Castor Oil Challenge: Shedding, Itchy Scalp, Weighed Down Hair?! Frequently Asked Questions - Answered!

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Castor Oil Challenge: Shedding, Itchy Scalp, Weighed Down Hair! Frequently Asked Questions - Answered! | www.HairliciousInc.com

Healthy hair starts from the roots! Oil scalp, massage & repeat...

You guys! We are 6 weeks into the Castor Oil Challenge!

I'm loving the challenge thus far. I'm participating at the Ultimate Level (oiling and massing my scalp with Castor oil every other day and applying 1-2 tsps of Castor Oil to my weekly deep conditioner). 

I apply the Atarah Hair & Scalp Treatment to my scalp (the tingling sensation is the best part!) and I add Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my deep conditioner. It may sound like a lot, but my hair is retaining moisture better than usual and my scalp is happy! It's a win win. 

Since we are at the half way point in the challenge, I wanted to address some frequently asked questions that I've been receiving over the past few weeks from Castor oil challengers.... so let's go!

Castor Oil Challenge: Shedding, Itchy Scalp, Weighed Down Hair! Frequently Asked Questions - Answered! | www.HairliciousInc.com

Q: JBCO SMELLS REALLY BAD, WHAT CAN I DO TO GET PAST THE SMELL?

A: JBCO has a smokey/roasted scent due to the way that it's processed. Many tend to not like the scent and that's okay. For those who do not like the original scent, I typically suggest to mix the JBCO with a couple drops of an essential oil i.e. Lavender or Rosemary to help mask the scent. You should be good!

Q: CASTOR OIL WEIGHS MY HAIR DOWN, WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A: Castor oil is a dense oil! Because of its thick consistency, it can feel sticky in the hair causing it to look/feel weighed down and limp. I always suggest mixing your castor oil with another carrier oil to help thin out the consistency. Some great oils are: Jojoba oil, Olive oil, Coconut oil, Wheat germ oil etc. You can mix your Castor oil with these oils and still receive the amazing benefits. Always use oils that work best for your hair. Also, opt for hair styles that conceal the 'weighed down look' ie. bun, ponytail, etc.

Q: MY SCALP IS ITCHY SINCE I STARTED USING JBCO - WHY IS THAT?

A: Itchy scalp is common the first few weeks when you start applying JBCO to your scalp. Castor oil is known to be a hair follicle cleanser. The itchiness is a common side affect of the detoxifying process when toxins are removed from from the scalp. 

It typically tapers off with consistent use. If the itching is unbearable, try adding essential oils for instance; tea tree oil, peppermint oil to help soothe and cool the scalp. The peppermint will leave your scalp tingling - truly the best feeling ever!

If you still want to participate, but don't want to leave the Castor oil in your scalp, try prepooing with it i.e. apply oil to scalp & hair, massage (3-5 mins), and leave in for 30-45 mins. Proceed to shampoo, deep condition etc. as you normally would on wash day.

Q: IS IT NORMAL TO EXPERIENCE SHEDDING WHEN USING CASTOR OIL?

A: Shedding 50-100 hairs per day is normal. If you've noticed shedding right after introducing Castor oil into your regimen, then perhaps you may want to dilute the Castor Oil/JBCO with another carrier oil to lessen the potency. 

You can decrease your application down to the Basic Level (applying castor oil 1x/week) and see how your hair responds. 

Too, it may be an allergic reaction. Pay close attention to your shedding, especially if you think it's over the typical daily amount for normal shed hairs.

As a quick aid, try doing a Black Tea Rinse your next wash day - it's known to decrease shedding!

I hope this helped!!

Keep strengthening those follicles, ladies! 

Castor oil is amazing and super beneficial for the hair and scalp. This rich antioxidant oil composed of proteins, fatty acids, and vitamins all help to nourish the hair and scalp while creating an environment for healthier hair growth!

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