Castor oil is a product widely used in the production of natural cosmetics.
This oil can be applied not only on the skin but also on the hair to promote growth, and in some cases even regrowth, or simply to make the hair stronger and fuller. For the same reasons, castor oil is used on thinning eyelashes and brows. Thanks to its high content of fatty acids, castor oil can stop the loss of hair, eyelashes and eyebrows, improving their appearance and making the hair thicker and denser.
The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties of castor oil make this product effective for treating scalp infections .It is therefore a good remedy to combat problems such as folliculitis, which causes inflammation of the hair follicles leading to hair loss.
Furthermore, thanks to its high content of ricinoleic acid, castor oil improves blood circulation in the scalp ensuring a greater supply of nutrients to the hair follicles.
Benefits of Castor Oil on Hair
Castor oil is an ideal natural solution for hair because it speeds up hair growth, helps keep the scalp healthy and strengthens the hair shaft from the root.
1. Castor oil keeps hair loss in check
About 90% of the nutritional value of castor oil is made up of ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid can act as a natural vasodilator, increasing blood circulation in the scalp. This improves the health of the follicles and scalp, reducing hair loss. The hair roots are strengthened as they will have more nourishment. In addition, ricinoleic acid, combined with other acids, in particular omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, penetrates the scalp restoring optimal hair health and promoting hair growth.
2. Castor oil counteracts dandruff.
The antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties of castor oil help fight dandruff effectively. Ricinoleic acid is also known to rebalance the pH of the scalp, making it healthier and creating an unfavorable environment for dandruff.
3. Castor oil reduces split ends
Castor oil helps repair damaged hair by penetrating the hair shaft and filling in damaged keratin points. This increases the strength and elasticity of the hair, making it less prone to breakage and split ends.
4.Castor oil thickens the hair
Castor oil penetrates the outer layer of the hair shaft, increasing the thickness and density of the hair.
5. Castor oil protects the hair
The large amount of fatty acids found in castor oil forms a protective layer on the hair, protects against damage caused by the sun and chemicals, and prevents color loss.
How Often Can Castor Oil Be Used On Hair?
Castor oil works differently depending on the type of hair. The frequency of application of the oil also depends on why you decide to use it.
For those who want to use castor oil to counteract hair loss it is advisable to apply the product at least twice a week for a minimum of four weeks to see satisfactory results. If possible, use castor oil 3-4 times a week.
If you want to reduce split ends and strengthen the hair shaft, massage your hair with castor oil 2 or 3 times a week. If possible, leave the oil overnight for maximum benefits.