Sweet almond oil is a fixed and pale yellow oil which is made using bitter and sweet almonds. This oil has excellent nourishing properties and is used for making many products like massage oils, soaps, creams, hair products, etc. Sweet almond oil, apart from these products, is also used to make supplements which can be taken internally.
Till early twentieth century, this oil was used as an internal medicine, prescribed to patients who were suffering from dry and itch skin. If you are experiencing hair problems like hair fall or dry frizzy hair, or dry scalp, then by using almond oil you can greatly nourish your hair, and benefit from the almond oil properties.
This oil is rich in many important nutrients. It has high levels of mono and polyunsaturated fatty acids, and vitamins like A, B1, B2, B6, D, and E. Sweet almond oil makes an excellent carrier oil, with respect to aromatherapy. It is golden in color and very safe to use, as there are no side effects related with this oil. It greatly helps to soften, and recondition skin and hair, which makes it excellent for hair. Many nutrients are required by hair to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin E for hair health is fairly common knowledge, and almond oil with its high levels in this vitamin can greatly help for hair growth and hair conditioning.
There are many sweet almond oil benefits for hair. Many hair care products also have almond oil in them, to nourish and care for hair. Almond oil greatly helps to nourish hair and smooth hair cuticles. It also makes hair strong, long, and thick. You can use almond oil for massaging scalp, to increase blood circulation. And by applying it to hair, you can add shine to dull hair. As almond oil makes an excellent carrier oil, you can mix it with neem oil or tea tree oil and use it to massage the scalp, whenever suffering from dandruff. If you wish to control hair fall, then by regularly applying almond oil to your hair, you can greatly reduce hair fall. Mixing it with other essential oil like lavender oil and rosemary oil can also help.
To get most benefits of sweet almond oil, make sure you buy an organic almond oil bottle, which is certified organic. Check the label properly, to see that you are buying a genuine product. Make sure you buy a bottle of almond oil which is fresh, so that you can store it longer. Almond oil generally has a shelf life of 1 year, but many manufactures claim expiry date till 3 years. You can buy an 8 oz. bottle of organic sweet almond oil for around $6. 100% almond oil will be slightly thick and expensive than other cheap products, so make sure you buy a genuine product.
To use almond oil for hair, there are various ways. Here are some tips that will help to use almond oil in various ways to promote hair growth and condition hair.
Massage: The best way to use this oil is to massage your scalp with almond oil for 15-20 minutes, and apply some almond oil to the hair. Keep it for 45 minutes at least or overnight, then wash your hair with shampoo clean.
Growth Promoting Hair Massage: In a small bowl take 3 tablespoons of almond oil, 3 tablespoons castor oil and take a petal of hibiscus flower and tear it in small pieces, and add it to the bowl too. Now warm this mix a bit and apply to the scalp. Massage for 10 minutes. Take a hot towel and wrap your head with it, and keep if for ten minutes. Leave the oil for one hour and shampoo your head. Repeat this at least twice a week. Within few months you will see your hair growing thicker.
Hair Serum: If you want to add luster to your curly locks, then just take few drops of almond oil in your palms, rub the oil in your palms and apply it on your hair to get lustrous hair.
Split Ends: In case you hair keep getting split ends, then take few drops of almond oil in your palm and rub it on the ends of the hair. Do this everyday, and you will avoid split ends.
Hair Pack: Buy herbal henna powder and make a thick paste out of it by adding water. Keep the paste aside overnight. Next day, add 3 tablespoons of sweet almond oil and one egg to it. Add few drops of lavender essential oil to mask the egg smell. Mix everything well, keep aside for ten minutes. Then apply this pack on your hair and let it sit for one hour. Wash your hair clean with plain water. Then towel dry your hair. Once the hair is completely dry apply almond oil to the hair and scalp. Keep it overnight and next day shampoo it. You will have silky soft hair with a bit of red tone. Do this on a weekend evening, as this process takes quite some time.
So, make sure you buy a genuine bottle of organic almond oil, and use it for massaging your scalp regularly, to nourish and condition your hair. You can even smear a bit of pure almond oil on your lips to keep them soft. Many times almond oil can be mixed with other carrier oil and essential oils, and used for hair massage or for nourishing dry skin.