You have probably heard of the benefits of carrot for the eyes but did you know that you could derive oil from the vegetable to benefit your hair?
This sounds far-fetched but it is true. Carrot oil can moisturize and nourish hair as well as promote its growth among a few other things.
Let us get right into how to make and use this oil.
How to Make Carrot Oil for Hair
Of course, you can buy processed carrot oil and use it from the bottle but we are focusing on how to do it at home. Here is the entire process.
What you need
- An airtight container or jar
- Vegetable peeler/knife
- Food processor or hand grater
- Strainer or sieve
- 2 large carrots
- Sunflower, coconut, olive, or sesame oil to cover
The following is the process for making the oil.
The first thing you want to do is wash your carrots. After that, you can choose whether to peel them or not.
We feel that leaving the skin on is best because it is full of nutrients. Just ensure that you wash thoroughly if you opt to do it that way.
Now take your food processor and put the carrots in so that they can be grated. Do not worry if you do not have the appliance because a hand grater can deliver the same results.
Note that the food processor has different processing options so ensure that you choose the grating option. You do not want carrot juice or carrot pulp.
Once you have your grated carrot mix with any of the oils we have listed in the ‘what you need’ section. After that, pour the mixture into your crock-pot and set it to the lowest temperature.
You want to let this mixture sit in the crock-pot for about 3 days as you infuse some heat every day. Maintain the temperature at 100-105 degrees.
After a while, the oil will begin turning its color to orange, and once you notice that, you want to strain the mixture through a sieve or strainer.
Of course, since what you want is the oil, you will have to throw away the grated carrots and remain with the oil.
At this point, you have your carrot oil and the next step is to store it for future use. Remember the airtight container or jar that was one of the requirements for this process? It is now time to take it out.
Pour your carrot oil in and close your jar. Your oil will be safe to use for up to 8 months after this.
How To Use It
There is a right or preferred way to apply carrot oil to your hair for the best results. You can use the oil as a hair conditioner or hair food.
As a Hair Conditioner
First, you want to part your hair into sections to make the application of the oil easier. After that, measure half a cup of the oil and pour it into a bowl. Alternatively, you can scoop the oil from the jar if that is where you stored it.
Apply the oil from the roots of the hair as you work your way upwards. You then want to get into the scalp and massage thoroughly for about ten minutes.
Massage helps in preventing hair breakage and boosting hair growth. You see, when you massage your scalp, you promote the circulation of blood and stimulate hair growth cells.
After this, you want to wrap your hair, put on a shower cap, and let the oil sit for about ten minutes before shampooing it off with mild shampoo and warm water.
As Hair Food
If you want to use the oil regularly to nourish your hair and scalp, you want to dilute it, as it can be very potent.
To do that, add about three or four drops of your carrot oil to about 4 tablespoons of any carrier oil. Great carrier oil options include coconut oil, sunflower, and sesame oil.
After this, you want to massage the oil into your hair and scalp. Again, take your time with the massage, as it is what accelerates blood flow in your scalp and saturates your hair follicles with oil so that they remain moisturized.
When you use carrot oil as hair food, it also works to prevent hair breakage, supply your hair, and scalp with all the nutrients that the oil has to offer.
Benefits of Carrot Oil for your Mane
As we mentioned before, carrot oil comes with several benefits for hair. Let us go through some of the most notable ones.
1. Reduces Hair Loss
During seasons such as spring or autumn, you are more likely to lose hair. This is because your hair is prone to breakage when it is colder.
Carrot oil contains Vitamin A and C to combat that.
2. Promotes Hair Growth
Carrots are rich in vitamins and that helps increase blood flow to the scalp. Of course, this nourishes hair follicles and accelerates the hair growth process.
Vitamin E and C in particular help in preventing greying of hair and you get to benefit from that as well.
3. Protect the Scalp and Improve the Look of Hair
Carrots contain nutrients that help safeguard your scalp from external elements such as weather, UV rays, and pollution.
Besides, carrot oil helps keep hair lustrous and smooth instead of dull and dry.
Frequently Asked Questions
We believe you have a few questions as far as carrot oil is concerned; we have answered several commonly asked ones below that may be of help.
Do carrots make your hair grow faster?
Carrots are rich in vitamin A, which works in reducing hair loss, and making it stronger, shinier, and thicker.
Carrot oil is hypothesized to promote hair growth when used for the long term.
How do I use carrot oil?
You can dilute carrot oil with carrier oil such as coconut or sunflower oil and apply it topically or infuse it with skincare products to improve their nourishing effects.
A Word of Caution
While carrot oil comes with a host of benefits, there are some pre-indications that you should take into account before using the oil.
- It’s generally not recommended to use this oil when pregnant
- Likewise, if you’ve been diagnosed with asthma or epilepsy, avoid the oil unless your doctor recommends otherwise
- Some people may experience nausea if they happen to use carrot oil in excess
- It is advisable to use the oil in combination with carrier oils to balance its potency
- Stay indoors for about 3 days after applying carrot oil to avoid damaging your skin
Applying carrot oil to the hair nourishes it and the scalp as well. People who have used the oil have reported the oil to have helped soften their hair, protected it from damage, and promoted growth.
However, this claim appears to be circumstantial because there is not enough scientific evidence to back it up.
Carrot oil can be derived from carrot seeds but the process of doing this is quite complex and that is why it is preferable to use carrot roots if you want to go the DIY route.
That said, this oil is rich in nutrients such as vitamin E and A as well as beta-carotene which are known to promote hair growth, and for that, we do endorse its use.