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You don’t send a telegram when you need to deliver a message long distance. When you’re out and about you don’t listen to music on a cassette tape Walkman. And we’re pretty sure when you need a loaf of bread, you just hit up the supermarket instead of kneading out the dough and baking it yourself. The point is that times change. Technology advances. The way we did things back then very often isn’t the way we do them now.
Haircare is a good example. There are many old “miracle treatments” and “home remedies” passed down from generation to generation. One of these is the belief that you can regrow your hairline with castor oil.
Why castor oil? The nasty-tasting liquid – from the castor-bean or castor-oil plant – has long been ingested for its laxative effect. But people have increasingly claimed castor oil is a powerful hair (and skin) treatment. Not only does it have anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, but the oil is high in the antioxidant vitamin E, proteins, minerals and fatty omega acids, including the potent ricinoleic acid. This combination is basically superfood for hair.
As a result, castor oil has been touted as a cure-all natural hair treatment. It’s especially popular in helping with receding hairline, hairline repair and encouraging hair growth overall when massaged into the scalp and hair follicles. Its many nutrients are supposed to make hair thicker, stronger and shinier, while combatting dry, itchy scalp conditions like dandruff and eczema.
As a hairline treatment for African or black hair, castor oil is an especially popular option.
Castor oil has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity, but it’s still very much a “back then” haircare treatment from the past. Its thick, sticky consistency makes it difficult to work with, and there have been incidents of skin irritation due to its all-natural nature.
For a “now” haircare solution, free of these concerns, we turned to Brian Warfield from Tanaz Hair in Illovo, Johannesburg. Brian has some expert advice on what you can do to improve the condition of your hair, and especially your hairline.
“Instead of castor oil, and other magical cure-alls, rather choose a science-backed product with the same benefits. For example, Mizani’s Strength Fusion Intense Night Time Treatment, with shea butter and vitamins, has been specifically formulated to repair hair withits patented anti-breakage technology. It’s an ideal multi-tasker, and you can even leave it to work overnight, prolonging the results of in-salon Strength Fusion Post-Process Treatment.”
Thanks to advances in science, there’s really no reason to gamble with the health of your hair. Well-tested products exist that work well – improving the strength and condition of your hair dramatically. Find them at your local salon.
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