Castor oil is liquid gold for hair, it was used thousands of years ago by the Egyptians for healthy hair and it is still around today because in the 21st century it still works like a charm, for not only hair but also the skin.
What is Castor Oil? Castor oil is thick, golden in appearance and is the by-product of the castor plant. A plant that is not without some controversy because of certain toxic compounds which can be found on the surface of the castor bean.
What really makes this plant so special, however, is the abundance of ricinoleic acid which is present within its oil. Ricinoleic acid makes up 89.5% of castor oil’s fatty acid composition and has various properties which lend themselves to effective treatment of hair loss. –
To read more on the science behind castor oil, click here for additional information that may help. (This information is suitable for hair loss as well)
Why is castor oil so special?
It contains a rare fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, it can be found only in castor oil and a group of fungi called ergot. Due to its high ricinoleic acid content castor oil exhibits strong pain-killing, anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.
WHAT BENEFITS DOES IT HAVE FOR MY HAIR?
Castor oil have many benefits for the hair; here a list of things that you can benefit from Castor Oil:
- Castor oil has a small molecular size, this means that it penetrates easily, deeply and quickly into the skin [and hair]. This makes it one of the super penetrative carrier oils besides coconut and olive oil.
- Castor oil soothes inflamed skin including the hair scalp.
- Castor oil provides a moisturizing effect to hair and scalp, because of its penetrative qualities castor oil does not only coat the hair strand but enters the cuticle imparting its numerous minerals and nutrients thus guaranteeing long lasting hydration and nutrition to hair and scalp.
- Castor oil thickens and promotes hair growth even in places where hair would not grow before. Castor oil can also be used to thicken other areas where hair is sparse on your body like your eyebrows and eyelashes.
- Castor oil can repair chemical damage due to hair abuse with regular use. The omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil also nourishes the hair and prevents the scalp from drying out.
- Castor oil is a humectant as it draws moisture into the hair and skin. Applying castor oil on hair will keep it soft and supple.
What is the best castor oil to use?
You can use cold pressed or castor oil done the Jamaican way, which is roasting the beans and then pressing the seeds, this castor oil is darker in color and very thick.This oil works extremely well on hair and more benefiting.
A quality cold pressed castor oil has a clear, yellow color with a mild, natural plant odor. After the castor oil is applied, it should not have lingering scent. This cold pressed type is said to work best on skin especially when placed around the eyes to reduce wrinkles or dark spots.
Castor Oil Suggestions are good:
Pure Cold Pressed Castor Oil— Store Castor Oil
Roasted Beans, Darker Castor Oil— Jamaican Black Castor Oil.