We’re pretty lucky, ya know! When it comes to choosing products or ingredients to keep our hair looking sleek, we’re spoilt for choice. Especially when it comes to oils. You’ve got coconut, argan, kukui to name a few, but the oil that’s really enjoying some time in the spotlight when it comes to soft, healthy and nourished hair is castor oil.

What is castor oil?

We get castor oil by crushing and pressing castor oil seeds – simple! It is rich in ricinoleic acid, which boasts amazing anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties, which is great if you have a problematic scalp! Alongside this, it also has an impressive vitamin E content, plenty of Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids - all of which are fab for your tresses.

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Castor oil benefits for hair

Is your hair lacking shine? Do the ends look like they’ve seen better days? Or is your hair crying out for hydration? If so, castor oil could be what your hair is in need of!

This is how castor oil can benefit your hair:

  • It adds moisture and hydration
  • Add extra shine
  • Strengthens your hair to prevent breaking
  • Improve overall condition
  • Calm an irritated scalp

For our kinks, curls and Afro styled beauties out there, castor oil is especially uh-mazing for your type of hair. Castor oil is typically thicker than other oils and helps traps moisture into the hair, which works wonders if your hair is usually coarser or naturally lacks moisture.

Will castor oil make my hair grow?

Unfortunately, you can’t believe everything you read on the internet! Sure, castor oil will increase the health of your hair and will help towards preventing your ends from snapping off. But, when it comes to actually stimulating your hair follicles to increase growth, there isn’t enough evidence to support this… just yet!

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How do I use it?

When using neat castor oil, mix it with a more penetrable oil to prevent your hair from being weighed down.  For an at-home treatment, try mixing one part castor oil with five parts of another oil such as olive or argan (and reap the benefits of this oil too!)

Apply the mixture to wet hair, to lock in the moisture, and pay extra attention to applying the majority of the oil to the length of your hair and the ends.

Wash out to reveal super soft, shiny and more manageable hair!

Psstt... as with all oils, when using them in your hair it is best to use it sparingly, especially if you have the fear of greasy hair!

 

If you don’t fancy applying neat oil straight to your hair, check out some of these castor oil-based products to achieve the same results:

Superdrug Superdrug Castor & Shea Leave-in Conditioning Cream 250ml £5.49 Buy Now
Shea Moisture Shea Moisture Black Castor Oil Hair Mask 340ml £10.99 Buy Now