Coconut oil and olive oil are the two most prominent oils that most people reach for when trying to improve their body, hair and skin, but did you know castor oil has many enriching properties that can strengthen your hair and promote growth, and maybe help treat baldness.
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is made from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. Castor oil is well known for an array of health benefits, especially for its rejuvenating effect. It is used in the manufacturing of soaps, lubricants, hydraulic and brake fluids, paints, dyes, coatings, inks, cold resistant plastics, waxes and polishes, nylon, pharmaceuticals and perfumes In fact, the mild smelling oil has been used throughout history to strengthen hair while giving it luster and shine. Many people apply castor oil regularly to their scalp to encourage hair growth and prevent hair thinning or hair loss.
Whether you’re familiar with castor oil or have never heard of it, keep reading to discover why castor oil could become the solution for male baldness.
Castor oil may cure male baldness
With so many things to worry about in this world, stress can cause hair loss, which is ironic because most people feel even more stressed after witnessing hair loss! When men develop male baldness, it typically causes a receding hairline around the crown area of the head.
Male pattern baldness is the cause of 95 percent of hair loss in men. By the age of 35, at least two-thirds of American men will experience hair loss. And by the age of 50, approximately 85 percent of men have significantly thinning hair, according to the American Hair Loss Association.
Improper hair care, stress, hormonal imbalances, genetics, aging, nutritional deficiencies and overuse of chemical-based hair products can all weaken and shrink the hair follicles. This eventually results in thinning hair strands and baldness.
Studies show that balding men have higher levels of PGD2 on their scalps than men who aren’t balding. Research has also found that ricinoleic acidcan inhibit PGD2 for men. This is where castor oil comes in; it contains ricinoleic acid and thus can be a catalyst for hair regeneration and growth.
In addition, proper blood scalp circulation is essential for promoting hair growth. Since castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, applying and massaging castor oil directly into the scalp can help improve circulation and blood flow.
For other hair care benefits check out our article on natural ways to treat your hair.