By Jc of The Natural Haven
The praises of castor oil ring out loud and clear for all to hear. I heard about how beautifully moisturised it kept hair and how many women would exclusively use it alone as no other oil could match castor oil. I finally bowed to the inner product junkie and purchased some.
Sadly I was disappointed, it was super thick, felt sticky and when applied to my hair, it just seem to sit there and do nothing except attract lint.
I finally asked for help on how to use it and was rewarded with a huge number of tips on how to conquer the thickness which you may also find useful if you have a bottle gathering dust in the corner.
1. Use It on Wet Hair
The most agreed on method was to use castor oil on wet hair. The water on the hair helps to ease down the thickness of the oil and allow it to spread easily. Most people used it before twisting or braiding hair as opposed to for a wash and go, but that is not to say it cannot be done.
The next agreed method was to use it only in specific areas like the edges of hair to help smooth down the hair and reduce frizz. This is as opposed to using it as a sealing oil all over after washing hair.
2. Use Less Oil
Castor oil is very thick and viscous and for many women is the ultimate oil when it comes to retaining moisture. The thickness of the oil means that you can get great results by using less of it. Using a lot of oil makes your hair the sticky lint trap that I previously described. Although it does not spread easily, it forms a thicker layer which makes up for the distribution problems.
3. Mix It Up
As with all natural oils, you can create a better texture by simply mixing them up. One lady describes a whipped castor oil mousse which she made by whipping shea butter, coconut and castor oil. Simpler mixes are also possible, where you simply add some olive or almond oil to the castor oil to make it easier to apply.
4. Use it for Something Else
If your hair simply is not in love with castor oil in any form then it is recommended for facial cleansing (oil rinsing) and for dealing with hard skin on feet. Recycling the oil for another purpose is always an option instead of letting it occupy space or throwing it out. Have a mini spa day and use up that oil!
Have you tried any of these tips? Is castor oil a part of your regimen? What do you use it for?