What is evening primrose oil?

Native to North and South America, evening primrose oil has been used by humans for centuries. It’s become a major part of medicinal life in Europe and Asia and has a long term history of being used to help treat skin disorders, acne and psoriasis. Evening primrose oil has also played a role in the past with helping people with a wide variety of conditions such as osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and even simple issues such as suffering with dry eyes. How, though, does evening primrose oil help to improve the condition of your hair? 

Evening primrose oil For Hair: Benefits

There are many benefits to using evening primrose oil for your hair. Alongside being used to help with general lifestyle issues such as nerve damage or even asthma, evening primrose oil has many benefits for your hair. Just some of these benefits include:

  • Rich in linoleic acid, which is an essential fatty acid for body and hair health.
  • Evening primrose oil contains omega-6 fatty acids, which can reduce hair loss.
  • Rich in omega-6 fatty acids which contribute to hair growth.
  • Can reduce inflammation improving hair strength over time.
  • Deeply hydrating and nourishing to the scalp.
  • Soothes dry and itchy areas helping to combat irritated scalps. 

Evening primrose oil Side Effects

However, there are some potential side-effects that can arise from using this particular oil. If you are going to use evening primrose oil for hair, then we recommend that you consider the following side-effects:

  • Increases the chance of bruising and/or bleeding – avoid if you have a bleeding disorder.
  • A link to potential increases in seizures for those who suffer from epilepsy.
  • Stomach upset and diarrhoea can be a side-effect if taken orally.
  • Headaches, too, can be a common issue if you take your oil orally.


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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