Castor oil has been in use as home remedy for many skin and hair problems around the world for centuries. It takes care of almost all normal hair related problems including spit ends,hair thinning and hair loss.
Castor oil also is very effective in treatment of dry scalp and benefits in dandruff removal. It is anti-bacterial and possess anti-inflammatory properties. Castor oil is rich in proteins, minerals and vitamin E. it is widely used in cosmetic industry for hair and skin care products.
In addition to the hair and skin benefits, castor oil also is very useful in birth control, constipation, menstrual disorders and rheumatism. it has been a popular laxative for centuries and it still is.
While it is a multitasking oil to get relief from many health condition, castor oil use for skin and hair is widespreadand it is a very effective remedy to stop hair loss.
How Castor Oil Benefits Hair?
Castor oil is odorless and is generally colorless to pale yellow in appearance and is very thick in consistency as compared to most other vegetable oils. Its single largest component (more than 85%) is Ricinoleic acid-in some varieties of castor oils it can be as high as 95%. Other major components include Linoleic Acid upto 1-5%& and Oleic acid 2-6% with other acidic components in much smaller quantities.
Ricinoleic acids chemical composition of mono unsaturated nature gives it a polar nature that is nourishing for the scalp. Let us understand how it helps in hair growth.
Your body produces a lipid named Prostaglandin (PGE2) which acts as a catalyst for hair growth. Any deficiency of PGE2 in the scalp generally causes hair loss. Ricinoleic acid stimulates the production of PGE2. The enhanced production of this lipid enriches hair follicles and even the bald spots may get hair regrowth.
In addition to the production PGE2, ricinoleic acid also kills fungi and bacteria from the scalp which indirectly helps to improve stalled hair growth as well as get rid of dandruff.
Castor oil is Omega 9 fatty acid rich oil. This fat absorbs moisture easily, therefore a good massage of scalp with castor oil will ensure hydration throughout the time it is on the scalp. It attracts water from the atmosphere and absorbs it. This cures the roblem of dry hair and split ends.
Best Way to Use Castor Oil to Stop Hair Loss:
Castor oil can treat all types of hair loss with varying degrees of success. If you are suffering from any of the following conditions causing your hair loss, then use of castor oil will help.
- Female and male pattern baldness
- Hair loss due to harsh chemical based hair care products
- Hair loss due to hot iron hair styling
- Infections in the hair follicles
Since castor oil is very viscous, you must use it properly to get full benefits of this very effective home remedy for hair loss and other hair related problems such as hair thinning and split ends.
You must begin to apply from the roots first.
- Part your hair in many sections and slowly apply to the scalp. Massage the scalp thoroughly so that the oil is thoroughly absorbed by the scalp. This will help the ricinoleic acid to stimulate production of PGE2.
- Apply it gradually on the hair from root to the end.
- Cover your head with a shower cap or a towel for the maximum impact
- Leave it for 1-2 hours and rinse it
In these 1-2 hours both the ricinoleic acid and Omega 9 will perform their job of stimulating production of PGE2 and moisturizing the hair to create healthy and lustrous hair. Regular use will provide the required hair growth.
Due to its thick viscosity, you will require more than one round of shampooing to remove the castor oil from your hair.
Over a period of time the Vitamin E and Omega 6 in the castor oil will smoother the hair cuticles. This will reduce split ends.
So use castor oil regularly on your scalp and hair to get healthy and lustrous hair growth.