With a week left of my real food challenge, I am itching to start a new one except it has to do with hair. My hair has been flat ironed for two months. When I my hair is straight, I wear it down almost every single day and it rubs against my clothing causing split ends. Also, when my hair is down I can not keep my hands out of it, which contributes to the stress. Therefore it is time to give my hair a break and give it some time to get rejuvenated. Usually I just throw my hair into twists for three weeks at a time, while keeping it moisturized. However, now that my hair is at a decent length, I would like to try out different natural hairstyles while introducing castor oil into my regimen. For a couple of years now I have seen the castor oil challenge time and time again. The results are always the same: longer and thicker hair. Starting on February 15th, I will be starting it. Before I talk about what exactly the challenge consists of, first off I would like to talk about the benefits of castor oil.
Castor oil has multiple benefits that are overlooked due to its’ thick consistency. It is mostly known for its ability to aid in regrowing and thickening hair, eye brows, and eye lashes. It is also great for skin care and aiding with things such as stretch marks, acne, and wrinkles. Here are a few hair benefits of the oil:
- Prevents hair loss and induces new hair growth
- Great sealant for preventing split ends and sealing in moisture
- Treats scalp infection due to its anti-fungus properties
- Prevents dry and itchy scalp
- Rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids
If you want to learn more, I will post links to information at the end of the post. Now that we know all the benefits, let’s put this oil to use shall we? The castor oil challenge that I will be starting will be starting on February 15th will last until April 15th. The challenge will consist of oiling scalp and hair 3 times a week with castor oil. Since the oil is very thick, it can be diluted with a carrier oil such as olive oil, coconut oil, grape seed oil, or any other oil that is preferred. The oil will be used to seal ends after moisturizing. I will put more details of the challenge in my next post. I will also post my regimen, so that anyone who is interested can have a look. Through out the challenge I will be posting pictures of different natural styles that I will be trying. In order to make life a little easier for you, you can follow me on Pinterest by clicking here.
I tried a braid out for the first time in a year as you can see below. I didn’t allow my hair to dry fully, so it’s a little frizzy. There’s always room for improvement.
Want to learn more about castor oil? Check these links out!