Well that depends on who you ask. This isn’t a post that will give you a definite answer that suits everyone, rather the point of looking at these two oils together is so that you can make an educated decision about which of the two are best for you. Or even better than that, can you successfully use both in your regimen where they are both effective?
I am a flex oil type of girl! I totally made that up but what that means is that I use different oils* for different occasions or different instances in my regimen. In addition to that I know women who are absolutely allergic to coconut oil* or castor oil* so they cannot have either one in their regimen and that is what is best for them.
What is coconut oil?
Coconut oil is a bi-product of the coconut, it is a fatty oil; that is, it can be useful in cooking, consuming, for your skin and your hair. Coconut* oil reminds us of hydrolyzed protein because it is one of only a limited number of oils that can penetrate the hair strand fortifying it from the inside out.
What is castor oil?
This oil is also a bi-product, but this time from castor beans. You can find castor oil in many manufacturing oil based products because it is a pretty heavy oil. In the hair community castor oil is mostly known for its ability to regrow edges and help with hair loss on other areas of the scalp.
When you are trying to determine which of these oils* is better, you must consider a couple of things. Are you allergic to any of them? Are you protein sensitive? Does your hair prefer a heavy oil? Are you suffering from hair loss? Only then can you decide which is better.
Are you allergic?
Nut allergies are no joke so if you have one, coconut oil* might not be the right oil for your regimen at all. In addition to that coconut* oil has been described as an “acne aggravating ingredient” for some women causing a ton of skin irritation even on the scalp. When you use it in your hair or on your skin and you discover redness, bumps or excessive fungus and dandruff, you are more than likely allergic.
Even though serious allergic reactions to castor oil* is rare, it is important to know that you can be allergic to that oil as well. The oil is known to cause itching, redness and general irritation which renders it rather ineffective for you if you are allergic. Allergies will single-handedly make one oil better for you than the other by pure default, moving on!