Stress, disease and poor nutrition can rob your body of what it needs to maintain healthy hair roots and can cause hair loss. If your hair stylist has less and less hair to work with, castor oil is an alternative treatment that has proven itself to be effective in helping some women regrow thinning hair.
Reversible Causes of Female Hair Loss
Everyone loses some hair as they age, largely due to hormonal changes, and heredity plays a large part in female pattern baldness; however, not all hair loss is permanent. Hair loss has many causes, including
- Medical conditions
- Poor nutrition
- Hair products and styling
While there is no guarantee you can regrow your hair, once the cause is determined and alleviated, certain supplements may be able to revitalize your hair follicles and facilitate some hair regrowth.
About Castor Oil
Castor oil is derived from the castor bean, which is interestingly, also used to make the deadly poison ricin. When processed properly, castor oil can be extracted, which is safe for human consumption. It is mainly used as a laxative. Its major curative ingredient is ricinoleic acid, which has anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. If your hair stylist suspects you have a bacterial or fungal infection of your scalp that is inhibiting hair growth, castor oil may help heal it. It also contains high amounts of omega 9 fatty acids, which nourish your hair follicles, hair and surrounding skin. Castor oil penetrates deeply into the pores and follicles to nourish and repair from within.
Application of Castor Oil for Thinning Hair
Since castor oil is so thick, it's best to dilute it with a thinner oil, such as coconut or olive oil, for easier application. It can be messy, so if you don't want to do it yourself, ask your hair stylist if she will perform this treatment for you. Part your hair and apply it directly to the roots all over your scalp, then comb it through to condition your whole hair shaft. Cover your head with a plastic shower cap and leave it on for two hours. If you hair stylist is doing it, she may want to put you under the dryer for a while, then wash and style your hair as usual. It may take two applications of shampoo to remove all the oil.
Where You Will Notice New Growth
You will first notice new growth on the front edges of your hair as something like peach fuzz. The top of your head is the slowest to thicken, but to get it to grow faster, hang your head over the edge of your bed and massage your scalp well while the castor oil is on your scalp. This increases blood flow to your scalp and helps the oil penetrate better. It may take several weeks to see results.
If you have thinning hair due to any non-hereditary or hormonal reasons, castor oil may help you regrow your hair. If this does not work for you, or you would rather have something a little less messy, talk to your hair stylist about products they recommend to stop or reverse thinning hair. Contact a company like Salon Couture for more information.