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I’m sure you’ve heard over, and over, and over again that omegas (3, 6 & 9) are great for your health and can help alle­vi­ate, cure, or ease any num­ber of ail­ments. But did you know that they are also great for the health of your hair? Let’s explore.

I’m about to get a lit­tle sci­ence-y for a second…just hang with me. Omega 3, 6 and 9 are all fat­ty acids — two of which are con­sid­ered essen­tial to human body func­tion­ing (3 and 6). All three are mol­e­c­u­lar chains of oxy­gen, hydro­gen, and car­bon.

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The dif­fer­ences between the three and how they per­form in our bod­ies are at the mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el. All fats have COOH (Butyric acid) at the begin­ning of the chain (known as the alpha end). Omegas get their name because they are the car­bons fur­thest (omega = end/last let­ter of Greek alpha­bet) away from the Butyric acid in the chain.

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Their num­ber (3, 6, 9) indi­cates the num­ber of car­bons from the omega car­bon to the first dou­ble bond. Let’s take a quick look:

omegas3

 Still with me? Good. Now that you have a feel for what omegas are, let’s talk about what they do for our bod­ies and our hair.

 Omega-3

Omega-3 fat­ty acid is con­sid­ered one of the essen­tial fat­ty acids, because our bod­ies can­not make it. It is chiefly famous for being an anti-inflam­ma­to­ry agent, which can ease any num­ber of med­ical con­di­tions. Addi­tion­al­ly, it coun­ter­acts the pro-inflam­ma­to­ry prop­er­ties of omega-6. In terms of hair ben­e­fits, omega-3:

  • Increas­es hair elas­tic­i­ty (less break­age)
  • Nour­ish­es hair fol­li­cles
  • Can help re-start hair growth
  • Increas­es hair strength and thick­ness
  • Pre­vent or reverse hair loss
  • Improve flaky/dry scalp
  • Improve scalp cir­cu­la­tion

Get omega-3 in your diet with: seafood (salmon, sar­di­nes, hal­ibut, tuna, her­ring, mack­erel, cod), seeds & nuts (almonds, brazil nuts, flaxseeds, sesame seeds, pump­kin seeds), and fruits & veg­gies (straw­ber­ries, cab­bage, broc­coli, turnip greens, spinach).

Omega-6

Omega-6 is anoth­er essen­tial fat­ty acid that our bod­ies can­not pro­duce. It sup­ports brain devel­op­ment, the immune sys­tem, and helps reg­u­late blood pres­sure. When it comes to hair, omega-6:

  • Con­trols water loss in hair
  • Stim­u­lates hair growth
  • Controls/helps improve eczema and sim­i­lar skin/scalp con­di­tions

Get omega-6 in your diet with: veg­etable oils (you real­ly can’t go wrong, as long as your cook­ing oil is veg­etable-based).

Omega-9

Omega-9 is a non-essen­tial fat­ty acid, because our bod­ies are able to gen­er­ate it from unsat­u­rat­ed fats. Omega-9 helps reg­u­late bad cho­les­terol and sup­ports immune func­tion. Omega-9 in the hair:

  • Con­trols water loss in hair
  • Makes hair soft­er and more pli­able

It’s not dif­fi­cult to get omega-9 in your diet. Chances are, some­thing you’re eat­ing is get­ting you enough already!

Get­ting omegas in your body is one thing, get­ting them on your hair is anoth­er. If you’re in the mar­ket for a new oil, and you want some omega ben­e­fits, may­be this chart will help you. Or, if you already have a favorite oil, see how it stacks up!

 

Oil

Omega-3

Omega-6

Omega-9

Almond

(X)

X

Avo­cado

(X)

X

Coconut

(X)

X

Evening Prim­rose

X

(X)

Flax Seed

X

(X)

(X)

Grape­seed

X

(X)

Hemp Seed

(X)

X

(X)

Kukui Nut

(X)

X

Macadamia Nut

(X)

X

Neem

(X)

X

Olive

(X)

X

Palm Ker­nel

X

Saf­flow­er

X

(X)

Soy­bean

(X)

X

(X)

Sun­flow­er

X

(X)

X = high­est fat­ty acid con­tent
(X) = con­tains this fat­ty acid, but less than 20%

Isn’t it amaz­ing what a lit­tle omega can do for your hair?  I shared the infor­ma­tion below in my post on Apri­cot Oil, but it’s always good to keep this at the fore­front of your mind when choos­ing oils. When the fat­ty acids in oils come togeth­er, they help serve three won­der­ful pur­pos­es:

  1. Cement: They shape the sub­stance that seal scales of the hair cuti­cle, in the same way that cement keeps togeth­er the bricks in a wall. Because the scales are “cement­ed” togeth­er, they make for a smooth sur­face, which enables the hair to pro­tect itself again­st exter­nal aggres­sions, and to reflect light (shiny hair).
  2. Bar­ri­er: Also known as seal­ing. They pre­vent the water that was absorbed by the hair from evap­o­rat­ing.
  3. Sponge: Fat­ty acids are also mild humec­tants. They are able to absorb small amounts of water from the air’s humid­i­ty in order to help main­tain hair hydra­tion.

 
This is no news bul­let­in to most nat­u­ral­is­tas, but for those that are new­ly nat­u­ral or tran­si­tion­ing, remem­ber this impor­tant infor­ma­tion when pur­chas­ing oils. Make sure your oils are:

  • Vir­gin or Pure: Mean­ing that the oil was obtained by mechan­i­cal process­es, with­out indus­tri­al refine­ment or chem­i­cal addi­tives.
  • Cold Pressed: Mean­ing that the seeds, nuts, or ker­nels are pressed to release their oils with­out heat. Cold pressed oils best retain the nutri­ents, vit­a­mins, and fat­ty acids that provide the ben­e­fits you seek. Heat dimin­ish­es their pres­ence and effec­tive­ness.
  • Organ­ic: Which guar­an­tees that there is has been no fer­til­iz­er, no her­bi­cides or chem­i­cal pes­ti­cides in the envi­ron­ment where the pro­duct source is cul­ti­vat­ed. Because those ele­ments are sol­uble in greasy sub­stances, they end up in the raw pro­duct (unrefined/cold pressed). Only indus­tri­al refine­ment can then elim­i­nate the impurities…then the oil itself los­es its effec­tive­ness. Talk about a vicious cycle.

 
For a run­down on some of the best nat­u­ral hair oils, click here.
 

Christina Patrice

Born, raised, and liv­ing in Los Ange­les, Christi­na is BGLH’s res­i­dent tran­si­tion­ing expert and pro­duct junkie. In addi­tion to lov­ing all things hair, she is a fit­ness novice and advo­cate of wear­ing san­dals year-round. For more infor­ma­tion on tran­si­tion­ing, nat­u­ral hair, and her own hair jour­ney, vis­it maneobjective.com. Or, if you like pic­tures fol­low Christi­na on Insta­gram @maneobjective.

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27 Comments on "How Omegas 3, 6 & 9 Promote Hair Growth + 15 Oils that Contain Omegas"

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A'lyce Currie

I see so many omega-3 sup­ple­ments cap­sules
which brand do you rec­om­mend to be the most suf­fi­cient.

Alexander Cruz
I was rec­om­mend­ed to use Omega 3 to start grow­ing health­ier hair. I start­ed eat­ing lots of food with omega 3 but even­tu­al­ly need a sup­ple­ment, and that was when Visage’s Omega 3 joined the pic­ture. I per­son­al­ly enjoyed the pre­sen­ta­tion and taste, but most of all, how nat­u­ral the pro­duct is. It is based sole­ly on Clary Sage’s plant’s oil which is 100% nat­u­ral and has a whole his­to­ry as a med­i­c­i­nal plant. I also enjoyed how the pro­duct is free from tox­ins and sub­stances like mer­cury, which are present in most of today’s Omega 3 sup­ple­ments since they… Read more »
triciasage
I’ve been tak­ing Laminine Omega and so far I’m sat­is­fied with it. It has Omega fat­ty Acids 3 (EPA and DHA), 6, and 9 + CoQ10(Extended Release), Vit­a­m­in K2.. It is patent­ed and is made in USA; head office is in Lake Forest,California. The fish oil is sourced from Engraulis Rin­gens, a mem­ber of the anchovy fam­i­ly, found in the Hum­boldt Cur­rent off the coast of South Amer­i­ca near Peru, where the waters are clean and clear. Phy­to­plank­ton that the Engraulis Rin­gens species con­sumes in this region is rich in DHA and EPA, giv­ing the fish the high­est nat­u­ral­ly occur­ring ratios… Read more »
akiltalk.com

Awe­some blog! Is your the­me cus­tom made or did you down­load it from some­where?

A the­me like yours with a few sim­ple tweeks would real­ly make
my blog shine. Please let me know where you got your the­me.
Bless you

HealthStoreEmployee

Just want­ed to add that Avo­cado Oil, does have Omega 3, not just 6, and 9. Oth­er than that, awe­some arti­cle! Very well put togeth­er!

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Sim­ply wish to say your arti­cle is as sur­pris­ing. The clear­ness on your post is sim­ply cool and that i could sup­pose you are knowl­edge­able on this sub­ject. Well togeth­er with your per­mis­sion let me to clutch your feed to keep up to date with forth­com­ing post. Thanks a mil­lion and please keep up the enjoy­able work.

German Arvie
Omega-3 fat­ty acids (also known as n-3 fat­ty acids) are polyun­sat­u­rat­ed fat­ty acids that are essen­tial nutri­ents for health. We need omega-3 fat­ty acids for numer­ous nor­mal body func­tions, such as con­trol­ling blood clot­ting and build­ing cell mem­branes in the brain, and since our bod­ies can­not make omega-3 fats, we must get them through food. Omega-3 fat­ty acids are also asso­ci­at­ed with many health ben­e­fits, includ­ing pro­tec­tion again­st heart dis­ease and pos­si­bly stroke. New stud­ies are iden­ti­fy­ing poten­tial ben­e­fits for a wide range of con­di­tions includ­ing can­cer, inflam­ma­to­ry bow­el dis­ease, and oth­er autoim­mune dis­eases such as lupus and rheuma­toid arthri­tis.-.…’… Read more »
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Rupesh Charl

Thank you for shar­ing the­se impor­tant infor­ma­tion
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Jenais//BombshellHairAffair

I take two cap­sules of Omega 3–6-9 dai­ly. The essen­tial fat­ty acids do won­ders for your over­all health and I do notice a dif­fer­ence in my hair for sure! I also use coconut and olive oil. After read­ing this arti­cle, I think I’ll have to check hemp and flaxseed oil as well. One oil I didn’t see was Argan oil, I would be inter­est­ed to see if it has any fat­ty acids.

Phoxxie

Right now I’m tak­ing a com­plex sup­ple­ment of fish oil, flaxseed and borgana(sp?) It says the last oil is an essen­tial mix of Bor­gana, Evening prim­rose and anoth­er oil I for­get which. This com­bi­na­tion is great.

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Summergirl

“Heat dimin­ish­es their pres­ence and effec­tive­ness.” Then why do peo­ple get hot oil treat­ments?

RukiyatG

“Heat dimin­ish­es their pres­ence and effec­tive­ness.”: This state­ment is in ref­er­ence to the way the oil is pro­duced, not how it is used as the end pro­duct. Using the final oil as a hot oil treat­ment is great for your hair, but when the oil is extract­ed from the nut or seed dur­ing pro­duc­tion heat should not be used by the man­u­fac­tur­er. Hope this address­es your ques­tion and helps you!

Summergirl

Thanks for the reply.

colorfulkinks.wordpress.com

now i’m real­ly curi­ous about this one. hmmm…oh gosh now my reg­i­men is even more com­plex

honeybrown1976

Sounds good. Thanks for post­ing.

TINA SMITH

HAIR CARE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE THIS COMPLICATED

Ugonna Wosu

this is sim­ply let­ting us know which oils con­tain what nutri­ents, etc. I love know­ing this stuff, it helps me to know what to use for what ben­e­fits I want. No dif­fer­ent than check­ing an ingre­di­ents list in a new con­di­tion­er you’re buy­ing. If it makes your head spin, you can ignore it. But it doesn’t have to be com­pli­cat­ed, just pick one or two oils that have some­thing or do some­thing you want, and keep it mov­ing.

T.

What’s com­pli­cat­ed about this, though? It boils down to eat­ing right, per­haps tak­ing some Omega 3–6-9 sup­ple­ments, and using oils on your hair, with some expla­na­tion of the sci­ence behind the prac­tices. I think the author did a good job of mak­ing the sci­ence stuff read­able and com­pre­hen­si­ble to us non-sci­en­tists.

Deb

the hair­care indus­try does not give a crap about curly/kinky haired folk so yes, we our­selves have had to step in to edu­cate our­selves to take bet­ter care of our hair. If you think it’s too com­pli­cat­ed then ignore it! It’s not like this is all part of a manda­to­ry class we have to take at school.

Dananana

How exact­ly does putting a sci­en­tific spin on some­thing make it more com­pli­cat­ed?

I don’t think she’s mak­ing it com­pli­cat­ed; she’s just shar­ing fac­tu­al infor­ma­tion about oils that most nat­u­rals already use in some way, shape, or form. 

If you’d like to see com­pli­cat­ed, go read a chap­ter on lipids in a bio­chem­istry textbook–this is nowhere close to that.

Phoxxie

It’s okay. Let her stay igno­rant to what she puts on and in her body while we all thrive and sur­vive.

ladyluo

Love hemp seed oil and take about a table­spoon inter­nal­ly every­day. Great info

Dananana

This is exact­ly the kind of piece I like to see: infor­ma­tive, well-researched, and high­ly applic­a­ble to every­one. Nice job, Christi­na! Keep awe­some arti­cles like the­se com­ing BLGH!

Metoyou

Very use­ful infor­ma­tion, thank you. I espe­cial­ly like the chart… I use coconut oil because of the numer­ous ben­e­fits it pro­vides for both gen­er­al health and hair; i how­ev­er did not realise it also con­tains omega 6 & 9. Good to know!

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