Sea Buckthorn: Healthy, Radiant, Shiny Hair from an All-Natural Fruit Oil

One of our most important physical features is our hair.  Our hair follows us through the generations and directly affects our self-esteem and overall happiness. We’ve found many testimonials of people who enjoy using Sea Buckthorn to soothe the skin and encourage healthy hair growth. Now more than a few cosmetics companies are incorporating the fruit into hair oils, conditioners and shampoos claiming that it conditions and protects, leaving hair silky and strong, also detangling, shining and smoothing even the most damaged hair.  Let’s examine why this superfood is currently in high demand in the hair care industry.

Sea Buckthorn Hair Benefits

Many health and cosmetic companies are adding Sea Buckthorn oil to their products in order to harness the plant’s high volume of Omega 3, 6, 7 & 9 and the necessary vitamins A, C, D, B, E & K to promote healthy skin and hair. The oils and polyunsaturated essential fatty acids contained in Sea Buckthorn are reported to improve overall hair health and lend itself to a healthy and natural-looking shine.  In addition, preliminary trials seem to indicate a correlation between the use of sea buckthorn and a reduction in the onset of premature hair loss. Current reports on Sea Buckthorn benefits on the scalp and hair have noted its success in:

  • Building good cells on your scalp
  • Killing the demodex mite
  • Cleaning out the hair follicles
  • Aiding in hair elasticity
  • Maintaining moisture in the hair shaft where it is needed
  • Protecting cuticle of hair shaft

Chinese scientists, in 2009, discovered a human demodex parasite that lives off skin and hair follicles, causing problems ranging from rosacea, hair loss and premature grayness, to enlarged pores and acne. The parasites were found to feed off the nutrients from the skin. The oil kills the parasites that are believed to be the cause of some major hair loss and, in conjunction with the oils restorative properties, should lead to better hair growth. In 2010, sea buckthorn was featured on The View for hair, skin, and nails.

Sea Buckthorn History

Legends about Sea Buckthorn tell us how the ancient Greeks used it in a diet for race horses, hence it’s botanical name “Hippophae” – shiny horse. According to another legend, Sea Buckthorn leaves were the preferable food of flying horse – Pegasus. The Tibetan medical classic-the rGyud Bzi (The Four Books of Pharmacopoeia), completed during the Tang Dynasty (618-907 AD), has 36 chapters, which had recorded the prescriptions for curing the diseases of blood circulation systems, skin wound, anti-inflammation and strengthen and coordinate the balance of functions among liver, stomach, spleen, kidney and heart. Read more about the legends surrounding the sea buckthorn berry.

Sea Buckthorn Usage

Sea Buckthorn is said to be a natural way of promoting hair growth. When applied directly, the rich nutrients and proteins saturate the scalp and stimulate hair follicles. What results is less dry and damaged hair.

Sea Buckthorn Other Uses

Traditionally, Sea Buckthorn oil is widely used to promote the recovery of various skin conditions, including eczema, burns, and bad healing wounds, skin damaging effects of sun, therapeutic radiation treatment and cosmetic laser surgery. The preparations from the berries are also utilized to prevent gum bleeding, to help recuperate mucous membranes of the stomach and other organs. Cosmetics and skin care products made of Sea Buckthorn are valued for their rejuvenating, restorative and anti-aging action. Click here for information on sea buckthorn for everyday skin care.

How we are viewed by the world is very important to many of us, and our hair plays an important role in that. It could be an emotional strain to struggle with thinning or unhealthy hair.  Natural methods that assist hair growth and support the overall health of our hair, like Sea Buckthorn oil, could be a safer method than commercial, chemical-based products. The oil can typically be found as a shampoo or conditioner but there are also supplements available to help with hair growth.

References:

Demodex Mites: Facts and Controversies“. Dirk M. Elston (2010). Clinics in Dermatology 28 (5): 502–504. doi:10.1016/j.clindermatol.2010.03.006. PMID:  20797509.

Introduction to Sea-Buckthorn. Todd, J. Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, February, 2006

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22 Responses to Sea Buckthorn: Healthy, Radiant, Shiny Hair from an All-Natural Fruit Oil

  1. John Edwards says:

    I’m sure there’s a reason Hyppophae Rhamnoides (spelling?) really stands for “Horse with Shiny Fur” …. because it leads to shiny hair!

  2. nikki says:

    Hi, I’ve saturated my scalp for the last 3 weeks, starting to get better, as I have had major skin/ scalp shedding, sand paper like scalp too in the last week. I have been to many derms and dr’s for them to tell me I need to stop picking and it was in my head. I hope my scalp continues to heal. I have suffered too long with itchy dry peeling scalp and ultimately hair loss. This seems to be working!

    • admin says:

      Nikki,

      Glad sea buckthorn seems to be working for you! Are you taking it internally or are you applying the oil to your scalp?

      Thanks!

  3. annie gerald says:

    I’m taking taking.Sea Buckthorn at the present my hair seem to be strengthing some. Mum. Question is should I use the oil alone with pills

    • admin says:

      Annie,

      Glad to hear your hair is strengthening! That is excellent news! You can certainly use the oil alone, use the pills alone, or take the oil and pills together. Either way your body will assimilate the nutrients, especially the Omega 7 fatty acids, which will continue to help your hair strength. Hope this helps!

  4. Anonymous says:

    How much exactly does the oil cost and is it available in India??

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      We are only an informational site and do not sell products. You should be able to purchase from one of the companies featured in our sponsored ads.

      Good Luck!

  5. Himani says:

    Hi!!
    I am really excited reading these comments here nd want to use this wonder oil.Can u please tell me if it us available in India nd how much exactly does it cost ?

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      We do not sell sea buckthorn products from this website but you should be able to purchase it from one of the companies on our sponsor ads.

      Good Luck!

  6. Janet Hough says:

    Do you have to leave this oil on overnight OR do you wash your hair after leaving it on for a certain amount of time??? Thankyou.

    • admin says:

      Hi there,

      There a number of different ways you can use sea buckthorn as an oil treatment. For a deep conditioning treatment, put oil on the ends of your hair for at least an hour then shampoo as usual. It may seem counter intuitive but using this method will keep your hair from feeling greasy. Oil will absorb into the hair shaft but you will need to wash off the excess. If you mix it with coconut oil, the coconut oil will act as a carrier and you will be able to get more sea buckthorn oil distributed throughout the hair shaft. Don’t forget that a little goes a long way.

      Another method is to add a few drops to your existing conditioner. You really only need a drop or so for a full bottle of conditioner and once you add it be sure to mix it well. Then you can simply wash and condition as usual.

      We wouldn’t suggest leaving it on overnight because both sea buckthorn fruit oil and seed oil are brightly colored and you could have a mess on your hands (or pillowcases, really) if you do so. You could possibly use a shower cap while you sleep to protect your bed clothes. If you did that, shampoo the hair the same way mentioned in the first method.

      Hope that helps!

  7. nalini says:

    Can you drink the Sea Buckthorn Oil ?

    • admin says:

      Hi there!

      Yes, sea buckthorn oil is much more nutritious than juice and you can absolutely take it orally! The only caveat is that you have to make sure that the brand you purchase is for internal use. Some extraction processes make oil that is not approved for internal use. You will know if the oil is edible if the product has a nutrition facts panel on it. Hope that helps!

      Thanks

  8. cat says:

    Hi,

    I apply a tiny bit on the hair scalp after hair wash and leave it overnight until I wash my hair again the next day. Is this recommendable? Thanks.

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Yes, that is perfectly fine! You might want to be careful not to get the oil on your sheets. Other than that it’s completely safe to leave the oil on for an extended period of time.

      Thanks!

  9. Cheryl says:

    What you think about coconut oil and mustard oil which of them is the best

    • admin says:

      Cheryl,

      We have never tried mustard oil! Sounds interesting. In terms of hair shine, coconut oil is great as a topical treatment. You can even combine sea buckthorn oils with coconut oils to make a hair treatment that works amazingly well.

      Thanks!

    • Nithin_hemachandra@yahoo.co.in says:

      Both oils r good

  10. Anonymous says:

    How can we use seeds of sea buckthorn for hairs? I have bought seeds not oil..

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Your best bet would be to eat them. The seeds will be full of Omegas and a lot of other nutrients that are beneficial for the hair. You might be able to find a low cost oil extractor to make your own oil.

      Thank you!

  11. Gemma says:

    Hi I just want to leave a comment as I have always had bad dry hair and want to tame the frizzyness and dryness can you leave it on like a serum to keep the frizz at bay?

    • admin says:

      Hello,

      Yes, you can use sea buckthorn oils on your hair for sure. If you have chronically dry hair you should consider doing a treatment once a week with coconut oil as well as sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil. Just put enough of the oils to cover all of your hair and leave it in for at least 30 minutes (longer is okay). Then you should shampoo the treatment out of the hair and condition as normal. The oils will saturate the hair so it’s important to wash off the excess oil on the strands.

      You can add the oils directly to your hair like a serum when your hair is dry too, but make sure to experiment with the results first. The texture and color of your hair will determine if that method will work for you. For example, someone with fine, blonde hair might not be able to do this treatment because the sea buckthorn oils are both bright colors; orange and yellow.

      We also highly recommend starting the oils internally as well as externally because internal use will also help hydrate your locks!

      Hope that helps- thanks!

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