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September 12, 2011

Emu Oil Benefits our Natural Hair

by Jessica Mousseau via Naturallycurly.com

It seems as though each day a new product guaranteed to give you longer, stronger, healthier hair is introduced. Some of them even go so far as to claim that they can stop hair loss and even re-grow hair. Although some products can actually stop hair loss and allow for the re-growth of hair, most of them do little to improve the condition of your hair.

Of all the products that make such claims, however, emu oil benefits the condition of your scalp, which is where hair growth starts. This product may actually be everything it’s hyped up to be.

How Does Hair Actually Grow?

Hair actually starts growing below the epidermis, or top layer of skin, of the scalp. Hair follicles go through three separate phases, and each one may be in a different stage of growth.

The first stage is called the anagen stage. The hair begins to grow from the root and gradually works its way to the end of the follicle. This is actually the only time that hair is considered alive. Next is the catagen stage. During this phase, the hair has fully grown, and the hair follicle itself is actually coming closer to the surface of the skin. The hair is actually getting ready to be shed. Nothing happens to the hair itself during this period. Color does not change (unless it is by artificial means), and the length remains the same. It is, for all intents and purposes, “dead,” although a more precise term would be to say the hair is in a “resting” phase. Hair shedding of the follicle and preparing for new hair growth occurs during the telogen phase. This is the phase in which the existing hair falls out, a new hair follicle grows, and the process starts all over again.

Again, each of these phases is occurring at a different time on different parts of your head and body. Of course, the hair on your head is more noticeable; that is why each day you see hair left behind in the sink, on your brush or comb, as weeks pass after a haircut or as you notice your hair growing long again.

Emu Oil Benefits for Hair Growth

Clinical studies conducted in the United States and other parts of the world show that emu oil works with the anagen phase of hair growth. This is the only phase in which the hair follicle and the hair are actually considered “living,” and thus can be affected by any type of product.

It is thought that emu oil benefits cell growth and provide skin stimulation around new hair follicles as they start and continue the development process. All of these together help hair to grow faster; in addition, the hair grown is said to be healthier.

How Much To Use

The amount of emu oil you use will depend on your personal preference as well as your hair’s characteristics. If your hair tends to be naturally oily, you may not want to use as much as someone who has normal or dry hair. Additionally, the thickness of your hair will have a bearing on how much you use. Thick hair may require more in order to penetrate each follicle as well as the scalp, while thinner hair may require less.

The length of your hair is also a factor in how much emu oil benefits you’ll get from the amount you use. Longer hair may require more, especially if it tends to be dry. You’ll want to use as much as is needed to make sure the emu oil is applied all the way down the hair shaft. Shorter hair, on the other hand, may tend to be oilier, and, of course, will be closer to the scalp. You will probably need less if your hair is short.

It may require a little experimentation to get just the right amount. Once you’ve found what is best for your hair, however, you can jot it down so you won’t forget, or you can even put the emu oil in a dispenser that allows you to dispense the amount you need. You may want to consider doing the latter if you buy your oil in large quantities.

Where to Buy Emu Oil

  • Emu oil can be purchased through online merchants. You can also find it in health food stores, beauty supply stores, and possibly even in some drug or department stores.

Have you tried Emu Oil?

26 Chime in!:

Yirssi said...

I'd never before tried it, or heard of it, but will definitely incorporate it into my routine.

Anonymous said...

this is so funny because my honey swears by this stuff! we have a bottle sitting on the bathroom counter now, i put it my hair sometimes, its very moisturizing but now I think i will do more of a scalp massage with it. He loves it! you can find it at vit shop!

babyu21 said...

Where can you purchase emu oil from?

Pecancurls said...

I have not tried emu oil on its own, I recently started using hydratherma naturals moisturizing growth lotion and growth oil, both contain emu oil. So far, theyhave really helped with my dryness

Pecancurls said...

Not sure what happened to my earlier post. I have not used emu oil directly. I did recently start using hydratherma naturals growth moisturizing lotion and growth oil. They both contain emu oil. So far, they have done a good job of keeping my super dry coif moisturized.

Nikki said...

I have heard of Emu oil primarily as an anti-inflammatory. I have had patients that swear that it decreases pain.

Anonymous said...

What is emu oil exactly? Where does it come from? How is it processed?

Lillian Mae said...

Emu Oil will grow your hair, BUT it is expensive! At my local health food store they have something around a 4 ounces for like $22.

Sham said...

Per wikipedia: Emu oil is an oil made from the fat of the emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, a bird native to Australia. It has been used historically by the Australian aborigines for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders. 100% pure emu oil can vary widely in color and viscosity, but, assuming the emu has enjoyed a natural diet, is generally a yellow liquid.

I'm all about oils from plants, fruits & seeds, but IDK about bird fat (O_o)

Sham said...

Emu oil is an oil made from the fat of the emu, Dromaius novaehollandiae, a bird native to Australia.[1][2] It has been used historically by the Australian aborigines for the treatment of burns, wounds, bruises, and as a pain reliever for bone, muscle, and joint disorders. 100% pure emu oil can vary widely in color and viscosity, but, assuming the emu has enjoyed a natural diet, is generally a yellow liquid.

I'm all aboout oils from plants, fruits, seeds, etc... But IDK about bird fat! O_o

purplgirl48 said...

@ Sham I'm with you ;o)

Anonymous said...

Too many oils so little time. If one tried all the oils good for ones hair, one will never try anyone oil long enough to see the purported benefits of that oil. Find 3-4 oils you like and keep them in rotation.

Candace4life said...

So is this Emu Oil like Rosemary Oil good for growth stimulation of the hair etx

Anonymous said...

Hilarious, where does Emu oil come from? Wow, just wow.

Anonymous said...

This is my own opinion, but I believe that there are enough plant-derived oils available to us in stores to use on our hair. Killing emus just for their fat, to use as a hair product, does not seem justified. These animals are native to Australia, so let’s leave them to First Australians (Aboriginal people) for traditional use. Also, online some claim that "while there are no studies showing that emu oil is effective in humans, it is marketed and promoted as a dietary supplement with a wide variety of claimed health benefits."

Anonymous said...

I cannot justify the killing of a bird for my hair! I have a real problem with animal cruelty and this is just not worth it in my opinion. I will stick with my vegetarian oils!

Anonymous said...

@ Anonymous 3:16 AM AGREED!!!

Anonymous said...

Clearly this is not for a vegan to use, huh?

Anonymous said...

"Where does emu oil come from?" LOL!

Anonymous said...

I'm not sure if the bird has to be killed for the fat to be extracted????

However, I have you used it before for medicinal purposes and it's the bizness. My 7 yo daughter stepped in an ant pile one time and was screaming, crying. I applied some emu oil and in no time she was fine--said it didn't hurt any more. Another time my 5 yo daughter decided she wants to reach on the stove for something and touched a pot ( I was cooking). I remembered the emu worked for the ant bites and decided to give it a try for a minor burn, and in the time it took for the oil to do it's thing and pentrate the skin she said her hand stopped burning. I'm not sure what it does for the hair, but it works magic for pain. This is from experience..

Dorian

Anonymous said...

By the way, I used it too after a minor burn, and the children knew what they were talking about. I too felt relief.

It is quite expensive, but I will try it on our hair since it worked so nicely for pain.

I believe the hype!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

I've been using this as a facial moisturizer for about two years. Excellent for my sensitive, acne-prone skin!

Anonymous said...

I use it on my face, it was recommended to me because my skin was stressed and emu is an anti-inflammatory. It is great, a little goes a long way. I use a bit of neem cream and a drop of Emu, my skin has never looked better. it has turned back the clock.

LexyCake said...

The birds are not harmed in any way when extracting the oil...just so everyone knows

Anonymous said...

Camden-Grey.com carry it...too darn expensive for me though!

Anonymous said...

I have a lot of friends from India and they swear by Coconut oil. In the Middle Eastern Stores, the women swear by almond oil, I personally like extra virgin olive oil for my curly locks. I feel that any "oil" is great because dry, curly, or even straight hair needs oils to keep the hair from breaking. My mom always had very long hair and I did even when I was little and when I had relaxed hair...my secret is use an oil (even kemi), place your hair in a style, leave it a alone so it can grow and when it needs a trim....give it a small trim by cutting off the 2-3 thin hairs at the end of a twisted braid....and keep heat off your hair as much as possible ladies:)

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