Peanuts belong to the legume family of foods, but they aren’t just for eating. American scientist George Washington Carver found over 300 uses for peanuts, including putting them in personal care items like shampoos. Manufacturers use the oil from peanuts to help create shampoos that promise everything from smooth silky tresses to damage repair to medicinal treatments for serious scalp conditions.
Dr. George Washington Carver and Dr. Austin W. Curtis Hair Care Products
The Legend 2 Legacy Low-PH Balance Shampoo is part of the Reconstructive Hair Care System that was developed from the peanut oil technology of Dr.’s Carver and Curtis. In use for over 50 years and targeted to the specific concerns with black hair, this non-chemical shampoo is recommended for hair that is color treated, chemically relaxed or has gone from curls to straight. It is also suitable for children’s hair as well as people undergoing cancer treatment.
Dr. Hauschka Shampoo
Hair that is parched and brittle might benefit from Dr. Hauschka Shampoo with apricot and sea buckthorn. Peanut and other oils--along with botanical extracts--are said to add volume, manageability and shine to damaged hair by gently cleansing the locks while stimulating natural activities of the scalp. This shampoo also contains rose hip, milk and wheat proteins.
Philip B® Shampoo
Recommended for hair that is color treated or damaged, Philip B® White Truffle Ultra-Rich Moisturizing Shampoo blends peanut oil with the finest Italian white truffle oil available, vitamin B5, soy protein and a bouquet of 19 pure extracts including thyme, peppermint and lavender to leave hair feeling silky, thick and full of life. Most people benefit by using this shampoo twice a week.
Available by prescription only, this product contains fluocinolone acetonide and is in the corticosteroids group of medications. It also contains refined peanut oil and is intended to relive the itching and inflammation of eczema, allergic dermatitis, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Although dosage recommendations can vary, many people benefit by using this scalp oil as a shampoo once a day, lathering only an ounce or less into the hair and scalp.
Placing peanut oil and Castilla soap into a blender will churn up a homemade shampoo that has been around for many years. Scented ingredients--such as lilac, rose or honeysuckle--can be added to give the shampoo a pleasant smell. Warm peanut oil has also been touted as a remedy for dandruff when eight ounces of it is combined with half a lemon, freely massaged into the hair and allowed to penetrate for 10 minutes.
People who have an allergy to peanuts should not use shampoos containing peanut oil, since the product can be absorbed into the skin. In some people, the smell of peanuts alone is enough to trigger a serious, life-threatening reaction. Manufacturers of shampoos containing peanut oil might list it under ingredients as arachis hypogaea.