Hair loss is a fact of life for both men and women. Typical problems associated with this condition include slowed growth, graying, dandruff and brittleness. There are some home remedies you can use to help prevent or treat hair loss. Castor oil is one remedy that does not require any special recipe since you can directly apply it to your scalp.
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Things you need
- Castor oil
- Cloth or towel
- Almond or grapeseed oil
Purchase a bottle of Castor oil from your local grocery store or pharmacy. Castor oil should be relatively easy to find as it is often used as an alternative to laxatives. Many people also use it to treat certain skin disorders.
Apply the Castor oil directly to your scalp and the roots of your hair. Don't rub the Castor oil through the rest of your hair, as it may be difficult to wash out due to its consistency. Smear the Castor oil around the top of your head so that it fully covers your scalp.
Wrap your hair with a cloth or clean towel and loosely tie it in place. Make sure the Castor oil in your hair is completely covered by the cloth or towel. Allow the Castor oil to sit on your hair overnight and immediately wash it out when you awaken the next day.
Repeat this Castor oil treatment about once a week. It will most likely take about 6 or 7 applications before you experience any noticeable results.
Try mixing Castor oil with lighter oils, such as almond or grapeseed oil. Castor oil is a thick oil and it may be time consuming to remove it from your hair if used alone. Combine it with other oils to lighten its density. In addition, Castor oil is scentless, so you may want to mix it with other substances, such as almond or rosemary oil, to add a nice smelling scent to your hair.
Tips and warnings
- You can make a Castor oil healing pack by soaking a piece of cloth or flannel in Castor oil, and then applying it to the top of the head. Add heat by firmly holding the healing pack to the body under a hot water bottle.