Rice bran oil is renowned as an ancient beauty secret, used for centuries to maintain beautiful hair and skin. It even can help grow hair! Read about how to incorporate this beauty staple into your hair and skin care routines.
About Rice Bran Oil
Rice bran and rice bran oil come from the bran that surrounds the rice grain. Rice Bran Oil is extracted from the germ and inner husk of rice. Made from the bran, or the ”the hard outer shell” of the rice kernel.
Rice bran is rich in nutrients such as fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins such as vitamins A and E. This oil naturally moisturizes and protects skin from free radical damage. Rice bran’s ability to retain moisture on the skin’s surface keeps the skin deeply hydrated and gives skin a youthful glow. It is not greasy like avocado or olive oil.
Rice bran oil Research shows that a combination of linoleic acid and oryzanol can promote hair growth and lead to stronger strands. It’s believed that the combination of antioxidants and lipids is effective when applied to the scalp. It can even reverse existing follicle damage.
Rice Bran Oil is also rich in oleic and linoleic acid, both of which keep hair flexible and increase elasticity, decreasing breakage and split ends.
Rice Bran Oil’s abundant supply of vitamin E repairs skin and hair. When applied to the scalp, it helps to reduce inflammation and reverse damage to the hair follicles. A chemical compound in Rice Bran Oil called gamma-oryzanol, has some sun protectant ability, shielding hair from damaging UVA and UVB rays.
A Fatty Acid Superstar
Rice Bran Oil contains a large percentage of fatty acids that are rich in Omega 3 and 9. Rice bran oil is high in Vitamin B and E, giving it the potential to promote hydration, reduce pigmentation, and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also contains antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, CoQ10, and lycopene. All of these benefit both hair and skin.
Hair Growth and Rice Bran Oil
The impact of Rice Bran Oil on the ability to promote hair regrowth has been compared to a three percent minoxidil formulation  but without the side effects such as skin irritation or itching. Rice Bran Oil also addresses dry and damaged scalps, which can impair hair growth. Rice Bran Oil makes for a great scalp massage oil.
- Choi JS, Jeon MH, Moon WS, et al. In vivo hair growth-promoting effect of rice bran extract prepared by supercritical carbon dioxide fluid. Biol Pharm Bull. 2014;37(1):44-53. doi:10.1248/bpb.b13-00528