Castor Oil and Rose Hip Seed Oil for Hair Growth and Retention
The use of carrier and essential oils for hair growth applies to all hair types and ethnic groups.
If you desire to grow your hair long, keep in mind that hair growth and retention go hand in hand.
The old adage is that if you cut your hair, it will grow faster. The truth is our hair is always growing.
So if we can keep the hair we have healthy, frequent trimmings could be a thing of the past! Then we can retain, or hold on to, our length!
You are reading the words of someone who had shoulder length hair for over 15 years. Why?
Damaged split ends and dry brittle hair caused my hair to break. Damaged ends forced my stylist to trim my hair every 6 weeks. It was something that had to be done to prevent further damage.
She trimmed off at least 1 inch, which negated the possible 1” inch of hair I grew over those six weeks. So there my hair sat…stuck barely hanging off my shoulders.
At first glance it seemed that my hair just wouldn’t grow. Have you been there?
The answer has been finding the right oils and regimen to keep the oldest part of my hair healthy so it doesn’t have to be cut away.
This is where castor oil and rose hip seed oil come into play for me.
Castor oil is a thicker carrier oil and well-known for increasing growth. It has antibacterial properties and nutrients like vitamin E. I frequently use castor oil when massaging my scalp to stimulate hair growth.
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.
My normal hair growth rate averages ¼” per month. When applying castor oil consistently, my monthly rate doubles and sometimes triples.
Still, fast growth doesn’t mean longer hair if you are unable to “retain” it. Hair breakage is a top culprit in preventing the manifestation of longer hair.
Over time my ends get dry and brittle. This is even before the stress of styling. For this reason I like to apply castor oil mixed with rose hip seed oil to the ends of my hair.
This works for me on wet hair or after applying moisturizer.
For every ounce of castor oil, I add 8 to 10 drops of rose hip seed oil.
The Bonus of Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose hip seed oil is best 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.
Rose hip oil has been used for hundreds of years for medicinal purposes. According to the “Hair Buddha” 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.
Rose hip seed oil contains antioxidants and essential nutrients, including vitamins A and C. All are beneficial for reviving healthy hair and skin.
Rose hip seed oil can reverse dryness and protect your hair from future breakage.
The Benefits of Both Combined
While the castor oil acts as a stimulant to grow my hair at a faster rate, the rose hip seed oil complements by acting as a protectant from dryness and damage.
The impact that this oil blend has on my hair is amazing. Rose hip seed oil is non-greasy and attacks both dryness and damage with moisture.
If you have thin fine hair, you can apply the oil blend, leave on your hair and scalp overnight and wash in the morning. If you have thick coarse hair like mine, you may do well applying this blend as a leave in.
It’s senseless to solely focus on growing your hair only for your strands to succumb to damage and required trimming.
How to store your oil blends
Both essential oils and carrier oils do well if stored in a cool dry area of your home. Storing oil in a dark glass container can help in extending its shelf life.
When ready to use, I transfer my oils to plastic applicators. I only transfer what I will be using from week to week.
What is your favorite blend of oils to maximize your hair growth? Sharing is caring! 🙂