Castor oil for hair: What it is and why your hair will love it

Castor oil for hair: What it is and why your hair will love it

The castor oil secret is out. It’s officially one of the most popular, natural ways to encourage hair growth – if you Google “how to grow hair faster” it tops the results. But, much like any other at-home remedy, there are dos and don’ts associated with this growth instigator.
We’re taking a closer look at castor oil, finding out what it is, what it does and how you can use it to get the dream length you’ve always wanted. Read on for our take on castor oil for hair, and get one step closer to the mermaid (or merman) locks of your dreams.

What is castor oil?
Castor oil is a plant-based oil that is created by pressing the seeds of the tropical Castor plant. Native to Africa and India, the castor plants seeds have long been revered for their oil-rich pods. Castor oil may be a buzzword right now, but its remedial properties have a long history of documentation, treating everything from bites and wrinkles to eyelash loss. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and fantastic for fortifying your hair and skin.

How does castor oil work?
Castor oil is a dense oil that contains a large number of nutrients – including vitamin E, protein and omega-6 and 9 fatty acids – and it works to promote hair growth in several ways. 

On an antibacterial level, castor oil promotes scalp health, staving off bad bacteria while keeping your skin soothed and smooth. It also contains ricinoleic acid, long said to help increase circulation on the scalp, which itself further stimulates natural hair growth. Even better still, by reinvigorating your hair’s own natural oil production, castor oil is a powerhouse when it comes to combatting damage. Last, but by no means least, it contains antioxidants and vitamins that support the natural keratin production in your hair to help it stay stronger for longer. 

What’s the best way to introduce castor oil into your routine?
While castor oil can be applied to your skin and hair in its most natural form, most dermatologists and hair specialists don’t recommend it. Because it is an incredibly dense oil, it’s regularly classified as an irritant if used in high-potency doses. If you’re looking to maintain long hair without split ends or frizz, or you’re longing for ultra-lush hair growth, your best bet is a castor oil-based shampoo and conditioner. Try incorporating L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Restoring Shampoo and Detangling Conditioner into your routine. Enriched with keratin, vitamins and castor oil, they work to cleanse, repair, and fortify your strands for maximum growth and minimum breakage – all with virtually no change to your haircare routine.
Unlike other treatments, these products are formulated for daily use, meaning your hair will receive the regular dose of nutrients it needs to reach its maximum potential. To use, begin by adding a small amount of L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Restoring Shampoo to your hair and working the product into a fine lather. Go ahead and give yourself a little head massage while you’re at it – this will not only ensure that the product reaches your scalp, but will also help to increase circulation to your hair follicles, encouraging extra growth stimulation. Rinse thoroughly, then work in a similar amount of L’Oréal Paris Elvive Dream Lengths Long Hair Detangling Conditioner. Make sure you apply your conditioner from root to tip for maximum benefit.
TIP: Despite the myth that conditioner weighs your hair down, don’t shy away from conditioning your roots, particularly with a formula like this. It’s designed to help reinforce your hair’s overall health. When your roots are strong, you’ll see less collapse in the height and definition you’re looking to achieve. This means more volume and bounce. 
And that’s it. As you build castor oil products into your daily routine, you’ll begin to notice increasingly stronger, smoother strands that are ready for anything.

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