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Cold‌ ‌pressed‌ ‌vs‌ ‌hot‌ ‌pressed:‌ ‌Let’s‌ ‌find‌ ‌out‌ ‌which‌ ‌kind‌ ‌of‌ ‌oil‌ ‌is‌ ‌better‌ ‌ for‌ ‌your‌ ‌hair‌

Updated on:30 March 2021, 16:33pm IST
Cold pressed oils and hot pressed oils are both used for hair. But when it comes to choosing an oil for hair care, have you wondered which is better?
Grace Bains
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Understand the difference between the two to make the right decision for your hair. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Most of us are already aware of how beneficial oil application is for our scalp and tresses. In fact, our grandmothers and mothers would catch hold of us to oil our hair regularly. You see, oiling your hair every now and then can ensure moisturisation, strengthen the hair follicles, reduce hair fall and give way to healthy hair growth. But, ladies, you need to pick the right kind of oil for hair care to see the right kind of results.

When it comes to choosing hair oil, you need to keep in mind the process of preparation. You’ve probably heard of the terms ‘cold pressed and hot pressed’. If you’ve been wondering what these two terms mean, and which is the right oil to ensure your hair stays healthy, you’ve come to the right place!

So, what is cold pressed oil?

Cold pressed oil is basically produced by pressing seeds and nuts (such as almond, groundnut, olives, etc) at room temperature, which is lower than 49 degrees celsius. In addition, the seeds and nuts are not roasted. This ensures that the oil produced is able to retain the essential nutrients, and is of low acidic value.

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Your hair need nourishment and for that you need right hair oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
What is hot pressed oil?

It is the opposite of cold pressed oil. The oil produced from seeds and nuts is extracted by pressing them at high temperatures. What’s more, the ingredients are roasted. Usually, the seeds and nuts are treated with chemicals to help retain the fragrance, which usually gets lost due to the high temperature they’re put through.

What’s the difference?

The main difference is the production process, both of which have their own benefits for our hair. 

  • Heat

See, hot pressed oils lose their nutritional value, since they are subjected to very high temperatures, but cold pressed oils are able to retain the nutrients. Hence, you will find that cold pressed oils are richer in vitamins and nutrients that can strengthen your hair and nourish your scalp.

  • Purity

Cold pressed oils are made from seeds that are not roasted, and don’t contain chemicals to add fragrance. On the other hand, hot pressed oils have added chemicals that can cause harm to the hair shaft as well as the scalp.

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So which is the best oil for hair care?

There’s no doubt that cold pressed oils are the right choice, when it comes to oiling your hair. You will get the benefit of applying pure oil with powerful vitamins and nutrients that will enhance the health of your hair, ensuring you never have to face issues like hair fall and dandruff. On the other hand, hot pressed oils may not be as beneficial for your tresses, due to lost vitamins and added chemicals.

Ladies, it is so important to know what we’re applying to our hair in order to ensure we steer clear of hair issues. Now that you know more about the different oils available, make the right choice!

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