Castor Oil and Rose Hip Seed Oil for Hair Length Retention
For many, growing their hair is a challenge. This could be due to medical conditions, heredity, or an improper diet. If you have minimal hair growth or excessive hair loss, you should consult with a doctor to get to the root of the issue.
In this blog post, I will focus more on retaining hair growth.
The root of my hair growth problem did not start at “the root”. It was dry, brittle, split ends that hindered me from growing longer hair. If my ends were not breaking on their own, I had to cut them off. My stylist trimmed my hair every 4 to 6 weeks. It was something that had to be done to prevent my hair from splitting all the way up the hair shaft.
However, if she trimmed off 1/2 inch of hair, it canceled out the 1/4 inch of hair that grew that month. Then I would have the audacity to say, “It just isn’t in my genes to grow long hair.”
If you want to grow your hair long, there is a key point to remember. Hair growth and hair retention go hand in hand. In other words, as your hair is growing, you want to do all you can to sustain it.
There is an old adage that says, if you cut your hair it will grow. The truth is our hair is always growing. Your growth rate may not be the same as others, but chances are your hair grows.
Our hair will always look to be the same length if it is growing from the root but breaking off at the ends.
The reason why it seems to grow faster after a hair cut is because, after a trim, our ends are healthy. There are no more split ends or broken pieces in our brush. So when hair grows even at its normal rate, we are keeping our length!
Getting a trim is a good first step to retaining length. Then as you give better love and care to your hair, you should see less splitting and breaking. This also means fewer trims throughout the year.
I have naturally kinky, dry hair that remained at shoulder-length for over a decade. Why? First of all, I did not know where to begin. Second, I was impatient when my hair became a challenge. It also didn’t help that I used a lot of chemical based products on my hair. Then to make matters worse, I frequently styled my hair with heat tools.
After a while, I gave up on growing longer hair and only did what was necessary to have a cute hairstyle. Hence, the excessive blow drying and bi-monthly chemical relaxers.
When I made a firm decision to grow my hair longer than shoulder-length, I knew I had to revamp my entire hair care regimen.
Another important factor to hair growth and retention is finding the right regimen and products to keep hair healthy. A good part of my regimen is to give my ends tender loving care. The ends are the oldest part of the hair, and split ends are the enemy.
One part of my regimen is the use of natural oils. Using natural oils in my hair care routine has been a game-changer. Castor and rosehip seed oils have become an integral part of my healthy hair routine.
Castor oil is a thicker carrier oil and well-known for stimulating hair growth. It has antibacterial properties and nutrients like vitamin E. According to “The Health Site”, the ricinoleic acid and omega-6 essential fatty acids in castor oil accelerate blood circulation to the scalp. This stimulates hair growth.
When applying castor oil consistently my hair growth rate noticeably increases. Castor oil is even more effective when I avoid excessive heat and regularly deep condition my hair.
Still, fast growth does not mean longer hair if you are unable to retain it. Hair breakage is a huge culprit in preventing long hair.
Rosehip seed oil is well known for its skin benefits. It is gentle enough to apply directly to the skin. Some even call it a miracle cure for scars, wrinkles, and eczema.
Rosehip oil has been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. According to the “Hair Buddha” web site, rose hip seed oil comes from the hip or berry of the rose plant. The berry of the flower is where the seeds reside.
Rosehip seed oil contains antioxidants and essential nutrients, including vitamins A and C. All are beneficial for reviving healthy hair. Rosehip seed oil is non-greasy and can reverse dryness and protect your hair from future breakage.
You can use each oil separately but I like to blend both oils together. For every ounce of castor oil, I add 8 to 10 drops of rose hip seed oil.
How I use castor and rosehip seed oil:
- Scalp massages
Apply a little castor and rosehip oil to your fingertips and gently massage your scalp. You can also apply the oil blend directly to your scalp and massage. Essential oils are optional, however, you can add a natural fragrance with lavender or peppermint. Both of these essential oils also promotes hair health.
- Apply to ends of wet hair after shampooing and conditioning
Lightly apply the castor and rosehip blend to wet hair. I apply to the ends of my hair to help the ends stay moisturized. This helps to prevent split ends.
- Hot oil treatments
You can heat the oil up and apply it to your hair before shampooing. I love adding coconut oil to the castor and rosehip blend when doing this. Castor oil is a thick oil. Coconut oil helps to thin the oil blend. It also leaves my hair incredibly soft and promotes a healthy scalp. It is hard to go wrong with the measurements. Blend all oils to your liking.
Be sure to not overheat your oil. This could compromise the quality of the oils and be too hot for your scalp.
If you have thin fine hair, you can apply the oil to your scalp and hair for short durations. Perform hot oil treatments and scalp massages just before shampooing. If you have thick coarse hair like mine, you may do well applying this blend as a leave in.
While castor oil acts as a stimulant to grow hair, the rosehip seed oil protects the hair from dryness and damage. This oil blend is not a moisturizer, but helps to prevent moisture loss. The impact that this oil blend has on my hair is amazing!
How to store your castor and rosehip oil blend
Preserve the quality of your oils by storing them in a dark glass container. You can buy dark glass bottles and jars on Amazon. Keeping light out and the container tightly sealed, will conserve its therapeutic properties. If you only have a clear container available, you can store the castor and rosehip blend in a dark space.
Store oils in a cool dry area of your home. Keep water from getting inside. Store carrier and essential oils out of the reach of children and pets.
When I am ready to use my oil blend, I transfer it to a plastic applicator bottle. This way I can use the nozzle to apply it directly to my hair or warm it in a cup of hot water for hot oil treatments. I only transfer what I will use for the week, and keep the rest in storage.
Can I replace these oils with other carrier oils?
The answer is a definite, yes. Many carrier oils have similar hair health benefits. Rose hip oil can lean to the more expensive side, but there are less expensive oils that can seal in moisture and revive the hair. Castor oil and rose hip oil just happen to be my two favorites.
The start of having longer, healthier hair is really that easy. You can find both oils online or in your local health food markets.
Remember, consistency is key!
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