Discuss a natural oil today and discover another one tomorrow. It seems all we do is discuss a multitude of natural oils but do not get mad at me! Take that up with Mother Nature, as she supplies us with insurmountable treasures that allow us to stay healthy and beautiful. Rice bran oil is another treasure from nature that has been used and loved for years, especially by women from Asia. Rice bran oil is produced from the bran of the rice kernel and is one of the most versatile oils available for consumption, according to Livestrong

It is a great choice for fine, damaged hair to give it softness without weight, and this is one of the most active natural oils for sun protection with its high sterol content. Got dark circles under your eyes? Those sterols improve microcirculation and will minimize dark circles and under eye puffiness.

What is Rice Bran Oil?

Rice is one of the world’s most important food crops and nearly half of the people in the world eat rice as the main part of their diets. According to Rice Knowledge Bank, “Rice provides 21% of global human per capita energy and 15% of per capita protein.” It also provides fiber, minerals, and vitamins. This gives a strong foundation for the oil that gets extracted from it.

This golden yellow oil, also known as rich bran extract, is loved for its high smoke point and mild flavor. It is a natural antioxidant and the only place to find oryzanol, an antioxidant that is more effective at fighting off free radicals than vitamin E. Livestrong says that oryzanol reduces cholesterol levels in the blood and liver and doctors are finding uses for Oryzanol in treating menopausal disorders in women. As if that was not enough reason to be impressed by this oil, rice bran oil is also rich in vitamin E, another natural antioxidant that WebMD says is an important vitamin required for the proper functions of many organs in the body and will slow down processes that damage cells.

Benefits of Rice Bran Oil on Hair

According to the Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research, the ferulic acid and esters present in rice bran oil stimulate hair growth and help to prevent skin aging. Vitamin E repairs and builds tissues, so when you apply it to your scalp it helps reduce inflammation and repairs damage to the hair follicles; this creates healthy hair follicles which then encourages hair growth. Another asset from the vitamin E is the anti-aging and there are other antioxidants present in rice bran oil like Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids that have shown to nourish hair while combatting premature graying.

Celebrity hairstylist to the stars, Corey Powell of Sally Hershberger Los Angeles, swears by rice bran oil and what it can do for our hair. With its high concentration of vitamin E, rice bran oil creates a hard shell barrier around the hair cuticle so the hairs are stronger and less likely to break. Corey also loves that it hardly has a smell and great for all hair types.

How to Use It

There are a few different ways to add this wonder oil to your hair. You can add some to your shampoo or conditioner or even use it to seal your ends. One of the best ways would be to create a hot oil treatment alone or with other oils to gain maximum benefits for your tresses. Depending upon what your hair needs, you can add some carrier oils and essential oils to the hot oil treatment.

Common oils for hot oil treatments:

  • Olive oil for general hair conditioning and dandruff
  • Jojoba oil for its cleansing and moisturizing
  • Avocado oil for dryness and frizz
  • Sesame oil will add conditioning and shine
  • Castor oil for adding strength to the hair and perfect for oily hair sufferers
  • Coconut oil for shine and softness

This should be done on freshly washed hair. Combine your carrier oils and you can either stop there or add some essential oils for their therapeutic benefits or just for fragrance. To warm, put in a glass container and add to a deep bowl of hot water to warm to desired heat but not too hot as to scald your hands or scalp. Part hair in sections and apply to scalp and hair liberally. Applicator bottles are perfect for this step. Cover hair with a plastic cap and either add a warm towel or sit under a hooded dryer to gain maximum benefit from the hot oil treatment for about 15 to 20 min. Rinse (but do not wash) your hair and style as normal.

Have you tried rice bran oil?