While most people have heard of the emu, a large and flightless bird that is usually found in Australia, not everyone has heard of the benefits of emu oil.
This oil is a by-product of the slaughter of emus for meat and is gaining in popularity due to its numerous benefits. Emu oil is a popular oil for improving the health of hair, as well as skin, although most vegetarians are hesitant to use it.
Emu Oil Extraction & Manufacturing Processes
Emu oil is a by-product of emu meat and the specific process involves using the fat from the emu to produce the oil. Emus have thick padding located on their backs in a manner similar to camels.
It is this fatty area that provides the necessary resources to create emu oil. After the emu is slaughtered, oil producers separate the meat from the fat. They then separate the skin, grind, and melt the fat. After this point, they are able to remove the emu oil.
Some emu oil is completely natural with no further steps involved in its production and in this case it may contain bacteria or contaminants. Most of the time, however, the oil is filtered and then refined before being sterilized and deodorized.
Using Emu Oil for Hair Loss?
One of the many touted “benefits” of emu oil is its use in preventing hair loss. I wasn’t able to find any scientific research that substantiated this claim as a fact.
Hair loss, in and of itself, can have many causes, including hormonal changes, family history, and aging. One common reason is that during hair loss the active phase of hair growth cycle (i.e., anagen phase) shortens.
Because of this, more hairs are shed, but there doesn’t appear to evidence that emu oil can help counter this process.
Emu Oil does have anti-inflammatory properties and it’s absorbed easily according to the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (link).
Using Emu Oil for Hair Growth?
There has been speculation that emu oil works during the anagen phase when the hair follicles are “living”. Some individuals purport that emu oil provides stimulation to the scalp, particularly close to new hair follicles and this encourages them to develop and grow.
As mentioned previously, I can’t find any scientific research that supports this claim. Therefore, Curl Centric cannot confirm that using emu oil for hair growth provides any benefits. The same is true if you’re planning to use emu oil for hair loss.