I’m a BIG hair girl. I love anything and everything that’s going to make my hair shiny and smooth. This deep conditioning hair mask is ah-mazing! I usually apply it every Sunday while we catch up on our Netflix shows. I love that it’s only 3 ingredients and my hair is so super soft afterward.
Castor oil is a staple in my day-to-day routine. I use it nightly for my oil cleansing and as abdominal packs for digestive support (something I recommend to my acne clients in The Clear Skin Solution). So it’s a no-brainer to use as an amazing deep conditioning hair mask.
What is it
Cultures around the world have been using castor oil for thousands of years. Made from the seeds of the castor bean plant, castor oil is also called ricinus oil. It’s super thick and ranges in colour from clear to amber to greenish. It has a very mild aroma.
While it has some incredible benefits for digestion, the immune system, and the skin — castor oil has some amazing perks for the hair, too. While most are anecdotal, many people rave about how unbelievable it works for hair growth.
The ricin and ricinoleic acid found in castor oil, help protect the scalp and hair from fungal and microbial infections — aka two big culprits of hair loss. These same fatty acids moisturize the scalp which reduces dry, flaky skin. Some even report that it’s helped prevent premature greying of the hair.
Here are some other benefits people have seen after using castor oil:
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A super nourishing hair mask to promote growth, reduce dandruff, and increase shine.
5 minPrep Time
30 minCook Time
35 minTotal Time
Yields 4-6 hair masks
Makes enough for about 4-6 masks, depending on the length of your hair.
Castor oil stains! Only wear clothes and use towels you don’t care about staining.
Some people find washing their hair with conditioner works better than shampooing the castor oil out.