There has been a lot of talk about the uses of coconut oil, sweet almond oil, and jojoba oil for your natural hair, however there is another essential oil that can improve the overall health of your natural hair.

Sunflower oil provides the same if not greater benefits as other widely known essential oils.  Many people question whether sunflower is the same as another popular oil – safflower. While it has similar properties to safflower oil, sunflower and safflower oils come from different plants.

Here is why you should introduce sunflower oil in your natural hair routine.

The benefits

1. Improves Scalp Health

Your scalp is without a doubt the foundation to your natural hair’s overall health. It’s a contributing factor that determines future hair growth or breakage. You want to treat your scalp right.   Sunflower oil is packed with high amounts of essential including Vitamin E and reduces bacteria that contributes to product build up and dry scalp. It also reduces the occurrence of thinning hair, early hair- loss, male and female pattern baldness and alopecia areata.

2. Stimulates Hair Growth

Moisture is the key to natural hair growth. Sunflower oil acts as a natural moisturizer because it’s unfused with several vitamins and minerals, including high levels of Vitamin E that produces healthy hair growth. Sunflower oil also contains Oleic Acid, another name for Omega 9 acid known to be one of the essential acids that are needed for stop breakage and stimulate healthy hair growth.

3. Eliminates frizzy hair while providing softness and shine

Sunflower oil is a great natural oil that has deep moisturizing properties that improves your natural hair manageability and diminish the look of frizzy unruly hair. Its light texture has low levels of saturated and trans fat, helps to add moisture without becoming too greasy and weighing down your hair.  The winter months are harsh on your hair as your hair loses moisture quite frequently.  Sunflower oil helps to replace that moisture and adds instant shine and softness throughout your hair.

4. Acts as an Emollient

Similar to jojoba oil, sunflower oil is a light non-polar solvent that prevents water loss. Because of its light texture, it easily works to penetrate the hair shaft to lock and retain moisture.  Along with its light texture, sunflower oil is also odorless, and can be easily be consistency that can be can be used along with other scented/ non-scented essential oils or alone as a daily scalp oil.

How to add it to your regimen

5 Products that Feature Sunflower Oil
  1. Mixed Chicks Replenishing Oil -$18 
  2. Darcy’s Botanicals Cocoa Bean Natural Hair & Body Oil -$12 
  3. Dark and Lovely Soak It Up Oil Cocktail -$9.99
  4. Motions Nourish & Care Indulgent Oil Spray for Scalp & Hair -$ 6.99
  5. Kiehl’s Since 1851 Sunflower Color Preserving Deep Recovery Pak -$22


DIY Hair and Scalp Oil Featuring Sunflower Oil

What you Need:

  • 2.0 floz Sunflower Seed Oil
  • 1.0 oz Organic Argan Oil
  • 2 tbsp Sweet Almond Oil
  • 1 tbsp Castor Oil
  • 1 Roots Only Comb Applicator


  1. Begin combining all your ingredients with correct measurements in the Roots Only Comb Applicator
  2. Shake well
  3. Massage oil onto scalp for 2-3 minutes
  4. Continue to use oil twice a week or more depending on the dryness of your hair and scalp

The sunflower oils pictured above are by Plant Therapy, Beauty Aura, Life-Flo, and La Tourangelle and all are available on Amazon.

Have you tried sunflower on your natural hair? What did your hair feel like?

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