What is sesame oil?

For anyone trying to find natural ways to care for their hair, one of the most common places to start is with sesame oil. This product has gone from being a decent product suggestion to an essential must-have for many people. If you are looking for an easy way to get the best way to care for your hair, then you need to grasp the importance of having sesame oil.

Taken from the sesame plant, the sesame oil that most of us use will come from either Eastern Africa, or India. It’s known for having a rich flavour but also a high combination of mono and polyunsaturated fats, making it great for cooking. But what about your hair, for example? Could you use this natural cooking aide to make your hair even stronger?

Given this is rich in major nutrients, including Vitamin E, you can enjoy a nice boost from environmental protection. Issues such as UV rays, pollution, and various toxins are far less likely to irritate you by taking sesame oil. But what else can one get from taking sesame oil? 

Sesame Oil For Hair: Benefits

Sesame oil is a great choice for just about anyone looking to get some extra hair benefits. Just some of the benefits that could be linked to using sesame oil for hair include:

  • Improves hair strength and general shine thanks to the introduction of Vitamin E, which is essential to making your hair stronger. 
  • A happy combination of vital fatty acids that can keep hair and skin soft and hydrated. These include oleic acids, stearic acids, and linoleic acids.
  • Great for combatting inflammation, which is one of the leading causes of problems with our hair. This helps to reduce inflammation naturally. 
  • Offers a natural form of sun protection, with the ability to resist around 30% of all sun rays. This is great for helping your hair to retain strength. Don’t avoid sunscreen, though!

Sesame Oil Side Effects

While sesame oil has many more positives than negatives for us in the long-term, it always pays to know exactly what you are using on your hair. Some of the side effects which have been linked to the use of sesame oil include:

  • A block nose and/or excessive dripping of the nose when used near the nose.
  • Sesame has been known to cause allergic reactions in some people, so please get checked.
  • Some reports also link sesame oil to a lowering of your blood pressure, so keep that in mind.
  • It can also impact blood sugar levels, so speak with a medical expert beforehand.


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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