Castor oil has gained so much popularity recently, mainly for its hair growing benefits. It has, in fact, got a glamorous status in natural hair care.
When I was growing up in India, castor plant was just another roadside plant. It didn’t get any admiration.
Although it was used for hair, but then the most popular oils for hair were coconut oil, almond oil, sesame oil and mustard oil. Also that time women’s and men’s hair just grew without any extra effort. I guess it was because of healthy, non-processed, non-junk, low-sugar diet, fresh air and more physical activity.
Coming back to castor oil, it has remarkable healing properties and has been used to treat many health issues such as joint pain, ligament or muscles sprain, skin conditions, stomach problems, and so on.
Its ability to heal the scalp and nourish the hair follicles is what makes this oil so beneficial for hair growth. Castor oil can also help prevent and remedy hair loss and make hair stronger, thicker and shinier.
Benefits of Castor oil for Hair
Prevents dandruff and promotes a healthy scalp
boosts faster hair growth
Moisturises hair and makes it soft, shiny and smooth
Cleans the scalp of toxins that can damage hair and slow growth
Strengthens hair shaft and adds volume to your hair
Greatly reduces split ends and hair breakage
Castor oil contains a unique ingredient called Ricinoleic acid– this is the star ingredient of the oil and what makes the oil thick and sticky. It offers great healing benefits thanks to its antibacterial, analgesic and antifungal effects. A regular massage with castor oil will help to clear up dandruff and other scalp conditions quickly.
The good thing about castor oil is that it doesn’t clog the pores; in fact, it unclogs the pores and removes the dirt and grease which is sitting inside the hair follicles, making it cleansing oil for your scalp. Also, castor oil speeds up the removal of toxins from the scalp that could potentially damage hair and slow growth.
Castor oil has omega 9 and omega 6 fatty acids, both of which nourish the hair follicles, and aid in repair and renewal of hair cells. So the new hair that grows out is stronger, healthier and more resilient.
Besides, castor oil is a superb moisturiser. It has a special ability to draw moisture from the air into your hair. This is especially useful if your hair is dry and damaged. It will lock the moisture in your hair, and condition it to give you smooth, glossy, beautiful hair.
Castor oil also contains antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. So it not only supports keratin in hair but also protects the hair from damage and thinning.
Castor oil Hair Mask to Make Your Hair Grow Faster
Castor oil works superbly well with egg.
Rich in proteins, vitamins, and super-nourishing fats, eggs not only make your hair softer, shinier and healthier they help you to grow it long as well.
An abundance of vitamins A, D, E, B12, biotin (often touted as the ‘hair growth vitamin’), iodine, selenium, and pantothenic acid will help prevent any hair loss and thicken thinning hair. While vitamin D and B12 promote new growth and amino acids keep split ends at bay.
To make this mask you will need:
1 tablespoon castor oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey (optional, use for extra moisturisation)
Place the castor oil, egg, olive oil (and honey) in a bowl and whip them all together until well combined.
This hair mask is enough for shoulder length hair, if you have longer hair double or triple the quantity.
*If your hair is dry, coarse, then use just the egg yolk (see extra notes below).
How to use:
Apply the mixture on your scalp and hair. Cover your hair with a shower cap or you can wrap a cloth around your head, and leave it on for 20 to 30 minutes. Next, wash your hair with a homemade shampoo, (or a store bought sulphate free shampoo) and let your hair dry naturally. You can also use a clay shampoo to remove the oil.
Do this mask once a week to restore and maintain your hair.
Enjoy your beautiful hair!
Dry hair: If your hair is dry, coarse or brittle, then use just the egg yolk and skip the white part. This is because egg white is all protein and can make your hair further dry and stiff.
Buying Castor oil: Which is Best for Hair?
Pure castor oil is pale yellow in colour and doesn’t have any smell. When you buy castor oil, look for one that is cold pressed, unrefined and hexane free. Such type of oil will be rich in nutrients and free from any artificial chemicals.
Cold pressed means that oil is extracted at low temperature, without the use of heat. This way the oil retains most of the nutrients, while heat extraction can destroy a lot of goodness of the oil. And unrefined means that the oil is not bleached to obtain a uniform looking oil with no colour or smell variations every time you buy.
This is a good organic, cold pressed, unrefined Castor oil.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Black castor oil is also obtained from the castor bean, but is produced by roasting the beans. Thus this oil has a darker colour and slightly smoky smell. This oil is said to offer more moisturising benefits, so it will be more suitable for people with dry, coarse hair.
You can buy black castor oil here.
My suggestion would be to try both types and see which one your hair likes: Yellow Castor Oil or Black Castor oil
Do you use castor oil on your hair? Ever tried it with an egg? Share below!