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Castor Oil vs Coconut Oil

Castor Oil vs Coconut oil… Which one do you use? If you answered neither, that’s fine, but which one would you choose?

In a similar report published by The Little Health Company they chose to put Coconut Oil up against the equally wonderful Olive Oil (as opposed to Castor Oil) and Coconut Oil won the battle! #WellOilBeDamned

Coconut Oil edges it in our opinion. It’s nourishing properties will leave your hair looking healthy and vibrant will feeling soft and the smell is divine.

The pros of using Castor Oil:

  1. Castor Oil is a thick, stick oil that prevents hair loss by coating strands and helps them stay firmly attached to the root.
  2. It’s is considered an anti-bacterial and anti-fungus which means: in the unlikely event that someone throws mushroom seeds on your hair, you won’t see Portobellos or Shiitakes spurting out later on. #GIrlsJustWannaHaveFUN 
  3. Being rich in Omega 3 and fatty acids makes Castor Oil a great contender if you’re looking for an oil to strengthen your nails, hair and/or skin.
  4. This oil also makes your hair glossy but almost too shiny (if overused).
  5. Castor Oil is cost-effective and a little it goes a long way.

The pros of using Coconut Oil:

  1. Coconut Oil stops and prevents dandruff. Similar to Castor Oil, it too is anti-fungal and anti-bacterial – just don’t try cleaning your hands with it after eating, shaking a flu-stricken person’s hand and/or getting off a mode of public transport, it’s oil NOT sanitiser.
  2. This essential oil is also good at protecting against hair shedding and/or head lice thanks to its Vitamins E and K content.
  3. Massaging Coconut Oil into the scalp improves blood circulation, ensures that oxygen is absorbed and strengthening the hair follicles resulting in soft, strong and healthy hair.
  4. It also improves the hair cuticle whilst keeping the scalp moisturised, prohibiting dust and pollution.
  5. Its high in fatty acids nature supplies the hair with protein which helps retain strength and eliminates breakage.
  6. Coconut Oil is one of the very few oils that has what it takes to fix split ends as well as repair damaged hair from root to tip while also smoothening rough, coarse or fizzy hair. #ItsMAGICYouKnow

Plenty of people use coconut oil on their hair, nails and skin for its softening, shiny and strengthening agents. It’s a well known fact that Coconut oil is used in anti-ageing products and is even considered a healthier alternative to cooking oil in the kitchen.

Evidently this post isn’t just about Coconut oil, it’s also about the thicker, less commonly spoken about oil that is Castor.

I originally discovered Castor Oil when I typed “how do I grow stronger, thicker and longer lashes naturally?” into Google and Castor Oil was the reoccurring theme. However, not one to leave any stone unturned in the experimentation department, I purchased it to see if it had the same results – this time on my tresses.

On Monday night, I lathered the thick, unpleasant smelling oil into my hair (a large quantity of it) and left it in overnight (for best results) with a plastic bag to cover. Upon washing it out yesterday morning, I noticed my hair was softer, sleeker, smoother and more healthier-looking but definitely still looked greasy!

Although it’s way too early to tell whether it’s going to lengthen my hair, I’m sure it will because that’s the main reason I’ve been applying it for a while. I’ve tried it on my lashes previously and they grew considerably in a month, bearing in mind that I was applying one coat to my lashes twice a day. However, I cannot do the same with my head hair for obvious reasons. I mean, could you imagine me venturing outside my natural habitat of a resting  place  with greasy, dirty smelling hair? #NoSiree

Anyway, if you’d like to purchase Castor Oil for yourself, Amazon and eBay stock various brands of the stuff as do Holland & Barrett along with other health stores I’m sure. The good thing about this oil in particular is that it’s cost effective because you’re paying little money for a generous sized portion. As you’ll come to realise, a little goes a long way because it’s thick, heavily odoured and very greasy. Sadly,  the end of my hair wS damaged so I thought I’d apply an excessive amount two nights ago – hence the human grease-ball look!

Now onto Coconut Oil! I don’t tend to use it very often on my hair, skin or nails but I totally should because it smells, feels and looks glorious (when it’s on the skin/hair/nails — I don’t go around staring into jars of Coconut Oil: FYI). I apply Coconut Oil before entering the sauna and use it as a favoured ingredient when cooking or creating home remedies. Yes, that’s right, I’ve even made scrambled EGGS with the stuff! As gross as it sounds, it wasn’t actually too bad – just strange. I bake with it too because it’s divine and is widely used as a replacement to butter.

Similarly, you can purchase Coconut Oil in store or online at the same retailers which I mentioned above. But, when it comes to choosing yours  do keep in mind that it’s better to go with one that’s refined, natural and organic…

Are you team Coconut or team Castor? Not sure? That’s fine too… Comment below to share your tricks to shiny, long tresses and we’ll converse (with or without shoes on our feet)! Alternatively, for those of you who’d like to grow your hair but aren’t a fan of oils – have you tried Lee Stafford’s HAiR GRowTH? It’s great!

I wish you all a lovely day, have a good ‘un and TTYL!

Miamii 🙂 x

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