What is grapefruit oil?

Grapefruit oil is an essential oil extracted from the peel of the grapefruit by using a cold pressing technique. It has a sweet, zesty aroma and is becoming an increasingly popular choice of oil used in many hair, beauty and aromatherapy products around the world.

Over time, research has shown that using grapefruit oil to improve our health, skin and hair might be a very wise choice. Let’s take a further look at the benefits grapefruit essential oil can have on our hair.

Grapefruit Oil For Hair: Benefits

If you are looking for a way to find quality hair products and natural ways to improve the condition of your hair, grapefruit oil might be worth a shot. Alongside a host of other long-term benefits, some benefits which are linked to grapefruit oil include:

  • Can be used to help anxiety and depression, which could contribute to hair loss over time.
  • Antibacterial substance that can help you to combat against bacterial infections in hair or scalp.
  • Also linked to killing off fungus, which could help with scalp issues.
  • Useful for ridding your hair of build-up of products and synthetic ingredients.
  • Has been linked to promoting natural shine and growth in your hair.
  • Presence of Vitamin A and C links grapefruit oil to natural hair shine and growth. 

Grapefruit Oil Side Effects

Like any essential oil, make sure that you dilute it strongly before you use it on your skin. Using grapefruit essential oil on skin without enough protection can lead to skin damage and irritation over time. 

It’s also been linked with photosensitivity, which is common in citrus oils. This means that you could be prone to your skin being burnt in the sun. Generally, grapefruit essential oil is a safe essential oil to use however we recommend consulting with a medical professional beforehand to look for any potential allergies and/or reactions.  


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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