For this month’s 30 day challenge I’ll be using my long-time boo-thang, grapeseed oil, as well as castor oil and peppermint oil.
I’ve been using grapeseed oil for years as both my number 1 sealant and for hot oil treatments. Grapeseed oil helps strengthen hair, smooths the hair cuticle, and has a high percentage of linoleic acid that boosts the natural production of ceramides. If you’re a long time reader, you’ve undoubtedly heard (read) me rant and rave and swoon over ceramides:
Quick rundown on ceramides. The cuticle layer inevitably suffers damage over time through manipulation, shampooing, chemical relaxers, etc. Once the cuticle layer of the hair is damage, the hair becomes susceptible to breakage. Ceramides are lipid molecules that protect hair from moisture loss and protein degradation by keeping the cuticle layer in closed and repairing the cuticle layer of hair. Check out the original post: Hemp Seed OIl & Benefits of Ceramides
I’m not a huge fan of castor oil because it’s so thick and easily weighs down my fine strands so for this month I’ll be limiting it’s use on just my scalp when I do my hot oil treatments. My plan is to use castor oil to help thicken up my edges. Castor oil is also rich in vitiman E, Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, and is anti-bacterial and anti-fungal.
I’ll be mixing a few drops of peppermint oil with castor oil for weekly hot oil treatments and will focus the mix on just my scalp leaving the grapeseed oil for the length of my hair.
Peppermint oil is an essential oil and should never be applied directly to skin without first being diluted in a carrier oil like castor, coconut, olive oil, or grapeseed oil. Peppermint oil helps treat dandruff and dry scalp, as well as promotes growth by stimulating the scalp to increase blood circulation.
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