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Repost: Castor Oil Great for Growing Thicker Hair, Eyebrows & Eyelashes

I stumbled across this interesting post on  http://www.naturalnews.com/ and thought I would repost it for you all, enjoy!

Castor oil is often overlooked for its benefits for the skin and hair because of its extremely thick and sticky consistency. However, if you’re looking for a cheap, natural remedy for several common skin and hair complaints, then castor oil is definitely worth your time.

I first stumbled on castor oil as a remedy for regrowing thin eyebrows. I had over-plucked my brows back in the nineties when it was the hip thing to have pencil thin brows, and they never did quite recover. It became necessary for me to pencil in the “bald” spots and I missed the natural look of real hair where these spots were missing.

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I read about castor oil as a remedy for thinning brows and hair, and thought I’d try it. I bought a hexane free, organic and cold pressed castor oil and started applying it to my eyebrows every night after washing my face. After about three months, I noticed my brows were noticeably thicker (and they seemed to be growing in darker as well), and attributed it to the nightly application of castor oil.

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I’m not the only one that this has worked for. So, why would castor oil help you regrow hair – both on your head and the other two important places, the eyebrows and the eyelashes.

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Castor oil is high in ricinoleic acid. This acid is a very effective natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent. This can help keep any fungus or bacteria from inhibiting hair growth. Since the oil is also very thick, it may help to prevent hair loss simply by helping to coat the hair and protect it from falling out.

Castor oil is also high in omega 9 fatty acids, which are nourishing to both the hair and the follicle, as well as the surrounding skin. Castor oil has a unique ability to be deeply penetrating, and this helps it to deliver its nourishment deeply into the pores and the follicles that produce hair.

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It also has a high gloss, so it lends a lush glossiness and shine to the hair. A little goes a long way, and it is best to only add a tiny bit to the very ends of your hair instead of putting it up near the scalp if you’re just looking for a natural hair smoother.

Simply put about two drops on your hands and rub, then smooth through the ends. If you use too much, there is a fine line between subtle shine and a heavy greasiness so go very light until you figure out the amount that works right for your hair type.

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If you’re looking to regrow the hair on your head, you can use castor oil as a scalp treatment. However it can be tricky to get on the scalp without thinning it out with a lighter oil. You can add some melted coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or another lighter oil to help get it spreadable enough.

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If you’re simply looking to help thicken hair that is thinning at the edges of your hairline, you can use pure castor oil, with a light hand of course. Another use is to apply the oil to eyelashes to help thicken and strengthen them, as well as to help prevent thinning and shedding.

Many attest to the wonders castor oil offers for keloid types of scars and other scars that involve a lot of hardened scar tissue. This is presumably due to its ability for deep penetration through multiple skin layers.

Castor oil is also excellent for the lips. Our lips needs constant protection against the elements. Although our lips regenerate and recover quickly, they also dry out and begin to peel when they are dehydrated. Castor oil not only smooths the lips with fatty acids, but it also helps protect them due to its naturally thick and immovable nature.

Gellux Manicure- 17 Days Later

After 17 days of wear and tear I am really impressed with the fact that my Gellux manicure is still intact.  Other than the fact that my nails have grown, and created a space at the base, there are no chips in my nails and this is great.  I have done everything that I would usually do and with normal nail varnish  there would have been chips after 5 days at a maximum. 

Unfortunately I am having difficulty trying to upload the picture that I took of my nails, but I have not been disappointed and I will definitely use Gellux again. 

 

Gellux Gel Nail Polish Review

I decided to treat myself to a Gellux manicure.  I have heard good reviews about this product, the main one being that your nails remain glossy and chip free for up to 15 days.  The first thing that came to mind when I heard this is the amount of times that I have got the perfect manicure before going on holiday only to find that by the third day my nails look a mess.

Gellux gel polish is a high gloss, fast drying and hard wearing alternative to nail polish.  It can be applied easily and dries within 30 seconds which means that you do not have to worry about accidentally chipping or smudging your manicure.  As Gellux does not chip, it protects your nails from accidental damage and gives your nails the chance to grow.

I was happy with the end result (displayed below) and I will take a picture in 15 days to show you how well my nails have lasted. 

I did some research prior to getting the manicure and the risk of damage to your natural nails is minimal. There is more in favour of Gellux helping your nails to grow.

Pro’s

  • Protects nails from chips and accidental damage.
  • Lasts for upto 15 days
  • Dries under a lamp in 30 seconds, no waiting around or risk of smudging.
  • Can be used on hands and feet.
  • Glossy and stylish finish.
  • Easily soaked off using professional remover solution.
  • Minimal buffing involved in removing, not damaging to natural nails.

Con’s

  • If Gellux is not removed correctly and professionally you could risk slight damage to your nails.

As you can see the pro’s outweigh the con’s by far.  The only con can easily be avoided by simply allowing the manicurist to also remove the gel when you are ready to take it off.

I received professional and friendly service from Gellux Nails by Christine who is a London based manicurists.  Prices are reasonable, my Gellux gel manicure was only £15 which is the introductory price. The contact number is 07950 217 733 if you would also like to give Gellux a try.

 

Spring Clean your Skin Care Regime

As the weather changes and becomes slightly warmer, my wardrobe is not the only thing that needs some attention.  I also like to take some time out to change my skin care regime. 

I always follow three steps; cleanse, tone and then moisturize but during the winter months I find that I need a much richer moisturizer.  My cleanser and toner are staple products, I find that they work all year round and do not need to be changed.  My favourite cleanser is Dermalogica’s Special Cleansing gel. 

This product is excellent, for many years I had acne as a result of my skin not being properly cleansed but this product has cleared that up.  It is relatively expensive as it retails in shops for over £30 per bottle, however it does last for a long time as you only need a small amount of product.  I have found an excellent website Jersey Beauty Company which sells Dermalogica products at a discounted price

I use Dermalogica’s Multi Active toner which I find refreshing and it really hydrates my skin making it ready for moisturizing.  There are numerous toners on the market but I find that this one suits numerous skin types as it is not harsh or drying and contains natural ingredients.

The final step is my moisturizer; I find that my moisturizer needs to be changed depending on the weather and time of year.  During the winter months I use Dermalogica’s Skin Smoothing Cream which is really moisturizing, it contains soothing botanicals and antioxidant vitamins which help to maintain the skin’s moisture balance. Maintaining the moisture balance throughout winter is really important as that is when we spend large amounts of time inside our homes with the central heating on.  This can wreak havoc on the skin.

As the temperatures rise during spring I find the Skin Smoothing a little to heavy so I switch to Oil of Olay‘s Beauty Fluid.  This moisturizer is light and effective which is what you need when it is warmer outside. 

It is important to pay attention to the products that you put on your face; note the way that your skin reacts to the products during different seasons also.  A good moisturizer can mean the difference between good skin right now and great skin for years to come.  It is important to be consistent with your routine and you will be sure to reap the benefits of soft glowing skin.