Rice Bran Oil Benefits for Hair

by Tara Thomas ; Updated July 18, 2017

Rice bran oil, which is extracted from the germ and hull of rice, is traditionally used as a cooking oil prized for its high smoke point and mild flavor. Also known as rice bran extract, this vitamin E and antioxidant-rich oil has numerous benefits for hair. Rice bran extract is finding its way into an array of hair-care products, so incorporating this hair-nourishing oil into your hair-care regimen is a breeze.

Rice Bran Oil -- Help or Hype?

Dry, heat-damaged or otherwise brittle hair can make you fall out of love with your locks. Protecting your hair while restoring and maintaining a balance of moisture is key to seeing hair flourish. According to the "Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research," the ferulic acid and esters present in rice bran oil stimulate hair growth and help to prevent skin aging. Rice bran oil also contains antioxidants, such as omega-3 and omega-6 essential fatty acids, that have been shown to nourish hair while staving off the affects of premature graying. To reap the hair benefits of this oil, pamper yourself with a hot-oil treatment, use as needed to seal dry ends after moisturizing, or incorporate a little into your favorite shampoo or conditioner.

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Tara Thomas has been a writer and traveler since 1997. Her articles appear in various online publications. She also has experience authoring grant proposals for a Southern California marine science laboratory, which helped her develop a lifelong interest in environmentalism. Thomas is an event planner, has a Bachelor of Science in marine biology from California State University, Long Beach, and worked as a mortgage consultant since 1998.