By Chin­we of Hair and Health

Many women use olive oil, coconut oil, cas­tor oil, and even jojo­ba oil on their hair in some fash­ion. How­ev­er, few use or know about grape­seed oil.


1.  It is inex­pen­sive.  Com­pared to your more pop­u­lar hair oils, this one is fair­ly inex­pen­sive.  Depend­ing on where you pur­chase your grape­seed oil, it can cost almost 30–40% less than extra vir­gin olive oil or extra vir­gin coconut oil.  It also much cheap­er and more acces­si­ble than jojo­ba oil.

2.  It pro­tects against mois­ture loss.  Grape­seed oil con­tains a high amount of linole­ic acid, a type of omega-6 fat­ty acid. Research has demon­strat­ed that when applied to the skin, this fat­ty acid can help com­bat dry­ness by pro­vid­ing pro­tec­tion against mois­ture loss (Source).  This may be good news for a dry scalp.

3.  It is fair­ly light.  The con­sis­ten­cy of grape­seed oil is some­where between that of jojo­ba oil and olive oil (though much clos­er to jojo­ba oil).  Thus, if you find olive oil to be too heavy or want an alter­na­tive to jojo­ba oil, grape­seed oil may be worth a try.

4.  It is odor­less.  Grape­seed oil is odor­less which makes it eas­i­er to use alone or in recipes with­out need­ing to add a fra­grance (e.g., an essen­tial oil).


1. As a sealant.  Depend­ing on your hair, grape­seed oil may work just fine as a sealant after a good wash and con­di­tion­ing ses­sion.  Just apply the oil to damp hair to lock in the mois­ture.

2. To enhance a mois­tur­iz­er.  This oil can be used to enhance your cur­rent mois­tur­iz­er.  Mix a lit­tle bit with your mois­tur­iz­er to increase mois­ture reten­tion.

3. To alle­vi­ate a dry scalp.  As dis­cussed ear­li­er, linole­ic acid has been demon­strat­ed to pro­vide a pro­tec­tion against mois­ture loss when applied to the skin.  Since grape­seed oil con­sists of a very high amount (~70%) of this fat­ty acid, it can aid in alle­vi­at­ing a dry scalp.

4. Mix into a whipped but­ter.  Grape­seed oil can mix well into whipped but­ters and increase the moisturizing/sealant prop­er­ties of your mix­ture.

5. As a hot oil treat­ment.  Use the oil alone or mixed with oth­er oils as a hot oil treat­ment pri­or to your wash.


Though the oil has a high smoke point (some sources quote 400 to 450 degrees Fahren­heit), this char­ac­ter­is­tic does not trans­late into it being ade­quate as a heat pro­tec­tant.  A high smoke point indi­cates that the oil requires a high­er tem­per­a­ture to break down and start smok­ing.  In oth­er words, grape­seed oil may not degrade before reach­ing 400 degrees Fahren­heit but your hair might.  In con­trast, a heat pro­tec­tant con­tains a for­mu­la­tion of ingre­di­ents that actu­al­ly helps to reduce the trans­fer of heat to the cor­tex of the hair (Source).  That being said, it is much safer to use a com­mer­cial heat pro­tec­tant than to exper­i­ment with grape­seed oil as a pos­si­bil­i­ty.

Ladies, have you tried grape­seed oil?  How do you use it?


Empow­er­ing women of col­or to break bar­ri­ers. Cherish.Thy.Melanin.

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Iryna Fernandes

I heard that grape seed oil stim­u­lates the scalp so it is good for hair growth but is it bet­ter than cas­tor oil?

Kathryn Alpha

Why don’t you make an oil blend? There are many awe­some oils for the scalp and instead of lim­it­ing your­self to the benefit(s) make a oil mix by com­bin­ing por­tions of all togeth­er and using it. You should research tea tree, pep­per­mint , jojo­ba . That’s just a few. Hap­py hair :)


I also use grape­seed oil to help detan­gle. On wash day I coat my hair and scalp with the oil then add my con­di­tion­er. It Real­ly helps the tan­gles!


I’ve recent­ly start­ed using grape­seed oil for the win­ter months. I’m in love with it. My hair had this ter­ri­ble dry feel­ing but now its well mois­tur­ized. I mix olive, grape­seed, cas­tor oil and my leave in con­di­tion­er in a water bot­tle and use as a spritzer for my fin­ger coils and it brings them back to life. I only have to use it like 2x’s a week.

I have been using grape­seed oil as a heat pro­tec­tant for a long time. I use low heat and make sev­er­al pass­es instead of high heat and only once. Not only that but against what we are taught I out it in before I heat instead if after. I have had way less dam­age and break­age also WAY less shed­ding. I have been a “nat­ur­al” for 6ish years or so and when the weath­er is right I can flat iron my hair once a week with­out dam­age to my nat­ur­al curl pat­tern. I will say how­ev­er that because hair types… Read more »

I com­plete­ly agree with this. I use grape­seed oil(after spritz­ing my hair with acv/water) to slight­ly stretch the hair after braidout(using a blow dry­er) and I use the blow dry­er often. No break­age so far. In fact my hair seems more healthy. I think if the oil coats the hair, and it’s smoke point is when the coat breaks then it would serve as a good heat pro­tec­tant on low heat(like blow dry­ers or low(350F or below) flat irons, because the smoke point(aka coat break) of grape­seed oil is 390F. I’d stay at 350F or below to be safe.

Miss Thang

Smoke point has noth­ing to do with the oil’s abil­i­ty to reduce the trans­fer of heat to your hair.


this is my favorite oil! it’s great on every­thing; hair, body, face


Thanks for the tips! I love oils my favorite is the argan oil by Pro Nat­u­rals and its real­ly amaz­ing because I can leave it after show­er and it makes my hair so soft and shiny.


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I LOVE Grape-seed oil and so does my hair. I some­times use it alone, but I also mix with oth­er oils which has kept my hair mois­tur­ized!! You are so very cor­rect in talk­ing stat­ing that many don’t know about or use Grape-seed.…same goes for Saf­flower oil :-)


I boil a small pan of water, then take it off the heat and place a small bowl with grape­seed oil and laven­der essen­tial oil in it to warm. Then I soak my feet in a hot epson salt bath while I mas­sage my scalp, after which I place a plas­tic show­er cap on my head while I mas­sage my feet. I then place a cot­ton kni cap on my head and warm socks on my feet and wait a cou­ple of hours before show­er­ing. I feel incred­i­bly relaxed after­wards, and my skin and hair feel amaz­ing.


I love it. Bought a bot­tle Jan. of 2013 and it is still half full. I use it to seal and in my dai­ly rou­tine. I love the light­ness of the oil. It does not weight down my hair. Love it. I will have to try this for my face; I won­dered about that type of use but was not sure. Thanks ladies!!

Natural Beauty
I am a nat­ur­al beau­ty. I am lov­ing my nat­ur­al look. My daugh­ter who is in anoth­er state is heav­i­ly into nat­ur­al hair. I love it when she and I com­mu­ni­cate and share fan­tas­tic ideas. She has embraced me with much knowl­edge about nat­ur­al hair. Cur­rent­ly, I am using cold pressed coconut oil and jojo­ba oil. My results have been fan­tas­tic. In addi­tion to the two oils above, most recent­ly, I have added a lit­tle moringa oil. It is being praised as the new won­der oil. It’s hard­ly new. It has been used for health and beau­ty for cen­turies. I… Read more »
Hope Hill

Okay well i just bought some of the la tourangle(or what­ev­er lol) grape­seed oil from Safe­way for 9 dol­lars! I can tru­ly say my hair and skin are imme­di­ate­ly feel­ing the ben­e­fits. I have fine hair that breaks easy i think i may be a4b mix with 4a. I can’t wait to see how my skin and hair will look and feel a month from now! I high­ly rec­om­mend this stuff, my dark spots are already fad­ing woohoo!


Grape­seed oil isn’t odor­less, @ mat­ter a fact I love the grape­seed oils smell it’s pleas­ant n sticks to your body.

james c

I love grapeseed,pomegranate oil and basil mix for my dai­ly scalp oil. helps cir­cu­late the blood flow and stim­u­late hair growth. Grape­seed love in the win­ter time on my face it’s lite. I buy it by the gal­lon… Love it!!!

Reiza May

Hi, I have tried oil cleans­ing and used cas­tor and olive oil. I only did it once and I have had a real­ly bad break­outs, much more that my usu­al zits, and way big­ger! I bought grape seed oil in the gro­ceries and will try it lat­er, hop­ing to have bet­ter results with it….


Did any of you who used this oil expe­ri­ence any side effects? I saw an arti­cle on some side effects of using this oil.

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Sim­ply want to say your com­ment is real­ly sur­pris­ing. The trans­paren­cy in your post is just nice and I can assume you spe­cial­ize in this sub­ject. Fine, with your per­mis­sion let me use your RSS feed to keep updat­ed with forth­com­ing post. Thanks a mil­lion and please car­ry on the good work.

one time user
I’ve used it as a sealant, face mois­tur­iz­er, pre-poo..etc lol, main­ly because it’s cheap­er than jojo­ba oil. How­ev­er, I didn’t think it was all that spe­cial so I haven’t repur­chased it but now I’m think­ing of get­ting it again… Are there dif­fer­ent grades of grape­seed oil? Like extra vir­gin, vir­gin, organ­ic? :s Because the first bot­tle I bought was at an organ­ic store and real­ly only a cou­ple dol­lars cheap­er than jojo­ba oil which is why I wasn’t impressed..but if that’s the same thing as the Wal-Mart ver­sion that offers way more for way less then that’s why I would con­sid­er… Read more »

Cur­rent­ly I’m using this same brand (pic­tured) as a seal­er. I alter­nate between this and coconut oil. I love both

As far as heat pro­tec­tant and grape seed oil goes, I used a grape seed oil blend from the dol­lar store (mega care) as my heat pro­tec­tant and didn’t have a set­back. I pre­fer to use cer­tain oils over a com­mer­cial heat pro­tec­tant because my hair always seem like its fry­ing, even though my heat set­ting is around 320.

my hair resem­bles type 4b. i have fine to medi­um strands and nor­mal poros­i­ty


I have used grape­seed oil as a heat pro­tec­tant in the past. Now that I know bet­ter, I use a sil­i­cone heat pro­tec­tant (Organ­ic Root Stim­u­la­tor Olive Oil Heat Pro­tec­tion Serum).


Yup , I’ve tried it . Cur­rent­ly I am out of stock BUT it last­ed me a very long time . I agree about the cost and access of grape­seed oil . There is a scent , although its very dull . I enjoyed using grape­seed oil when I got tired or the heav­i­ness or the oil olive . I used it for my hair and skin . I’ve actu­al­ly nev­er tried it on my scalp or as a hot oil treat­ment . I do rec­om­mend this use . I will most like­ly pur­chase this soon .


I LOVE GRAPESEED OIL! Every since I found out my hair has low Poros­i­ty I have been using it in my hair oil mix­es. It works real­ly well as a sealant. And if you mix it with Wheat germ oil and use it as a hot oil treat­ment your hair will be a lot health­i­er! I have very few split ends and fairy knots! So not clip­ping! YAY!


I dis­agree with this arti­cle. Maybe grape­seed oil works for loos­er hair types,but for me a 4a it did nothing.also its not cheap­er than olive oil.olive oil cost 6 bucks from whole­foods ver­sus grape­seed from whole foods that costs 18 bucks.maybe it depends on where you shop,but at whole foods evoo is cheap­er and the qual­i­ty of it is this day olive oil above all oth­ers has mois­tur­ized my hair best and cas­tor oil has been a good sealant.lastly grape­seed does have a has a very light almost unde­tectable white grape fra­grance.


I bought this same brand of grape seed oil. In whole foods for $6


There’s no need to bash grape­seed oil. lol! The bot­tom line is you have to do what works for YOU! I have thick 4a/b hair and grape­seed oil is my jam! While I deep con­di­tion with olive oil and cas­tor oil on occa­sion, they are too heavy to use in my hair dai­ly with­out weigh­ing it down. Addi­tion­al­ly I don’t like the smell of either (I’m a big scent per­son). So do you!!

I use it all the time. I nev­er heat style but it is the one oil that might be safe to use as a heat pro­tec­tant and it offers mild sun pro­tec­tion. I don’t spend tons of time out­doors, just a brisk walk thru the neigh­bor­hood with the kids, so I am com­fort­able with the sun pro­tec­tion it pro­vides and I am very uncom­fort­able with the tox­ic side effects of sun­block. My kids are Mexican/black/white they have extreme­ly light skin like Euro­pean chil­dren and I find grape­seed oil to be very pro­tec­tive of their skin out­side. I also can put… Read more »
nappy headed black girl

I may have to try this one out. I like that it’s odor­less and isn’t heavy. And if I can use it on my face also that would seal the deal.

a few years back, an estheti­cian at a nat­ur­al spa rec­om­mend­ed that i use only grape­seed oil on my face. she said that my cys­tic acne was caused by con­stant removal of oil from my face, oil that i des­per­ate­ly need­ed. so my skin start­ed over­pro­duc­ing — in pock­ets. i was skep­ti­cal ini­tial­ly, as i’d always heard the oppo­site — remove the oil, remove the acne (still, i had it bad). three years lat­er, cys­tic acne is a thing of the past. my skin is healthy and clear and hard­ly ever breaks out. hope it works for you. i don’t use… Read more »

I use it all the time, be it alone, mixed with oth­er oils or shea but­ter and uti­lize it for my hair, body and food. I think the very best part about it is how light it real­ly is, and it’s such a plus that it’s odor­less (unlike the heavy but nour­ish­ing avo­ca­do oil).


This works bet­ter than any face mois­turis­er I’ve ever used and a new love for my fine nat­ur­al hair and being a uni stu­dent its wal­let friend­ly!


I, too, have been using grape­seed oil as my dai­ly facial mois­tur­iz­er for years now and it works so well on my com­bi­na­tion skin. And it’s great on my fine hair strands…I mix it with cas­tor oil to seal my ends.