Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids. Plus, this carrier oil works as a great humectant for your skin and hair. Thus, it moisturizes your hair and prevents dry scalp.
In addition, castor oil helps avoid hair damage and split ends. As the oil is packed with omega-9 fatty acids, it nourishes your hair, promotes hair growth, and reduces hair loss.
Furthermore, it prevents hair frizz, cures scalp infections, and stops premature graying of hair. Regular application of castor oil can also help thicken thin hair. It makes your hair appear soft and shiny as well.
Castor oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties. It is derived from the tropical castor bean plant (Ricinus communis).
Pure, unrefined castor oil is available in the form of a thick liquid which is clear or pale yellow. You can buy it from a grocery store or health food store.
How to use Castor Oil to Encourage Hair Growth
For instance, you can take equal parts of castor oil (preferably, Jamaican Black Castor Oil) and organic coconut oil, heat the mixture, and massage it on your scalp and hair.
Wrap a warm towel around your head or wear a shower cap. Finally, wash your hair after at least 30 minutes or leave the oil in your hair overnight and shampoo the next day.
As castor oil is heavy and difficult to remove, you may use a clarifying shampoo. You can follow this deep conditioning treatment once or twice in a week.
In case you have dandruff, you may add a few drops of tea tree oil in the castor oil mix. Those of you who have normal to oily hair may use a combination of castor oil and grapeseed oil or jojoba oil.
Watch these videos showing how to make black castor oil at home to help your hair grow longer.
Individuals usually dilute castor oil by adding some other light-weight oil or use only a small quantity of the oil because it tends to be thick and sticky.
In addition, you can prepare some castor oil home remedies for hair treatment by adding herbal infusions prepared from fresh or dried herbs. To stimulate hair growth, consider adding crushed biotin and folic acid pills in the oil and then apply.
Castor oil can also be used to treat skin infections, heal boils, dissolve cysts, and so on. It helps fade wrinkles and age spots, too. Moreover, application of castor oil relieves osteoarthritis pain and inflammation.
Besides, you can take this oil internally to benefit your health. For example, having a teaspoon of castor oil in the morning cures constipation.