Imagine being able to glide your fingers through your scalp and feel a full head of hair.
You’d be confident and have a new zest for life.
If this sounds like something you’d like, then clearly you’re thinning or experiencing male pattern baldness, right?
Don’t worry. It affects millions of people all over the world.
There are many natural treatment options for male pattern baldness, too.
One of the most popular options is castor oil which you might’ve heard of.
But, what is castor oil and how does it help with MPB? Keep reading to find out!
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans.
It’s a pale yellow colored oil with a very distinct odor and taste. If you’ve ever smelled or tasted castor oil before, you’ll never forget it!
It’s commonly used in products like soap, shampoos, lip balm, and many others.
Since it’s essentially a condensed version of the castor bean itself, it contains lots of healthy fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals.
You can probably see where I’m going with this.
When it’s applied directly to the hair and scalp, these parts of your body receive all of these nutrients very quickly. If you want to reverse male pattern baldness and improve hair health in general, then castor oil is an amazing choice.
That’s why next I’m going to cover the benefits of taking castor oil.
Benefits of castor oil
These are some of the many benefits you will experience once you begin using castor oil on your scalp.
1. It prevents and reduces dandruff
Have you ever worn dark clothing and saw little flakes all over them as you went about you day? It can be terrifying. You don’t want anyone to notice it’s dandruff because that’d be super embarrassing.
Furthermore, have you brushed your fingers through your hair and saw flakes fly through the air?
If so, we have good news: castor oil is amazing at reducing dandruff thanks to the fact that it moisturizes the scalp, hair, and follicles.
In case you didn’t know, dandruff is essentially just dead skin. If your hair and scalp are dry, these dead pieces of skin will fall off and become noticeable on clothing or in your hair.
Applying castor oil every day will stop this from happening, so that’s a great added benefit.
2. Slows hair fall
If you suffer from male pattern baldness, you’ve probably woken up to hairs on your pillow or have seen clumps practically fall out before your eyes, right?
Don’t worry about that anymore.
Castor oil is capable of reducing hair fall thanks to the nutrients that it will deliver directly into the scalp and follicle. This will strengthen hair and the root, A.K.A the follicle, preventing hair from weakening and falling out.
3. It thickens your hair
Besides actually losing your hair, you know that with male pattern baldness that it’s also extremely common for your hair to become thin.
This makes your balding much more apparent and gives the look of hair and brittle hair. Who wants that?
Nobody and that’s why you should consider using castor oil since it thickens the hair. Your existing and new hairs will become thicker and denser. This means that balding areas will be slightly more covered and your overall head of hair looks better.
4. Your hair will stay moisturized for longer periods
As I mentioned with the point on dandruff, castor oil helps to keep more moisturize in the hair which is crucial for overall health. If any part of your body is dry, like the skin for example, it will become cracked and more prone to damage in general.
Using castor oil on your hair will keep it hydrated throughout the day.
5. Hair becomes shinier
Similar to using a conditioner, castor oil helps maintain a shinier head of hair. This makes your hair look much more aesthetic and pleasing to the eye. You may notice that women will give you more attention and looks 😉
What’s the best type of castor oil?
Alright, now that you know what castor oil is, what is the best type? They all have their own unique pros and cons you should be aware of before purchasing it.
Jamaican black castor oil for male pattern baldness
Jamaican black castor oil, as you could guess, is a type of castor oil that’s rich in color and comes from Jamaica. But, what is the difference between these and other types? Mainly that the dark color is from roasting the castor beans. This is believed to potentiate the benefits the oil has to offer.
Cold pressed castor oil
Cold pressed castor oil is the most natural form of castor oil in which the oil is pressed from the beans without any heat. If you want the simplest and most common form of castor oil, go for this one.
Hydrogenated castor oil
When something like castor beans is considered hydrogenated, it means that it went through the process of hydrogenation. This is when oil or liquid is converted into a semi-solid or solid fat. Think coconut oil for example.
This means that hydrogenated castor oil isn’t a liquid you drop into your hair, but rather a fatty clay-like substance you will have to heat up or apply and left to melt.
Can castor oil reverse male pattern baldness?
So, here’s the deal. There is currently no scientific evidence that castor oil reverses male pattern baldness but we do know that it offers many benefits for hair health in general.
Follow the below steps to begin using castor oil for reversing MPB.
How to use castor oil to treat male pattern baldness
Step 1: Choose your castor oil
As I previously touched on, the type of oil you purchase will slightly change how you apply it. Cold pressed is the simplest, so I recommend that, to begin with. Jamaican tends to be thicker and hydrogenated has to be melted or left to sink into the scalp.
Step 2: Apply a teaspoon of castor oil to your hair or mix it with other ingredients
Whichever castor oil you choose, take approximately a teaspoon and apply it to any areas you’re balding. I’d also recommend applying it to as much of the scalp as possible.
Step 3: Massage the oil into the scalp
Next, take both of your hands and massage the oil deep into the scalp. This helps it absorb better into the hair and follicles. As a result, the healthy fats and nutrients are able to strengthen the hair from deep within.
Step 4: Leave the oil in for 30 minutes
It’s suggested that you leave the castor oil in for roughly 30 minutes or longer if you have the time. The longer you leave it, the more nutrients will sink in.
Step 5: Wash your hair and get all of the oil out
Lastly, give your hair a good wash to get all of the oil out. If you opted for Jamaican castor oil, it may take longer to get out because it’s thicker.
Make sure to apply any haircare products afterward like a misting spray to add more moisture.
Final thoughts on castor oil and male pattern baldness
Castor oil is an excellent natural product for reversing male pattern baldness and improving your hair health.
It’s capable of keeping in moisture, thickening hair, and reducing dandruff.
Follow the steps laid out today and you’ll watch your hair grow back and become much more healthy 🙂