I was blessed with good legs, but a flat ass and thin hair. During my pregnancy, I grew all this new hair, and I felt like a walking L'Oréal ad . But then after pregnancy not only did I slightly lose my mind – I lost all my new hair.
A natural remedy: castor oil
My girlfriend Amanda reached out to me recently and told me I had to try castor oil for my hair, lashes, and brows. Well, I truly believed that my hair died back in 2003 when I bleached it, never to be seen again along with that missing patch of brow from the over plucking 2000s. But why not, I literally had nothing much left to lose.
Castor oil is rich in antioxidants that support the keratin in hair, making it smoother, stronger, and less frizzy. Castor oil has omega-9 and omega-6 fatty acids, both of which nourish the hair follicles, and aid in the repair and renewal of hair cells. So the new hair that grows out is stronger, healthier and more resilient.
Finding the right carrier oil
I read that using castor oil directly is not user-friendly given its thick sticky consistency. I saw olive oil was a popular carrier oil so I decided to use Clary Bath + Body Oil as my carrier oil. Olive oil has wonderful benefits for hair. Olive oil is high in essential fatty acids and vitamin E, as well as common fatty acids such as palmitic acid, oleic acid, squalene and terpene which all provide the hair with strength shine.
GUYS, I wanted to believe that this was another internet fad but my hair has grown rapidly faster and all the patches I once tried to hide are slowly growing back. I won't be entering Miss Hair USA, but I do recommend castor oil for hair growth. Below I will share my recipe with you.
Amber dropper bottle or mascara wand applicator.
Castor Oil Hair Serum Recipe
- 3 TBSP castor oil
- 1 TBSP Clary Bath + Body oil
- Mix ingredients in a dark-colored dropper bottle or mascara wand for brow and lash application.
- Shake to mix.
- Use the dropper or wand to apply to the scalp. I part my hair right above the ear on one side, add a few drops of castor oil, add more castor oil, and so on until you've coated scalp.
- Then, I massage to make sure the entire scalp is coated and to help increase circulation. You can keep on for 30mins and watch Housewives or do an overnight mask.
Let it soak in
Keep the serum on for at least 30 minutes. Soak in a relaxing saltwater bath and detox with our gentle, organic pink clay or green nettle soap. An overnight mask is also an option.
How to remove
Removing the castor oil can be a little difficult. I’ve found that using a small amount and leaving it on overnight will result in most of the oil-absorbing into the hair and scalp and make cleanup easier. When I do shampoo, I condition my hair before getting in the shower, massaging conditioner into the scalp to help remove the castor oil. Then, shampoo as usual.
I personally use this castor oil recipe 1-2 times per week.
Looking for more ways to treat your hair with care? Clary has a range of organic, handmade options, like our antioxidant-rich Hair Oil and our gentle, botanical Bath + Body Oil.
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