Benefits of castor oil for hair
Castor oil can be used for hair growth and regrowth, but it can also help women undergoing problems with their hormones.
It’s often reported that a spoonful of castor oil taken by mouth can bring on labor for pregnant women who are overdue, but a lesser-known use for expectant and new mothers is on their hair. It’s common for hormone levels to go a little wild during pregnancy and cause hair loss. Castor oil is a safe and natural solution for pregnant women who want to minimize their exposure to the harsh chemicals found in many store-bought hair regrowth products. Just be wary of combining the castor oil with certain essential oils during pregnancy; avoid rosemary, nutmeg, jasmine, sage, rose, juniper berry and basil, all of which can cause health problems.
In a similar way, women who are going through the menopause regularly experience hair loss due to their hormones going a little haywire. Those who have undergone chemotherapy and lost their hair could also benefit from using castor oil for hair regrowth.
Castor Oil For Hair Growth
It is the ricinoleic acid which makes castor oil particularly special in terms of the benefits of castor oil for hair. It can help to relieve dandruff, folliculitus and scalp infections, all of which can inhibit healthy hair growth. Plus, since ricinoleic acid helps to stimulate blood flow, it can increase circulation to the scalp; the more blood flows to the follicles, the more nutrients the cells can receive and the more likely healthy hair is to grow.
Not only this, but the ricinoleic acid in castor oil hair treatment can also replenish the natural oils found in the scalp by restoring the skin’s natural pH balance, helping hair to stay healthy and shiny. It acts as an antioxidant too and it supports keratin – what our hair is made up of – in order to make hair stronger and smoother.
Castor Oil For Hair Loss
As well as simply helping women with dry, brittle hair, castor oil can be used as a treatment to combat hair loss. The Omega 9 fats in castor oil trigger stunted hair growth and help the scalp to combat baldness and hair thinning, adding strength to each hair follicle. It prevents keratin against damage that is caused due to pollution and the sun and protects existing hair against damage and thinning. The ricinoleic acid present in castor oil helps to restore the natural pH level in the scalp, preventing dandruff and promoting the happy, healthy growth of hair.
Castor Oil For Hair Regrowth
Castor oil can be used for hair regrowth too, in fact, women who have just finished their chemotherapy treatment may benefits from learning how to use castor oil for hair growth. Castor oil is rich in essential vitamins which help to provide healthy and robust hair and is therefore useful in treating hair fall. The anti-oxidants in castor oil can help combat hair dullness and frizz, common hair deficiencies experienced by women trying to grow their hair back after treatment. Anti-oxidants do this by increasing blood circulation in the scalp, strengthening the roots of the hair which maximizes the chance of it returning to its former glory.
How To Use Castor Oil For Hair Growth
Castor oil is a very thick and viscous oil, and whilst it massages well into the skin it is a little trickier to apply to hair. Often, it is best combined with another natural oil, in order to thin it down and make it easier to apply. You may find many ready-made caster oil hair treatment options in drug stores or online, but it is incredibly easy to make yourself.
If you mix castor oil with olive oil you can treat dry, frizzy hair and split ends. Coconut oil is also incredibly nourishing and adds a lovely scent. Argon oil and jojoba are regularly used as moisturizing hair treatments in their own right, so they’re perfect for combining with castor oil. Some people choose to use essential oils instead; rosemary, for example, stimulates blood flow.
Bear in mind that, although essential oils are natural, they can still cause skin irritation since they are very concentrated. It’s a good idea to do a test of your castor oil mixture on the skin before applying it to the scalp. Apply a small dab of the mix on the skin behind the ear or on the forearm, and leave for a few hours. If you notice any itching, redness, inflammation or irritation, it could be that you react badly to an element in your castor oil hair treatment mixture and you shouldn’t apply it to your scalp.