A common concern about aging is hair loss. There are plenty of capsules and vitamins that promise hair regrowth. But, topical application of pumpkin seed oil for hair and skin might benefit your hair.
Does Pumpkin Seed Oil Hair Work?
Like other fatty oils (namely coconut oil, argan oil, or jojoba oil) pumpkin seed oil is rich with vitamins. This helps moisturize your hair and skin.
Some studies suggest pumpkin seed oil will make hair shinier and minimize damage.
Zinc in Pumpkin Seed Oil
Pumpkin is a squash. Squash is a member of the Cucurbita family of fruits. Pumpkin seed oil is made from raw pumpkin seeds that are first made into pumpkin seed powder. Then, the pumpkin seed powder is pressed to extract the oil.1
This oil is rich in vitamins, particularly zinc and oleic acid. Both are great for your skin and part of many natural remedies. Often the symptoms of alopecia come from a zinc deficiency. Try pumpkin seed oil capsules to treat zinc deficiency and prevent unwanted hair loss2,3
Oleic Acid for Alopecia
Oleic acid, also known as “Omega-9”, is found in pumpkin seed oil. This is because oleic acid is a fatty acid that increases the permeability of your skin, which can help with any topical treatments you are already using for your baldness or hair loss.4
In clinical studies, this regimen has proven to promote the appearance of fuller, thicker hair.
It allows patients to try natural hair treatments instead of undergoing painful surgeries.
Like oleic acid, evening primrose is sometimes used as a potent fatty acid. No studies show this to be more or less effective for androgenetic alopecia.
Pumpkin Seed Oil Ideas
Pumpkin seed oil can be effective for hair thinning or baldness because of the rich vitamin content. Massaging oil into your scalp hair, or using it as a hair mask under a heat lamp, can be an effective way to nourish your hair.
Try buying pumpkin seed oil in a bottle, instead of a capsule form, for easy application to hair for an easy pre-shampoo hair mask:
Step 1: Mix 1 part pumpkin seed oil with 2 parts coconut oil
Step 2: Massage into your scalp, and leave on for 30-45 mins – try sitting under a hair dryer to boost oils with heat!
Step3: Wash your hair normally
Pumpkin Seed Oil and Green Tea
For an easy rinse for hair regrowth, try boosting pumpkin seed oil with fresh green tea.
Step 1: Brew a cup of green tea – let it cool until it is warm
Step 2: Mix a tablespoon of pumpkin seed oil into the tea
Step 3: Lean over your sink and rinse through your hair, allowing your hair follicles and scalp to be completely coated
Pumpkin Seed Oil Nutrients
Beta-Carotene, which is a major source of Vitamin A, is essential to minimize hair breakage. Additionally Vitamin E can soften hair, which can make thinning hair feel fuller. Pumpkin seed oil contains high levels of both vitamins.5
These nutrients can benefit conditions like alopecia areata (known as male-pattern baldness) and androgenetic alopecia (overall hair thinning).6
What Causes Male and Female Pattern Hair Loss?
Androgenetic alopecia occurs when hair thins evenly all over the scalp. Studies have found this occurs when levels of Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, drop. There are regimens for androgenetic alopecia in capsule form. Results do vary in clinical studies.
Hormone DHT Regimen
Testosterone becomes DHT when it interacts with enzyme Type II 5-alpha reductase. This occurs in the oil glands at the hair follicle base. This conversion makes the hair weaken and fall out.7
Oleic acid is a natural DHT blocker. It stimulates hair growth by inhibiting the Type II 5-alpha reductase. When testosterone can no longer convert to DHT, hair can begin to regrow. DHT inhibitors can also treat benign prostatic hyperplasia. Some patients report this hyperplasia to cause an overactive bladder.8,9
Another natural DHT treatment is green tea. Green tea is an excellent addition to your diet. It is powerful against free radicals and for lowering blood pressure. There are few studies to support this popular claim for stimulating hair growth.10
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