Castor oil for hair: the Good, Bad, & Greasy - inexpensive, could transform routine

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EXCERPT: . . . Castor oil is a yellowish oil pressed from the castor bean which [...] is not a bean at all but is actually a seed. (Also: If you ever encounter castor "beans" do not eat them, they are poison, thank you. And yes, they are non-toxic when cold-pressed, which is the only way you will likely encounter them, thanks again.) But what castor oil definitely can do is quench dry strands and potentially stimulate healthy hair growth (although not more hair growth). ... Castor oil is a natural moisturizer for your hair.

If you look at the molecular structure of castor oil-and why would you (lol)-you'd see that it was a glycerol with a long-chain fatty acid. Why does that matter to you? Fatty acids are very good at nourishing the hair follicles. [...]  warming a a very small amount between your palms and smoothing it along your ends, weekly. ... Castor oil isn't exactly a lightweight oil. Castor oil is thick and using too much can leave the hair slick or greasy; some reports even suggest the compound can lead to felting or matting. Another less intense option is finding a hair product that contains castor oil, like a shampoo, conditioner, mask, or serum...

[...] If you think of your scalp like a garden, you'll agree that keeping a garden well-watered and fertilized will yield cuter tomatoes than one that's dusty and untended. So yes, castor oil will keep your scalp hydrated and nourished, and the resulting hairs will be stronger, shinier, and healthier. But there will not be more of them, and that's an important distinction... (MORE - details)

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