, there’s nothing wrong with adding it to your shampoo or conditioner.
When doing so, however, you may want to only mix with your own homemade recipes to ensure that the extract combines correctly and isn’t impacted by other chemicals found in store-bought shampoos.
And, three, while hair loss can be frustrating, it’s important to remember that patience and persistence is key.
There are no known side effects associated with prolonged use of grapeseed extract, and supplementation may be required for a few weeks or months for visible results to appear.
So there you have it. Grapeseed extracts and oils can be successfully used to reduce hair loss but it is not a magic bullet and there is still no 100% conclusive evidence that it works powerfully for pattern baldness.
I would recommend starting with a homemade grapeseed oil shampoo since this will allow you to quickly and easily make the most of the benefits. Also check out my article on Wild Growth Hair Oil.
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