I’ve been experimenting so much with castor oil recently as a pure magnificence treatment. I already use it in my oil cleansing blend every day, and I’m having fun with the outcomes from utilizing castor oil packs on my skin.
Years in the past, a pal talked about that she liked castor oil for hair and eyelashes. I used to be actually skeptical as a result of castor oil has a really thick and sticky consistency that I couldn’t think about utilizing in hair. I did some analysis and discovered that I had been severely lacking out on a easy and actually efficient conventional magnificence treatment…
Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair and Skin
Castor oil is an age-old magnificence remedy that has been largely changed over time by fancier magnificence merchandise with extra components and a much bigger price ticket.
Castor oil has pure antibacterial and antifungal properties and is excessive in vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and omega-6 and -9 helpful fatty acids. Its unusually excessive ricinoleic acid ratio makes it helpful to pores and skin and hair.
In truth, castor oil has historically been used topically for zits and different pores and skin circumstances, in addition to hair loss, rashes, and extra. If you need to attempt it for skincare, I like to recommend this handcrafted castor oil cleansing blend.
What Does Castor Oil Do for the Hair?
Castor oil could be used on the scalp to assist forestall and treatment hair loss and it’s efficient at this for a number of causes. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties make it helpful towards follliculitus, dandruff, and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content material helps enhance circulation to the scalp and enhance hair progress.
Ricinoleic acid can also be stated to assist steadiness scalp pH which might additionally assist replenish the scalp’s pure oils and undo a few of the injury of harsh chemical hair merchandise (and even injury from no-poo, due to over alkalinity). The antioxidants in castor oil additionally assist the keratin in hair and assist make hair stronger, smoother, and fewer frizzy.
“Three Times the Growth!”
There are hundreds of testimonials from individuals who used castor oil to enhance their hair progress 3-5 occasions the traditional price. A pal of mine was battling postpartum hair loss and even as soon as her hair loss slowed, regrowing her hair was troublesome.
She measured her hair progress for a month and it grew nearly half an inch. The subsequent month, after utilizing castor oil hair therapies twice every week, her hair had grown nearly 2 inches. She examined this once more the next month and observed the identical end result and that her hair was dramatically thicker.
What Type of Castor Oil for Hair?
There are a number of choices for castor oil hair therapies. I favor to make my very own, however there are some pre-made choices (this is a good one that I’ve tried in the past).
To make my very own, I combine castor oil with one other hair-healthy oil (choices listed beneath) and herbs to assist assist scalp health. Unrefined and cold-pressed hexane-free castor oil is most popular.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil
There is a particular kind of castor oil known as Jamaican black castor oil that has extraordinarily good opinions. I attempted it as effectively and it appeared to work about the identical as common castor oil on my hair, however plainly it would present extra profit for these with thick or dry hair (my hair is ok/oily).
How to Use Castor Oil Treatments on Hair
Castor oil could be very helpful for hair progress if used accurately. Small quantities of plain oil can be utilized for an all-over remedy. Like many issues in life, extra will not be all the time higher, and just a few drops are wanted per remedy. The extra oils are fully non-compulsory.
I personally use this castor oil 1-2 occasions per week. It can be utilized extra usually, although I didn’t see any elevated outcomes with utilizing it day by day.
When to Use
I’ve discovered that this remedy works higher on damp however not moist hair. I maintain a sprig bottle of water within the toilet and simply spritz my roots earlier than making use of.
For most profit, I go away the remedy on for a number of hours or in a single day. After making use of, I exploit a bathe cap or towel to keep away from getting the oil on furnishings or a pillow.
How to Remove the Oil
Removing the castor oil could be troublesome, particularly with pure shampoos. I’ve discovered that utilizing a small quantity and leaving it on in a single day will lead to a lot of the oil absorbing into the hair and scalp and make cleanup simpler. In truth, I’ve been in a position to use dry shampoo and never wash on a couple of events. When I do shampoo, I exploit a natural shampoo or mud shampoo as regular.
An alternate approach is to crack an egg and whisk till easy after which therapeutic massage the egg into the scalp. This helps break down the oil and provides extra vitamins to the hair. It is messy although, so I’d advocate doing this within the bathe.
Another less-messy approach is to situation your hair earlier than getting within the bathe, massaging conditioner into the scalp to assist take away the castor oil. Then, shampoo as traditional.
With any new oil, herb, or product, take a look at a tiny quantity in your interior arm to ensure you don’t have a response. While reactions are uncommon, some individuals will discover irritation from castor oil.
I’ve additionally used this together with my hair growth serum with nice outcomes. (I exploit the serum first to dampen hair, then apply the castor oil.)
It can also be necessary to support the body nutritionally and hormonally with hair loss, as this could usually be an indication of an inside drawback.
BONUS TIP: I rub a tiny quantity of castor oil on my eyelids at night time to assist eyelash progress as effectively. It can also be a part of my eyelash growth serum recipe.
Castor Oil Hair Serum Recipe
Finding your greatest mixture of oils (or castor oil alone) would require some experimentation and I’d love to hear what you discover works greatest for you. My favourite combine is:
Castor Oil Instructions
- Mix components in a dark-colored dropper bottle.
- Shake to combine.
- Use the dropper to apply to the scalp. I half my hair proper above the ear on one facet, add a couple of drops of castor oil, half once more about 1/2 inch from that half, add extra castor oil, and so forth till I’ve coated my entire scalp.
- Then, I therapeutic massage for 5 minutes to make sure that whole scalp is coated and to assist enhance circulation.
Note: This will make sufficient for 5+ makes use of relying on the size of your hair.
If you’re not a fan of utilizing castor oil, some individuals have found coconut oil for hair to be a greater match.
My Own Results with Castor Oil…
Last yr, after I was below excessive stress for a brief time period (finishing my book *ahem*), I observed elevated hair loss. My Hashimoto’s makes me extra inclined to hair loss after I’m below stress, and I used to be confused about my hair loss (vicious cycle).
To fight this, I experimented with pure castor oil therapies each alone and combined with different oils. I too observed that my hair appeared stronger and that there was positively much less hair in my brush every day after a couple of weeks of castor oil therapies. Additionally, I started seeing tiny new hairs throughout my hair line.
I break up my head open after I was youthful, requiring 8 staples in my scalp. Where the scar is, I’ve a patch of super-curly hair that falls in an ideal ringlet, although the remainder of my hair is wavy/straight. The castor oil appeared to assist make this hair patch smoother, although it grew at a quicker price than the remainder of my hair.
Now, I’ve made these castor oil hair therapies an everyday a part of my weekly routine and infrequently do them at night time, whereas sporting my blue blocker glasses and studying or watching a movie with my hubby.
Ever used castor oil? What was your greatest oil mix?