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How to Grow Thicker Hair Strands with Castor Oil

Castor oil is obtained from the castor bean native to Africa and Asia. The oil is usually cold pressed from the castor seeds. Most oil is colourless and odourless but some brands appear to be a pale yellow. It is thick and has a viscous consistency. My earliest memory of oil was being forced to imbibe it to treat constipation as a child. Fortunately, by the time I reconnected with it as an oil for recovering from hair loss, I had gotten over my aversion to it.

It contains high amounts of ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid found only in oil. Castor oil is a common ingredient in cosmetic formulations and has many benefits for the hair and skin.

Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair

1. Anti-inflammatory and Antifungal

The ricinoleic acid content in oil has high levels of anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. This makes it effective for eliminating dandruff and treating other scalp conditions such as dryness. It can also help calm irritated skin.

2. Moisturizing

It contains triglycerides, which helps maintain moisture,  combat frizz and smoothen the hair cuticles.

3. Regrow Bald Spots and Stop Thinning

It is known to stop hair loss, regrow thin areas of the scalp and thicken the hair strands in particular. It was one of the primary tools in my arsenal when I was dealing with hair loss and it went a long way in helping me regrow bald spots my bald spots.

Castor oil can also help with eyelashes and eyebrows.

4. Can Enhance Henna & Indigo Treatment

I noticed a hot oil treatment that includes castor oil a week or so after a henna and indigo treatment may have helped retain the colour longer than usual.

It should also help to enhance natural hair colour when used in treatments.

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