Castor oil is obtained from the castor bean although its technical name is castor seed. It contains a high amount of ricinoleic acid, which is an unsaturated fatty acid found only in castor oil. This acid has a high level of anti-fungal properties and is effective for eliminating dandruff. The main purpose of castor oil earlier on was as a laxative and lubricant but as research developed over the years; its multi-purpose qualities were uncovered.
Castor oil is very effective when it comes to treating dry, brittle or damaged hair. It has also been known to stop hair loss, regrow thin areas of the scalp and thicken the hair strands in particular. Packs quite a punch, doesn’t it? There are some views that Jamaican Black Castor Oil, which is processed differently from regular castor oil, works more effectively. We will explore the attributes of this oil in the next article.
The most effective way to use castor oil is to apply directly to your scalp and massage in thoroughly then leave on for about an hour. Wash with a mild shampoo afterwards. To work on thickening up the hair strands, massage castor oil onto your scalp every other day. The oil is extremely thick and can be a little annoying to work with. In this case, you can thin it out by adding oils such as Argan Oil or Emu Oil, which also promotes hair growth. However, you can mix it with any carrier oil you prefer. You can also mix in a few essential oils such as peppermint or tea tree oil.
An added advantage of castor oil is combating frizz and smoothening the hair cuticles. Applying a bit of the thinned down version to the length of the hair daily will help fight frizzy and/or dry hair. For best results, wet the hair just a little bit before applying the castor oil. You can also apply a bit of castor oil to your tips to combat split ends. The best part of all, it can stop graying hair.
Always purchase castor oil that is cold-pressed and hexane-free. Refined and adulterated castor oil will clog up your pores and lead to breakouts. The right kind of castor oil is tasteless, odolourless and colourless.
There are several brands of castor oil out there but after much research, we have narrowed it down to the top picks outlined below: -