Your long gorgeous locks can be hard to maintain, especially if you’re prone to bad hair habits. Straightening hair almost every day, using hair dye, and having a poor diet can all lead to dry, brittle and dull locks.
Fortunately, there are many ways to bring back your hair’s nourishment. One of these is by using castor oil.
What Is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is extracted from the castor plant (scientific name: Ricinus communis) which is native to some parts of Africa and India. It has a very rich nutritional content made up of omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, vitamin E, Ricinoleic acid and minerals that are essentially good for the hair.
The oil itself is of pale yellow colour with a distinct fragrance of nuts and smoke. It is historically used as a beauty treatment and added in to products such as massage oil, soaps, and cosmetics.
Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair
As a wonder hair elixir, Castor oil is packed with antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, along with vitamins and minerals that are good for your hair. And unlike other prescriptive medication, Castor oil is safe to use whether through direct application or oral consumption.
1. Hair Loss Prevention
Castor Oil can be used to remedy hair loss. It contains Ricinoleic acid, an essential amino acid that can penetrate hair follicles and provide nourishment from the roots down. Because of this the hair follicles grow longer and stronger. It will also prevent hair from shedding too quickly.
2. Dandruff Treatment
Its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties can balance your scalp’s pH level, helping fight dandruff and scalp infections that cause hair damage. Balancing the scalp’s pH level can help replenish your natural oils and remove harsh substances from your chemical-laden hair products. Unlike other oils, castor oil is low comedogenic which means it doesn’t clog pores.
2. Hair Strengthening
Castor Oil contains anti-oxidants that support the hair’s keratin making it less brittle and frizzy. It can tame split ends and dryness giving your hair its needed shine and bounce. Its protection lessens the impact of environmental stressors such as heat and pollution.
3. Caster Oil For Hair Growth
With the help of Castor Oil, you can grow your hair to your desired length. Castor oil contains omega-6 essential fatty acids that can improve blood circulation and encourage hair growth. If you have thin eyebrows, you can use castor oil to grow denser hair. Hair treated with Castor grows thicker and stronger.
4. Hair Moisturiser
Castor oil is packed with nutrients that can moisturize the scalp and fight itch and flakes. It can be used as conditioner or as lubricant to help restore shine and texture. Because of its low molecular weight, the oil can penetrate into the skin more easily, making it a good treatment for dry scalp. It protects the hair by coating it and shielding it from damage from daily combing and washing. Regular use of castor oil can help make your hair look smooth and healthy.
5. Prevent Premature Greying
Old age can cause your hair to lose pigment. You can prevent or slow this process down by applying castor oil on your locks. Castor oil mixed with jojoba and mustard seed can be a great hair tonic to reverse graying.
6. Enhance Hair Colour
Use Castor oil to enhance the natural colour of your locks. Castor oil is a good humectant which locks moisture when applied on the hair. This helps retain colour and make each strand appear darker and thicker.
7. Prevent Scalp Inflammation
Castor oil can fight infections such as folliculitis that causes hair follicles to get inflamed. The oil nourishes hair follicles while keeping the scalp’s blood circulation healthy all throughout the day.
8. Reduce Split Ends
Damaged hair with a poor supply of keratin can be treated by Castor oil. Castor oil can increase the tensile strength of each hair strands making them less prone to breakage and split ends.
How To Use Castor Oil On Hair
Since castor oil is very sticky, it’s best to dilute it with base oils such as sesame, jojoba, and almond. You don’t need to use a lot, with just a few drops of castor oil you can already cover your hair and scalp.
Simply massage the oil thoroughly into your scalp while focusing on the roots. Massaging improves the blood flow on your roots which can remove flakes and dead skin.
You don’t want to over-apply, experts recommend using the oil only once or twice per week. You can leave your oil-soaked hair for several hours or overnight. Don’t forget to cover your shoulder with towel to prevent your clothes from getting covered in oil. For convenience, use a shower cap to pile your hair on top of your read. Rinse using your favourite shampoo.
How Often Should You Use Castor Oil?
Application of castor oil largely depends on why you want to use it. According to experts if you’re aiming to treat hair loss, you should use the oil twice a week. If you’re looking for extra shine you can use it once per week. And if you want to treat hair damage like split ends and dandruff, you can apply the oil thrice a week.
DIY Castor Oil Recipe
You will need:
1 small glass bottle
3 tablespoons of castor oil
1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
3 drops of essential oil (tea tree, peppermint or rosemary)
Simply mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and warm it up to medium heat on a stove. Place inside the bottle and let it rest until it’s not too hot to put on your scalp. Shake the mixture before using. Wait for a maximum of three to four weeks to see the results
Castor oil is not a cure-all tonic that can instantly solve your hair beauty woes. The secret to healthy hair doesn’t depend on one magic ingredient. Good hair care habits and a healthy lifestyle are still important to your overall hair health. But castor oil is definitely a great natural ingredient to add to your hair care regime.
Have you had good results with castor oil? Let me know in the comments!
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