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11 Reasons to Use Grapeseed Oil for Hair

December 15, 2021

1 Min read

They say one man’s trash is another man’s treasure. That’s certainly true for grapeseed oil, a byproduct of winemaking—grapeseed oil is extracted from discarded grape seeds, which would typically be thrown away. So where does the treasure part come in? More than a gourmand goody, chances are you’ve seen the ingredient listed on hair and skin products, since it has amazing beauty perks, especially for hair. A potent antioxidant, it’s a mega moisturizer that also delivers shine and helps tame flyaways.And since it’s lightweight, it works for practically every hair type. That’s why grapeseed oil can be found in everything from conditioners to hair oils, and styling products.

The nutrients found in grapeseed oil

With a growing focus on natural  and clean beauty, grapeseed oil for hair is a botanical extract that deserves a spot as a true standout. The nutrient-packed plant oil is filled with carotenoids, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and a polyphenol called OPC, which all have plenty of benefits for your hair and scalp. It’s also loaded with vitamin E, which can fight free radicals and damage from environmental stressors like sun, wind, and pollution. Meanwhile, there’s linolenic acid, a fatty acid that isn’t naturally produced by the human body but is necessary for the function of our organs, and contributes to shiny, healthy hair. All of those elements are also what make grapeseed oil great in your diet.

How to incorporate grapeseed oil into your routine

The easiest way to incorporate grapeseed oil for hair is to buy products that are already infused with the ingredient. But a little DIY doesn’t take that much more effort. You can simply purchase pure grapeseed oil and apply a nickel-sized amount onto damp hair and comb it through to use it to fight frizz and add shine. If you’re all about a scalp treatment, use a dropper to apply it straight to your scalp and massage it in. Grapeseed oil can even be used as a hot oil treatment; massage in a few tablespoons of warm grapeseed oil into your hair and scalp and leave it on for about half an hour before shampooing it out.


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Why grapeseed oil is great for your hair

You can also find grapeseed oil in your favorite hair care products, like this hair oil. Another thing to rest easy about: Grapeseed oil works well with most other ingredients and it’s safe to use (unless you have a grape allergy). Another benefit to grapeseed oil for hair is that it works for practically every hair type, ranging from coils to straight strands. That even includes color-treated hair and locs. These are the reasons you’ll want to add grapeseed oil for hair to your regimen.

1. Promotes scalp and hair health

Grapeseed oil contains a potent combination of vitamin E, flavonoids, polyphenols, and linoleic acid, which all promote healthy hair growth and scalp health. It is also known for its anti-aging and moisturizing properties that can help keep the scalp hydrated and strong, in turn making it a good foundation for healthy hair to grow from.

2. It adds shine

As we age, our scalp naturally decreases its production of sebum, an oily substance that helps with hair shine and health. Adding your own oil can counter that, especially grapeseed oil, which contains natural conditioning agents that work from the inside out to add luster. Plus, for a temporary shine boost, oils coat each strand, letting the light bounce off your hair.

3. It’s a powerful hydrator

By nature, grapeseed oil locks in moisture by working as a sealant, since it has a lower amount of monosaturated lipids—fats that can penetrate each piece of hair—and higher amounts of linoleic acid, which are fats that sit on top of individual hairs. That combo covers all the bases. Plus, grapeseed oil contains vitamin E, which naturally adds moisture.

4. It smooths split ends

Dab some grapeseed oil onto damaged ends and it will smooth the cuticle right up. It’ll also help prevent future breakage courtesy of its antioxidants, which neutralize free radicals.

5. It helps tame flyaways

Slick on some grapeseed oil to keep those frizzies down!

6. It guards against UV damage

Sunscreen is still very necessary, especially for sensitive scalp skin, but grapeseed oil can help protect hair from UV damage thanks to its high content of phenolic compounds and Vitamin E and C, which are antioxidants.

7. It soothes the scalp

A flaky, itchy scalp is a serious hair woe, but applying grapeseed oil directly to the scalp can help your case of the itchies. You can thank its essential fatty acids and nutrients for that, since they have soothing properties that calm and nourish angry scalps. 

8. It strengthens strands

This is especially handy for damaged or brittle hair, since grapeseed oil is chock full of antioxidants, omegas, and vitamins, making it a veritable deep conditioner. That means it’ll even help restore shine to dull, thirsty locks.

9. It can help prevent premature graying

Sure, there are plenty of factors behind going gray, including genetics, but oxidative stress is a major player. Since grapeseed oil is loaded with potent antioxidants, that could help combat oxidative stress, and hence, going gray. Specifically, grapeseed oil contains a compound called OPC, which are powerful antioxidants known to fight off signs of premature aging.

10. It helps minimize flakes

Though grapeseed oil can’t actually cure a flaky scalp itself, it does ease the symptoms. Thanks to grapeseed oil’s nutrients and emollients, it can minimize flakes when massaged into the scalp by helping to trigger healthy new cell growth. It also adds hydration back into a dry scalp. Plus, it can help loosen and remove flakes from the scalp.

11. It won’t weigh down hair

Some hair oils have heft to them, but grapeseed oil boasts an incredibly lightweight texture, so it even works for fine, thin hair. It’s also  odorless, so you don’t have to worry about it competing with the scent of your shampoo.

Convinced that you need to add grapeseed oil into your haircare routine? Prose makes it easy by incorporating the ingredient into our pre-shampoo scalp mask, hair oil, and leave-in conditioner based on your specific needs. Take your consultation here to see if it’s a part of your custom routine.



Celia Shatzman is a Brooklyn-based writer who has penned stories on topics ranging from beauty to fashion, travel, celebrities, entertainment and more. A graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, her work has appeared in Cosmopolitan, Forbes, Women’s Health, Marie Claire, New York,, and NYLON, among others. When she’s not writing, Celia enjoys traveling, learning to play tennis, and playing with her rescue dog, Watson. Check out her site at and follow her on Instagram (@celiashatzman).

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