Is it just us or do more people seem dissatisfied with the health and condition of their hair lately? Here’s what we know: with today’s overwhelming amount of smog and pollutants in the air as well as an increased access to unhealthy foods and a lethargic lifestyle, our hair follicles aren’t receiving the nourishment they need. So what can we do to support a full, healthy head of hair?!
Here at Eve Hansen, we celebrate total body wellness and believe in working to be the best and healthiest versions of ourselves! Of course, a part of feeling our best is having strong, healthy and vibrant hair. With many natural remedies out there, we’d like to highlight one magic ingredient in particular: Castor Oil! This oil can improve skin, hair, nail and digestive health while also addressing the function of the immune system! Where do we sign up?
But wait – there’s more!
What is Castor Oil?
Castor Oil is a colorless vegetable oil that is naturally derived from the plant Rincinus Communis with several used in the manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and beauty industries.
Used in ancient beauty treatments for centuries, natural Castor Oil is now reigning supreme when it comes to the beauty and personal care industries. In addition to its benefits to skin and hair, castor oil can be a safe alternative to expensive prescription medications that may cause serious side effects.
How Does It Promote Hair Growth?
Castor Oil’s unique composition of natural compounds is what helps to stimulate hair growth. The largest component of castor oil is Ricinoleic acid, an essential amino acid in the human body. Ricinoleic acid is an omega- 9 fatty acid that, because of its density, is able to penetrate deeply into the pores of hair follicles. This acid provides nourishment to hair follicles that ultimately promotes hair growth and regeneration.
If you’re suffering from thinning hair, the follicles can be reconditioned to grow fuller and healthier hair with regular application of Castor Oil. Take care to use products with a heavier molecular weight so they can effectively penetrate the follicles.
Using castor oil for hair growth stems from the ingredient's antimicrobial properties and through its ability to also reduce the level of yeast along the follicles, relieving inflammation and optimizing follicle function. Castor Oil application can help to protect existing hair follicles and slow hair loss.
Remember: a healthy scalp makes for healthier hair and Castor Oil can help us get there!
Other Hair Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil’s hair growth benefits can be applied to the eyebrows and eyelashes, as well! The substance is a great beauty hack when looking to achieve achieve a fuller look for either. We suggest using a dried and clean mascara wand to glide the oil over eyebrows. You can also brush it through lashes, using just enough to allow for full absorption.
The antioxidants present in castor oil sustain keratin levels and help to make hair stronger, smoother, and less frizzy. In addition, castor oil can be used to moisturize brittle and damaged ends while adding a silky layer of shine. The nourishment provided to the hair follicles by castor oil has also been said to delay premature graying by protecting the pigment in the hair. Furthermore, because of its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil may help to relieve headaches, cure dandruff, and return the scalp to an optimum pH level.
For added hair benefits, mix castor oil with olive oil and coconut oil to create a antioxidant-rich DIY hair treatment. Olive oil is rich in vitamin A, vitamin E, and antioxidants that work to help support the keratin in hair and seal in moisture. Additionally, coconut oil helps promote deep follicle nourishment and encourages hair regrowth. Combining these two oils with the numerous benefits of castor oil is a surefire method to help you achieve your hair care goals.
Apply just a few drops onto fingertips and massage through entire scalp
When the entire scalp is covered, push excess oil to ends of hair
Use 3 to 4 times per week until desired results
Treatment times should be between 20-30 minutes
Shampoo hair until all oil is washed off
Reduce treatments to once a week after desired results are achieved