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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.

Macadamia Oil is Great for the Hair

I begun using macadamia oil after reading rave reviews about the product. I have shoulder length relaxed hair and I have been looking for a good moisturizer for a long time.  I find that liquid moisturizers only moisturize my hair for the day and then the following day it would be frizzy and dry.  Also, most oils, for example olive, jojoba or coconut would make my hair greasy and limp.  

 

  

What attracted me to macadamia oil was the fact that it moisturizes your hair without making it greasy.  I was sceptical at first but the claims are true, it does not create any build up either.

Macadamia oil is light and non-greasy, it has features which resemble our natural sebum which is why it is so easily absorbed into the hair shaft.  It is very rich in fatty acids, more of the benefits below:

  • Provides intense nourishment, smoothing and a long-lasting, tangle-free, frizz-free finish. Hair is ultra-smooth, manageable and shiny.
  • Instant absorption
  • Shown to extend the life of color treatments by reducing fading.
  • Natural UV protection
  • Reduces drying time an amazing 40-50%

As macademia oil is so moisturizng I can now moisturize my hair once per week instead of every other day as I did before.  I put a 5 pence/dime sized amount in my palm, rub my hands together,rub it through my hair and then comb it through.  This eliminates frizz and keeps my hair in great condition, macadamia oil will definitely remain in my collection.