I have joined the Hairlista Castor Oil challenge for the next 3 months. I started using JBCO at the beginning of this year and I absolutely loved how it made my new growth feel. It has been part of my stash ever since and will continue to be for the foreseeable future.
For the Castor Oil Challenge, I will be joining the advance level which is 3 x weekly scalp massages and adding 1 teaspoon of castor oil to my deep conditioner.
Instead of only using castor oil for the challenge, I decided to bump it up a bit and add other oils to JBCO. Basically to make an oil mix for scalp massages, you can add what ever oils (carrier and essential) you fancy based on your needs.
In terms of essential oils, a while back, I found a recipe for a ‘hair growth’ oil which included various essential oils, so I still have some left over from that experiment. The other ones that I buy currently are mostly for smell purposes because I use them in my oil burner to make my house smell nice and as well as adding a few drops in my homemade potpourri.
Anyhoo, my essential oils included thyme, rosemary, peppermint and rose geranium to stop my scalp from smelling like roast lamb/beef with a hint of peppermint.Other oils that I have used before are: lavender, cedarwood. Essential oils have a wide variety of benefits and one needs to research their needs and use the applicable oils.My resultant oil mix included jojoba oil and JBCO as my carrier oils – I added half of each, and I added the essential oils in equal parts (5 drops each). In terms of exact quantities, I am not quite sure, I usually go with the rule of thumb of 10 drops of essential oils per 30ml of carrier oil. In this mix though, I might have gone overboard with the essential oils.
One word of caution: it is advisable to keep your oil mix in a dark bottle to prevent the light from degrading the oils. Another thing that I do is mix my oils at least 1 week before I start using it and keep it in a dark place so that it can be well mixed and ready when I start using it – kinda sounds like avocados doesn’t it? 😉
Have you joined the castor oil challenge? Which oils make it into your oil mix?