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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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 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 :-)


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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.


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

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.


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 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!

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 :)


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