Hairology: Not Yo Momma’s Castor Oil

Natural Hair Remedy: Castor Oil

If you’re like me, you probably grew up with a Momma or Ma’dear who kept a little bottle of castor oil in her kitchen cabinet as a home remedy for stomach ailments…and prayed she’d NEVER pour out a tea spoon of that aweful stuff for your comsumption.  But since beginning my natural haircare journey, I’ve read tons

of hair care regimens and tips that suggest use this centuries old tonic on our beautiful manes – so I had to find out why.

After doing a little research I learned Castor Oil benefits natural hair and hair growth in a variety of wonderful ways! Many people are using castor oil to help seal in moisture and to prevent dry scalp on their natural tresses, and it works for any hair texture!

Here is a list of benefits for using castor oil as a hair care solution:

• Promotes hair growth
• Moisturizes hair and scalp

• Helps reduce damaged split ends
• Helps to tame frizz
• Creates full healthy hair by thickening


The reason castor oil helps in these areas is because of its fatty acids:

The germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties of Ricin and Ricinoleic acid present in castor oil protect the scalp and hair from microbial and fungal infections, the two prime causes for hair loss. In addition, the fatty acids in it nourish hair and prevent the scalp from drying by retaining moisture.

Source: organicfacts.net

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