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November 7, 2008

Castor Oil- A Dry Hair Miracle


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

Later Gators,

Nik

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Faithful7 said...

I looooove castor oil--I also love coconut and jojoba. But castor oil makes my hair soft, silky, and lays down my transitioning hair. It also makes my 1 year old daughters curlss pop. I don't have to moisturize my hair as often because of castor oil. Oh and it grew in my nape and even filled in my edges (which weren't even thin in the first place!!)Also, I don't really use gel either, because I'll just wet my hair put on castor oil and scar and my hair lays flat! public.fotki.com/Faithful7

Jai said...

I love Jamaican Black Castor Oil, it smells wonderful and is very moisturizing.

Maria said...

I just started using Castor oil a few weeks ago. I was at the pharmacy when I saw a generic castor oil on the shelf. I went home and co-washed and sealed with the oil. After my hair dried I couldn't believe how soft and bouncy with curls were! The only CON would be I couldn't stop touching my hair to the point of craziness LOL It also gave me awesome 2nd hair day. I highly recommend it. Not good for people with OCD like me!

Deanna said...

I didn't know shea butter was a sealer???!!! I have been using it as a moisturizer. Oh my goodness, suddenly everything is much clearer!!

Fleurzty said...

Castor oil is just GREAT! Every now and again, I stop using it but my hair ends up missing it terribly. It's definitely a keeper!

LBell said...

Say it louder: HEALTH BEFORE STYLE! HEALTH BEFORE STYLE! lol maybe more sisters will finally get it someday and the fake hair folks will have to find another way to make money.

I added the last of my regular castor oil (about 1 ounce) to about 3 ounces of Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut conditioner and used it as a co-wash. Not only did my mostly CNapp hair detangle like a dream, but it dried so soft and luscious I couldn't keep my hands out of it. I can't wait to try this with my new bottle of Jamaican black castor oil.

Petal said...

Next oil to try on my list!

Suburbanbushbabe said...

I love castor oil, especially the Jamaican black castor oil (yummy nutty smell and less sticky). But I have to admit I haven't mastered the most effective use of it. I would like to understand how to use it to get 2nd day hair, which I'm achieving now with gels. Maybe a new article? (hint)

Mel said...

I just started using castor oil about 3 weeks ago, and my hair is loving it. It does WONDERS for preventing frizz and it makes my hair clump better as well. It has made it to HG status. I can't believe it took me so long to try it.

Anonymous said...

This oil had me breaking out something horrible. I dont mind the cvs version or jamaican black castor oil (my fav!).

Nikki said...

I have a love/hate relationship with castor oil. If I get it too close to my scalp, my head itches like crazy. I don't care for the way it smells. I also don't like the way it feels, so sticky and tacky. But it is the best single oil for detangling, I think. Some on my ends will help my ends knot and tangle less.

DblDee said...

It has been awhile but my mother has read that using castor oil on your hair would make it grow. So using the edible kind, I applied to my hair...about 30min later I began to feel a little woozy (lol...you know where this is going) I didn't think much of it. Some time later I had to leave work early because I did not feel well...I shampooed my hair and vowed NEVER to use castor oil again.
My mom got a big laugh...saying I didn't think you'd be crazy enough to try it :)

max said...

I might be slow but I cannot figure out how to seal my hair for the life of me. To style I wet my hair and then rake product through, scrunch with a microfibre towel and then air dry. when do i seal? when it's still wet? after it dries? before i go to bed? I don't get it :|

Jojo said...

Castor oil is great!!! I use the home health brand (natural). I use it as a moisturizer, hot oil treatment (with coconut, evoo, or jojoba oil..me and my mixes). It leaves my hair soft and shiny.

Ara said...

hello girls

how do you apply castor oil on your hair? after shampoo? or before?...

thanks

javieth said...

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Anonymous said...

hey everyone!
plz help me by answering my questions regarding castor oil.
Q: can i apply castor oil to my dry hair?
Q: can i apply castor oil directly to my hair?( keeping in mind that my hair are dry)
Q: can i use castor oil to my face to get rid of acne marks? will it give rise to facial hair or not?
plz help me, i m confused :(

Zijn Hart said...

You can apply castor oil to dry hair.
You can apply castor oil directly to your hair
You can use castor oil on your face, but it will not get rid o any acne marks. No it will not give rise to facial hair.

Zijn Hart said...

Castor oil is a sealant and you use sealants once moisture has been applied to the hair. If any water based product is on your hair, it is now okay to seal it in by applying castor on top of it.

Anonymous said...

i just started using castor oil
bout two days ago and for some reason my hair seems to be more dry than before. why is that?should i keep using it are stop and try something else?

Anonymous said...

Hi I used cocunut oil when I was younger and had the most beautiful haIr going...then came the kids and I just did not make time for myself. Well that changed not so long ago. I came across castor oil and its benefits on you tube and I can just say...I sleep, dream, live castor oil. My hair has grown with about 2 cm a month...people that have seen me in December are shocked at my length now...so if you want healthy, long hair...USE CASTOR OIL dAILY!

Anonymous said...

I LOVE castor oil! My hair gets at least an inch of growth every month now. The down side is that my roots are out and about a week after I dye my hair ( I can live with that). I like to use wen 6/13 and castor oil combo for a deep treatment at night, at least once a week. My curls (natural for almost a year now) are sooo shiny and hydrated. My hair is longer now than it has ever been! I can't live without it. Ive also been reading about other uses of castor oil and can't wait to see the results.

tt said...

how often should i deep condition with castor oil?

Ashlee said...

castor oil works well to lay down the hair. natural oils are GREAT!

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