I love castor oil to help grow my hair. According to Dr. Mercola, the science of the effectiveness of taking it internally is limited, but topically it has been used to treat a whole range of conditions, for millennia, as in thousands of years. Castor oil consists of 90% ricinoleic acid which is an anti-bacterial and anti-fungal. It's also a good source of omega-9 fatty acids which feed the hair follicle. It also has the unique ability to penetrate the deeper layers of skin. It's a very thick oil and it doesn't freeze, so don't expect it to solidify.
I did a hair serum with beeswax and castor oil not too long ago. Although it's unlikely, spot tests are always a good idea due to the potential of a skin reaction.
Coconut oil contains fat soluble vitamins A, D, E & K, as well as omegas that keep your scalp healthy, happy and nourished. It also moisturizes the hair. Since it's a significantly thinner oil than castor oil, it's easier to spread through your hair and onto your scalp. It's also more soothing, whereas I would describe castor oil as more stimulating. You can really feel your circulation going when you apply it to the skin.
Aloe vera! Not only does aloe vera help to restore the scalp's pH to create the healthiest environment for hair growth, but it contain proteolitic enzymes that break down any dead skin cells blocking the hair from growing. So it's a deep exfoliation for your scalp. I'd really never though of exfoliating my scalp before.
Here's what you'll need:
I usually work with tablespoons, so 2 tbsp castor oil, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 2 tbsp aloe vera gel.
- 2 parts castor oil
- 1 part coconut oil - this one is my favorite
- 2 parts aloe vera gel - fresh or I like using a this aloe vera gel
Ok, so warning I blend up the whole leaf. The material close to the leaf produces this yellow fluid, that maybe too strong for some, others use it as a natural laxative. It is however very strong and can cause a reaction. Since my leaves are on the smaller side I blend up the whole thing.
- Chop off approximately the top 1/8th of your aloe plant.
- Place all ingredients in a blender. If you haven't tried the mason jar blender technique, it's great especially when working with small quantities. It'll cut down on the waste between transfers, not to mention less dish washing.
- Apply your mixture to the scalp. You can part your hair in quarters. I typically start from left to right, making a deep part on the left, applying it directly to the scalp and making another part about an inch above and continue doing the same until I've reached the other side of my head. I then go and do the back, and apply all around the hair line and fill in any gaps I missed.
Using the whole leaf may be too strong, you can peel your own using the video up in the ingredients or purchase your own aloe vera, just make sure to get a high quality one. The yellow fluid produced by the leaf is likely to cause a reaction, especially to those who are allergic to latex, do a patch test whenever you're trying anything new.
This is my wreckage after putting it in my hair.