The world of oils is vast and wondrous. Oils can be used to moisturize the skin and in salads, but right now we’re going to focus on oils for hair. One oil I would like to shed light on is castor oil, the oil made famous in classic cartoons and as a punishment for children. It is very affordable and has many uses for hair and skin.
Last year, I noticed that my hair was falling out more than usual when I washed it and the brittle ends were breaking easily. I brought this up with my trusted hair advisor who told me that castor oil promotes hair growth. I have not personally done any scientific studies verifying the validity of this statement. Some people will swear it is true, others will not. At the very least, from my experience I have found castor oil to be a great help with moisturizing my coarse hair, improving the ends, reducing breakage, and contributing to a healthier, thicker, and shinier appearance for my hair.
Castor Oil Hair Treatment Ingredients:
- Castor Oil! *Optional: lighter oils such as olive oil, almond oil, or melted coconut oil
As a warning, since castor oil is very thick, this can get messy. For a longer treatment, you can apply several drops of castor oil on your scalp and the rest of your hair. You can mix it with any of the other lighter oils as you wish to make it easier to spread the oil out over your hair.
Wrap your head in a warm towel or shower cap for about two hours. Then wash it out with your preferred shampoo and conditioner.
If I am rushed for time, I will put the oil in my hair, focusing on the scalp and ends, and leave it in for at least 5 minutes. I will also add in a drop or two of castor oil in my shampoo to wash my hair with it. Adding a drop of castor oil with your usual conditioner helps too.
Some people also recommend applying castor oil to eyebrows and eyelashes if you’re trying to grow and enhance their appearance.
I had trouble finding castor oil in grocery stores around me and eventually ordered it online. A little goes a long way.