1. What’s the difference between Castor Oil and Black Castor Oil?
Regular Castor Oil is a pale yellow colour when cold pressed. The lighter yellow to clear colours arise when the oil has been processed. Black Castor Oil is darker because ashes from the roasted castor beans are added into the oil. The castor beans are roasted, ground, and then boiled prior to being added.
There are no proven differences between the benefits of Castor Oil and Black Castor Oil.
Both oils contain ricinoleic acid, which is known for having anti-inflammatory properties that aid in creating a healthy scalp for hair growth.
Both oils are quite thick (have a honey-like consistency) so either oil would be excellent for massaging into your scalp where you see hair thinning, but as far as which is better, it is a personal choice!!
2. I think I am reacting to the Castor Oil in a negative way. I’m getting more flakes on my scalp. HELP!
Castor Oil in it’s purest form has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we’re focusing on this oil as our primary oil in the Castor Oil Hair Challenge. A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you, surprisingly, with dry skin. It does have some amazing properties, so I wouldn’t suggest stopping to use it in its entirety. Here are a few options:
a Try using castor oil in moderation. Sometimes over use is the problem. Using the Aphro Comb will support in your quest of applying the correct amount on your scalp (up to 5ml). The important thing with castor oil is to put enough for your scalp and gently massage it onto your scalp. The massage invigorates your hair follicles and encourages stronger hair to be produced.
b Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, you may need to dilute it with another carrier oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to your scalp. A lot of people add Olive Oil with their Castor Oil.
NOTE: If you find that you’re allergic to Castor Oil don’t be discouraged; even though Castor Oil is a great natural product that enhances hair growth, there are great substitutes out there!
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