What is apricot oil?

For anyone trying to boost the natural strength and beauty of their hair, knowing where to start is important. That’s why for a lot of people the use of apricot oil has become a go-to starting place. Otherwise known as apricot kernel oil, this is made from the seeds that are found in an apricot itself. These are one of the richest sources of vitamins and fatty acids that we can find in nature. When used correctly, it can not only leave you feeling great, but looking great as well!

Apricot kernel oil can be used for many purposes. This is a fine solution for everything from hair care to skin care, so let’s look at some of its major benefits. 

Apricot Oil For Hair: Benefits

Apricot oil is an absolutely brilliant choice for anyone who is looking to try and give their skin a bit of extra moisture, hydration and protection. For hair care, though, it also provides some excellent benefits. Some benefits which could benefit your hair long-term include:

  • Apricot kernel oil can be used to help skin which is irritated – including the scalp.
  • It’s a rich source of anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial care for your body and hair.
  • A rich source of Vitamins A, C, and E, which can contribute to hair growth long-term.
  • Also rich in omega-9 fatty acids such as oleic acid; great for hair softness. 
  • You can find that apricot oil helps to reduce dryness, including combating dandruff.
  • Lubricates and hydrates your hair helping to improve dryness and manageability over time. 

Apricot Oil Side Effects

Of course, like using any other kind of essential oil product you have to be aware of the potential for damage in the long-term. With this oil, though, the main thing you have to look out for is over-excessive usage of the product itself. If you can avoid using too much of the oil, then you should have no real side-effects to worry about moving forward. 


Written by Jordan Prichard. Medically reviewed by Dr. Shane Jackson, MBBS. Last modified on 20/05/2020. 


Dr. Shane Jackson a UK based doctor, working within the NHS for 9 years. With experience in both Medicine and Surgery, his time is now spent mainly in Elderly care and Rehabilitation. Outside of his clinical work he has a strong educational presence, teaching undergraduates and foreign doctors wishing to work in the UK. He is passionate about the dissemination of healthcare for all, providing consultancy for health, well-being and biotech startups worldwide. Dr. Jackson is the founder of Acrosophy, which helps school leavers applying to medical, dental and associated courses at the top universities in the country. 

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