Originally extracted from the seeds of castor oil, castor oil is the new star of hair care. In addition to its moisturizing potential, it has an antibacterial and antifungal action, which helps to strengthen the scalp by preventing hair loss and stimulating hair growth.
Benefits of castor oil
A trichology specialist explains that in cases where hair loss is due to contamination by bacteria or fungi, this product can be useful because it helps control the growth of microorganisms.
“But in severe cases of resistant fungi in which the process of hair inflammation is intense, if it is not treated quickly and specifically, it can evolve and generate scars on the scalp with irreversible hair loss, so if in doubt, always consult your doctor,” he advises.
To treat hair loss, when it is due to dehydration and the resulting hair fracture, castor oil is excellent. But in cases where the hair loss is hormonal or metabolic, it does not generate clinical improvement.
How to use it
For fastest results, apply castor oil to the scalp before sleeping every other day, and always wash it when you wake up. In long-term treatments, apply a mixture of one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of hair mask every 15 days. Wash between 2 and 4 hours after application.
On a day-to-day basis, castor oil can also be used as a hair finisher, without rinsing. “In diluted doses, it can be applied to the strands to seal and moisturize, but never used before the dryer or iron as it reacts to high temperatures,” he warns.
Care when applying
The professional explains that it is always ideal to use it diluted in other products, because depending on the quantity the oil can cause the clogging of the capillary pores, worsening the fall.
“The famous phrase “the difference between the remedy and the poison is the dose” also applies to castor oil. Depending on the concentration and time of exposure it can cause irritation to the scalp, so you should never expose yourself to the sun after application.
In addition, care must be taken when applying it to prevent contact with the skin, eyes and mucous membranes, as well as to avoid sun exposure and the undesirable stains it generates. Its use is contraindicated for pregnant women.
Where to buy it
Castor oil can be bought in pharmacies and supermarkets, but the professional recommends checking its origin and purity before using it, as there are presentations in which depending on the extraction process – hot or cold, pressed or dehydrated – they generate a greater or lesser power.
All factors affect the price of the product. Values can range from $6 to $60 per 20 ml.