The most common application of castor oil is as a laxative. However, due to its inherent antiviral and antibacterial qualities, castor oil is a common therapy for dermatosis and fungal infections. It is also used to promote hair growth.
Castor oil for longer locks
Some people use castor oil to make their hair grow longer or to treat hair loss, commonly known as alopecia. It is touted as a therapy for dry scalp as well as other scalp disorders.
While the average human hair follicle develops somewhat more than a centimeter each month, some suggest that consuming castor oil once a month can stimulate growth three to five times faster. However, there is no clinical data to back this up. If you still want to use castor oil on your hair, here’s a simple at-home remedy. You will require the following materials:
- castor oil
- an old T-shirt
- rubber gloves
- applicator brush
- shower cap
- large towel
Step by step
- Put on an old T-shirt to avoid staining your clothes.
- Make a section of your hair.
- Put on the rubber gloves and begin applying the castor oil to your scalp using the applicator brush. Massage the oil into your scalp.
- Apply castor oil to the rest of your hair, using the comb to achieve even application. It doesn’t have to be saturated through with oil, but it should be moist.
- Once coated, put on the shower cap, making sure all hair is tucked inside.
Using the cloth, wipe away any oil drippings.
- Wear the shower cap for at least two hours. This allows the oil to penetrate the scalp, hair follicles, and hair shaft.
- After two hours, shampoo and conditioner on your hair.
Does this really work?
Castor oil’s effectiveness as more than a laxative is based solely on anecdotal evidence. Many claims have been made concerning castor oil, including that topical castor oil can help prevent or treat skin cancer. There is, however, no evidence to support its use.
You could use castor oil to treat hair loss, but you’d be better off speaking with your healthcare provider about established methods. They might not recommend castor oil for much more than occasional constipation relief.
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