Castor oil has long been used as a remedy for hair loss and thinning hair. It has many other uses as well, including moisturizing dry hair, taming frizz, and managing tangles. It can also make your hair grow stronger and thicker. There is much more to just slapping the castor oil on, however; how you prepare the oil will determine how easy it is to put on. This article will show you how to prepare the oil and how to apply it to your hair.
Preparing the Oil
Gather your supplies. Applying castor oil to hair seems like it might be simple, but there are a few things you could do to make it more effective and easier to apply. Here is a list of what you will need:
- Castor oil
- Other oil (argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc)
- Hot water
- Shower cap
- Old shirt (recommended)
Dilute the castor oil with another oil. Castor oil is very thick, which can make it hard to apply. Try using one part castor oil, and one part of another oil, such as: argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond.All of these oils are great for hair. You can also try the following combination:
- 3 tablespoons castor oil
- 1 tablespoon jojoba oil
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil
Consider adding a few drops of essential oil to mask the smell. Castor oil can smell bad. If this bothers you, try adding in two to three drops of a fresh-smelling essential oil, such as: rosemary, peppermint, or tea tree
Pour all of the oils into a small jar and shake the jar to mix everything together. Close the lid tightly, and shake the jar for a few minutes. When you are done, take the lid off.
Fill a bowl with very hot water. Make sure that the bowl is large enough to fit the jar. You will be warming the oil. This will make it more effective and easier to work with. Do not attempt to warm the oil in the microwave.
Put the jar into the water, and leave it there for two to four minutes. Make sure that the water level is at the same level as the oil. Also, make sure that the no water gets inside the jar, or the oil will get wet. If the water goes with the oil , it won’t cause the same effect but if you want, heat the shower to the hottest amount possible – dont worry you won’t go in it , then put conditioner in your hair and just sit in the bathroom. The warmth will moisturize your hair, help split ends, promote more growth to your roots and make you hair soft and shiny. make sure to have a glass of water in case you start to feel dizzy or too hot!!!
Once the oil is warm, pour it into a small bowl. This will make it easier for you to dip your fingers into when you go to apply it.
- Consider pouring the oil into a small bottle with an eye dropper. This way, you can use the eye dropper to just drip the oil to your scalp.