In ancient Egypt, castor oil was used to treat eye irritation or even to stimulate labour for pregnant women. But for Cleopatra, castor oil was her favourite oil to remove make-up.
Nowadays, castor oil is used in many ways and particularly in beauty products. If we talk about hair, it is believed this nourishing oil promotes hair growth. But is it true? Let’s find out more about castor oil and its benefits on hair.
About Castor Oil
Castor oil is extracted from the seeds (castor beans), which grow on the plant called Ricinus Communis. The plant grows in tropical regions like in Africa, India and even Mediterranean Basin.
Castor oil has a pale to light yellow colour with is viscous consistency and a distinctive smell. In terms of composition, it is rich in fatty acids, mainly in ricinoleic acid, as well as vitamin E.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and moisturising properties, castor oil is used in pharmaceutical industry, cosmetics and medicine.
Castor oil’s Benefits on hair
Moisturised and stronger hair
Castor oil is a fantastic oil to strengthen hair due to its nourishing and moisturising properties. The fatty acids in the oil act as humectant, meaning they attract water to the hair so it helps to retain moisture. For this reasons, dry or damaged hair particularly benefit from castor oil’s moisturising properties.
Smooth and shiny hair
When castor oil is applied frequently, it coats and lubricates the hair shafts making hair smooth and shiny leading to more flexibility and less breakage.
Healthy Hair and Scalp
Castor oil can be your best ally to get healthier hair from roots until ends.
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil can prevent dandruff due to a dry or flaky scalp. Because the oil is quite thick, it is advised to mix castor oil with a lighter oil, such as avocado, olive or almond oil. Mix the oils, then apply and massage scalp with it to get rid of dandruff before shampooing your hair.
Dry or damaged hair
If you hair is dry or damaged and you want to revitalise and nourish it, using castor oil as a pre-poo or hot oil treatment can be really beneficial.
Apply the mix of oils on your hair and ideally leave it overnight for deeper action. Then follow with your wash day routine the next day.
Finally, castor oil can prevent split ends to travel all the way up the hair shaft. Apply the mix of oils with castor oil on your ends for few minutes before washing off.
Where to find it?
As we want to give the best to your hair, we made sure to offer products containing castor oil.
As previsouly mentioned, prepoo or hot oil treatment can help you to nourish deeply your hair and make them stronger hair.
Beauté Insolente Revitalising oil contains castor oil. Apply on damp hair and, ideally, leave it overnight before shampooing your hair.
The leave-in conditioner Kurl Nectar will bring moisture and nourish your hair thanks to its main active ingredients like castor oil.#
All Sheamoist9 products contains Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Jamaican Black Castor Oil, or JBCO for the most experimented, is made of roasted castor beans, giving it a darker colour.
We particularly like Sheamoist9 leave-in conditioner to provide moisture to your hair on a regular basis for healthy and defined curls.
The Natural Castor Oil Milk is also suitable for regular use if you want to get stronger hair