Why Castor Oil for Hair Growth?
I learned that castor oil has been used for hair growth and hair beauty since the times of the ancient Egyptians. It is pressed from castor seeds and has an abundance of natural proteins, minerals, vitamins, and the good types of fatty acids, especially the rare, but rich, ricinoleic acid that is so good for your hair. It also has natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties that work against scalp infections and enhance hair growth, all of which are good for your scalp and enable the keratin in your hair to produce stronger, smoother hair. But, the only type of castor oil that is effective for hair concerns is cold pressed castor oil.
Well, of course I tried it, and I couldn’t be happier. Getting my results took a few months, but, now I am living proof that castor oil, when used properly, does improve hair growth, strength, fullness, and shine. Of course, there was a period of trial and error. But, you don’t have to go through that phase because, today, I am going to help you learn how to use it the right way from the first application.
When to Use Castor Oil for Hair Growth?
To increase the rate of your hair growth, you can give yourself a castor oil treatment once a week. To slow down and reverse thinning hair, you can give yourself a castor oil treatment twice a week. To control split ends, you can give yourself a castor oil treatment two to three times a week. All of these routines will help to restore the natural oils needed by your scalp for a healthy pH balance and will give you fuller, stronger, and healthier hair.
One to three treatments a week, depending on your goal, is all you need. Because castor oil is so dense, and so hard to remove, using it more often will not speed up your results and will only make your hair overly oily.
How to Use Castor Oil for Hair Growth?
The secret on how to use castor oil correctly is really simple. Just a few drops, applied to wet hair, will do the trick. You might say that the wet hair part is the real key. After all, applying a few drops of castor oil is not difficult, but you must remember to apply it to wet hair for better absorption into the hair follicles and scalp. You can add an essential oil, like lemon or coconut, or any other oil that you want for sweet smelling hair.
Applying the Oil:
You can put a few drops of your oil mixture into the palm of your hand and then massage it through your wet hair, being sure to get it into the roots, the scalp, and down to the ends of your hair. Then, leave it on for several hours, or overnight, before rinsing it out. If you leave it on overnight, use a shower cap on her head or wrap your pillow with a thick towel so that no oil gets on the pillow or your sheets.
Another method is to part your hair in a several sections and apply a few drops to the parted areas before massaging the oil into your roots, scalp and hair ends.
Removing the Oil:
I learned that just trying to remove the castor oil with shampoo takes a long time, with repeated applications of shampoo. So, here’s another great tip: rub on some moisturizer before rinsing the oil out of your hair. The moisturizer acts as an emollient to break down the oil’s thickness and that makes it super easy to rinse out. Then, shampoo and condition as usual.
A word of caution is needed here. Because you don’t want to undo all the great restoration that the castor oil has done, do not use a hot hair dryer or curling iron immediately after a treatment. Towel dry your hair as much as possible and gently blow dry your hair on the lightest setting. You can use hotter settings and styling wands the next time.
Castor oil is an easy, convenient, and proven method to help you with hair growth and other hair and scalp concerns. But, the key to gaining the positive results you want is knowing the right way to use castor oil on your hair.