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How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair

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author image Stephen Harding
Stephen Harding has been writing since 2009, with work on eHow and LIVESTRONG.COM. A U.S. Marine captain, he has military, operations and leadership experience. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Central Arkansas, is a Six Sigma Green Belt and a Development Dimensions International Targeted Selection Interviewer. He is completing an MBA at the University of Iowa.
How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair
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Castor oil is often ingested as a laxative; but can also benefit the hair when applied as a mask or wash. In fact, a weekly castor oil treatment can help to maintain hair's smoothness and softness. Elle magazine reports that castor oil is a nourishing scalp conditioner, particularly for brittle and thin African-American hair.

Step 1

How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair
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Mix 1/4 cup castor oil with 1/4 cup water directly before hair treatment.

Step 2

How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair
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Massage the scalp and hair down to the ends with the mixture. Rub the diluted oil into your hair with your fingertips. According to Lucky Magazine, the omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil will repair dry ends quickly.

Step 3

How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair
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Rinse the hair with warm water. When possible, wrap the hair with a towel and leave it overnight for intensive hydration treatment.

Step 4

How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair
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Shampoo the hair with a product formulated for your hair type, to remove the castor oil. Make sure to rinse all the lather and the oil from your hair with plenty of lukewarm water.

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