Castor oil has gained so much popularity, mainly for its hair growing benefits. It has, in fact, got a ‘hair saviour’ status in the natural hair care domain.
When I was growing up in India, the castor plant was just another roadside plant. It didn’t get any admiration.
Although it was used for hair, then the most popular oils for hair were coconut oil, sesame oil and mustard oil. Also, that time women’s and men’s hair just grew without any extra effort. I guess it was because of a healthy, non-processed, low-sugar diet, fresh air and more physical activity.
Coming back to castor oil, it has remarkable healing properties, and has been traditionally used to treat many health issues such as joint pain, muscles sprain, skin conditions, fungal infections, and so on.
And its ability to remove waste from the scalp and nourish the hair follicles makes castor oil very beneficial for hair growth. It also helps reduce hair loss and encourages stronger, thicker and shinier hair.
If you have ever touched castor oil you would know that it’s unusually thick and viscous. That is why you always mix it with other carrier oils like coconut oil, almond oil or olive oil, or in a hair mask before applying on your hair.
Benefits of Castor oil for Hair
- Nourishes hair and promotes faster hair growth
- Moisturises and makes hair soft, shiny and smooth
- Cleans the scalp of impurities that can damage hair and slow growth
- Strengthens hair shaft and adds volume to hair
- Greatly reduces split ends and hair breakage
Castor oil is very healing: Castor oil contains a unique ingredient called Ricinoleic acid– this is the star ingredient of the oil, and it’s what makes the oil thick and sticky. It offers great healing benefits thanks to its antibacterial, analgesic and antifungal effects. A regular massage with castor oil will help to clear up dandruff and other scalp conditions quickly.
Castor oil cleans the scalp of toxins that damage hair: The good thing about castor oil is that it doesn’t clog the pores; in fact, it unclogs the pores and removes the dirt and grease which is sitting inside the hair follicles, making it cleansing oil for your scalp. Also, castor oil speeds up the removal of toxins from the scalp that could potentially damage hair and slow growth.
Castor oil promotes hair growth: Castor oil has omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which nourish the hair follicles and aid in the repair and renewal of hair cells. So the new hair that grows out is stronger, healthier and more resilient.
Castor oil moisturises hair and makes it soft and shiny: Castor oil is a superb moisturiser. It has a special ability to draw moisture from the air into your hair. This is especially useful if your hair is dry and damaged. It will coat the hair shaft and seal in moisture, leaving the hair feeling soft, glossy, beautiful hair.
Castor oil may protect hair from thinning: Castor oil contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So it not only supports keratin in hair but also protects the hair from damage and thinning.
Castor oil Hair Mask to Make Your Hair Grow Thicker
Castor oil works very well with egg.
Eggs are rich in proteins and super-nourishing fats. It will help make your hair stronger, shinier as well as prettier. The fatty egg yolk contains an abundance of vitamins such as vitamin A, D, E, B12, biotin (often touted as the ‘hair growth vitamin’), pantothenic acid and zinc. All fabulous for healthy hair growth.
To make this mask you will need:
- 2 tablespoons castor oil
- 1 egg yolk
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (such as this)
Place the castor oil, egg, and honey in a bowl and whip them all together until well combined. Add some water if you think this mixture is too thick to apply.
This hair mask is enough for shoulder length hair, if you have longer hair double or triple the quantity.
How to use:
Massage the mixture into your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or you can wrap a cloth around your head, and leave it on for 30 to 60 minutes. Next, wash your hair with a natural shampoo and let your hair dry naturally.
Do this mask once a week to restore and maintain your hair. Enjoy your beautiful hair!
Buying Castor oil: Which is Best for Hair?
Pure castor oil is pale yellow in colour and doesn’t have any smell. When you buy castor oil, look for one that is cold pressed, unrefined and hexane free. Such type of oil will be rich in nutrients and free from any artificial chemicals.
Cold pressed means that oil is extracted at low temperature, without the use of heat. This way the oil retains most of the nutrients, while heat extraction can destroy a lot of goodness of the oil. And unrefined means that the oil is not bleached to obtain a uniform looking oil with no colour or smell every time you buy.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Black castor oil is obtained after roasting the castor beans. Thus this oil has a darker colour and slightly smoky smell. This oil is said to offer more moisturising benefits, so it will be more suitable for people with dry, coarse hair.
You can buy black castor oil here.
Which is your favorite DIY Hair Mask? Let me know in the comment box below…
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