Do you want your hair to grow stronger, thicker, and healthier? Then castor oil may be the answer.
Castor oil is the BFF of hair care; it helps stimulate hair growth until the damage is repaired. If you want your hair to grow radiant, castor oil will be your ally. Discover everything that is behind this infallible remedy. You will not regret it!
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is an ingredient extracted from the Ricinus communis plant, a shrub native to Africa and India. It contains vitamin E, ricinoleic acid, and omega 3, 6, and 9.
Jamaican black castor oil is one of the more popular variations —it has a thicker consistency because it’s boiled with ash, which gives it a warm, roasted scent.
It’s also a very popular option for treating irritated scalps, excess oil, and dandruff, thanks to the fact that “castor oil is not only anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial, but it also helps maintain moisture in the skin,” says Michelle Blaisure, certified trichologist from Bosley Professional Strength.
Castor oil benefits for your hair
1. It has ultra-hydrating power
Castor oil gives hair a great hydrating, regenerating, and healing power. It can be used both for hair and skin hydration.
2. It restores damaged hair
Being a great source of nutrition and hydration, castor oil significantly improves the condition of the hair strand, helping to prevent split ends.
3. It stimulates hair growth
Due to its high concentration of vitamins and essential fatty acids, it strengthens and protects hair follicles, stimulating growth, and mitigating hair loss. You are going to have Rapunzel hair!
4. It solves the problem with frizz
The use of castor oil is ideal for frizzy hair. It is a powerful moisturizer, it controls hair porosity, keeping it from frizzing, highly recommended for curly hair.
5. It prevents dandruff
It not only provides an unmatched shine to your hair but also has antiseptic and moisturizing properties, which prevent the accumulation of bacteria and dryness, preventing flaking of the scalp.
How do you apply castor oil to your hair?
There is no right or wrong here, really. And, of course, the best method for you will depend almost exclusively on your hair type. As a reminder, Jamaican black castor oil is on the thicker side, so it’s best for anyone with dense or coarse hair, whereas regular cold-pressed castor oil is great for finer hair types.
It is also really important to keep in mind that hair growth won't just happen overnight. “There is no standard as far as how often you should use castor oil, but I’d recommend one to two times a week for at least three months, as that’s typically how long before you’ll see new hair coming in,” says Blaisure.
Take a small piece about the size of a coin and heat the oil with your hands. Smear it on your clean and damp hair, starting at the roots, while making circular movements. Then gently spread it towards the ends. If you wish, you can apply an additional dose in the areas with the greatest damage.