Onion black seed oil is obtained from pressing the seeds of Nigel sativa, a flowering plant-specific to Western Asia, Northern Africa, and Eastern Europe. It’s also known as black cumin, black onion seeds, kalonji, black seed, black caraway, black cumin or simply nigella.
The seeds of this flower have been used for thousands of years for healing allergies, asthma, diabetes, headache, weight loss, arthritis, and intestinal worms. And, yes, they are also extremely effective when it comes to hair care, especially due to their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.
Thymoquinone is a strong antihistamine, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound found in onion black seed oil.
It’s the magic in this oil since it fights bacteria and fungi that can trigger skin and scalp disease. Also, thymoquinone contains proteins, alkaloids, and saponins known to boost hair growth.
Even more so, this compound slows down the ageing process of cells, therefore preventing hair thinning. Thymoquinone reduces follicle inflammation, nourishes the hair and increases its shine.
It also has the ability to replenish moisture and eliminate scalp and hair dryness. In doing so, your hair will get extra body, bounce and volume.
Nigellone, another natural compound (also an antihistamine) contained by onion black seed oil or nigella sativa oil, has great anti-inflammatory, antifungal and antibacterial effects.
It maintains scalp health by aiding in reducing dandruff while keeping the scalp moisturized.
Onion black seed oil also has the following benefits:
It balances sebum production – it keeps your scalp moisturized and balances oil production, making your scalp and hair not too dry, but not too oily either.
It stimulates hair growth – nigellone and thymoquinone, the powerful antihistamines and anti-inflammatory compounds in Nigella Sativa seeds fight androgenic alopecia and alopecia areata.
Prevents hair fall – the greatest and most popular benefit of black seed oil when it comes to hair care is the fact that it stops hair fall. Containing over 100 different nutrients, onion black seed oil is a great source of nourishment for your follicles, which are kept strong and balanced.
Prevents greying of the hair – black seed oil is known for preventing and even reversing greying. Due to the linoleic acid in its composition, onion black seed oil prevents the depletion of the pigment cells in your follicles. This oil makes a great treatment for vitiligo as well, the skin condition in which patches of skin lose their pigment over time.
It conditions and deeply moisturizes the hair – it keeps your hair moisturized and nourished. The great thing when using nigella sativa seeds oil is that it normalizes the oil production on your scalp. This means that your hair remains deeply conditioned without becoming too greasy. Its amino acids help seal in moisture in the shaft, easing frizz and making strands more manageable and less prone to tangling, breakage and split ends.
Diminishes hair damage – it contains antioxidants that neutralize the effects of free radicals on your hair.
Promotes blood circulation in the scalp and follicles – it contains omega-3 and 6, compounds that boost blood circulation and promote rapid hair growth.
Contributes to healing chronic inflammatory scalp conditions – the anti-inflammatory effects of black seed oil are known to reduce psoriasis plaques, diminish acne symptoms and deeply moisturize the skin in the process.
What I love about WOW Onion Black Seed Oil is that it also contains other natural oils known for their benefits for hair and scalp health:
• Almond Oil – Rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 & E, facilitates better nutrient absorption for stronger, glossier and softer hair.
• Castor Oil – Rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and essential fatty acids including omega 6 to give rich nourishing scalp care.
• Jojoba Oil – Rich in vitamins B, C & E, also contains minerals like Copper and Zinc. Improves hair vitality.
• Olive Oil– Hydrates hair intensively. Reverses damage inflicted by heat treatment, pollution and styling products. Excellent for reducing hair loss and boosting hair thickness.
• Lemon Essential Oil – it contains many antiseptic properties that can help clear your scalp. Lemon oil is also astringent and detoxifying.