Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Update your Hair routine with Flaxseed

Nourishing and natural.

words by: Natasha Marsh
May 25, 2022

Typically used only in food, flaxseed took the mainstream route into the wellness world a few years ago. Known to be a good source of protein and fiber, flaxseed oil improves cholesterol, lowers blood pressure and does so much more. But what does it do for wellness? Turns out, sprinkling some flaxseeds into your morning smoothie or using flaxseed oil in a salad dressing has insane grooming benefits.


More specifically, for your hair, when taken orally and applied topically. Wondering how? Below we break down exactly what flaxseed does, its role in our hair and scalp routine, and the benefits of flaxseed for hair.


What is flaxseed?

Flaxseed is from a flowering flax plant. To make flaxseed oil, the seed is pressed from the plant. It is rich in Omega-3 fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory agents that help with redness, irritation, and inflammation on the scalp. Studies have shown that flaxseed can also help the hair become dense, shiny and high in volume and elasticity.


Great, so what are the benefits if I use it?

Flaxseeds are a good part of a healthy hair diet. Due to the Omega-3 fatty acids, it is well known for it’s anti-inflammatory agents. By reducing inflammation, it promotes healthier hair follicles and soothes scalp irritation. It is also high in fiber to keep hair dense and shiny, with loads of volume and elasticity. Basically, if used regularly, you will have a highly nourished and moisturized scalp and hair.

The great thing about it is it can work on any hair. That means dry, damaged, curly, and frizzy. And it’s especially great for those with dandruff or scalp irritation as it helps with any and all inflammation. Before using, it’s also important to consider your skin type. Given that it can clog pores, you should avoid it if your scalp is oil or acne-prone.


How often can I use flaxseed?

If you take it in the form of a pill, you can use it daily. However, if you apply it topically, you should be more sparing. Many doctors and other specialists encourage you to use flaxseed oil orally. You can start with a daily dose of anywhere from 100 mg to 500 mg. Or, you can put a tablespoon of flaxseed oil in your morning smoothies.


If you’d like to use flaxseed topically, it is great massaged into the scalp or used as a hair mask — but again, do so sparingly (once every two weeks). You might be wondering why it is stronger if applied topically, rather than orally. Although there are minimal side effects and flaxseed is well-tolerated on the scalp, it is high on the comedogenic scale — it has the potential to clog your pores if used too often topically. To play it safe, stick with using it in your diet instead of topically.


Here’s another oil you can use to calm your scalp—eucalyptus.


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