What is marula oil?

Having become a very important oil in health and skin care, marula oil has become a go-to choice for many people. It’s been proven to have many long-term benefits to our body, hair, and skin. Taken from the marula fruit tree in Southern Africa, this is a very powerful substance. The trees today are regularly cultivated so that we can get this amazing oil substance taken from it directly. It’s a tree that has long linked to things like marriage and even fertility. Today, it’s a common part of traditional medicine and culinary cooking across Africa. 

Let's take a further look into the benefits we can expect to see from using marula oil on our hair.

Marula Oil For Hair: Benefits

Marula oil is known to have many long-term benefits for our bodies in general, but also our hair especially. Given the fact it’s one of the best moisturizers around, too, it’s an excellent source for keeping your skin well hydrated, looking good, and feeling fantastic. What, though, should you be looking for in terms of benefits to your hair?

  • For one, marula oil has been shown to be brilliant for preventing water loss in your hair.
  • This makes it ideal for combatting problems with dry or otherwise brittle hair.
  • Marula oil can help you to keep frizzy hair that is hard to manage under full control.
  • It’s great for nourishing our hair in full, from the roots right down to the tips.
  • Rich in fatty acids & amino acids such as glutamic acid and L-arginine; great for hydration.
  • A source of Vitamin C and E which can help to protect you from sun exposure.
  • It’s also an antimicrobial treatment, which can help to kill off issues on your scalp.

Marula Oil Side Effects

At the time of writing, we can find no specific or long-term risks that can stem from using marula oil. We would recommend that if you have nut allergies that you speak to a medical professional to seek their advice on what to do next. If you worry about a reaction, then try it on your inner forearm and wait for 24 hours before continuing any further. If no signs of redness or irritation appear, you are fine. 


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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