is castor oil the new coconut oil?
We know everyone’s been ga-ga for coconut oil for years. It’s used from head to toe and from the inside out. For many haute girls it’s a staple for hair, skin and nail moisture – rubbing it into your cuticles can help with nail growth and strength – and it’s been a fan favourite for oil pulling – an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique where oil is swished around one’s mouth to improve oral and overall health. However, it looks like an oldie yet a goodie has resurfaced to challenge coconut oil’s throne.
Traditionally used in West Indian countries as a laxative, to heal baby’s umbilical cords and to relieve body aches through massages with the oil, castor oil has recently seen a massive resurgence in the skin and beauty world. The oil is anti-fungal and antibacterial. Although it’s good for all hair types, for women of African descent, Jamaican Black Castor Oil has slowly become a stable because it works great as a sealant, which helps hair and skin to retain moisture.
Plus, castor oil has been shown to improve circulation, which helps with hair growth making it great for those who suffer from traction alopecia. It not only helps with hair growth from the scalp but also with eyelash and eyebrow growth. This makes it perfect for those of us who have been guilty of over-plucking or threading our eyebrows or overuse of false eyelashes… Don’t judge us!
Plus, it’s a great go-to for skincare for all skin types as it aids with hyperpigmentation, reduces the appearance of dark spots and combats acne scarring.
Still not convinced? SZA swears by castor oil. And, I mean, have you seen the girl lately?
Now, back to coconut oil. Unfortunately, it doesn’t work that well for all. Some have complained that coconut oil dries out their hair. That may be because of its density. Coconut oil has a light density and adds a lightweight sheen, whereas castor oil, specifically Jamaican Black Castor Oil, is thick and deeply penetrates hair follicles.
But that’s not to say coconut oil is all bad. It has been known to be quite helpful in treating and avoiding dandruff because, like castor oil, it also has anti-fungal, antiviral and anti-bacterial properties. And it also prevents issues like head lice and hair shedding as it contains vitamins E and K in considerable amounts.
Now, with that said we’re not here to tempt you away from coconut oil, we just wanna give you the 4-1-1 on this new beauty trend.
Have you tried castor oil? Do you think castor oil is the new coconut oil? Let’s chat about it in the comments.