Great minds at the Pusan National University School of Medicine found that one autumnal seed oil has the potential to increase the amount of healthy hair you can comb through. For the trial, 76 participants who had been diagnosed with mild to moderate androgenetic alopecia – otherwise known as male or female-pattern baldness – were recruited for the experiment. Unbeknown to the volunteers, half were given 400mg daily of pumpkin seed oil while the other half were given a placebo.
Over the six-month time period, observations were made of scalp hair growth in four different ways.
Firstly, an investigator – who did not know which participants had been given the pumpkin seed oil or placebo – analysed photographic evidence.
Secondly, the participants themselves reported whether or not they thought more hair was growing since the beginning of the experiment.
And thirdly, the scalp hair thickness was measured alongside, fourthly, the number of hair counts.
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By the end of the experiment, that went on for half a year, the participants who had unknowingly taken pumpkin seed oil reported higher levels of satisfaction with their hair growth than the placebo group.
Moreover, the group treated with pumpkin seed oil had more hair than they did at baseline, and more so compared to the placebo group.
The mean hair count reportedly increased by 40 percent in the pumpkin seed oil group while the placebo group only saw a 10 percent increase.
This is a markedly distinctive difference of 30 percent, suggesting that pumpkin seed oil is a great autumnal treat for your hair.
Scientists believe pumpkin seed oil has a positive effect on hair growth as it blocks the action of “five-alpha reductase”.
Pumpkin seed oil
“There are a few ways you can use pumpkin seed oil as a natural hair restorative,” Healthline stated.
Usually sold in the form of oil gel capsules, you can take a daily oral supplement.
Another way to benefit from pumpkin seed oil is to apply it topically to the scalp.
“These are best done as a hot oil hair treatment, perhaps only once per week or month. Otherwise, your hair could get too oily over time,” Healthline added.
How to do a hot oil hair treatment
The first step is to shampoo your hair like normal, which includes rinsing with running water.
Then you need to apply warm pumpkin seed oil to your scalp and massage the oil in.
Massaging the scalp is key, as this will help to encourage blood flow to the hair follicles.
Once you have given yourself a relaxing head massage, wrap a hot towel around your head and rest for 20 minutes.
Afterwards, shampoo your hair again, rise, condition and style – and, with time, you could have more luscious locks.
This is considered a “relatively safe treatment” to try in the comfort of your own home.
However, should any redness or itching occur, which are signs of an allergic reaction, then you need to stop using pumpkin seed oil.