The castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the seed of the castor plant (Ricinus communis). The pure castor oil is a colorless to pale yellow liquid with mild or no odor or taste.
People often overlook castor oil as a natural solution to their skin and hair problems because of its extremely thick and sticky consistency.
However, if you are looking for an affordable natural remedy for several common skin and hair complaints, then castor oil is definitely worth your while!
As a woman, I first stumbled on castor oil as a preparation for regrowing thin eyebrows. I over-plucked my eyebrows back in the nineties when it was a cool thing to have pencil-thin brows, and they never really recovered completely.
It became necessary for me to ‘pencil in’ the bald spots in the eyebrow line and I missed the natural look of real hair where these spots appeared.
I read about the castor oil as a remedy for thin eyebrows and hair, and I decided to give it a try. I bought a hexane free, organic and cold pressed castor oil and started applying it to my eyebrows every night after washing my face.
The results came fairly soon: after about 3 months, I noticed that my brows became conspicuously thicker (and they seemed to be growing in a darker shade as well), and I normally attributed the change to the regular nightly application of castor oil.
The good news is that I am not the only one that this remedy has worked for. Now, the question is:
Why would castor oil of all oils help you regrow hair – both on your head and the other 2 important places, the eyebrows and the eyelashes?
Reason no.1 is that the castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid. This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. It can help keep any fungus or bacteria away from inhibiting normal hair growth. Since the oil is also very thick, it may help to prevent hair loss simply by helping to coat the hair and protect it from easily falling out.
Reason no.2 is that the castor oil is also high in omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing for the hair root and the follicles, as well as the surrounding skin. The castor oil has a unique ability to be deeply penetrating, and this helps it to deliver its nourishment deeply into the pores and the follicles that actually produce hair.
Effects of the castor oil on your hair
The castor oil also lends a lush glossiness and shine to your hair, so you do not need to apply any hair wax or other products for this purpose. A little goes a long way, and it is best to only add a tiny bit to the very ends of your hairs, instead of putting it up near the scalp, if you are only looking for a natural hair smoother.
Simply put about 2 drops on your palms and rub, then evenly distribute throughout the hair ends. There is a fine line between a subtle shine look and a heavy greasiness look, so go very light until you figure out the right amount that works for your hair type.
If you’re looking to regrow the hair on your head, you can use the castor oil as a scalp treatment. However it can be tricky to put it on the scalp without thinning it out with lighter oil beforehand. You can add some melted coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or another lighter oil to help make it spreadable enough.