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If you are having hair challenges such as thinning hair, scalp irritations, dry and breaking hair, hair loss or your feel that you hair needs extra conditioning.
Benefits of Castor Oil for Healthy Hair Growth
I have been using castor oil in my natural hair routine from the very beginning and will continue to use it in most of my hair treatments because of its amazing benefits.
Castor oil is an age-old beauty treatment that has been pushed to the background and replaced with more expensive beauty products that have ingredients that are hard to pronounce let alone know what they are.
Now castor oil is one of those oils that you can use alone or mix with other oils due to it being a really thick oil.
I tend to mix my castor oil with grapeseed oil because it is a lighter thinner oil and packs its own punches when it comes to the benefits it can add to the health of your hair.
Right let’s get back to the benefits of castor oil and what it will provide to your hair.
- Vitamin E
- Fatty Acids
- High in ricin oleic acid
- This makes it a perfect solution for many hair challenges such as:
- Hair loss
- Dry, brittle hair
- Breaking hair
- Scalp irritations
What Does Castor Oil Do For Your Hair?
Castor oil was one of the first oils that I used when I decided to go natural. And to this day it is still at the top of my hair product list.
Castor oil is a great scalp treatment and helps to prevent hair loss this is because of its:
- This makes it great for:
- Scalp infections
- Improves circulation to the scalp
- Improves hair growth
- Helps with scalp PH levels
- Helps in supporting the Keratin in hair
- Helps to make your hair stronger
- Smooth hair shaft
- Hair becomes less fizzy
Castor oil is a power house all by itself and I would suggest first using it alone and see how your hair likes it before mixing it with other oils.
You do not need a lot of castor oil to start to see the effects. Because the castor oil is thick, you could put a little in the palm of your hand and then rub hands together to make the oil warm before applying it to your hair. Or you could warm a small amount of the oil in hot water using a small glass bowl and then apply to your scalp and hair.
The above picture is of me. The picture on the right hand side is when I first started using castor oil treatments after my big chop. The picture on the left hand side is three years later.
How I Use Castor Oil
I use it as part of my hot oil treatments, deep conditioning treatments and my leaving in treatments.
Castor Oil Hot Oil Treatment
I find that the hot oil treatments are really beneficial when my hair feels like it needs a little boost. This tends to happen more in the winter months, with central heating and the cold weather taking its toll on my hair.
My Castor Oil – Hot Oil Mix
- Castor Oil
- Neem Oil
- Grapeseed oil
- Black seed oil
This hot oil treatment left my hair feeling silky soft and more manageable. At times I will leave it in overnight covered with a shower cap and or cling film (saran wrap).
Deep Conditioning Treatment
This is my all year round hair treatment that I would use every time I wash my hair. Because my hair is naturally dry, I would give it a deep condition every time that I wash it. The time that I would leave it in my hair would depend on how much my hair may need. So the time can vary from 15 minutes up to 2 hours. For more intense I would leave in overnight and then wash out the next day.
This is my general Deep Conditioning Recipe
- A conditioner of your choice as a base
- Then add the hot oil mix
- Mix well and you are done.
In my opinion it is best to keep it simple when starting out and this is a very rich and beneficial deep conditioning recipe. I have been using it for years and many of my friends and family love it too.
My deep conditioning treatment is great for when I go swimming. I would saturate my hair with it before going into the pool. This prevents a chlorine overload in my hair. I would also use it again after washing my hair at the end of my swim. This is when I would leave it in for approx. 1 – 2 hours.
It prevents the chlorine from drying out my hair. This is also a useful tip when swimming in the sea.
When trying anything new as a hair treatment you need to give it a chance to do its work and to really see the benefits.
When I first started to use castor oil on my hair I used it for a solid 6 months as an overnight oil treatment before washing my hair the next day. As mentioned earlier this leaves my hair feeling silky soft and more manageable.
Let me know what you think of Castor oil being used on hair. You can leave your thoughts in the comment section below.
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