You Cas(tor) a spell on me, Castor Oil.
It’s the new coconut oil of the natural hair care world. Of course, in India its been a gran’ma staple , with the ancient Indian science of Ayurveda actively promoting its many uses.However, its most exciting use has been for hair health and growth. With Ricinoleic Acid and Omega 9 Fatty acids as its primary constituents, Castor Oil delivers an extremely high and healthy fat dose to the scalp.
‘Hair growth is spurred by a lipid compound named Prostaglandin (PGE2) and it could be best described as a catalyst. While its presence in high concentration promotes growth of hair, its depletion causes hair loss and eventually leads to baldness. Castor oil’s principle component – ricinoleic acid – has been scientifically proven to stimulate the production of Prostaglandin (PGE2) when applied to the scalp. Enhanced production of this lipid, particularly in bald spots, enriches hair follicles and encourages regeneration of hair.’
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Personally, I would say that most topical hair oils – be it coconut or olive or any other hair oil would do the job of stimulating the hair follicles due to the massaging action that results in increased blood flow circulation.
However, the most visible immediate difference with Castor Oil application compared to other oils is that the hair color (natural or colored) looks much richer and much more glossier, post shampooing the oil off. That I can absolutely vouch for! Just make sure, you use cold pressed oils that are least processed, ensuring their all natural goodness remains intact.
Applying castor oil on the scalp and hair can be a little difficult though , due to its high viscosity. To make it easier to apply, you can blend it with any of the lighter oils like Jojoba,Coconut , Olive or Almond.
Here’s an easy, super nourishing DIY Castor Oil based Hair Oil blend, with the added goodness of Jojoba Oil and Vit E.
Jojoba Oil is very high in monounsaturated fatty acids (98% of total fatty acids); also rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, Vitamin E (very rich in), Myristic Acid (a saturated fatty acid), Plant Wax (similar to sebum). Since Jojoba Oil has a molecular structure closest to our natural skin oils (sebum), it does not interfere with the skin’s natural oil balance.Vitamin E is an antioxidant that helps repair and build tissue. When you apply vitamin E to your scalp, it helps reduce inflammation and repair damage to the follicles, and healthy follicles encourage hair growth.
(You can purchase Vit E capsules OTC at any Chemist shop.)3 Ingredient DIY Hair Oil Blend
- 2 Tablespoons Castor Oil
- 1 Tablespoon Jojoba Oil
- 2 Vit E capsules
Heat up the oils (till pleasantly warm to touch) and puncture the Vit E capsules ,draining the vitamin into the oils). Mix with a spoon and apply the blend with fingers, through the scalp and the length of the hair.
Leave the oil in the hair for at least an hour, before shampooing it off. Shampoo and Condition, as usual.
Ta-da! Rich looking, super-glossy hair that bounces with every flirtatious swing 😉
P.S. : You can make the blend and store it in a glass jar or bottle and use pre-shampooing. Twice a week is a good number of applications.
If you have used Castor Oil for hair health, do drop a comment about your experience! and may you remain Naturally Lush, Your Gorgeousness!