Baobab Oil for Hair, Beard and Skin
Baobab oil is highly beneficial for hair and skin, but since it is an exotic oil (and more expensive than more common, easily found traditional oils), few manufacturers use baobab in their formulas. We believe the benefits are well worth it, so today’s post will review the benefits of baobab oil for hair (including the beard) and skin.
Baobab oil comes from the Baobab tree, which is native to Africa. It’s also called the ‘upside down tree’, for the way its branches fan out like roots at the top of the tree. These trees can be found across Eastern and Southern Africa, and have a long lifespan – the average lifespan of a baobab tree is 500 years, with the oldest trees living to approximately 5000 years old. Natives call the Baobab the ‘Tree of Life”, as many portions of the tree, including the bark, leaves, fruit and oil are used. The oil comes from pressing the seeds from inside the trees’ fruit.
Baobab oil is lightweight, and absorbs easily into hair and skin without a greasy look or feel. It is packed with essential fatty acids along with vitamins A, D, E and F.
For hair, baobab oil tames frizz and deeply moisturizes without weighing hair down. It provides a nice sheen to hair that isn’t overly glossy. Baobab oil can also help to strengthen hair, reducing breakage.
Baobab oil is often used on damaged, flaky or scarred skin as its high levels of essential fatty acids soothe and repair skin. It also is reported to increase the skins’ elasticity and helps the skin retain moisture. For guys with facial hair, this means baobab oil can help remove and prevent unsightly flakes known as ‘beardruff ‘ (beard dandruff).
These are just some of the reasons we love baobab oil and the results it has on our skin and hair. You too can experience the benefits of baobab oil on hair – it’s found in our line of beard oils.
Have you ever used Baobab oil? Share your experiences in the comments below.
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