Is Castor Oil Effective For Solving Scalp Problems?

Written by Jyotsana Rao

Do you feel embarrassed to try a new hairstyle because of your flaky scalp? Are you complaining of hair fall of late? Hair fall and dandruff are the most common problems that plague us. And if they aren’t addressed immediately, severe complications might arise in the long run.

So, is there any single ingredient that can treat your hair problems in an inexpensive and efficient way? Well, we have castor oil! Wondering how it can cure your hair woes? Then you should not miss out on this post!

What Is Castor Oil?

A thousand years ago, the Egyptians understood the miraculous properties of castor seeds. Castor oil is a vegetable oil. It is an extract of the castor seeds. Yes, it can work wonders for your hair.

Why Is Castor Oil Beneficial For Scalp?

Castor oil or Ricinus Communis has a high penetrating property. The oil easily seeps into the cuticle of the scalp, replenishing it with all its nutrients and minerals. Castor oil contains omega-9 fatty acids that help moisturize your scalp. Some refer to it as a humectant as it hydrates the scalp for a long time. It is needless to mention a healthy scalp is synonymous with healthy hair. Castor oil, therefore, nourishes your hair too.

Following are the benefits of castor oil on hair and scalp:

1. Eradicates Dandruff:

Dandruff is a result of dry scalp. Applying castor oil on the scalp hydrates it, thus preventing the scalp from drying and flaking. Use castor oil and get rid of your dandruff menace.

[ Read: Tips To Get Rid Of Dry Scalp ]

2. Prevents Hair Loss:

Applying castor oil on the scalp stimulates blood circulation. It in turn ensures better nourishment of hair. Therefore, the use of castor oil for a head massage reduces or stops hair fall like magic. It also adds luster to your locks. Use the oil and say goodbye to unruly and dull hair. A regular use can boost your hair growth too.

3. Prevents Scalp Infection:

Castor oil also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Its use can, therefore, protect the scalp from infections. Prevention is better than cure, so do not wait to contract a scalp infection. Use it to keep scalp infections at bay and maintain a healthy scalp and mane.

How To Use Castor Oil For Scalp?

You can choose a cosmetic grade castor oil or the Jamaican one (roast the beans and then extract the oil). You also get cold-pressed castor oil in the market. The oil is clear yellow in color and has a mild natural odor. Jamaican castor oil is darker in color and thicker in viscosity. Remember to mix castor oil with some other oil before use, to ensure it spreads evenly on the scalp. You could mix it with an equal quantity of almond oil or olive oil or even coconut oil. Here are a few tips to use the magic oil:

  1. Apply the mixture on your scalp.
  2. Leave the oil overnight.
  3. Wash your hair the next morning.
  4. Repeat the process at least seven times before you see any result.

[ Read: Remedies To Treat Scalp Acne ]

Hope this article enlightened you on the benefits of castor oil scalp treatment. So why wait? Go ahead and pamper yourself with a castor oil head massage. If you have persistent dandruff and hair issues, consult an expert; as dandruff can also be caused due to a number of stress-related issues.

If you have used castor oil for scalp or hair, share with us how it helped you give your hair a lustrous makeover. If you know home remedies to treat dandruff and hair fall, please share them with us by commenting in the box below!

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Jyotsana Rao is an engineering graduate from NIT, Nagpur, who discovered her love for writing during her undergraduate days. She is passionate about writing about everything related to beauty - makeup, fashion, hairstyles, skin care, or hair care. When this social media junkie isn't stalking the world of fashion and glamour, she loves spending her time traveling.