What is mustard oil?

With so many different products that we can use in our hair today, mustard oil can seem like an odd choice. Taken from the mustard plant itself, this rich oil is commonly used in cooking across Asia. It’s also used for helping our skin and our hair in some cases, as well.

Putting the absurdity aside for a moment, the benefits of using mustard oil for hair can actually become quite apparent. If you intend to look after your hair, then you should absolutely look to use a varied range of oils and health products on it. However, what can we expect if we were to use mustard oil on our hair? What kind of benefits could you expect to see? Let’s take a look at some of the supposed benefits of using mustard oil for hair. 

Mustard Oil For Hair: Benefits

As mentioned above, mustard oil has long been linked with being good for the condition of our hair. The thing about using mustard oil in our hair is that while it needs more research, it’s quite a logical product to use in your hair. Once you understand why it makes sense, it’s a product you might use some more. What are some of the linked benefits to using mustard oil for hair?

  • Linked to being a strong anti-inflammatory source, which is very good for scalp health. 
  • It’s rich in monounsaturated fats and saturated fats, which can be good for conditioning.
  • Using pumpkin oil on our hair can add more moisture naturally – great for frizzy hair and/or split ends.
  • The anti-bacterial nature of mustard oil makes it a useful choice for combating dandruff.

Mustard Oil Side Effects

However, mustard oil has been linked with skin damage and irritation in some people. If you worry that you might be allergic to mustard, then don’t use mustard oil at all. Also, you should make sure that you try and get out of the habit of using it too much if you notice any sense of tingling, itching, or mild discomfort.

Other side effects of mustard oil are still being researched. The oil contains a lot of erucic acid which has been linked to potential health problems. Try and keep that in mind when it comes to regular usage and dosage. As ever, speak with a medical professional before using mustard oil for hair in particular. 


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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