Using castor oil as a hair loss treatment dates back many millennia although nowadays we know that castor oil contains many highly beneficial natural compounds which stimulates hair growth. When castor oil is massaged into the hair and scalp, these compounds get straight to work. They stimulate blood circulation, nourish the scalp and provide nutrients to the hair roots naturally encouraging hair growth.
Castor oil is not a miracle cure for baldness but it can be used as a treatment to stop the loss of hair, cure thinning hair and make the hair thick and luxurious once more.
Hair Loss Causes
There are many different causes of hair loss. It is not always clear why men and women suffer hair loss and it may not be due to a single factor. Thinning of the hair, a receding hair line and loss of patches of hair can be caused by many different factors. The most common causes of premature loss of hair are detailed below:
- Genetic predisposition
- Emotional and physical stress
- Vitamin deficiencies
- Thyroid problems
- Medication, chemotherapy and radiotherapy
- Menopause and hormonal changes
- Autoimmune disorders
- Skin disorders
- Infections and parasites
- Old age
If you suffer from male or female pattern baldness or your loss of hair is due to other genetic factors, the use of castor oil as a hair loss treatment will not cure the problem. It can however slow down the rate of loss of hair.
Hair Loss Oil Treatments
There are a number of oil treatments which encourage the growth of healthy, strong and thick hair. The sooner the treatments are used, the more effective they are at treating hair loss.
Some of the most popular oil treatments for hair loss are listed in the table below. We have listed five of the most popular oil treatments and have rated them for effectiveness, cost, side effects and health benefits which can be gained from massaging the oil into the hair and scalp.
|Castor Oil||Coconut Oil||Jojoba Oil||Peppermint Oil||Vitamin E Oil|
|Additional Products Required||None||None||None||Carrier oil such as sweet almond oil||None|
|Effectiveness for treating Hair Loss||Excellent||OK||Limited||Reasonable||Good|
|Other Benefits||Nourishes and moisturizes hair, treats a dry itchy scalp, stimulates blood circulation, has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties||Prevents protein loss and moisturizes the scalp||Cleanses scalp of sebum and moisturizes the hair||Stimulates blood circulation and balances pH levels||Nourishes hair roots and improves blood circulation|
|Side Effects||None||Can causes skin rashes in some people||Low level reports of oil causing contact dermatitis||Can irritate scalp if not mixed with carrier oil||Has been known to cause eczema|