What is castor oil and should I put it in my hair?
I should note, anytime you place anything in or on your body you should at least know what it is. I mean how many times have you actually read the list of ingredients on the back of your shampoo bottle. Even if you have, you probably don’t know what any of them are. For example who knows what “Sodium Lauryl Sulfate” is? Certainly some biologists would know, but your everyday average guy isn’t going to know what it is. So what is castor oil? Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the castor bean. Castor oil has some of the same hair benefits of biotin. It basically helps thicken your hair and accelerates hair growth, which makes your scalp appear fuller and thicker. Rubbing castor in your hair is only one of many uses. The magic of castor oil has been around for many years, and has a huge variety of non-hair related uses.
I have personally used Now Solutions Castor Oil for over 1 year (2-3 times per week) and highly recommend it. It helps my hair retain moisture and gives it a nice shine. It’s a very very thick texture, that spreads easily (especially when your hands or hair is moist). Surprisingly you only need to use a few drops because it spreads well. You’ll know if you put too much on when you’re having a hard time washing it out. Just washing your hands after applying it to your hair and scalp takes a little extra time and effort.
Directions on using castor oil for hair growth:
- Get your hands damp/wet with warm water
- Apply a few drops (1-3) of castor oil
- Rub your hands together, spreading the oil on your palms
- Apply to your hair and scalp by running your fingers through your mane
- Wash your hands well, or you will risk leaving oil residue on your hand towel.
So, is it worth trying out? Definitely! And it only costs around $4-$10 a bottle, and really really lasts long, because if you remember it only takes a few drops of oil each time you feel like applying it.
There are many benefits to castor oil, and not just for your hair. The following are hair and non-hair benefits to using it:
- Increases hair growth
- Makes hair thicker and shinier
- Prevents and decreases hair damage
- Totally conditions and moisturizes hair and scalp
- Prevents dry hair and scalp
Non-hair related benefits:
- Constipation (used as a laxative)
- Skin Problems (acne, dry skin, moles, eczema)
- Arthritis/muscle aches
- Tape/Ring worm
- Lymph Nodes
- Tumors (reduces visibility)
- Sleep (insomnia)
I have only currently used it for my hair and scalp so I can’t speak for the non-hair benefits, be anecdotal evidence for other people suggests that castor oil can be a great healer (who knows, it could be the placebo effect in action).
Side Effects (hair):
The only side effects associated with using (too much) castor oil for you hair is; oily skin/scalp and sticky hair. Just remember to apply in moderation and rinse properly after showering.
To sum things up, using castor oil for hair growth can is relatively cheap, can provide many benefits (hair and non-hair), and is relatively safe. Want to learn more about castor oil? Check out castoroilhome.com and skinverse.com