Twitter is amazing. A random conversation between Nora of Dollymix Diaries, Milly of Pearls & Poodles and Yinka of Vex In the City about how to make hair grow strong and healthy led me to get my hands on a bottle of this.
I’ve made no secret of the fact I’ve suffered hair loss severely over the past 6 months and although things have returned to normality with my health, I have always been nagged about my hair from my mum, who is blessed with luscious, thick hair as are all my aunts and cousins. Waaaa! I also thought I’d write this post for anyone going through a similar experience because losing hair is very distressing.
Mum advised me to use coconut oil but is a very slow process which takes years for results to show (take mum who had been using it since she was a young girl until she got married).
Also it is helps massively if you live in hot climate country where my mum grew up though over here, it is best to wrap a towel around your head to retain the heat. Nevertheless I find using coconut oil pointless for thickening hair, it’s far better as a conditioner for making your locks beautifully shiny.
So! I tracked down a bottle of castor oil from a local Afro Carribean shop (Yinka pointed out I should get Jamaican black castor oil in its purest form) and massaged a spoonful of it into my scalp, leaving in it overnight to wash the very next morning. I also made sure I covered my pillow with a towel. The oil is very thick compared to coconut oil but doesn’t smell as strong and absorbs into the scalp and hair effortlessly.
Maybe it’s my imagination but my hair did look fuller (not limp and fine like it usually does) after the first day. Two months on and I can see a positive difference – my hair has stopped falling out and that’s every day breakage from brushing and shampooing. Normally my hairbrush would have to be cleaned every week but now I have very few hairs stuck in the bristles. Also when I shampooed, a fair amount of strands would come apart in my hands and clog up the plughole in the bath. Not any more!
My hair dresser has noticed a substantial improvement in my hair growth since my previous visit just before I started using the oil and consequently, I have been using fewer chemically based products because the castor oil acts as a very good conditioner to give my hair shine and makes blow-drying effective too. Friends, family and colleagues have also remarked at how healthy my hair looks.
I admit I used the oil every night for the first 4-6 weeks but I’ve since reduced it to 2-3 times a week, which is probably more sensible.
It’s nothing revolutionary to use castor oil to strengthen hair as I discovered with discussing this on Twitter but it is big news to me and I wish I’d known about it sooner!
I can’t stress how brilliant castor oil has been for my hair and I strongly advise anyone who is suffering from hair loss or has very fine hair to give this a go. It is an organic product and you will see remarkable results in a short space of time. It is also ideal to use on your brows.
You can buy castor oil online (this cost me £5.49 from the shop and will probably last me up to 3 months).
If you’ve been using castor oil for your hair, I’d love to know your thoughts.