Made from the seeds of Ricinus communis plant, castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid, an essential amino acid for the human body. Ricinoleic acid is known for centuries to nourish and promote hair growth as this fatty acid is easily absorbed by the pores and hair follicles to do its wonders. Primarily, it is most popularly known to aid in hair growth for people affected with alopecia, the medical term for hair loss. However, application of castor oil on the hair and scalp is also suitable for hair moisturizing and the prevention of hair loss.
Treat Hair Loss
The nutritional composition of ricinoleic acid is omega 9 and omega 6 fatty acids with vitamin E and minerals. All of which are essential for hair growth and must be applied to the hair follicles directly. Hair growth begins in the hair follicles, so application to hair strands are useless. Continuous use of castor oil by massaging it into the scalp can eventually reverse Alopecia or hair loss, equally for men and women.
Grow Longer Hair
Once the hair follicles regain its function, the average growth rate of human hair is about 1cm per month, at most around 2cm per month. It depends on the entire well-being of the individual meaning, the person’s physical and emotional health. Proper diet, eradicating vices, active lifestyle and a stress-free life can all lead healthy growing hair. But castor oil contains a total of 18 fatty acids which promotes hair growth to its maximum average growth rate of 2cm per month.
Moisturizes the Hair
Castor oil’s lubricating and waxing properties aids in hair moisturizing. It is also considered a humectant, which means it has high absorption and retention of moisture not just in the hair but also on the skin. Other oils can be added to castor oil to maximize its benefits suitable for any bad hair conditions.
Hair loss is dreaded by many, that is why it is a lucrative market for people who would like to regain their crowning glory. Before engaging to exorbitant alternatives, castor oil treatment is worth trying first. Aside from the promises of its wonders, castor oil is proven safe for internal consumption which means it is also safe for external application.