How To Apply Castor Oil To Hair
The main thing to get the hang of when you first use castor oil for hair growth is how much to use. Using too much could leave hair feeling lank and greasy, and only a small amount is needed for the best results. Often a couple of tablespoons is enough, but the amount you need to use will depend on the current thickness and length of your hair.
First, mix your castor oil with another oil of your choice to thin it down. Part your hair right down the middle of your head and begin by applying a small amount to your scalp where the hair parts. You could use an applicator brush for this; the type used in salons to apply hair dye is best. However, it’s recommended to simply use your fingertips to apply the oil.
By applying with your fingers you can maximize the benefits of castor oil for hair. Massaging the oil into the scalp by hand can stimulate the follicles and increase circulation. Plus, it can be relaxing! Massage in a circular motion into the scalp, and repeat all over the head. You may need to part the hair in a few more places over your head in order to thoroughly cover each part of the scalp.
Once the scalp is covered, begin applying the castor oil throughout the lengths of your hair. Again, you don’t need to use too much; just enough to lightly cover it. Start from the roots and work your way down.
Since castor oil is very viscous, you may find it easier to apply to slightly damp hair. You could apply it to freshly washed hair, however the oil will need to be washed out in a couple hours anyway, so just lightly spritzing your hair with water from a spray bottle should be enough to make the oil easier to apply to the lengths of the hair.
When the lengths of hair are covered, you’ll need to leave the oil to work its magic. In order to protect furniture and clothing, it’s a good idea to wear a shower cap over the hair. If you don’t have one available you could use plastic wrap; you may feel silly but this is definitely a hair treatment to be saved for the indoors anyway!
Many people prefer to do their castor oil hair treatment overnight to give plenty of time for the oil to really sink into the hair and scalp. At the very least, the oil should be left for at least two hours, but the longer the better.
After this time, remove the shower cap and wash the castor oil out of the hair with shampoo. Oil can be difficult to remove, so you may need to give it a thorough scrub to avoid having greasy hair afterwards. If you tend to use natural shampoos you may find that they have difficultly cutting through the oil; a slightly more aggressive shampoo may make it a little easier to wash out the oil rather than have to perform wash after wash.
For those with particularly thick or curly hair, a good trick is to apply a beaten egg to the hair, massage in and rinse, and then shampoo as normal. Although a little messy, the egg can help to pull the oil away and may even add a little extra shine. Once thoroughly washed and rinsed you can dry and style your hair as normal.
How Often To Use Castor Oil For Hair Growth
Once you’ve got to grips with using castor oil, you should repeat the treatment once or twice a week for the best results. If you’re using castor oil for hair loss, it can be tempting to do it more often, but this can have a detrimental effect and leave hair feeling weighed down and greasy. A couple times a week is plenty.
Castor Oil For Hair Growth Before And After
If you’re planning to begin using castor oil for hair growth it could be worth taking before and after photographs so you can document your progress; it can be hard to notice the difference in hair thickness when looking in the mirror from day to day. Many women report that hair grows faster and that it looks thicker and healthier, and it’s likely that you’ll see the same results over time. Patience is key!
Not only does castor oil thicken hair but it helps it grow longer at a faster rate too, so it’s a good idea to measure the length of your hair. Hair grows on average of 1cm each month, but it has been proven that castor oil can make hair grow three to five times faster. Measuring the length of your hair could help you better notice the results.
Tips and tricks:
1. Use castor oil on your eyelashes
Castor oil can also make eyelashes grow thicker and longer. Dab a clean finger into a small amount of castor oil and gently rub it on your eyelid, just above your lashes. Do this each night, and you should see a difference in a few weeks. Another option is to add a small drop of castor oil to your mascara so that you apply it to your lashes each time you put on your makeup. Since castor oil has natural antibacterial properties it can help to keep nasty bacteria at bay, which is a common problem with eye makeup products such as mascara.
2. Try Warming Castor Oil For Easier Application
To reduce viscosity you can gently warm the castor oil on the stove. Add the oil to a bowl and place this over a pan containing warm water. The heat from the water is enough to gently melt the oil a little. Avoid heating it in a microwave as it can be more difficult to control the temperature; you don’t want to end up boiling the oil as it will be too hot to handle, and it could also reduce its quality and effectiveness.
3. Add to your moisturizer for easy hair treatment
For some, it can be tricky to find the time to apply castor oil for hair loss on a regular basis, so there is another option. Simply add a few drops of the oil to your normal hair conditioner, shake the bottle well, and use as normal each time you wash the hair. The castor oil won’t be in contact with your hair for quite so long and it will be significantly diluted compared to a full castor oil treatment, so you may not see as dramatic a result using this method. However, it’s still a great way to get a little castor oil into your daily routine!