Camellia oil, also known as tea seed oil,is the oil of the Camellia japonica flower.The flower is grown mainly in the Goto Islands of Nagasaki Prefecture and the Izu Islands of Tokyo .The oil is usually obtained by a cold-press process from the seeds of the Camellia flower.The oil is a pale yellow color with a sweet, herbal scent. It is a stable oil with a long shelf-life of 18 months.
In Japan camellia oil has traditionally been used for hair care. The oil has been very widely used for conditioning and hair styling, among Japanese women. Camellia oil can improve elasticity and also helps to soothe a dry scalp, the oil is absorbed by the scalp without leaving any oily residue and its excellent moisturizing effect is long lasting. Applying camellia oil to your hair can promote growth and repair damaged brittle hair.
Camellia oil for hair care in the following ways:
Prepoo treatment - Apply a generous amount of camellia oil to dry hair for one hour. Shampoo and condition as usual.
Deep conditioner - Saturate hair with camellia oil and wrap hair in a warm towel or heating cap for 20 minutes. The warmth will help the oil penetrate the hair cuticles deeper.
Moisturize dry ends - Once or twice a day, rub a small amount of camellia oil onto the dry ends of the hair. Hair should feel softer and more pliant after application. This will combat hair dryness and prevent split ends. Oil can also be applied to damp ends after using a leave-in conditioner to seal in extra moisture.
Scalp conditioning - Rub a drop or two of camellia oil between palms. Massage the oil onto to the scalp with the fingertips for 10 minutes.
Daily moisturizer for hair - Apply a tiny amount of camellia oil to the entire hair shaft, especially the ends every day. Dry or damaged hair can benefit from twice daily moisturizing.
Camellia oil can be found at local health stores like Whole Foods Market and via online distributors.
Have you ever used camellia oil? How did it work for your hair?