Monday, April 5, 2010


Wheat germ oil has protein, a substance found in most meat. Protein is an important component for rebuilding healthy tissues and processing minerals through our cells. Potassium, calcium and magnesium along with vitamins A, B1 and B3 and E are also contained in wheat germ oil. These minerals and vitamins are vital to maintaining healthy hair and skin. However, there are other oils you can substitute as an emollient for moisturizing your hair.

Avocado Oil

Like wheat germ oil, avocado oil contains high levels of tocopherol, or vitamin E. Vitamin E is an excellent moisturizer for the skin and hair. It can be easily absorbed into the outer layer of cuticle of the hair shaft and penetrate beneath the surface. This is good news for curly hair, which is fragile due to its easily damaged cuticles. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant, powerful enough to protect hair from the sun's rays, other harmful substances and pollution. In some instances, vitamin E can prevent hair loss or reverse some patterns of hair loss.

Avocado oil also contains some the same fatty acids as wheat germ oil. These fatty acids, such as oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, give avocado oil an emollient property that is beneficial to hair. However, the quantity of these fatty substances is significantly different between avocado oil and wheat germ oil.

Coconut Oil

When we shampoo our hair, we lose protein. But, using a coconut oil can prevent your hair from being stripped of protein. Keratin is a protein fiber molecule contained within hair follicles. These molecules act as structural forms for different kinds of living tissue. Although, coconut oil contains a medium amount of triglycerides or fatty acids, nonetheless, these fatty substances can still penetrate hair molecules and moisture your hair. Using coconut oil regularly can encourage hair growth by aiding hair follicles to get plenty of oxygen. Coconut oil is versatile hair tool that can be used as a deep conditioner or applied every day as a moisturizer to the hair.

Jojoba Oil

Native Americans in the Southwestern region of the United States have used jojoba oil for medicinal purposes for many years. But, in regards to healthy hair, jojoba oil helps to remove sebum deposits from the hair shaft. Sebum is a waxy matter secreted from sebaceous glands in the scalp that is mainly responsible for dandruff or other scalp ailments. By removing sebum deposits the scalp become less acid and this promotes healthy hair follicles. Jojoba oil contains copper, iodine, zinc and vitamins E and B, components that are slightly similar to wheat germ oil, although jojoba oil is mainly used for dandruff and psoriasis. However, jojoba oil is also beneficial for moisturizing the hair, too.