Back to the Grind Castor Oil Challenge – Week 8 Check-In

10/11/2013 | By | More

Great responses for the past few weeks to the check-in questions, and fabulous results were shared with us in the length check photos.

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.

simply organics jamaican black castor oil extra strength castor oil challengeThis week we continue with part two of our educational posting on the benefits of 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.

The winners of the Back to the Grind Castor Oil Challenge will receive a prize pack containing a variety of products from Simply Organic Oils including oils, conditioner and shampoo!

Castor Oil for Hair Split Ends

Castor Oil can help control split ends if used as a conditioning treatment; its full of nutrients which prevents hair breakage like Vitamin E, essential amino acids, and Omega 6 fatty acids which penetrates damaged and dry hair, smoothing out the rough cuticles and helping the hair retain moisture. Moisturized and strong hair does not break or split as easily.

Castor Oil for Overall Natural Hair Health

Castor oil benefits the hair in many ways as we’ve described. The oil is a natural emollient which moisturizes both the hair and the scalp. One of the main benefits of castor oil for hair treatments comes from the oil’s properties – it’s a fabulous sealant which locks in moisture to prevent the hair from becoming dry and brittle. When you use castor oil for natural hair care it will leave your hair soft, shiny, smooth and very manageable.

Using castor oil for natural hair care is a great idea as it also nourishes and moisturizes the scalp. Castor oil is known to encourage hair growth and improve hair thickness, while strengthening hair follicles and nourishing the roots. Using castor oil for natural hair ensures the hair roots and follicles receive all of the minerals needed for hair growth. Castor oil is a natural anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory agent and it inhibits the growth of harmful bacteria and fungi on the scalp. Using castor oil for hair care will therefore help to keep infections at bay which cause itching, flaking, scaling and hair loss.

Summary of Castor Oil Benefits for Natural Hair

  • Encourages the growth of thick luxurious hair
  • Prevents thinning of the hair
  • Treats premature balding (alopecia)
  • Moisturizes the hair and scalplengthcheck
  • Improves blood circulation
  • Nourishes the hair and hair follicles
  • Prevents and treats split ends
  • Prevents the growth of bacteria and fungi
  • Treats dandruff
  • Prevents drying out of the skin in the scalp
  • Darkens the hair
  • Improves the uptake of nutrients
  • Minimizes hair damage
  • Softens the hair
  • Makes your dry natural hair shiny

With all the benefits derived from using castor oil for natural hair — ranging from using castor oil for hair growth, hair re-growth, split ends, hair loss, hair shine, hair darkening and over all hair health, there is almost no other product like it in the market with all these benefits and no known negative side effects.

Week 8 Check In Questions

Answer these questions in your post below to officially “check in” as we conclude week eight of the Back to the Grind castor oil challenge.

  1. From your experience, how does castor oil compare to other oils you’ve used? Please share the names of the oils you’ve tried in the past or currently use and how castor oil is different.
  2. Have you shared information about your castor oil journey with others? What was their response?
  3. Name three things you’d warn a new natural about who either just made the switch or is considering making the switch from the creamy crack?

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.

Stay natural!

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  1. folamix says:

    #1. Castor oil is a thicker consistency and I really feel like it moisturizes my scalp. I notice that my hair seems thicker now.
    #2. Only on this challenge.
    #3. Remember our hair is delicate and fragile. Be sure to moisturize and seal in that moisture. And above all else, natural hair takes patience. The natural hair journey is one of trial and error. Don’t fall for the shortcuts and pitfalls of getting long hair instanteously.

  2. MrsGrizzly says:

    #1-The castor oil is much thicker than any I’ve used. I’ve used hair balms by Carol’s Daughter and Komaza Care’s Hair Nourishment Oil. They were thinner and were absorbed by my scalp more than my hair.

    #2-I’ve really only shared with my husband and my sister. My sister has the most amazing locs. They’ve been super supportive of my whole natural hair journey.

    #3-First rule: READ…everything that says “Natural” isn’t. I’m not saying ditch all chemicals because you may have a product that is magical for you and it isn’t 100% natural. Secondly, this is something that requires much more patience than just slapping a perm in. Finally, you can do the big chop any time and essentially begin again.

  3. dajestanley says:

    1)I was never a really big oil user, so I really can’t compare the castor oil to any other oil. I must say though that castor oil is thick, and helped bring out the curls and the softness in my hair.

    2)I’ve shared the castor oil challenge with friends and family. Most want to know if the castor oil works well for my hair, and to let them know the result I get.

    3)First, remember that every natural product won’t work on your hair. Some will leave your hair dry, will flake, or simply just not work. You will have to find what works for you. Second, invest in a wide tooth comb and a spray bottle for dampening your hair prior to oiling and moisturizing.

  4. kkmpd_1 says:

    1. I like the castor oil it is just extremely thick for me, So I mixed it will jojoba oil which I oh so love :-) My favorite oils are Sweet almond oil, Jojoba oil and Castor oil those are the only oils I ever used.

    2. I have shared the challenge with friends and family. Most of them say they don’t want to try it because they don’t have the time others wanted to know does it really work.

    3. I would tell them stay consistent. The products that work best are the ones you make yourself. Learn the texture of your hair work with it and be gentle.

  5. kkmpd_1 says:

    Is there going to be a week 9 check in?

  6. folamix says:

    Wondering the same thing

  7. folamix says:

    Nope…Not yet……Looks like we may just be on our own.

  8. Deborrah says:

    Naw you aren’t on your own! But you get some freebies. All explained in the Week 11 post. :)

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