I recently began using castor oil on my hair about a month ago. If you’re anything like me, my initial reaction was “Don’t people use castor oil to go to the bathroom?” Turns out, there’s more than one use for castor oil.
So initially I was hesitant and decided to do some homework. I looked around on some other natural hair websites and blogs and they all seem to come to a common consensus that castor oil was a good product for natural hair.
One of the main tips I found when using castor oil is that “Less is more.” Castor oil is thick so using too much will leave your hair feeling heavy and greasy. Castor oil doesn’t moisturize your hair; it simply helps conceal the moisture. So to help thin out the castor oil, it was also suggested to mix it with other oils like olive oil, or jojoba oil. Also using more castor oil doesn’t increase its benefits. Castor oil was said to be good for dry scalp and also a good use for a deep conditioning treatment. It helps with hair loss and thickening of your hair.
Personally I have greatly enjoyed the use of castor oil on my hair. It has done wonders. I’ve been using castor oil mixed with olive oil. Literally, I have dumped all my other products. I literally only use olive oil, castor oil and sometimes Blue Magic Coconut oil conditioner. In the morning when I do my hair, I usually spray it with a little water and then massage in a handful of olive oil and a handful of castor oil. I’ve been doing this for a month and the biggest changes I noticed were in my hair’s texture and less hair shedding.
Since using castor oil, my hair texture has become a lot softer than usual. Before, my texture was very rough and coarse. (It didn’t matter how much moisturizing I did to it.) Now, it’s a lot softer and my curls seem more lively. Also before, I had a huge problem with shedding. I would run my hand across my head and hair would shed like crazy. At times I wasn’t even sure if it was normal, because I felt like my shedding was excessive. I mean I would comb my hair with a wide tooth comb and it would leave hair all on my neck and shoulders, sink and floor. Sad, but true. Since using castor oil, my shedding has become very light. I mean it’s been a huge difference. The difference is so big, I don’t have to sweep my bathroom as often. (And I’m serious about this!)
Another way I’ve been using castor oil is when I condition my hair. Whenever I co-wash my hair, I also add in a handful of castor oil and massage it into my hair. I usually let it sit on my hair for 5-10 mins and then rinse it out. My hair feels super soft after this! The texture is almost like silk. It’s so easy to comb through and manageable.
I have tried a lot of different products on my hair, but this one really seems to be something I can stick with for a while. It’s something I would recommend to other women, especially if they struggle with shedding and have a coarse texture like me. Everyone’s hair is different, but hopefully you won’t regret making castor oil part of your own hair regime.
A few of the other websites and blogs I visited for research and more info