What Are the Benefits of Hemp Seed Oil on Natural Hair?

Hemp oil nourishes natural hair.

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African hair is naturally coarse, and if it doesn't get a lot of moisture it can dry out fast. Dry hair breaks more often and is frizzier. Women with natural 'dos must moisturize to keep hair healthy and manageable. Using natural mega-moisteners like hemp seed oil in hair care cuts down the work and keeps hair hot and healthy.

Nutritionally Nourishing

Hemp seed has a host of vitamins that work to create healthy hair. It's rich in vitamins A, C and E. It also contains high levels of protein and fatty acids, which bulk up coarse natural hair as well as damaged transition hair or chemically treated tresses. Hemp's fatty acids help natural hair stay rich as you age, when hair loses its naturally occurring fatty acids.

Carrier Oils

Carrier oils are plant-based oils that help you dilute more volatile essential oils used for skin and hair care. Many ladies with natural hair like to use these oils to maintain healthy hair. Hemp seed oil works well as a carrier oil for black hair care. Add a few drops of an essential oil like rosemary, which stimulates a dry scalp and wards off hair loss, or ylang ylang, which can stimulate hair growth, to your hemp seed oil. Hemp oil absorbs readily into your mane and boosts hair health itself.


While hemp is related to the marijuana plant, the similarities end there. You can use hemp seed oil without worrying whether it is illegal or will get you high.

How to Get It

You can pop hemp seed oil pills, add hemp seed oil to juices and smoothies or cook with it. Eating hemp oil will help your hair indirectly. If you want the oil for cooking or to use as a carrier oil, head to a natural foods store. If you want to help hair but are too busy to concoct your own essences, you can find hair products with hemp seed oil. Look for shampoos and conditioners that contain hemp seed oil, hair and scalp treatments or hair balms that sooth dry hair.

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