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When it comes to nat­ur­al hair, oils are all the buzz. We are always on the prowl to seek out the lat­est and great­est, most cost effec­tive, and amaz­ing oils to take our coils and curls to the next lev­el. Some­times we seek out the stan­dard — like coconut or olive oil. Oth­er times, we want the exot­ic and expen­sive.

On a recent excur­sion to Vit­a­min Shoppe, I spent some time por­ing over their avail­able spread of oils. I usu­al­ly spend my time check­ing out sup­ple­ments, or keep­ing a nar­row focus on cer­tain oils like Cas­tor or Sweet Almond. Check­ing out what else they keep in stock was def­i­nite­ly a new expe­ri­ence for me. While try­ing to decide how to spend my $10 rewards cer­tifi­cate, I came across a huge bot­tle of Apri­cot Oil for $12.99. Although it’s not super exot­ic, expen­sive or rare, it’s not one that gets a lot of shine (no pun intend­ed). After some in-store research and at-home use, I think I have a new favorite. Let me share why.

Apri­cot Oil (Prunus arme­ni­a­ca) is pressed from the ker­nels of the Apri­cot fruit, and is light yel­low in col­or. It is slight­ly nut­ty, and sim­i­lar in vis­cos­i­ty to sweet almond oil. Apri­cot oil is high in ole­ic and linole­ic fat­ty acids, which have all sorts of won­der­ful ben­e­fits for hair, scalp, and body.

Ole­ic acid is com­mon­ly known as an omega-9 fat­ty acid with won­der­ful emol­lient prop­er­ties. Emol­lients are ingre­di­ents that when applied, make hair and skin soft­er and more pli­able. While emol­lients do not tru­ly mois­tur­ize (mean­ing they do not pen­e­trate the hair), they do increase the hydra­tion lev­el of hair and skin by pre­vent­ing evap­o­ra­tion. Line­ole­ic acid is the fun stuff, and def­i­nite­ly the star of the show. Line­olic acid is an omega-6 fat­ty acid with a laun­dry list of ben­e­fits inter­nal­ly and exter­nal­ly. Accord­ing to a study at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land Med­ical Cen­ter, omega-6 fat­ty acids can stim­u­late hair growth. Also an emol­lient, line­olic acid helps con­trol hair hydra­tion by con­trol­ling water loss.

Alto­geth­er, the fat­ty acids in Apri­cot Oil come togeth­er to serve three won­der­ful func­tions at the mol­e­c­u­lar lev­el:

  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.

Apri­cot Oil is also rich in Vit­a­mins A & E. Vit­a­min A sup­ports skin health and repair, a won­der­ful prop­er­ty for those suf­fer­ing from dry scalp, pso­ri­a­sis, dan­druff, or eczema. Addi­tion­al­ly, it can help soothe irri­tat­ed scalp, and soft­en fine lines in the skin. Vit­a­min E sup­ports healthy hair growth, and is believed to pre­vent hair loss. When com­bined with fat­ty acids, Vit­a­min E acts as a preser­v­a­tive pre­vent­ing free rad­i­cals from elim­i­nat­ing their effec­tive­ness. It also pre­vents UV dam­age, which is just in time for Spring and Sum­mer!

To sum this thing up, Apri­cot Oil will make for a great pre-poo, as well as a mix-in for your con­di­tion­er, sham­poo, deep con­di­tion­er, and leave in. It helps pro­mote hair growth, as well as length reten­tion. You can even use it on your skin to help soft­en and retain mois­ture. If you are suf­fer­ing from dry or flaky scalp, or dull and dry hair, Apri­cot Oil may be just the thing you need to restore mois­ture and bal­ance.

As with all oils you intend to use on your hair, scalp, or skin, you will reap the most ben­e­fit from those that 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.

Hap­py Apri­cot Oil­ing!

For more from Christi­na check out her blog, The Mane Objec­tive. You can also find her on Insta­gram and Face­book.

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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17 Comments on "Spotlight on Apricot Oil"

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[…] new to me. Grape seed oil is a great sealant for your hair mak­ing is so the mois­ture stays put. Apri­cot oil is sim­i­lar to that of grape seed in that it seals the mois­ture in and pro­vides great […]

Apricot Oil buy online

Thank you for this extreme­ly bril­liant blog. This is the right place where there is some­thing for every­one! I was look­ing for this kind of infor­ma­tion for such a long time and I am more than hap­py to see such a great blog with plen­ty of use­ful infor­ma­tion. Thanks again for shar­ing

Rachel
Don’t have to tell me twice! I recent­ly used Kinky Curly’s Per­fect­ly Pol­ished to refresh a twistout that I wasn’t ready to cow­ash or add a ton of water to. I sim­ply sec­tioned and applied my LIC — Kera Care Nat­ur­al Tex­tures, sealed each sec­tion with Per­fect­ly pol­ished and then difused by hair. My curls were so shiny and soft and mois­turised, lat­er that night all I did was retwist with­out adding any­thing else and I was able to go anoth­er day. I just hap­pend to notice the #1 ingre­di­ant in Per­fect­ly Pol­ished is Apri­cot oil. I will be adding… Read more »
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[…] apri­cot oil on her hair and that is her secret to hav­ing such a long and ele­gant­ly straight hair. Apri­cot oil has omega-9 fat­ty acid which has won­der­ful emol­lient prop­er­ties which makes the hair soft­er and […]

Tyler Mcchain

More recent­ly, Eng­lish set­tlers brought the apri­cot to the Eng­lish colonies in the New World. Most of mod­ern Amer­i­can pro­duc­tion of apri­cots comes from the seedlings car­ried to the west coast by Span­ish mis­sion­ar­ies. Almost all U.S. com­mer­cial pro­duc­tion is in Cal­i­for­nia, with some in Wash­ing­ton and Utah.”;.-

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pat

I am glad I found this site some­one gave me some apri­cot oil I new it was great for skin but I won­der about hair

Mack Orlin

Many apri­cots are also cul­ti­vat­ed in Aus­tralia, par­tic­u­lar­ly South Aus­tralia, where they are com­mon­ly grown in the region known as the River­land and in a small town called Mypo­lon­ga in the Low­er Mur­ray region of the state. In states oth­er than South Aus­tralia, apri­cots are still grown, par­tic­u­lar­ly in Tas­ma­nia and west­ern Vic­to­ria and south­west New South Wales, but they are less com­mon than in South Aus­tralia.-

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[…] 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 […]

DarLai

I’ve been using apri­cot oil for a while now. I ordered the NOW brand from Ama­zon (because of the great price) and gave it a try. I love it.

For the Love of Curls

I use both oils and like them both because even though light weight they do a good job of seal­ing with­out wear­ing your hair done.

My Baby Girls Curls

This arti­cle was per­fect tim­ing. I went to GNC ear­li­er this week for Avo­ca­do & Jojo­ba Oil and found Apri­cot Oil instead. Since it was a BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1 50% off) it was lit­er­al­ly the only oil (last one on top of that) oth­er than Grape­seed Oil which I already have. So I drove to anoth­er GNC and got Apri­cot & Avo­ca­do Oil and I’ve been doing research ever since espe­cial­ly since I don’t hear much about it! Thx.

Da'Lynn

How would you com­pare it to grape seed oil espe­cial­ly on dry corse hair? im think­ing of try­ing some­thing new besides coconut oil

c.lewis

This arti­cle came right on time! I was just in gnc this morn­ing look­ing @ apri­cot oil. I was going to do some research about it lat­er and this arti­cle came about. I am look­ing for an oil to replace my beloved cold pressed cas­tor oil for spring/summer months cause its too heavy for the warmer weath­er. I usu­al­ly use evoo in the warmer weath­er but fig­ured this would be a good time to try some­thing new. I guess apri­cot oil it is lol. Great arti­cle!
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Cel­e­brat­ed my 1 yr nap­piver­sary yes­ter­day.…. yayyyy! 4/4/13

Curly Queen

Me and apri­cot oil are bff’s! I use it in my hair and on my skin. It real­ly helps with keep­ing my skin firm and soft.

RissaKatharine

Does Apri­cot Oil smell real­ly good? I’ve been look­ing for a sweet smelling oil to make my hair smell nice since I’m no longer able to use Coconut Oil.

Ahmad
Miro, apri­cots have no taste aoslmt in any coun­try we tried some this hol­i­days in Slo­va­kia and Switzer­land and all of them have noth­ing in com­mon with the ones I remem­ber from my child­hood: size of kids fist, beau­ti­ful orange-red colour and sweet smell of sun­ny days in a gar­den one of the farm­ers I met in Switzer­land told me, that there is a slight chance to win some taste and sweet smell by let­ting them for 2–3 days on a sun­ny place same with toma­toes and nev­er keep them in the fridge as they loose the taste com­plete­ly have… Read more »
For the Love of Curls

The ones i’ve bought don’t come scent­ed.

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