Castor oil is a type of vegetable oil acquired from the seeds of castor beans. It is not mainly used for culinary purposes, but there are many reasons you may want to have castor oil at home. One of castor oil’s amazing benefits is its ability to help hair grow stronger and thicker.
Aside from promoting hair growth, below are the other advantages of castor oil for your tresses:
- Strengthens hair • Reverses damaged hair • Prevents hair breakage • Treats dandruff • Stops hair loss
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Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that is essential for improving blood circulation to your scalp. This acid is a major component of the castor plant. In fact, it contains as much as 90% ricinoleic acid. This colorless oil also contains moderate amounts of other fatty acids and vitamin E that are beneficial for healthy hair.
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Here are five different methods you can do with castor oil to bring back the thickness and shine of your hair:
- Use the oil as it is. Apply the oil on your palm then massage it on your hair from the root to the tips. Just make sure not to use too much castor oil. Because of its thick density, you may find it difficult to wash out.
- Use it as a conditioner. Mix two tbsps. of castor oil to a tablespoon of glycerin, a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar and three beaten eggs. Apply it to dry and clean hair. After application, wrap it in plastic and a towel. Leave it on your mane for two hours then rinse with a mild shampoo.
- Make a hair serum out of it. Combine equal parts of castor oil and jojoba oil. Apply it on your scalp two-three times a week at night. This DIY hair serum can help increase your locks’ thickness. Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that can help reduce dandruff. It can also control frizz and prevent hair loss.
- Mix it with yogurt and aloe vera gel for a DIY natural hair mask. Both aloe vera and yogurt are good at repairing dry and damaged hair. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil can accelerate blood circulation to your scalp, thus promoting hair growth. Just mix two tbsps. of yogurt, three tbsps. of fresh Aloe Vera gel, and two tbsps. of castor oil to make a hair mask. Leave the mask on your hair for 30-45 minutes then rinse it.
- Combine it with different types of oil. Putting it together with other essential oils can maximize castor oil’s effects. You may combine equal parts of it with almond oil and rosemary oil. You may blend it with other types of oil, such as coconut oil and peppermint oil.
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Lastly, make sure that you are using the right type of castor oil for your tresses. There are three types of them: organic or cold press, Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO), and Hydrogenated Castor Oil (Castor Wax). Among these three, the organic type is the best kind to use for hair regrowth.
Organic or cold pressed castor oil is extracted directly from castor seeds. It means there is no heat involved, so you make sure that you get all of its nutrients.
While the raw type is best suited for hair regrowth, you may still use the Jamaican Black Castor Oil to make your hair fuller and shinier. This product is known to condition the hair as it prevents dry scalp.
The last type, the hydrogenated form, is not like the regular castor oil because it is usually brittle and insoluble in water. This is the kind that is commonly used in cosmetics.
Have you tried using castor oil for your hair? If you haven’t, we recommend trying this essential oil especially if you are dealing with hair loss. Use it as your hair mask, conditioner, or apply it as it is. Follow our tips above for a healthier, fuller locks!