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Emu Oil Benefits for Hair

Due to its regenerative, anti-inflammatory properties which are an effective remedy against hair loss, emu oil has become widely popular. Keep reading to know its uses.
Parul Solanki
Emu oil is an all-natural oil derived from the fat of the native Australian emus. While it has been used for ages by the aboriginal tribes of Australia for its pain relieving, inflammatory, and moisturizing properties, it is only in the recent years that the benefits of emu oil have begun to garner attention.
Australian aboriginals use the oil to massage achy muscles and joints or as salve on cuts and burns. This oil is noted in fashion and health care genres for its quality of inducing cellular regeneration. It deeply penetrates in all five epidermis layers of the skin and provides nutrients (EFA) like essential Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

Emu Oil Benefits for Hair

Rejuvenates Skin Cells

Emu oil works remarkably to improve thin hair and prevent hair loss. Hair care products like shampoos and conditioners are available with emu oil as an ingredient.
Clinical studies prove that it is an anti-inflammatory agent that rejuvenates skin cells for healthy hair growth. Thus known to "wake up" the lifeless hair follicles to the anagen (growth) phase.
Emu oil also fosters follicle development and growth by increasing the synthesis of DNA in the epidermis. This results in the stimulation of skin regeneration and the proliferation of the cells around the hair follicle.

Excellent Anti-inflammatory Agent

In addition to these hair loss solutions, other benefits of emu oil include presence of linolenic acid and oleic acid that provide a local anti-inflammatory effect known to be effective androgens. This makes it a key ingredient in the treatment of hair loss and scalp problems. Regular use of emu oil is known to thicken hair by enlarging the hair follicles.

Antifungal and Antibacterial Properties

The antifungal and antibacterial properties of emu oil help in breaking down undesirable buildup and residue at the scalp and roots, thereby increasing volume and manageability. The moisturizing elements in the oil make it an ideal ingredient for the all-natural herbal conditioners.

Blocks DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)

Major cause of hair loss is Androgenetic Alopecia, caused by DHT (dihydrotestosterone), a derivative of testosterone. With time, DHT degrades and halters hair follicle growth. Even if the follicle is alive, connected to blood supply, it may shrink and produce weak hair that are unable to survive wear and tear. Emu oil blocks linking of DHT to hair follicles.

Other Uses and Benefits of Emu Oil

In addition to the emu oil benefits for hair, it also has a host of other uses. For example, using emu oil on the skin provides and replenishes the moisture that is often depleted by aging or environmental stresses. Here are some other uses of emu oil.
  • Emu oil restores elasticity to dehydrated skin caused due to aging, preserving that youthful glow. It repairs skin damage and reduces scars, wrinkles and stretch marks.
  • It is anti-inflammatory and treats acne, sunburn and eczema. It alleviates the discomfort of psoriasis, diaper rash and shingles. It's antibacterial properties guard against skin infection.
  • Emu oil can be used as a remedy for various fungal conditions that can develop on the body, particularly on the feet and fingernails.
  • Being rich in omega-3 essential fatty acids, emu oil has also been proven to dramatically relieve arthritis pain.
Emu oil with its hypoallergenic, antifungal, antibacterial, restorative, moisturizing, healing, therapeutic, anti-inflammatory, and replenishing qualities is, thus, not only a remedy for both external and internal ailments, but also embodies the quintessential holistic super-product that is useful to the hair.