I’ve been coming across snippets about a “Castor Oil Challenge” quite a bit lately and decided to delve a little more into it. I used to love castor oil but found it a bit heavy for my thin hair so I had put that oil to the side and only used when I wore braids; but never on a regular basis. But hearing so many positive comments and seeing the before and after photos, I am super super excited to give this oil another go; now with a goal in mind.
Here are the original instructions from the Hairlista website for the Castor Oil Challenge:-
The Castor Oil Challenge
Basic: Apply Castor Oil to a clean scalp 1-2 times per week.
Advance: Apply Castor Oil to a clean scalp 2-3 times per week.
Ultimate: Apply Castor Oil to your scalp 5-7 times per week. You must deep condition with 1-2 tsp of your Castor Oil mixed in your deep conditioner and/or use it to seal your ends.
- Your Castor Oil MUST be 100% Castor Oil.
- If you are doing the Basic or Advance level, the Castor Oil must be applied to a clean scalp to allow better penetration so that your scalp can absorb all the nutrients from the oil.
- One must report any changes, improvements, success in your hair/new growth. This will inspire others!
- Please upload a photo of your hair progress after the Challenge is complete (there will be a particular thread created for this).
- NO OTHER GROWTH AIDS can be used while in this challenge.
I also found a few tips from one YouTube vlogger who completed the challenge and these were:
- Massage your scalp when applying the oil. When you massage the scalp, the hair follicles are stimulated; new blood is circulated, oxygen reaches the follicles and your hair root has a party.
- If doing the Ultimate Challenge, be sure to cleanse your scalp at least once a week.
- Avoid leave-in conditioners that contain silicone. Silicone blocks moisture from entering your strands because silicone repels water.
- Seal your ends with an oil and then a butter to help with length retention [remember the LOC Method? But only on your ends]
- Be sure to use some heat when doing your deep conditioning (with castor oil added) so that you get the most out of your treatment.
With all this in mind, I purchased a bottle of Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil from Kinks, Coils & Locs [Antigua] as I have heard nothing but good things about the Jamaican Black and I figured it couldn’t hurt to try it. It was EC$45.00 for the 8 oz bottle.
This is MY Castor Oil Challenge for myself. I am going with the ULTIMATE Challenge for maximum benefit. Anything less would not be worth it for me 🙂 Ultimately, I plan to use ONLY castor oil in my hair for next 3 months; and apply it to my scalp 5 days a week. I also plan to do a light co-wash midweek just to get rid of the excess oil before my weekly shampoo.
Here are my BEFORE pics as of February 02, 2014. I will update monthly from the same angles and report any change I note.
I am still planning to incorporate aloe vera into my hair care regimen so I went ahead and purchased a 16 oz bottle of Aloe Vera Juice at the Adventist Book Center for EC$15.50 as well as ordered a couple of Giovanni Direct Leave-In Conditioner so that I can whip up the KimmayTube’s pH-Balanced Leave-In Conditioner! I have also made a fresh batch of my DIY Daily Hair Moisture Mist using aloe vera juice. I even purchased some Whipped Shea Butter from Shea Batter Antigua to seal my ends. Unfortunately, the castor oil AND shea butter have proven too heavy for my kinks (even tho I try to use the tiniest bit of shea butter so I will not be using my shea butter right now)
Needless to say, I am superrrrrr excited!
Although one of the rules of the challenge was to eliminate any other growth aids (which I assume to be growth pills), I have decided to renew my intake of 5 mg of Biotin daily. I know I will need all the help I can get.
Here is my INTENDED regimen for the next 3# months. If this change, I will update in my follow up post.
- Apply castor oil to scalp 5 times a week; paying special attention to my temples
- Quick 1 minute massage after each application to stimulate my hair follicles
- Shampoo once a week to cleanse scalp
- Deep-condition after each shampoo with castor oil added to my deep conditioner
- Co-wash mid-week
See you with my first update on March 02, 2014! Wish me luck!!!
PS – if you are currently on, has done, plan to start a Castor Oil Challenge yourself, please drop me a line. It would be great to hear from you *-*
To read more on the benefits of castor oil for hair growth, click here.