You can undertake the castor oil challenge at any time you choose; it's not some historical undertaking whose time has passed.
What's the objective of the castor oil challenge?
To improve hair growth
Which hair types can undertake the challenge?
Any and all hair types
How long does the challenge last?
What products do you need for the castor oil challenge?
Just castor oil, your fingers and a notebook to document the changes.
What do you do with the castor oil?
Massage it into your scalp gently for 7 to 12 minutes.
How often do you have to massage the oil into your scalp?
At least 3 times a week
Can the castor oil challenge be improved?
I think so. For every ounce, 28 ml, of castor oil add 3 drops of the following essential oils: cedarwood, lavender, rosemary and thyme. These are all documented as improving hair health and growth.
I don't like castor oil, are there any other oils I can use for my scalp to get the same effect?
Yes. Specifically for massaging the scalp I recommend jojoba, avocado oil and argan oil as the best oils for scalp massage.
Where can you get castor oil?
In a health food store or on Amazon.com or Amazon.co.uk.
Is there anything else I should know?
Yes. Your hair has a maximum rate at which it can grow as determined by genetics. Massaging the scalp just ensures your hair is growing at the maximum rate that is possible for you. Your results will not necessarily match anyone else's results.
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