For the last few years, coconut oil has been all the rage, and it quickly became a staple product for DIY beauty remedies. Take one look at Pinterest and you’ll quickly see how it’s taken over the masking, moisturizing and haircare worlds. But one similarly versatile oil is often overlooked. Castor oil is a natural seed-pressed oil that gets a bad rap (because it’s mainly known for being used as a laxative), but I believe castor oil is going to take over the beauty world for skincare and DIY tutorials in 2018—here’s why.
What Is Castor Oil?
Obtained from the ricinus communis plant, castor seed oil primarily contains oils of fatty acids. Approximately 90 percent of the fatty acids found in castor oil are that of ricinoleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat. Monounsaturated fats are used in beauty products to help maintain moisture levels in the skin, producing plump, softened and lubricated skin cells. Castor oil maintains its fluidity at very high and low temperatures, making it a stable ingredient for many skincare uses.
Benefits of Castor Oil
The number-one reason I got so interested in castor oil was because of the way it increases circulation in the scalp to promote hair growth. I try to find any kind of way to get silky shiny hair and to help it grow, and castor oil has been my holy grail. Use it as a hair mask by warming it up with hands and giving yourself a concentrated scalp massage. Also make sure to run the oil through ends to help heal split ends. Leave in for at least an hour, and for maximum growth, shine and split-end benefits, leave in overnight and wash out in the morning!
With continued use, you’ll see a huge improvement in the strength, length and shine of your hair. Try Shea Moisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Smoothie—apply and leave in overnight for a mask, or use daily as a curl-defining leave-in treatment.