Ladies, can we agree that trying to care for natural hair can be a handful. With so many natural hair products on the market, weeding out the good from the bad can take a bit of research. One of the most popular natural hair product on the market for Hair growth is castor oil. Many Frolicious beauties claim that castor oil is the best product when it comes to regrow natural hair. However, does using castor oil really make your natural hair grow?
What Is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant. The oil is normally very pale yellow or colorless. It has a light taste and odor. The castor plant is naturally grown in the Eastern Africa, southeastern Mediterranean Basin, and India. Nowadays, you can find the plant all around the world in different tropical regions. Castor oil is composed of several three fatty acids: oleic, linoleic, and ricinoleic acid. The dominant fatty acid in castor oil is ricinoleic acid which can be found in many hair moisturizers. The oil has also been used for medicinal purposes since many decades. Can ricinoleic acid or any other of the fatty acids in castor oil increase natural hair growth?
Does Using Castor Oil Really Make Your Hair Grow?
It’s being said that, castor oil is one of the best natural hair solutions that have most of the good effects of the costly beauty products you might be buying. This oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties. However, I am not sure if using castor oil really make your natural hair grow?
On the one hand, there are many pages where users say that the ricinoleic acid of the castor oil will not only protect the hair but also increase hair growth through circulation on the scalp. However on the other hand, you can also find information where chemists claim that there are no scientific studies to prove that castor oil can increase natural hair growth or hair thickness. An interesting fact is that castor oil is not an ingredient in hair loss products which are designed to treat hair thinning and baldness. Moreover, even the other fatty acids in castor oil that are similar to those in coconut oil an olive oil are not associated with natural hair growth or hair thickness. Isn’t that interesting?!
What about the Frolicious Beauties who claim to see an improvement by using castor oil?
According to scientific studies massaging your scalp with water can stimulate your natural hair to grow. A study showed this on rats. Due to its thickness castor oil can stick to hair more than most other oils. It is almost like a soft glue and tends to stay and not move when applied. This can add the illusion of thickness.
How To Apply Castor Oil On Natural Hair?
Nevertheless, castor oil is rich in Vitamin E, Omega 6, Fatty Acids, protein, and minerals. If you would like to try this oil. You can buy it here.
You can mix the castor oil with other oils like coconut oil or jojoba oil to make the castor oil thinner. I have read that you will receive the best result if you gently warm up the oil mixture and leave it on your hair for 3 to 7 hours. Use a shower cap to cover your hair. Let it sit e.g. overnight and rinse it out in the morning. Use a natural hair conditioner afterwards for retaining the moisture and an oil to seal in the moisture. If you have time repeat this treatment twice a week for best results.
Do you think using castor oil really make your natural hair grow? What is your experience with it? Please leave your comments below. I’d love to know!!