Probably every woman has heard about the benefits of castor oil. Some ladies try to “grow” long, thick eyelashes with its help, others – to lighten the skin of their face. Most often, however, castor oil is used to make masks that nourish and strengthen hair.
Castor Oil: Beneficial Effects on Hair
Castor oil is valued for its unique composition, in which you find fatty acids (palmitic, stearic, oleic, ricinoleic) and vitamins (E and A). Castor oil masks produce amazing results after just one month of regular use. Hair becomes thicker, stronger and regenerated, regains its natural shine and volume, also begins to grow faster. Castor oil is recommended for scalp problems and for the complex treatment of dandruff.
How to Apply Castor Oil to Your Hair
In order not to aggravate the already existing problems that you want to get rid of with the help of castor oil, you need to learn how to apply it properly.
So, if your hair is often oily, use it in minimal amounts otherwise you will get the opposite effect.
Castor oil has a sticky and rather thick consistency and is therefore best combined with lighter products for ease of use, such as argan oil, jojoba oil, apricot kernel oil or grapeseed oil.
How to Apply Castor Oil to Your Hair
To avoid difficulties when applying castor oil to your hair, it is helpful to know the steps to make this task easier.
- Before mixing the oil with the other ingredients of the mask, heat it slightly in a glass vessel placed in a saucepan of hot water.
- The oil is good for your roots as well as for your split ends, so first massage the oil into your scalp and then work it through your hair with your fingers or a wide-toothed comb.
- An oil-based hair mask works better if you wrap your head in a warm towel or a thermal turban after applying it. The elevated temperature will allow the nutrients to penetrate deep into the hair.
- Depending on the type of hair, the composition of the mask, and the problems it is intended to address, the length of time the concoction is kept on the hair varies. Regardless of these parameters, ricin on the hair should not remain more than two hours.
Home masks with castor oil
When used regularly as a hair care treatment, natural masks containing castor oil will help you achieve your goal in no time.
Masque for accelerated hair growth
To prepare it you will need the following ingredients: castor oil (1 tablespoon), a hen’s egg, grated ginger root (half a teaspoon) and onion skin broth (2 teaspoons)
Beat the egg to a froth and combine with the remaining ingredients. Do not forget to heat the oil. Rub the mixture into your scalp for a few minutes. Cover your head with a towel and keep the mask on for 20-25 minutes. Rinse off with shampoo and warm water.
Mask for Strengthening Hair
Castor oil is considered to be one of the best hair strengthening remedies. And combining it with other equally effective ingredients, you will get a potent, yet completely natural masks.
To prepare the concoction you will need: 1 tablespoon of honey, 1 teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of castor oil. Combine the ingredients and mix with the beaten egg yolk. Apply the mixture to your hair. After half an hour, rinse with shampoo and warm water.
The Shine Mask
You will need the following ingredients for a natural mask which, if used regularly, will restore the natural shine and velvet to your hair: 2 tablespoons of cognac, 1 tablespoon of castor oil and 1 tablespoon of yogurt.
If you are the owner of long, thick hair, increase the amount of ingredients two or even three times. Mix all the ingredients with a blender or fork and apply the resulting mousse to your hair. You can keep the mask on your head for up to two hours.
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