Everyone goes through the awkward stage where we are over our short hair, but not patient enough to wait for our long hair to grow back. Lucky for us, that is where hair growth remedies come in. Today, I am talking about one of the many options for hair growth: caster oil.
This is a personal favorite of mine for hair care. I could go on and on about the benefits of caster oil for hair, but I’ll spare you a few pages and keep it down to the highlights. I’ll go over the benefits of caster oil for hair and how to use it properly, so take notes!
Caster Oil Benefits
Here are the top perks of choosing caster oil for hair growth over other options:
- Cleansing: As a natural hair cleanser, caster oil fights against the number of toxins and damages your hair faces stepping out into the world everyday. It cleanses your hair strands to create a fresh feeling that even a hair wash might not be able to achieve by removing build up that typical shampoo can’t grab.
- Prevents Color Fade: If you dye your hair often, a big perk of caster oil is that it locks in your hair color to slow down hair fading. This is a great option for those wanting to save a few dollars on the quite expensive and time consuming visits to the salon.
- Locks in Moisture: No matter the hair type, your hair can always use some moisture. Locking in the moisture your hair needs to thrive will bring almost immediate results of silkier and healthier hair. Unlike other moisture solutions, caster oil washes out well and leaves your hair soft rather than sticky from too much oil on the strands. As someone who hates that feeling, caster oil has quickly risen on my list of favorite moisture options.
- Antibacterial: Going along with cleansing, caster oil acts as an antibacterial and anti inflammatory which helps your hair’s overall health. While this might not seem as large of a benefit as other perks that are more tangible, what happens behind the scenes with our hair truly makes the difference between a dry ball of frizz to a voluminous mane of beautiful locks.
- Hair Growth: Saving one of the biggest perks until last, using caster oil for hair growth is the most common reason people steer this direction. This also applies for lashes. Many people apply caster oil to their eyelashes daily to stimulate growth. While the science behind hair growth is a bit foggy, the other benefits of caster oil allow your hair to grow properly, which in turn, does have better growth from using caster oil.
How to Use Caster Oil
Now that we have confidently answered if caster oil is good for your hair, we can learn how to apply it properly for the best results. Here is my routine that is quite and easy to incorporate into your life:
- Warm the Oil in your Hands: Start by applying a small amount of oil on your hands. Rub the oil together to warm it up a bit. When working with any oil, the last thing you want is to apply too much, so start small and apply more if you need to.
- Apply at the Roots: Apply the oil at the roots first. This is where the oil can help the most. The top of your head is to thank for all the rest of your hair’s moisture or lack of moisture. This includes scalp buildup, hair loss, and even frizziness. Massage the oil into your scalp thoroughly.
- Brush the Oil Down: When you finish applying the oil to your scalp, grab a brush that you don’t care to make your official oil brush and brush the oil down. For longer hair gals, you might want to add a bit of oil to the brush to make it all the way to the ends of your hair. Our ends may need a bit of extra love, so learn what your specific hair needs. Brush the oil through your entire head, letting every strand get a bit.
- Let it Set: When your entire head is fully saturated, let the oil sit on your hair for about 15 to 20 minutes. If you are worried about the oil rubbing off everywhere or don’t like messes like me, try applying a plastic bag around your head to keep your hair locked in place for 15 to 20 minutes. This might look a bit funny, but it saves a lot of headache in cleanup and worrying about keeping your oily hair out of your face.
- Rinse: Lastly, it is time to rinse the caster oil out. You can use your shampoo and conditioner as normal. The oil should rinse out well with warm water. Continue your hair care routine as normal. Rule of thumb, I like to do a caster oil treatment on my hair every week or every other week depending on the texture of your hair. So go and grab your caster oil from the pantry and give it a shot!