November 7, 2008
Looking for other ways to seal in the goodness of that leave-in or moisturizer? The gorgeous ladies on Naturallycurly.com and Nappturality.com are finding solace in Castor Oil. I've tried it in past years, but I wasn't ready for it, lol. At the time, the aesthetic of my hair was wayyyy more important than health, and I didn't want to use anything but stylers (that would stretch, define and hold) on it.
Castor Oil comes from the Castor bean and seeds of the castor plant. Besides its historical use as a laxitive, purgative and anti-inflammatory, it is a skin emollient and hair softener.
On the hair, Castor Oil works to coat the hair shaft and smooth the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky. It is more easily absorbed by the hair (than other oils), allowing for deeper penetration into the hair shaft. Make sure to look for cold pressed, pure Castor Oil. Check your local health food store, or even Walmart...I've seen it there (and yes, you can use the edible kind on your hair)!
If you've had a positive (or negative) experience with Castor Oil, please leave a comment!
Shea butter leaves my hair feeling like silk, and I'm now tempted to branch out and try Castor Oil and see how it treats me.
Ladies, I can't stress enough how important it is to find a good sealant- no matter what you choose (olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, Shea butter, Castor Oil, etc.), just choose, and consistently use something. It is the sole step in my routine that has enabled me to retain length. Put hair health before beauty...learn from my mistakes. Plus, with hair health comes gorgeous locks, so its a win-win :D