Kinky or afro-textured hairs are definitely unique and we know your hair is no different. The struggle to retain length for natural afro hair is very real, but don't be discouraged, it's possible! We’ve lived with that myth that afro curls and length can’t go together. NOT TRUE! Join us in busting this myth and smash those hair length goals. Did I hear you say “yaass queen!!”
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When it comes to hair growth for our 4c hair sisters, castor oil (especially Jamaican Black Castor Oil) is considered a holy grail. In addition to being a great moisture sealant, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, when applied to the scalp directly, is said to help draw out impurities and stimulate blood flow. This helps other valuable nutrients get right to the hair follicle.
Here are 3 ways you can incorporate castor oil into your hair care routine
- Castor Oil + Coconut Oil + Raw Shea Butter
When mixed with other hair growth ingredients such as coconut oil and shea butter, Castor oil can really help promote beautiful luscious, longer and thicker hair! You can easily make this for yourself at home. Here's how
* 1 1/2 cup of raw shea butter
* 2 tbsp of organic coconut oil
* 2 to 6 tsp of castor oil
How to Use:
- If your raw shea butter is hard, first soften it by placing the shea butter jar in a bowl of hot water.
- Once softened, whip it using a hand mixer for about 30 seconds to make it creamier.
- Next, add the coconut oil (you don’t need to melt it) and whip for about 10 seconds.
- Then add the castor oil and whip again for a minute or two till all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
2. Avocado Hair Mask with Castor Oil.
If you love eating avocados, I can assure you your hair would love them even more! Its moisturizing properties makes the hair shiny and keeps the it moisturized. The fatty acids and high levels of antioxidants like vitamin E in avocados are well absorbed into our scalp and hair shafts.
*1 medium avocado
*2 to 3 tsp of castor oil
How To Use:
- In the bowl of a mixer, add in the avocado, castor oil and egg. Mix on high until smooth.
- Dampen hair with water. Then apply the mask on your scalp completely and spread onto hair, paying particular attention to the ends.
- Cover with a shower cap, and keep it for 40-45 minutes.
- Remove shower cap, rinse out the mask, and then wash the hair with mild shampoo.
Do this for at least a couple of week to get smoother and healthier hair.
NOTE* Ensure you do not wash your hair with warm water. The egg will stick to your hair and it will be tough to remove.
3. Castor Oil + Egg + Honey
Honey has both emollient and humectant properties, and this makes it a great hair moisturizer. Emollients smooth the hair follicles, adding shine to dull hair. Humectants bond with water molecules, adding moisture to dry strands. Adding it in the mask makes sure that your hair is thoroughly nourished.
* 1 tbsp honey
* 1 egg
* 2 to 3 tsp of castor oil
How to Use:
- Whisk the egg in a bowl and mix it with honey and castor oil. Add water if required for better consistency and volume.
- Mix all the ingredients and then start applying to your hair roots and strands.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and let it sit for at least an hour before rinsing it with cold water and a mild shampoo.
Use this mask twice a week to restore and maintain your hair health.
When it comes to managing natural African hair, there’s actually no one-size-fits-all regimen. However, any routine that will keep your hair moisturized and strong will help you retain length. Once you find this routine, stick with it and watch your tresses thank you.