My hair grows painfully slow and it has been that way for years. Aside from being frustrated that I couldn’t achieve a long flowing mane in a matter of months, it also worries me that my hair doesn’t grow fast.
Intuitively, I feel like this could be indicative of a nutritional deficiency so I have been trying to nourish myself according to recent research on the benefits of an ancestral diet including more healthy fats, and so I have been having real bone broth in most of my meals for a couple of months now. I used to be a vegan for years and never took any supplements, so perhaps that had a negative effect on my skin and hair.
Aside from that, I have been putting castor oil on my scalp at least once a week for about 6 months now. My hair feels fuller and longer than it has been for a very long time now, since I was 14 years old. It is still not at the ideal state that I would like it to be since I haven’t trimmed in months… I’m terrified of trimming my hair since it takes so long to get back the length, so I’m holding out until its an inch or so longer. I’m going to start upping my application frequency of castor oil because I’m really excited about how my hair is starting to look.
Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair
Castor oil has been used in beauty regimens since ancient civilizations.
Castor oil contains the proteins ricin and ricinoleic acid which have germicidal and fungicidal properties. They help to protect the scalp from microbial and fungal infections which are believed to be a cause of hair loss. They also moisturize and nourish the hair and scalp.
Castor oil is also a source of Vitamin E, an antioxidant which helps prevent damage by free radicals to skin and hair. It contains omega-9 fatty acids that help lock moisture into the hair as well as omega-6 fatty acids that help heal the hair and result in less split ends.
It also promotes healthy blood circulation on the scalp, stimulating hair growth.
All these qualities make it a popular hair treatment for achieving thick, full, long hair.
How To Use Castor Oil For Hair Growth
I use a mixture of castor and jojoba oil and sometimes some coconut oil. I have to give credit to Wellness Mama for the recipe and castor oil inspiration.
The ratio I use is about 2 thirds castor oil and 1 third jojoba or jojoba and coconut oil. To do this, I just eye-ball it by using a funnel and a clear bottle.
The dropper bottle makes it easy to apply to the scalp by drawing parts in your hair and lightly applying the mixture until you’ve completely covered your scalp.
I like to leave the mixture in for a while, so I either sleep with it or put it in during the day and wear my hair in a nice bun. The oil helps to slick your hair back like a ballerina style.
Make sure not to put too much in, as it is thick and will be difficult to wash out. I currently use a sulfate-free shampoo and sometimes an extra rinse of vinegar mixed with water.
It is important to use castor oil that is ‘hexane-free’.