One of the more accessible oils in its category, hazelnut oil is hailed for its various properties, treating all hair types. We’re talking everything from super-fine strands to coily 4C hair texture. “This is because it is rich in oleic and linoleic acid, essential fatty acids that may help to moisturize, nourish, and condition the scalp,” Robinson says. “It also contains high levels of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that can work to protect the skin from free radical damage.” Yet, with the particular benefits of moisturizing the hair and scalp, it works wonders on dry, damaged, or color-treated hair and can help tame the frizz due to its smoothing and conditioning properties. However, Robinson does warn, “though it’s lightweight and sheer in texture, those with oily hair may want to avoid overusing it.”

The beauty of introducing Hazelnut Oil Hair into your hair routine is that it’s versatile as a conditioning product and a nourishing product. So, you may find that you can add it as a pre-shampoo treatment or a hydrating treatment between washes.

As a pre-shampoo treatment: According to Dr. Ahmed, you may want to coat your hair strands with the oil at least one hour before washing. That way, you reduce the amount of water absorbed by the hair, reducing the risk of damage.

As a scalp treatment: If you find that your scalp is dry and itchy, you can use pure hazelnut oil. Massage it into the scalp and leave it in overnight to absorb and condition.

As a hydrating treatment: For those that find their hair becoming dry and brittle, you can decant the oil into a spray/misting bottle and spray the hair and roots as and when you feel it is needed.

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