Evening Primrose Oil for Hair - Can Evening Primrose Oil block DHT?

Evening Primrose Oil for Hair - Can Evening Primrose Oil block DHT?

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In today’s video I’ll be showing you how Evening Primrose Oil can be used as as a natural method for encouraging normal, healthy hair growth! So please watch the video above or read the transcript below.

Evening Primrose Oil can help with hair loss caused by:

  • environmental damage (such as sun exposure)
  • nutritional deficiency
  • scalp inflammation

This is a video useful for both men and women - as Evening Primrose is an extremely useful oil for hair growth 

But I am going to be discussing a male hormone called DHT which kickstarts male pattern baldness in people who are genetically pre-disposed to hair loss - so this is where hair loss runs in families.

Evening Primrose Oil contains an ingredient called Gamma Linoleic acid (GLA). 

This is an unsaturated Omega 6 fatty acid that comes from plant sources including:



Hemp seeds, 

Borage seeds, 




Gamma Linoleic Acid has shown lots of promise in blocking DHT! So let’s get into it!


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Let’s get straight into why Evening Primrose Oil is so good for your hair!


Evening Primrose is a flowering plant with a yellow blossom - it grows in Europe and North America.

The oil, which is extracted from the seed, is thought to have therapeutic properties and is used as:

  • An ingredient in beauty products
  • A health supplement, 
  • topical treatment, 

Lots more research needs to be done into the effects of Evening Primrose Oil - on hair growth.

But a number of studies have found that E P O can help to slow down male pattern baldness.

In men who carry a certain combination of genes, DHT or Dihydrotesterone kick starts male pattern balding by clinging to hair follicles and shrinking or miniturising them.

We’ve got a whole playlist on how you can block DHT - 

One important polynsaturated fat, gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), blocks DHT. GLA can be found in borage oil, evening primrose oil, and blackcurrants. 

I've put links in the description: more research is needed but the research studies out there have found that Gamma-Linoleic Acid does block DHT.


(1) Muhammed, A. Amin, R. Abu Bakar, R. Jaafar, The Effectiveness of Coconut Oil Mixed with Herbs to Promote Hair Growth, 2004, ijee.in; 1(3)

(2) A.Manosroi, W.Ruksiriwanich, M.Abe, W.Manosroi, J.Manosroi,

Transfollicular enhancement of gel containing cationic niosomes loaded with unsaturated fatty acids in rice (Oryza sativa) bran semi-purified fraction, 2012, EuroJ, 81 (2): 303-13

(3) H.Pham, V. AZiboh, 5α-Reductase-catalyzed conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone is increased in prostatic adenocarcinoma cells: suppression by 15-lipoxygenase metabolites of gamma-linolenic and eicosapentaenoic acids, 2002, J. of Steroid Bio, 82 (4-5), 393-400

(4)T.Liang S.Liao Growth Suppression of Hamster Flank Organs by Topical Application of γ-Linolenic and Other Fatty Acid Inhibitors of 5α-Reductase, 1997, J.InvestDerm:109 (2), 152-57

As well as helping to block DHT, this oil is known for its:

  • Anti-inflammatory,
  •  Antioxidant
  • Hormone-balancing properties

So let’s talk about the benefits of Evening Primrose Oil!

Evening Primrose Oil contains Arachidonic Acid. 


This ingredient has been shown to promote new hair growth and help existing hair shafts to grow longer.

Evening primrose oil is high in essential fatty acids such as 

Linoleic acid is considered an essential omega-6 fatty acid, as our body cannot produce this fatty acid itself.

Fatty acids are so good for us as they:  

  • encourage healthy cell growth
  • fight oxidative stress
  • reduce inflammation

And Omega-6 fatty acids, in particular, contribute to healthy hair! 

Evening Primrose Oil can help with hair loss caused by:

  • nutritional deficiency
  • environmental damage (such as sun exposure)
  • scalp inflammation

Evening Primrose Oil also contains phytoestrogens, and so some people suggest it may improve the symptoms of hormone-related conditions like the menopause.

 And Hair loss is a common symptom of the menopause!

As you might know, I set up It Really Works Vitamins 5 years ago, after having my own hair thinning issues, and fast forward to now - 

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How can we use Evening Primrose Oil?

Topical application

Unlike essential oils, Evening Primrose Oil does not need to be diluted. But you do need to do a skin patch test to check for possible allergic reaction.

So I put a little behind my ear, leave for 24 or 48 hours - if there’s no rash - you’re good to go.

If you do have irritation, wash the area with cool water and don’t use Evening Primrose Oil ever again.

If you are using evening primrose essential oil, then you must dilute it in a carrier oil before doing a patch test or using it -

A good carrier oil I use is Coconut oil or Olive Oil

After a successful patch test, you can proceed with a full application to your scalp and the roots of your hair.

To do this:

  1. So I always start with dry hair, as it penetrates into the hair follicle more than on wet hair. 
  2. You can heat the oil too slightly by rubbing it like this between your palms before applying it directly to your head.
  3. Massage the oil into your scalp and deep into your hair.
  4. Let the oil sit on your hair for up to 30 minutes.
  5. Wash as normal with a paraben-free shampoo.
  6. Style or air dry as usual.

You can also mix the Evening Primrose Oil into your favorite shampoo.

You just have to remember to massage the mixture deep into your roots and scalp before you rinse.

Oil of Evening Primrose can also be taken through supplements


Before taking Evening Primrose speak to your doctor, especially if you’re already taking medicines or have pre-existing conditions.

Question of the day! 

Are there any essential oils you use to block DHT or to speed up hair growth? Please do comment below!

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