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Here’s the right way to use castor oil to stop hair fall and grow your tresses

Published on:10 December 2020, 15:01pm IST
Castor oil is popular for its various benefits, including good hair health. We bring you the ultimate guide on how this miracle potion works, and what’s the best way to use it.
Geetika Sachdev
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Castor oil will provide your hair with the nourishment it needs! Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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For as long as we can remember, various oils have become popular for their bounty of benefits. Even celebrities like Kim Kardashian swear by these potions, especially when it comes to maintaining their tresses. Now, most people have heard about castor oil but don’t exactly know how it can prove to be life-changing when it comes to preserving hair health.

It has a range of benefits that include strengthening your strands, promoting hair growth and nourishing a dry scalp. It is extremely beneficial for your scalp which ends up creating an environment that promotes the healthy growth of your tresses.

So, why does castor oil hold the title of being the only thing our tresses need? Well, it has multiple benefits:

1. Prevents hair loss

Not many know that castor oil is beneficial when it comes to hair loss. Unlike other oils, castor contains several nutrients that consist of a powerful mix of proteins, vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants. Hence, it provides the scalp with the nourishment it requires. This doesn’t just prevent hair loss but also ensures healthy hair growth.

Let your hair do the talking with castor oil. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.
2. Moisturises and cleanses a dry scalp

If you suffer from a dry scalp, castor oil is great to cleanse the skin. This is because it is polarised. Hence, it dislodges dirt and effectively cleanses the skin. Plus, castor oil also serves as a humectant which helps to lock in the moisture!

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3. Improves blood circulation

It has a high content of ricinoleic acid that can enhance the blood circulation in the scalp, which strengthens the hair follicles and helps with hair loss.

4. Improves absorption

Castor oil is known to increase the absorption of other products. If you include castor oil as part of your hair care ritual, other products might actually penetrate more effectively.

How to use castor oil on hair

It’s true that it is one of the best hair potions, but you can’t go overboard with its application! It’s important to exercise moderation. Always do a patch test on your elbow by applying a small amount to check if the oil suits you.

So, how do you use it? Well, start by warming the oil. Then, take it in your palms and apply it on your scalp first before going along the length of your hair. Once done, let it stay for 15 to 20 minutes, and then shampoo it out of your hair. You can also wet your hair and then apply the oil to improve absorption.

One can also use it as a deep-conditioning treatment to protect the hair. You can steam your tresses to ensure that the oil penetrates deeper into the hair cuticle.

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Make castor oil a part of your hair routine and you won’t regret! Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

If you’re some who has curly or wavy hair, mix a few drops of castor oil with your conditioner. You will see the frizz vanish in no time.

What is the best type of castor oil, and how often should you use it?

Cold-pressed castor oil is the best to maintain the health of your hair.

Oiling your hair is a great way to hydrate your hair. Hence, make sure you massage your hair with castor oil at least once your twice a week. You can also mix castor oil with other carrier oils like coconut or olive to boost your hair health. 

How to remove castor oil from your hair?

Castor oil is thicker than other oils. Hence, it does take some time to wash it off! For starters, using lukewarm water will ensure that your scalp pores open up to release the built-up grime and dirt. Next, go for a mild shampoo and massage it gently using your fingertips. Now, wash your hair with warm water and then apply some leave-in conditioner to your hair. Leave it on for three to five minutes, and then wash your hair entirely with cold water. Use a fresh towel to dry your hair.

So, ladies, now that you know all about castor oil, it’s time to try it out!

Geetika Sachdev Geetika Sachdev

An independent writer and journalist, Geetika loves sharp and fresh humour, just like her coffee! If not writing, you'll find her cafe-hopping and raiding the best book stores in town.