I was about to run out of my emu oil and was hesitating about whether to buy it again (it looked like melted chicken fat and smelt like a farmyard) when Charlize Theron inspired me go and look for a superior replacement. Emu oil is one of Charlize’s can't-live-withouts. Happily, my research for a better class of emu oil took me to Uniquely Emu, which sells a triple refined, odorless and completely clear oil called Clearly Emu ($26-$69 in TIA store). An oil worthy of Charlize’s coif. Heck, worthy of mine.

More effective at what, you ask. Emu oil is a big help for hair growth and even regrowth. And no, this is not some urban myth perpetuated by the Australian emu farming community. Nor folklore from New Zealand. This bird is backed by science.

Emu oil is actually very close to human sebum and, hence, our skins will easily absorb and process its goodness. It contains essential fatty acids: linolenic, linoleic, oleic, and palmitic. Linolenic (omega-3 EFA) and linoleic (omega-6 EFA).  Oleic is a known to have anti-inflammatory properties. Specifically, topical applications of emu oil may result in the growth of thicker hair….. both a thickening of existing hair shafts (which shrink in diameter with age) and a “re-awakening” of the dormant (sleeping) hair shafts (which increase as a percentage of total hair shafts with age).

In fact, a Dr. Michael Holick at Boston University School of Medicine conducted a study on mice which was designed to quantify the effect of emu oil on hair growth and hair regrowth. The Holick team saw 20% increase in DNA synthesis, which means that there was a 20% increase in the proliferation activity, or the growth activity of the skin in the animals that received emu oil, compared to the animals that received corn oil.

Also amazing, 80% of hair follicles that had been asleep were woken up and began growing hair. Overly simplified, normal hair follicles alternate between a resting phase and a growth phase, and topical applications of Emu oil were a wake up call for these snoozing hair follicles….in mice.

Balding men take note: emu oil may inhibit 5 alpha reductase – a body chemical that is responsible for the conversion of testosterone into DHT. It is known that DHT is strongly implicated in the onset and progression of male-pattern baldness. When Emu oil is applied onto balding parts of the scalp, it works to de-stabilize the DHT-producing components of hair follicles.

You can rub Clearly Emu or Emuleve into the scalp neat or use it with Folligen or your preferred hair growth product.

In the TIA Shop:

Truth Vitality Advanced Complex and Clearly Emu Ultra Clear Emu Oil Duo

Clearly Emu Ultra Clear Emu Oil