It’s one of the first recommended remedies when naturals complain of thin strands or weak edges; “Girl just rub it with some castor oil!” And many women swear by the thickening and strengthening properties of castor oil, but what if it’s not scientifically proven! A detailed article from NaturallyCurly.com explains why castor oil does not actually thicken strands of hair
“…it is biologically impossible for the physical hair strand to become thicker after it has emerged from the scalp. Therefore, it should make sense that products applied directly to the hair that promise to increase the thickness can only deliver the illusion of actual hair thickness. In order to physically grow thicker strands of hair, you would have to address the problem at the root (pun intended)…”
But what about the many naturals who swear by incredible results from castor oil?
“Improved hair density due to a castor oil treatment could be attributed to the lubricating of the scalp with an oil known to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help clear up bacterial infested follicles. This can most likely be achieved with other oils such as rosemary or tea tree oil. In addition, it is often encouraged to lightly massage the oil into the scalp. A scalp massage alone could possibly stimulate blood circulation, which may help the flow of nutrients in the papilla. In this case, results would not be limited to the use of castor oil, but any product associated with a scalp massage or scrub. In my opinion, this all comes down to a personal preference.”
Blogger and biologist Jc of the Natural Haven also credits castor oil’s stickiness for its perceived thickening qualities.
“…castor oil perhaps can stick to hair more firmly than most oils and therefore create an illusion of thickness. Anyone who has used it will note how thick and viscous it is. It is almost like a soft glue and tends to stay put and not move when applied. It does not transfer easily either, which means that it can attract small particles of dust and lint which may also add to the illusion of thickness.”
Hmmmm…. Well we’re certainly not going to ditch our castor oil! It is still an incredible oil with great sealing and strengthening abilities.
Ladies, what are your thoughts?