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Beauty, Hair care How to apply castor oil to regrow your hair

How to apply castor oil to regrow your hair

By Glowpink Staff   

Castor oil has been well known for its medicinal properties. It’s often used as a laxative but has a wide variety of other health benefits, including many pertaining to hair and hair growth, as well as for facial oil cleansing method, stretch marks, dark spots and more. I am sure it is one of your grandmother’s favorite ingredient stacked in some corner of the kitchen, and why not, it is a one-stop solution for all your skin woes.The oil has a unique chemical composition, which most likely contributes to its healing potential. It mostly consists of a triglyceride of fatty acids. It contains vitamin E, omega-6 fatty acids, minerals, and proteins, which are all important for the health of your hair and scalp.


Major benefits of using Castor oil:

  • Helps with hair regrowth and hair loss,
  • Makes the hair richer and darker,
  • Prevents split ends,
  • Treats dandruff and dry scalp,
  • Moisturizes the hair and makes it shine,
  • Works in an antifungal and antibacterial way and can prevent problems such as piedra, ringworm, and folliculitis.

How to apply castor oil

  • It’s best to use castor oil as a hair mask.
  • This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to regrow hair or give a smoother texture and make it appear even more shiny.
  • Castor oil has a thick consistency, so you can mix it with coconut oil, olive oil, jojoba oil or water in a half and half ratio.
  • This will make the mask easier to distribute throughout your hair.
  • Use your fingers or a brush and start applying it onto your scalp with circular motions.
  • This gentle massage increases blood circulation, rejuvenates the hair, and stimulates hair growth.
  • Part hair into sections and apply the oil (mixture) to each section until all your hair is covered properly and evenly.
  • Wrap your hair in a warm towel (you can also use a shower cap) and leave it for two to eight hours.
  • You can also leave it overnight.
  • This will give the oil enough time to penetrate the follicles and hydrate your scalp and hair thoroughly.
  • Wash your hair, as usual, using shampoo and conditioner.
  • Make sure you rinse all the oil out of your hair.
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How often should you use castor oil?

  • This depends on your objective and type of hair.
  • If your aim is to treat hair loss, you will need to do it at least twice weekly, but even better if you can do it three or four times per week for several weeks.
  • You can also add rosemary essential oil which is known to stimulate hair growth (read here for more details), and also work out to find the cause of the hair loss.
  • For split ends and increased shine, you can use the oil as a conditioner once weekly.
  • Be careful not to use too much of it (a pea-sized amount should do) or you can end up with an over-oily scalp.
  • For best results use unrefined castor oil, as it contains more nutrients and healing properties.
  • You can also add essential oils to further increase the benefits for the hair.

You can find more details in my previous article about essential oils for healthy hair in my e-book Magical Aromatherapy which will help you to discover the power of essential oils and the most effective ways to use them.

Who should keep away from castor oil

  • Castor oil may suit a lot of people, but it may not be suitable for other groups of people.
  • We always recommend conducting a patch-test beforehand to avoid any trouble and the same goes for castor oil as well.
  • If you suffer from sudden stomach upsets, or if you have had the medical history of appendicitis, or if you feel pukish all of a sudden then you must stay away from castor oil and refrain from using it in any of your home remedies.
  • If you have used castor oil without any supervision and come across any of these symptoms like muscle weakness, dehydration and diarrhea then stop using it immediately.
  • Kids below the age of 6 must keep away from castor oil.
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I am listing two simple hair mask recipes with castor oil, alter the quantity of the ingredients required to prepare the face packs of you have medium to long hair. You can also apply these hair masks alternatively with an interval of one week in between.

DIY Castor oil-egg yolk hair mask recipe

Ingredients required:

  • Eggs: 2
  • Hexane free castor oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Raw honey: 1 tablespoon

Procedure:

  1. Crack two eggs, discard the egg white and the eggshells.
  2. Pour in the egg yolks in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add the other ingredients in it.
  4. Whip it up into a hair mask.
  5. Comb your hair with a wide-toothed comb to make sure that it is completely detangled.
  6. Divide your hair into small sections.
  7. Put on a pair of gloves.
  8. Take a generous amount of this hair mask on your hair dye brush and apply it evenly in each section of your hair.
  9. Also, apply it on your scalp and massage it for a while.
  10. Wear a shower cap to avoid this hair mask from dripping and staining your outfit.
  11. Let it sit for the next 1 hour.
  12. Then wash it off with a mild shampoo.
  13. Follow up with a nourishing hair conditioner.
  14. Wrap your hair in an old cotton t-shirt and allow it to soak up all the excess moisture from this hair mask.
  15. Blow-dry your hair.
  16. Comb and style your hair the way you like it the most.

Frequency:

  • To get the best results, use this hair mask twice a month with an interval of 15 days in between to ge professional hair-spa-like results.

DIY Castor oil-aloe vera gel hair mask for soft and smooth hair

Ingredients required:

  • Freshly extracted organic aloe vera gel: 1 tablespoon
  • Hexane-free castor oil: 1 tablespoon
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Procedure:

  1. Grab a mixing bowl, add the ingredients and mix it well to make your customized hair mask.
  2. Next up, use a detangler to make sure that there are no knots in your hair.
  3. Then divide your hair into small sections.
  4. Take a generous amount of this hair mask and apply it on each section of your hair with a hair-dye brush.
  5. Soak your towel in warm water and wrench out the excess.
  6. Wrap this towel in your hair and let it stay for 30 minutes.
  7. Alternatively, you can sleep with this hair mask on.
  8. Wash it off with a mild organic shampoo and lukewarm water.
  9. Follow up with a nourishing hair conditioner.
  10. Allow your hair to air dry, apply your regular hair serum.
  11. Comb and style your hair the way you like it the most.

Frequency:

  • Use this hair mask once in a week and you are good to go.

 

 

 

Reference:

https://glowpink.com/blog/castor-oil/

 

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