Castor Oil...How do you use it?

NORE1228NORE1228 Registered Users Posts: 42
I recently bought a bottle of 100% pure castor oil. I heard that it strengthens your hair and stimulates hair growth. This oil is very thick and heavy but i didn't think it would be a problem since I use shea butter and that can be quite thick and heavy.

For the past two nights I have tried applying castor oil directly on my hair, using it as a scalp massage, and adding it to my olive oil and water mist bottle. Unfortunately every morning after its use I wake up to hard tangled undefined curly hair.

I am wondering if anyone knows what castor oil does specifically? I wouldn't want this bottle to go to waste, so is there anyway I can use it to have better results?

Comments

  • BlackBerriBlackBerri Registered Users Posts: 12
    From my understanding, castor oil is an emolliant and helps keep hair and skin moisturized. It is also a good carrier oil and helps essential oils penetrate better. I mix castor oil, olive oil, and lavender and use it as a hot oil treatment w/ a heating cap. I also rub a little of this concoction in my temple areas where its thin.

    Hope this helps
  • CocoaCoilyCocoaCoily Registered Users Posts: 2,648 Curl Neophyte
    I use castor oil in my deep conditioning treatments (conditioner, aloe vera gel, glycerin, castor, honey, etc.) as well as in my moisturizing/twist cream (something creamy, castor, glycerin, msm).

    I also use it as my face moisturizer. Rub a few drops on the tips of my fingers and smooth over a wet face.

    Good stuff!

  • NORE1228NORE1228 Registered Users Posts: 42
    BlackBerri wrote
    I mix castor oil, olive oil, and lavender and use it as a hot oil treatment w/ a heating cap.

    How does it make your hair feel afterward? My hair tends to feel hard when I apply castor oil. Do you heat up all these oils before applying them to your hair? Thanxs for the advice BlackBerri!

    CocoaCoily wrote:
    I use castor oil in my deep conditioning treatments (conditioner, aloe vera gel, glycerin, castor, honey, etc.) as well as in my moisturizing/twist cream (something creamy, castor, glycerin, msm).

    What are the benefits of adding castor oil to your conditioners and creams? Hmmm You said you add MSM to your moisturizing/twist cream, how do you do this? I was under the impression that MSM only came in pills and powder and was taken internally as a dietary supplement. How does adding MSM to your cream benefit your hair? Thannx for the info CocoaCoily!
  • CocoaCoilyCocoaCoily Registered Users Posts: 2,648 Curl Neophyte
    Castor oil is an excellent emollient that helps to smooth and soften the hair. Sulphur can help to promote hair growth. I mix the powder from capsules into my cream mixtures.

  • ConcernedCoilsConcernedCoils Registered Users Posts: 106
    Castor oil is a great addition to any deep condition
    and in small amounts in your butters, creams or gel-serums, it can soften hair like glycerin or honey...
    products:
    co-washing with any Aubrey Organics product
    Olive Oil +/under leave-in for super soft hair!
    Whipped Karite/Shea or Avocado butter leave-in
    Also lots of water, pilates and meditation
  • SaKkehSaKkeh Registered Users Posts: 986
    NORE1228 wrote:
    I recently bought a bottle of 100% pure castor oil. I heard that it strengthens your hair and stimulates hair growth. This oil is very thick and heavy but i didn't think it would be a problem since I use shea butter and that can be quite thick and heavy.

    For the past two nights I have tried applying castor oil directly on my hair, using it as a scalp massage, and adding it to my olive oil and water mist bottle. Unfortunately every morning after its use I wake up to hard tangled undefined curly hair.

    I am wondering if anyone knows what castor oil does specifically? I wouldn't want this bottle to go to waste, so is there anyway I can use it to have better results?

    It thickens, strengthens and moisturizes the hair. At least, thats what it does for mine.
    How I use it: warm for a few minutes, then mix with a thick conditioner or (creamy)protein treatment and apply to washed, damp hair. sit under dryer for 30 mins to an hour. Rinse out with very warm water, apply light conditioner and rinse.
    Works great.
    **I wouldnt elave castor oil on my hair just like that. It will attract dirt and give your hair an icky feeling.
  • SuburbanbushbabeSuburbanbushbabe Registered Users Posts: 15,402 Curl Neophyte
    CocoaCoily wrote:
    I use castor oil in my deep conditioning treatments (conditioner, aloe vera gel, glycerin, castor, honey, etc.)...!

    CocoaCoily, I mixed around 1 tbs each of castor oil, pure coconut oil and agave nectar into my condish (Tigi Moisture Maniac) this morning, and I am loving the results. I used one styling product ([buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Whipped-Cream-p-883.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Whipped-Cream]Curls whipped cream[/buylink]), but even before I put it on my texture was more defined, my hair felt great, and clean too.

    Thanks for the tip.
    My blog - http://suburbanbushbabe.wordpress.com/
    My FOTKI - http://whatsnew.fotki.com/suburbanbushbabe/
    comic-p.jpg

    Playing with my hair is a hobby. Fluffy, fine natural 4a. Goal= Healthy, beautiful hair that retains its length.
    Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
  • CocoaCoilyCocoaCoily Registered Users Posts: 2,648 Curl Neophyte
    Karenmc3 wrote:
    CocoaCoily wrote:
    I use castor oil in my deep conditioning treatments (conditioner, aloe vera gel, glycerin, castor, honey, etc.)...!

    CocoaCoily, I mixed around 1 tbs each of castor oil, pure coconut oil and agave nectar into my condish (Tigi Moisture Maniac) this morning, and I am loving the results. I used one styling product ([buylink=http://www.curlmart.com/CURLS-Whipped-Cream-p-883.html?utm_source=naturallycurly.com&utm_medium=text-link&utm_content=curltalk-post-text&utm_campaign=Curls-Whipped-Cream]Curls whipped cream[/buylink]), but even before I put it on my texture was more defined, my hair felt great, and clean too.

    Thanks for the tip.

    You are rather welcome! :D

  • NORE1228NORE1228 Registered Users Posts: 42
    I definitely will try these tips of how to use Castor Oil. Thank You guys so much you all were a lot of help!

Leave a Comment

BoldItalicStrikethroughOrdered listUnordered list
Emoji
Image
Align leftAlign centerAlign rightToggle HTML viewToggle full pageToggle lights
Drop image/file