Castor oil has been a world favorite beauty remedy for ages and for good reason. A treatment for breakage, hair loss, dandruff, itchy scalp, and all other hair woes, castor oil is enriched with Vitamin E, proteins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. Its high level of ricinoleic acid helps balance a healthy pH for the scalp, thus allowing your natural oils to thrive and your hair to grow. So, how do we use it? Castor oil can be a bit intimidating at first. It’s dense, sticky, and greasy texture can seem like a turn-off, but the key to enjoying the many benefits of castor oil is to know how to use it. Keep scrolling for the three ways you can easily include the oil into your routine.
1.As a Sealant
If you suffer with dry, brittle hair, using castor oil as a moisture sealant may be your best solution. Because of it’s texture, castor oil works well with carrier oils like coconut, olive, or any other light oil. To use castor oil as a sealant, you must first condition and moisturize your hair, then finish off by applying a dime-size drop of castor oil to entire shaft. For curly and kinky hair types that struggle with retaining moisture, the L.O.C. (leave-in, oil, cream) method may not be enough — it’s best to add that extra O (L.O.C.O) and seal it all in with castor oil.
2. As a Conditioner
You don’t know hydration until you’ve conditioned your mane with castor oil. Not only will this oil leave your hair feeling soft and smooth, it will also help strengthen and thicken your strands. To use as a conditioner, pre-poo, or masque, simply mix a teaspoon of castor oil with your favorite conditioner and a drop coconut oil, comb through, and leave on for 10-15 minutes before rinsing.
3. As a Hot Oil Treatment
Allow castor oil to deeply penetrate and nourish your scalp by doing a hot oil treatment. Heat up your castor oil in a pot or microwave to a safe to touch temperature and apply to freshly washed or dampened hair. It’s best to apply the oil section by section, smoothing the oil down the hair shaft from scalp to tip. Massage the oil throughout hair and gently rub into your scalp, ensure that your entire head is saturated with the hot oil. Cover with a shower or conditioning cap and allow the treatment to do its job for at least an hour (overnight is ok too). Once your strands are done marinating, rinse and wash out the oil and continue to style as usual.
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