What is black seed oil?

If you ever intend to keep good condition of your hair and skin, then you need the right products to do so. One fine example of this comes from black seed oil, a product commonly used in Asia and Africa. It’s also become very popular in Eastern Europe. Black seed oil has a long history of use in natural medicines, as well as in cooking and in fragrance. Many people use black seed oil on their hair and scalp, however what sort of benefits can we expect to see to the condition of our hair and scalp with regular use?

Black Seed Oil For Hair: Benefits

  • Providing our scalps with a barrier due to its natural anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties.
  • High in fatty acids.
  • Some research also suggests that it could be good for moisturising the scalp and preventing a build up of dandruff.
  • Some early studies also link black seed oil as a potential remedy for regular hair loss.
  • Early studies also point to this being a source of improvement for people dealing with temporary hair thinning conditions, such as telogen effluvium.
  • It’s also been linked with being a positive solution for things like high blood pressure and obesity, which can all have an indirect impact on our hair health.

However, with black seed oil, almost all research has come from small-scale studies. 

Black Seed Oil Side Effects

Given that black seed oil is still being heavily researched, it’s hard to say with any certainty about what it can and cannot do. However, we do recommend that you try using it with the help of a medical professional beforehand. They can take a look at black seed oils medical profile and determine the likelihood if any negative comeback from using the product on your hair.

They can also determine if there is any potential compatibility problems with black seed oil and medication that you might have to take. 


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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