In the world of hair and beauty there is always another hi-tech ingredient hailed as the next big thing, but there are also those long-forgotten wonders that re-emerge and change the game. Castor oil is one of our new, old-school favourites.
Benefits of using castor oil for hair
Shampoo-ad shine? Tick. Parched tips? See ya later! Castor oil holds the key to a fuller, happier head of hair.
Essentially, castor oil traps moisture in the hair, smoothing the cuticle, which makes it the perfect ingredient for those with frizzy, coarse or curly hair that typically lack moisture. By nourishing and protecting against future breakage it improves hair texture that in turn can aid healthy hair growth. Plus, those anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, means it’s actively good for scalp maintenance.
Thanks to its rich emollient properties, castor oil is an ideal ingredient for ultra-hydrating treatments, but it’s not easy to incorporate into your regime in its pure undiluted form. On our never-ending quest for luminous, shiny, growth-happy strands, you might want to simply apply a handful of this natural wonder oil and leave it in as an at-home conditioning treatment, but castor oil’s benefits do admittedly come with one slight frustration. It is heavy, sticky and a challenge in itself to wash out. And, if conditioning was your aim, there’s no point in counteracting all its brilliant benefits just to have to wash it six times to remove that thick oily residue.
As castor oil is much richer and thicker in consistency than many other hydrating oils, using it neat can actually end up being counterproductive. Even those with dry and coarser hair who benefit from its ultra-heavyweight conditioning properties would still have a tough time getting the hair to feel light and fresh after an undiluted pure castor oil treatment. So for everyone, fine and greasy types too, its benefits are best found in the new generation of products that use it within a lighter, more scientific and effortless blend.
How do I use castor oil for hair?
The ideal product that offers all its benefits with none of the downsides are products that utilise a cocktail of castor oil ingredients that leave hair softer, stronger and shinier. Cue Pantene’s new Lift’n’Volume Collection, in particular, Pantene’s 7-in-One Weightless Oil Mist. It’s a supercharged spray containing a unique blend of castor oil, rose water, biotin and Pro-V nutrients that help fortify strands from root to tip. The ultimate multi-tasker, it does everything you could want from strengthening, repairing and detangling when your hair is wet, to heat and colour protection when it’s dry, and then, it adds a glass-like shine as finishing touch.
Soothing, moisturising and nourishing for troubled tresses, castor oil is back for the 21st century, and once you discover it, your hair will thank you for it!
*Stronger vs. non-conditioning shampoo
**Repairs vs. non-conditioning shampoo, against styling damage
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