Does Flaxseed Oil Work For Hair Growth? 18

There must be a thousand or more products that claim to be good for our hair. In this article I explore if taking flaxseed oil for hair specifically does anything to ensure hair growth or the prevention of hair loss. I will also take a look and see if it can help to make our hair more healthy, and also help with its growth.

There are a ton of what are described as supplemental or alternate medicines available today. The manufacturers make great claims as to what these can do.

I have found that although many claims are made they are usually supported by people selling these products to a market of people who may just try out their latest product.

On this website I discuss a lot of the supposed benefits of flaxseed oil and no doubt there are some as it naturally provides certain fatty acids that the body does not produce on its own. That is a good thing and there is clear medical evidence from many case studies to show that Omega 3 for example is good for our overall health.

For now though, let me focus on what information is available, and discover what it can or can not do for the hairs on our head.

Is There Anything In Flaxseed Oil That Makes It Good For Hair?

I think just about every hair product on the market makes claims to help with dandruff, oil problems, hair falling out, baldness and even the shine on our hair. Now personally I always look for evidence that there is some ingredients in a product that are known to help with hair growth.

There is nothing that I can see in flaxseed oil that would tell me that flaxseed oil is any good for your hair. It isn't bad for your hair either but I think it is wrong to make the statement that it actually does anything for your hair.

Have a look at the video below done by a young lady who tried this oil to see if it would make her hair grow longer or quicker?

She agrees with me that there is simply no sign of flaxseed oil doing anything specific for hair growth. I also believe that if anyone has found a cure for baldness then they have kept it a secret otherwise they would be a very rich person.

I have done a lot of research on this, and apart from people who try to sell this as a hair enhancing product, I can not find anyone who has said this works. Now please note that it might, but I couldn't find any sicntific or medical studies where this has been tested and proven.

Medically we do know that if people have low levels of Omega 3 in their bodies, then that can certainly lead to dry hair, due to a lack of natural scalp and body oils. Those people who suffer from skin issues such as psoriasis or eczema, particularly in the scalp area, actually respond very well to any type of skin moisturisation.

It would be safe therefore to assume that flaxseed oil can help as it does act as an anti-inflammatory product. There is therefore some hope there for people who suffer from dry hair or dry scalps.

Again though I would point out that although this would promote healthier growth of hair, it is not the same as making hair grow. If you help create a healthy scalp, then that will sustain and promote healthy hair and growth.

Flaxseed Oil Gel for Hair

I did come across this interesting product and a variant on the standard flaxseed oil or capsules. Have a look at this video first and I will comment afterwards.

It makes no sense to me and looks like a ton of work would be my summary of this. Yet again this type of thing looks like someone has convinced themselves that this is a good product.
They could well be right but nothing that I could find would support any of the claims made in the video above.
It may of course be good for other health reasons but there is little or no evidence that I could find that it helped with hair growth.

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18 thoughts on “Does Flaxseed Oil Work For Hair Growth?

    • Bec

      I have had a different experience with it. Its one of my favorites my hair became thicker and grew more rapidly. I can assure you I am not in denial and cunvincing myself of anything. I use sweet almond flax olive cocunut black sesame walnut and shea EACH weekly. However I started my hair journey with 2 bottles of flaxseed all that I got on clearance. When I first started I was to cheap to pay the other oils prices. My hair did wonderfully and was the healthiest I had seen it in yrs. When I ran out it became hard to find the other oils are wonderful! Please dont be mistaken but I felt the efffects and difference between the results achieved with flax. It is rich in many of the great fatty acids your hair and body needs. Many other things as well. Here is an additional info guide:

      • Enda Post author

        Thanks for the comment Bec. I think it would be fair to say that individuals will all have a slightly different experience if they try this oil. My article refers to all the information left by many different people at Forums etc and tells of their experience. I am delighted it worked for you and I also hope it works for others.

  • julie

    The reason flaxseed and flaxseed oil is regarded as a hair growth/thickness booster is because it contains phytoestrogens, which mimic estrogen in the body, just like when you are pregnant, your hair grows full and thick because of excess estrogen, by adding phytoestrogens into a diet will also aid in the maintenance of healthy hair growth and may help prevent hair loss

  • Sasha Danton

    I do not know about flaxseed oil for but when it is made as a gel it helps with curl definition and offers hold for people with wavy, kinky, coily or curly hair. Maybe not in this video but a lot of people with natural hair has had success with using this as a natural alternative to styling cremes or gels.

    • Peggy

      I have always had very thin straight hair until I started taking flaxseed oil pills 3x a day for hot flashes. My hair got thicker and nice curls. I even asked my hair dresser why my hair was getting curly. She says it has to be hormonal. Well after the hot flashes stopped. I stopped taking the flaxseed oil and after 2 years my hair is straight and thinner than ever! Makes me so sad. It never crossed my mind that it was the flaxseed oil that made my hair so healthy and curly. I bought a bottle last night and I’m going to start taking them Today!!

  • Khandice

    Hi. I honestly think this post is inaccurate. Omega 3 is a major vitamin in hair growth. My dermatologist recommended that I take Omega 3 through fish products however I am not a big fan nor lover of the sea creatures so instead she recommended that I use Flaxseeds instead as it can work as an excellent alternative (ground not whole as the body doesnt absorb the whole grains to get any benefit). She also advised that i should use the Oil externally on my hair and scalp to promote growth and to develop and maintain healthy, shiny, hair. Using it on both the outside and the inside would guarantee healthier hair that what I had before. without a doubt it worked like a charm! Ive been trying many other oils that have indeed worked but this oil has showed a difference in my hair. Im not sure about the other people but for me this oil does wonders

  • Juanita

    I’ve only recently begun taking flaxseed oil capsules, so I don’t yet know of its effectiveness. However, an equestrian friend told me that horses are regularly given flaxseed to improve the growth and condition of their manes, tails, skin, and hooves. I think it’s worth a try at any rate. After over a year of living on an extreme low carbohydrate diet (20 carbs a day) with bi-weekly nutritional counseling and regular physician follow-ups, I only lost 18 lbs even though all my lab tests came back improved (except sugar, which actually went up a little!). However, I abruptly began losing significant quantities of hair from the front top of my head in the shower and on my brush! The physician said it must be “nutritionally related.” I saw a dermatologist who only stated that it was female pattern baldness and must be stress related due to the extremely low carb diet. I discontinued the low carb diet (and gained back 18 lbs+), but my hair has only minimally returned. Now, about two years later, I am dieting via Weight Watchers and having better weight loss results overall — hair growth has not yet improved significantly, but I’ve only been on WW for about 2 months; not enough time really for hair growth to occur noticeably. I noted from reading the linked article that Bec posted that it’s best to take flaxseed oil capsules at a different time from other supplements, which I didn’t know. Thanks, Bec!

  • Cindy

    I highly doubt the flax seed oil capsules are going to do much to your hair. I use flax gel or ground flax seed for my hair an it has done wonders for me. Not only has my hair grown faster but much thicker an healthier. I eat 2 to 3 tablespoons organic ground flax seeds a day. I also take organic flax seeds an make my own flax-gel, an add some of my favorite essential oils to it. Once a week I slather that gel all over my damp hair, cover it with a shower cap and wrap a warm towel around my had an go about my day! 🙂 I leave the gel on my hair for hours or even leave it on over night. So yeah, I’m not surprised you didn’t notice a difference with a capsule an who knows what kind of oil, but try organic and mix it into your diet an directly to the scalp! It WILL work!!

    • Sharena

      Thank you for posting your hair testimony. I have natural hair and I’m learning about different oils that are beneficial to take. Ive heard people mention flax seed oil so after doing research I will include it in my diet moderately.

  • sonia perez

    The brand you’re using is very cheap..I use Vitamin Shoppe brand and in 2 months hair is longer and bald spots have been filled in! The brand in that video is from Walmart. I have been let down by their products since I depend on natural supplements for reducing blood pressure and diabetis..So I know the difference from their products compared to Vitamin Shoppe’s or VItamin World’s.

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  • Meka

    You may not find anything for the Caucasian persuasion because studies show in the African American community, that the oil strengthens our hair, nourishes it because we must have moisture in our types of hair, and it helps us with brittle & spilt ends. It’s a black thing.

    • Peggy

      I’m Caucasian and I’ve used black hair care products on my hair of and on for Years. When my hair starts to get dry and dull. It moisturizes my hair and leaves it nice and shiny. I’m still having trouble getting my hair to grow. It just seems to be getting thinner? I heard about biotin vitimans but I got scared when I read some of the bad reactions. I’ve heard castor oil helps. Anyone have any advice for me.

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