Wheat germ is a wonderful, natural product that can be used in a variety of ways to benefit our health.
But have you thought about using wheat germ oil in your hair?
There must be literally hundreds of thousands of hair products on the market that deal with a range of hair treatments, from adding shine to hair, to preventing it from falling out.
Hair loss products alone is a billion dollar industry.
But there are also more advanced cosmetic procedures that claim to not only prevent hair loss, but to also stimulate hair growth.
My personal opinion is that if any of these expensive procedures really did work the way they claim, people would be fighting to get it, with bald spots and receding hair lines being made a thing of the past!
Unfortunately this is not the case and the hunt for the magic cure goes on.
Hair loss may also result from various medical or psychological conditions such as alopecia, stress, depression or when undergoing forms of radiation treatment.
These conditions need to be addressed prior to any hair products can be of any benefit.
However, for natural hair loss that occurs due to the aging process, there is some good news amongst all the hype.
There are products, (natural products at that), which contain various nutrients that could potentially prevent hair loss and improve the hair already growing.
I’ve personally heard of a few natural products that people sware by in order to keep the hair they already have, strong and healthy, such as coconut oil and aloe vera.
But given the nutritional break down of wheat germ and wheat germ oil, it makes sense that it does actually benefit the hair in a number of ways.
Wheat Germ Oil As An Effective Hair Treatment
The numerous nutrients found in wheat germ oil has given rise to several hair products, including shampoos, conditioners and face creams that contain wheat germ extract.
Wheat germ oil is a rich, unrefined oil with a thick texture.
It contains a host of vitamins that benefits the hair and scalp including vitamin A, E and D, as well as a number of B vitamins – B1, B2, B3 and B6.
The body uses B vitamins to aid cell growth and tissue formation.
A study conducted in 2006 discovered that alopecia in rats could be prevented with B6 vitamin supplements and L-cystine.
Vitamin E is well documented for its skin benefits.
It is an ideal moisturizer and easily absorbed into the skin and hair, and like vitamin B, it may help skin cell formation.
Many of the leading shampoos, conditioners and face creams contain vitamin E for its absorbent, moisturizing abilities.
As well as its vitamin E benefits, wheat germ oil is also added to other carrier oils due to its antioxidant properties, which help to prevent rancidity and extend the shelf life.
A natural preservative if you like.
Will Wheat Germ Oil Prevent Hair Loss?
There is no research to suggest the properties of wheat germ oil alone can help prevent hair loss.
The nutrients made up of the oil will certainly benefit the hair and scalp by stimulating cell and tissue growth.
But no studies have conclusively identified wheat germ to stimulate hair growth.
Wheat germ oil is an effective treatment for a dry, flaky scalp and may repair dry, damaged hair by adding a rich cocktail of nourishing vitamins throughout the hair, down to the roots.
It may well restore the shine and gloss to your hair that becomes lost due to frequent washing and through natural damage of the environment.
The growing number of hair products that either include wheat germ oil in its list of ingredients, or contain the nutrients found in wheat germ oil, is testimony to its effectiveness.
How To Use Wheat Germ Oil For Your Hair
If you want to apply wheat germ oil to your hair and scalp, I recommend you do so sparingly.
Just massage a few drops of pure wheat germ oil into the hair and scalp.
Add more as it is absorbed.
The massaging effect alone will bring more blood to the surface of your head, along with extra nutrients.
Leave for a few minutes and thoroughly rinse with warm water.
Keep applying on a daily basis and your hair will soon feel a lot healthier and have that lovely shine.
There’s no reason why you can’t add a few drops of wheat germ oil to other natural products like aloe vera and coconut oil.
Both of these products contain similar properties and will supplement the wheat germ oil.
You could easily apply a few drops of wheat germ oil after you’ve used a natural shampoo.
It acts as a great conditioner and is easy to rinse out as you’re already in the shower.
A couple times a week will keep your hair looking great!
If you’re a little like me and like to have some products readily available, then I strongly recommend the following hair conditioning treatment:
It has some excellent reviews on Amazon:
“My Brazilian long hair is tough to manage, it can get tangled up and it can be hard to brush without mentioning the split ends, after using salerm wheat germ for the past 2-3 years I can say that it totally changed the structure of my hair and its now silk smooth, you will fill the difference on the first application.” Read more reviews here.
Although wheat germ oil won’t actually prevent hair loss, it might delay it, by keeping the hair you already have, strong and healthy.
The oil is easily absorbed into the skin and hair making it an ideal treatment for dry, damaged hair or simply to give hair that renewed shine and bounce.
A dry, flaky scalp will also benefit from the abundant nutrients contained in wheat germ oil.