This week we’re past the halfway mark! Those of you still hanging in there, you’re obviously determined to succeed! Great responses for the past few weeks to the check-in questions, and fabulous results were shared with us. Castor oil really is all that.
Remember, official competitors are required to log into the site and respond to at least 10 of the 13 weeks of check-ins we’ll be doing the challenge. For each check-in you will post your answers to a few questions, or share your thoughts on a situation we’ll present for discussion.
This week we’re going to give you a little more education on castor oil. Because really, though this challenge may be your first real experience with castor oil, we believe it is a product which should become a staple in your hair care kit. The beauty of castor oil is that it may be used successfully on all hair types. Afro-textured kinky hair, the curly hair of mixed race women, and the straight locks of Caucasian and Asian women.
Using castor oil for hair care is one of the oldest beauty treatments dating back to ancient Egyptian times. The oil contains a wide variety of minerals and fatty acids which are essential for growing strong and healthy hair. Castor oil is a clear, colorless, thick and luxurious oil that is jam-packed full of healthy nutrients obtained from castor bean seeds (Ricinus Communis) by pressing them to extract the oil.
Castor Oil for Hair Growth
Castor oil has scalp rejuvenating abilities; it can help stimulate the growth of hair by increasing circulation in your scalp. The increased blood circulation caused by the castor oil will improve the flow of nutrients to your hair shaft helping hair to grow.
The following is a short tutorial on how to use castor oil for hair growth for women whose scalp and hair isn’t overly dry (those with dry hair can apply the oil and leave it on to absorb into their scalp and hair):
- Section your hair in small parts so that your scalp gets maximum exposure.
- Rub castor oil on your scalp, making sure to massage the oil in for at least five minutes.
- Cover your head with a plastic cap and let it oil sit on scalp for a few hours or even overnight.
- Shampoo or co-wash hair as usual. Repeat the procedure 2-4 times per week for best results.
Castor Oil for Hair Regrowth
If your hair is thinning or shedding more than normal, you can use castor oil for hair regrowth. One of the best blends is with coconut oil since castor oil is very thick and viscous. You can use emu oil or olive oil as well to mix in a half and half ratio for hair growth by doing the following:
- Mix castor oil with olive oil, coconut oil, or emu oil in a 50:50 ratio.
- Part your hair into manageable sections as described above.
- Apply the castor oil mixture to the hair sections and the scalp until all your hair is covered.
- Wrap your hair with a plastic cap, and let oil sit for 3 hours or overnight.
- Wash or cowash your hair as you normally would.
To benefit from the castor oil for hair regrowth, you need to do this for 3 to 4 times a week for a few weeks. You’ll be amazed at how soft and manageable your hair becomes, with less frizz and better styling results.
Castor Oil for Hair Darkening
Some people do want to make their hair appear darker and richer, and that is another use for castor oil. The nutrients and the humectant effect of the oil helps the hair retain moisture and it therefore appears darker in color. To get this effect, take a pea sized amount of the oil and mix it with your leave-on hair conditioner or hair mousse and distribute on your hair evenly (afro textured hair which tends to dryness may require a bit more oil).
Castor Oil for Hair Shine
Castor Oil has the ability to increase the radiance and shine of your hair as a side effect to its ability to form a protective coat on the hair shaft. This makes the shaft of the hair feel and look smoother, thereby reflecting more light. Using Castor Oil as a form of conditioner or hot oil treatment at least once a week benefits dull hair by making it shiny and smooth. Remember not to go crazy and overdo it – more is not necessarily better with castor oil.
Castor Oil for Hair Loss
Hair loss can be caused by a myriad of causes, but the most frequent of these causes are related to unhealthy scalp and weak hair. Castor oil not only strengthens your hair, but it also has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which can help combat and prevent scalp infections like ringworm, Trichosporosis (a fungal infection of the scalp), and folliculitis. Castor Oil can prevent the growth of microorganisms like bacteria and fungus which can affect your scalp’s health, thus preventing bald patches and hair loss. To use castor oil for hair loss, apply it at least twice a week on the scalp at least 30 minutes to a few hours before washing hair.
Next week we’ll share even more great uses for castor oil!
My personal favorite and highly recommended choice for castor oil is Simply Organics Jamaican Black castor oil, the one with the lavender scent. It absorbs easily into my skin, and has never irritated my scalp. I use a small amount and massage it into my scalp before bed; the lavender scent is very soothing and pleasant.
Week Seven: Check In Questions
Answer these questions in your post below to officially “check in” as we conclude week seven of the Back to the Grind castor oil challenge.
- Share your hair care routine, including posting photos of the products you use that give you the best results. You know folks are nosy!
- Based on the length check pictures you posted last week, have others commented on increased length or noticed more thickness in your hair? Have you? Are your thin spots growing new hair? How about your edges and/or the kitchen?
- In a few sentences, sum up how you feel about yourself and your hair now that you’ve gone natural. What’s changed about you from when you wore your hair relaxed?
That’s it for this week. We’ll be checking the post and noting who “checked in” for the “Back to the Grind” castor oil challenge on our spreadsheet. If you have any questions about the castor oil challenge, feel free to post them here. Someone will get back to you as quickly as possible.
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About the Author (Author Profile)Blogger, writer, relationships/dating expert, fitness trainer and natural hair enthusiast since 1997. Sharing information from grandmomma, books and scientific journals, as well as my personal discoveries and experiences with natural hair as we journey from relaxers, flat irons and weaves together.
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