Track & Share Your Natural Journey! For the Fans of the Nappturalite Radio Show
Hey Nappturalites, have you all heard about using castor oil and cayenne pepper as a growth aid? I have. I was browsing through Youtube videos the other day, when I came across several videos about using castor and cayenne pepper mixed together for growth. I'm always curious about home remedies and how well they live up to the claims of others. Also, I''m quite to kitchen chemist myself. What did I do next? I started digging for more research because I knew that cayenne pepper was good for lowering blood pressure, but I had no idea that cayenne pepper could aid in hair growth.
What did I find? Well, I found information on how cayenne pepper has been used for hair growth for years. According to Livingstrong.com, a man by the name of Samuel Thompson discovered the use of cayenne pepper for hair growth, back in the 1800's. Although cayenne pepper has not been scientifically proven to grow hair faster, the capsaicin in it is known to stimulate hair follicles and increase hair growth.
The internet has an abundance of information on how cayenne pepper is infused into a natural oils like olive oil and castor oil for hair growth. Some suggest making a paste out of cayenne pepper, natural oil and water, while others suggest making a pre-poo oil by taking one teaspoon of cayenne pepper and mixing it into 8 oz. of natural oil. The pre-poo mix is supposed to sit for at least 10 days before using it, and castor oil seems to be the oil of choice. Both treatments suggests that the oil mix or paste be left in the hair for at least 30 minutes prior to shampooing.
What did I do next? After watching several Youtube videos, reading articles and hair forums, I decided to give the cayenne pepper and castor oil treatments a try. A few months ago, I had to cut a few inches off of my hair because of damage, and it's finally growing back. I figured it wouldn't hurt to give cayenne pepper an castor oil a try to see if I can help my hair grow back a little faster.
Here's my plan, I'm going to use cayenne pepper and castor oil on my scalp twice a week, and I'm also going to add it to my deep conditioning treatments once a week. I'm going to try this routine from now, until the end of the year. In fact, I started today with a homemade deep conditioner that has both cayenne pepper and castor oil in it. Next week, once the oil mix has reached the end of the 10 infusion period, I will begin with the twice a week oil treatments. One oil treatment will be done the night prior to my deep conditioning, and the second one will be done in the middle of the week, as a scalp massage aid and rinsed out the next morning.
I will document this portion of my journey on this blog, my youtube channel, and my personal blog Natural Nina. If anyone wants to join me on journey, please feel free to leave a comment and maybe we can get a challenge going.
Before I go, let me say that if you're allergic to cayenne pepper, please do not try this! Also, if you have a sensitive scalp or any kind of scalp issues, consult a dermatologist before trying cayenne pepper and castor oil on your scalp.
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