Castor oil is considered to be one of the most effective oils for hair thinning and hair loss.
I have heard a thousand times that castor oil can make your hair grow and reduce hair fall. But this knowledge was just sitting dormant, until recently when this new friend told me of her experience.
I have come across many people who have benefited by application of castor oil. In one of the posts I spoke about my cousin who makes a blend of oils (almond, coconut, sesame and castor oil) and applies on her hair. She has very thick, long and shiny hair.
What is castor oil ?
Since time immemorial, this oil has been used for skin and hair care. Castor oil or Ricinus communis is extracted from the seeds of the castor bean plant.
Castor oil is a colourless to very pale yellow liquid with mild or no odour. When you touch this oil, it feels sticky and thick. Castor oil is a humectant – meaning it attracts and retains moisture to the skin and hair.
The goodness of castor oil can be attributed to high amounts of ricinoleic acid – an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid. Castor oil penetrates skin easily without occluding it. Regular use of castor oil is purported to stimulate and increase hair growth, reduce and prevent breakage, and condition and moisturize hair and scalp.
This versatile and highly beneficial oil can be your hair saver. Let’s see how to use castor oil for hair growth and thickness ..
Castor Oil: A Natural Remedy for Thick, Long and Lustrous Hair
1. Castor oil is an excellent moisturiser
As a humectant, castor oil absorbs moisture from the environment. This oil is especially useful for dry and damaged hair, as it helps to retain the natural moisture and/or draws moisture from the outside in. A well moisturised hair will become shiny and strong.
2. Castor oil acts as lubricant
Castor oil works very well as a lubricant for the hair. It coats the hair and protects it from friction damage during washing and combing.
You may need to use slightly more shampoo to get the oil out of your hair. But the after benefits: thick glossy hair are well worth the effort.
3. Castor oil nourishes the scalp and stimulates hair growth
Castor oil has low molecular weight, so it penetrates into the skin easily, and act as a softening oil. It is also non-irritant, making it useful for dry and sensitive scalp.
The omega -9 fatty acid in the castor oil keeps the hair well moisturised, and provides nourishment to your scalp and hair roots. Undernourished scalp and hair causes hair loss and other hair related problems.
4. Castor oil conditions your hair
Castor oil prevent the hair from becoming dry and brittle, facilitating healthy hair growth. Regular application of this oil to your hair will make your hair soft, shiny and bouncy within days.
When your hair is well conditioned, it appears healthier and thicker as compared to unhealthy hair strands. Also, you will have no frizz and split ends.
5. Castor oil soothes itchy, flaky scalp
Castor oil is low comedogenic – it does not clog the pores. When you massage castor oil onto your scalp it removes dirt, dead skin and dry flakes that clogs the hair roots.
The antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties of ricinoleic acid in castor oil protects the scalp from infections which can cause hair loss. The healing properties of castor oil improve the quality of scalp, making it easier for healthy hair to grow.
How to apply Castor Oil on your hair
Castor oil is very sticky and can be difficult to apply on its own. It is best to dilute it with other base oils such as almond, jojoba, coconut, sesame or olive. You can also add 2 to 3 drops of essential oil such as lavender or ylang ylang.
Hair growth Oil Blend
- 2 teaspoon castor oil
- 2 teaspoon almond oil
- 2 teaspoon coconut oil
- 2 teaspoon olive oil
- 2-3 drops lavender essential oil
- 1 tablespoon aloe vera juice (optional, for extra boost)
Pour the oils in a bowl, and mix them well.
Apply the mixture on the scalp (do it in sections, it is easier that way) and massage gently with the pads of your fingers. When you are done massaging the scalp run your fingers along the length of your hair, stroke a few times – this is very relaxing. (I really enjoy this bit)
Massaging will improve blood flow to the scalp and roots (any oil massage will increase circulation), and remove dry flakes and dead skin. Wash out after an hour or two, or allow it to stay in overnight for a deep conditioning treatment. With just two application my hair are already feeling more bouncy and more fuller.
Castor oil is a hair elixir, as it can solve different hair problems. There are not many scientific studies on effect of castor oil on hair. However, there is ample anecdotal claims certifying its effects on various hair problems. After regular usage of castor oil, people have reported new hair growth, better hair and scalp health, more luster and more oomph.
And of course it’s not just castor oil that will do all the work. Living a healthy lifestyle is very important. So moderate exercise, healthy food habits, yoga, meditation, and other daily rituals play a significant role in healthy body and healthy hair
Remember, you will not see your hair growing overnight. Give it few months for the oil to show its effect.
Where to buy: Castor oil can be purchased at Indian grocery store or online (buy here). It is cheap to buy and lasts long, as due to its thick nature you need to apply very little for most effect. Always buy cold-pressed, unrefined Castor oil that retains its valuable nutrients. Avoid buying refined or adulterated oil as it doesn’t have much goodness left.
Do you use castor oil? Please share your experience…