Castor oil is obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant. It has many uses because it has numerous healing properties, but in this article we are going to explain you the benefits of using this oil for your hair.
BENEFITS OF CASTOR OIL FOR HAIR AND SKIN
Since ancient times, castor oil was used as beauty treatment. Castor oil possesses powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties and it is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. This oil is abundant with ricinoleic acid which makes it incredibly beneficial for skin and hair care. In addition to that, castor oil traditionally has been used topically for treatment of acne and other skin conditions such as rashes. In order to achieve best results it is highly advisable to use organic, handcrafted castor oil.
WHAT DOES CASTOR OIL DO FOR THE HAIR?
When it comes to prevention of hair loss, castor oil is one of the most beneficial natural oils. Castor oil possesses antibacterial and anti fungal properties and it is extremely beneficial as a treatment of follliculitus, dandruff and scalp infections. This oil contains ricinoleic acid that improves circulation and thus improves hair growth.
Scientific studies proved that ricinoleic acid efficiently balances scalp pH. This acid also has the ability to replenish the scalp’s natural oils and to improve the condition of your hair and scalp of the damage caused by hair products that contain harsh chemicals. Castor oil contains antioxidants which support the keratin in hair and will make your hair stronger, smoother and less frizzy.
WHAT TYPE OF CASTOR OIL FOR HAIR?
There are several options about how to use castor oil as hair treatment. You can buy pre-made castor oil products, but you also can prepare your own – homemade. All you should do is to combine castor oil with some hair-healthy oil and add herbs that will improve your scalp health. It is highly advisable to use unrefined and cold pressed hexane free castor oil.
Due to the fact that castor oil is extremely thick and viscous, you can mix it with jojoba or argan oil. For easy application you can use a glass dropper bottle.
JAMAICAN BLACK CASTOR OIL:
In well-equipped health food stores you can find a special type of castor oil called Jamaican Black Castor oil. People who have used it claim that is extremely efficient. Namely, this oil and provides additional benefit for people who have thick or dry hair.
HOW TO USE CASTOR OIL TREATMENTS ON HAIR
If is used properly, castor oil is incredibly beneficial for hair growth. You should use small amounts of plain oil for an all-over treatment. All you need is only few drops of castor oil for a treatment. By your choice, you can add other natural oils, as well.
It is advisable to use castor oil 1-2x per a week.
WHEN TO USE?
In order to get all of its benefits, it is advisable to apply the castor oil on damp hair. You can keep the castor oil in a spray bottle and spritz your roots. For maximum benefit you should let the castor oil overnight or at least for several hours. After applying it is advisable to put on a shower cap or towel.
HOW TO REMOVE THE OIL
It is important to highlight that removing the castor oil can be quite difficult, particularly if you use natural shampoo. In order to prevent unwanted situations it is advisable to apply small amount of this oil and leave it act overnight. On this way, most of the castor oil will be absorbed into the hair and scalp and it will be much easier to cleanse it.
Another option is to crack 1 egg and whisk it until you get smooth mixture and after that massage the egg into the scalp. On this way the oil will break down and your hair will get additional nutrients. This procedure is really messy and it is highly advisable to do this in the shower.
Less-messy method is to apply conditioner on your hair before getting in the shower. Gently massage the conditioner into the scalp and thus remove the castor oil. After that, shampoo as usual.
Before you use some oil, herb or product for the first time, you should test a tiny amount on your inner arm. On this way you will check if you have or you don’t have a reaction to castor oil or any other product. Even though the reactions occur rarely, some people will notice irritation from castor oil. If you experience hair loss, it is important to support the body nutritionally and hormonally. Very often, hair loss occurs as a sign of some internal problem.
BONUS TIP: before going to sleep, rub a tiny amount of castor oil your eyelids. This will help the growth of your eyelashes.
CASTOR OIL HAIR SERUM RECIPE
You should try several combinations and you will find the best combination of oils that works best for you.
- 3 tablespoons Castor Oil
- 1 tablespoon Jajoba Oil or Argan Oil
CASTOR OIL INSTRUCTIONS
In a dark colored dropper bottle pour the needed oils and shake before use. Apply the castor oil mixture using a dropper. First part your hair right above the ear on one side and then apply few drops of castor oil, part again about ½ inch from that part and apply more castor oil, until you apply oil on the whole scalp. After that, gently massage your scalp for about 5 minutes. On this way you will make sure that the entire scalp is coated and the massage also will improve circulation.