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If you're having trouble growing your hair long, you may have tried over-the-counter, chemical-based products that claim to give you the hair of your dreams. If you want strong, beautiful hair but want to avoid chemicals, black currant seed oil may help.

Black Currant Seed Oil

This oil contains omega-6 and omega-3 essential fatty acids, which help provide moisture for your hair and encourage hair growth and strength. Specifically, the gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) in black currant seed oil is an omega-6 acid that can help prevent hair thinning, splitting and dryness, according to Dr. Andrew Weil.

Moisture is key for healthy hair because if your hair is dry and fragile, it will be more likely to break. Of course your hair will keep growing, but it will seem like it is not because it breaks before you see any real progress.

Omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are also beneficial in improving the condition of skin and nails.

Recommended Dosage

Weil recommends starting with 500 mg capsules one to three times per day. The capsules are also available in higher dosages, but start with the lower dosage and gauge your reaction to the supplement. It is important to take GLA as a capsule (rather than trying to get an adequate amount solely through diet) because it can be challenging to get enough of the fatty acid to improve hair health. A supplement makes it much easier to get the recommended dosage.

Where to Buy

Black currant seed oil is a little less common than other hair growth supplements but it can be found at health and nutrition stores such as Vitamin Shoppe. You can also find the supplement through many online health stores.


Hair growth will not happen overnight with black currant seed oil or any other supplement. In general, you can expect to see results in six to eight weeks if you are taking the supplement on a regular basis. It may take you a shorter or longer period of time to notice that the health of your hair has improved, as everyone reacts differently to supplements.

Side Effects

Negative side effects from black currant oil are relatively uncommon. Some users may have an allergic reaction, and this supplement should not be used by people who are predisposed to seizures because omega-6 acids can increase the likelihood of a seizure occurrence. As with any supplement, you should notify your doctor if you begin taking black currant seed oil to ensure that it does not negatively interact with any medications you take.

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Patrice Drakeford

Patrice Drakeford is an experienced writer who has been in the freelance industry since 2005 and has been published on a number of websites including eHow, Associated Content and DIY Chatroom. She holds a bachelor's degree in business from The University of Michigan and a master's in business administration from California State University, Los Angeles.