How to Use Castor Oil for Hair (Grow Long, Thick, Luscious Hair) - hair buddha

How to Use Castor Oil for Hair (Grow Long, Thick, Luscious Hair)

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Have you heard the amazing bamboo story?

It’s quite popular one, but if you haven’t heard it goes like this…

You plant the bamboo and water it. But nothing happens the first year. Not a single bud or twig appears. You do the same thing the next year, and nada, still no sign of life. So you keep watering and protecting the area in the hope that it will sprout. Another year passes, then another year and another year. No plant.

But then finally in the fifth year, something amazing happens…

The bamboo tree grows 80 feet tall in 5 weeks. Your patience finally pays off, and you reap soaring bamboo tree.

Just one problem:

If you are losing hair at a rapid rate, you would detest waiting for years for some treatment to work. Right? You would want a quick, if not a magic potion that grows hair overnight.

What if I tell you that such magic oil exists and thousands and thousands of people have tried and tested it to grow back hair in bald spots. And you know what, it’s not some gibberish sounding oil that you have no idea ever existed. It’s the very humble, Castor Oil.

Castor oil was not always this famous for hair, but in recent years, it has garnered a lot of interest, and it could be because of its healing properties that help clear out the scalp toxins and fungus to promote beautiful hair.

Before we delve into benefits of castor oil for hair, let’s first find out where this sticky oil comes from.

Native to India and Africa, Castor oil is pressed from the beans of…. you guessed it: Castor Plant.

Castor oil for hair growthThe castor beans are quite peculiar looking, they have smooth, shiny surface with dark brown mottling, which makes them look like insect. Also, castor seeds are released into air with some drama. Once the castor fruits are matured, they burst open to release the seeds over several meters.

Having grown up in India, I have come across castor plant on the road-side, but never got to witness the seed explosion. Come to think of it, castor plant or you can call it a small tree, as it can get to 8 to 10 meters in height, was not something we would go nearby as it has spiky fruits and that deterred the proximity.

Castor oil for hair growthI also want to talk a little about the leaves of castor plant. The leaves are very large and palmate (finger like) with 7-9 lobes. Castor leaves are used in ayurvedic medicine to treat joint pain as well as to cure jaundice.

And the oil is also very medicinal. It’s a world famous laxative (although I never tried it). Castor oil has been used in the traditional medicine for arthritis, muscle sprain and ache, cysts, skin conditions and fungal infections.

And what about hair? Well, that is the whole point of this article. Without further ado, here’s why castor oil is so good for hair growth.

Why is Castor Oil So Amazing for Hair?

What makes this oil so unique is the abundance of ricinoleic acid – which makes up 90% of the fatty acid content. And it’s damn good for your hair.

To begin with, ricinoleic acid is a humectant, meaning it helps to draw moisture from the air into the hair strands. So your hair will be more glossy and healthy

Another amazing thing about ricinoleic acid is it has strong healing properties. 

Many a times dandruff and scalp infection can evoke a inflammatory response. And this causes the blood vessels in the scalp to constrict, reducing the nutrients supply to the hair follicles.

Application of castor oil ensures that your scalp and hair follicles stay clean and healthy. All thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal effects.

In addition, castor oil boosts blood circulation as well as stimulates lymphatic drainage of the area applied. And if that area is your scalp, this means it can speeds up the removal of toxins and thus allow hair follicles to function optimally.

And that’s not all. The antioxidants in castor oil protect your scalp form free radicals which are another cause of hair thinning and loss. Ricinoleic acid’s free radical scavenging abilities can help you to reduce the levels of cell damage within your hair follicles.

Okay, this was all goody, good, but does castor oil has science to back it up?

So far, there are no direct studies done on castor oil to prove that it can grow thicker hair. But then who is going to sponsor such cost extensive research as there is no product to sell and no profits to be made.

The good news is that there is a strong anecdotal evidence to support castor oil benefits. I have heard from close family and friends, but I know that’s not enough. I have also read hundreds of testimonials online where they report denser and fuller hair.

Moreover, castor oil has been shown to have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties (source). And as we saw above healthy scalp equals healthy hair. So this makes the case for castor oil.

But the Proof is in the Pudding, and until you don’t try it, you won’t know if it works or not.

How To Use Castor Oil: Find Out For Yourself How Good It Is

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Since castor oil is very thick and viscous, you don’t want to apply in straight away. Mix it with other nourishing carrier oils like coconut, almond or jojoba to make it more apply-able. You can experiment with various combinations and permutations, and trust me this math is more fun to do. I already did my C&P, and here’s the blend my hair loves:

Place the oils in a bowl and mix well.

Applying oil is a simple task, or maybe a little less simple

I know a relative who would simply pour the oil on the top of the scalp and then massage it all over.

I prefer it a more systematic way. I part my hair in the centre and apply a few drops of oil, then part about ½ inch, add more oil, and so on until I have covered both sides and back of the scalp.

I then use my fingers to gently massage the scalp for 4-5 minutes. This also boosts the circulation, bringing in extra nutrients for hair growth. Plus, it’s very relaxing. Doing this before bedtime will ensure you sleep like a baby.

Yes, I do it before bed and let the oil soak in overnight. But you can do it anytime you like and wait for at least an hour before washing it out. (To avoid oil getting on pillow, I place a towel or an old pillow cover).

Bonus tip: Rub tiny amounts on your eyebrows for denser growth.

To oil every day or not to oil every day

I wash my hair twice a week and before washing I like to oil it. So, it’s twice a week for me. But you can do it once or thrice, suit yourself.

The burning question for people who have quit using store brought shampoo: How to get the oil out?

I have found success with homemade egg shampoo and reetha-shikakai shampoo. Here’s a tip I want to offer you: apply either of the shampoo without wetting your hair first. This will help to break down the oils more easily and get your hair squeaky clean.

Or if you prefer the store-bought shampoo route, then make sure you buy SLS free natural shampoo such as this. I have another tip here as well: buy clear shampoo and not the creamy ones as they can be hair follicle clogging and cause more harm to your hair.

Like with any natural remedy, Castor oil will Not Work for every body

For some people, castor oil can irritate the skin and cause rashes. Who are those people is not very clear, but my guess is since castor oil is drier feeling oil – meaning it’s less greasy, people with already dry skin can be the affected.

It’s always safe to do a patch test on the inside of your arm and wait for 12 hours to see if you have a reaction. I also find that using neat castor oil is a bad idea. Always mix it with a carrier oil and use the above recipe measure as a guide for creating nourishing castor oil treatment for your hair.

Buying Castor oil: Which is Best for Hair?

Pure castor oil is pale yellow in colour and doesn’t have any smell. When you buy castor oil, look for one that is cold pressed, unrefined and hexane free. Such type of oil will be rich in nutrients and free from any artificial chemicals.

You can Buy cold pressed, unrefined Castor oil here.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Black castor oil is obtained after roasting the castor beans. Thus this oil has a darker colour and slightly smoky smell. This oil is said to offer more moisturising benefits, so it will be more suitable for people with dry, coarse hair.

You can buy black castor oil here.

My suggestion would be to try both types and see which one your hair likes: Regular Castor Oil or Black Castor oil

How do you use castor oil for your hair? Share in the comment box below…

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Black Seed (Kalonji) Hair Mask to Regrow Lost Hair

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Leave a Comment:

Cassandra Resendes says

Can I mix castor oil into rice water?

    Minaz says

    You can apply castor oil and rice water mask before washing your hair.

Monika says

Hi Minaz,
Can I mix Castro oil to Bhringraj oil( your recipe) for bald or thinning hair

    Minaz says

    Yes you can.

Chelsea says

can I use the castor oil before I braid my hair
Will it grow my hair faster

    Minaz says

    Castor oil is very thick and sticky, I would combine it with oils like almond, avocado or coconut.

nina says

my hair is also very weak and then my friend suggest me to use castor oil for hair. so i bought castor oil for my hair and it’s result are very good. by the way thank you for such a good information.

    Minaz says

    That’s great to hear!

Zahid Ullah says

I want this oil

Sowmya says

Is it a must to wash hair after applying a mixture of castor oil with all other oils. Can we leave it for 2-3days ?

    Minaz says

    It’s not must, if you don’t mind the greasiness leave it on.

Mitusha says

Hi minaz I want to increase my hair length bt split ends is one of the major problem
So is trimming is the only option I have for healthy hairs

    honey says

    I also had split ends so i used the mix of castor oil, coconut oil, and sweet almond oil. After i got my hair trimmed, i started using this oil and it has helped me a lot. I have been using this for the last 2.5 months and there are no signs of split ends. In fact my hair growth rate has increased, hairfall reduced and they have become more manageable and alot more shinier and soft. Please do try it.
    2 spoons of castor oil
    1.5 spoons of coconut oil
    1.5 spoons of sweet almond oil.
    Mix them and heat them using double boiler method and apply t on your scalp and lengths too. Leave it overnight or for atleast an hour and wash it with shampoo. After hairwash also apply some hair serum you like. It will make your hair most manageable.


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yusuf saiedi says

i got me 8 types of oils…and mixed them together. castor, lavender, coconut, olive, pumpkin seed oil, tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, and i guess i have atlas cedar wood oil and horsetail plant oil left to buy…but the main question is how to mix all this…in composition…you see composition is everything…simplicity would be primary and secondary and complex would be primary, secondary oils, and tertiary oils…and the key to hairgrowth is…ofcourse which ones and how much into a tincture…

shy says

hello mam,suffering from pcos,having bald patches,can you guide me how to regrow hair over these?

    Minaz says

    Hello shy, here are some good tips to get started

      Ephrem says

      Hey minaz.
      Can I use black jamaican castor oil with onion and coconut oil together
      After wash use olive oil …? For hair regrowth purpose? .

      Minaz says

      Hi Ephrem, yes you can combine castor, coconut and onion together. Also add some honey to it for an extra boost.
      After wash use what works for your hair, olive oil or almond oil.

      Shreya says

      Hlo mam… Can I use castor oil daily ??

      Minaz says

      Yes, no harm if you don’t mind the greasy hair. Don’t wash hair every,day, though.

Susan Ray says

Can you use this for hair regrowth? I have a few spots I want to put it on. How often?
I have been trying to find something for hair regrowth that I can use overnight and wash out in morning. Thank you

Devin Balcacer says

Hey Minaz,
Love your website. have been using it for some time, thank you.
I was wondering if you have to wash your hair everytime you do an oil massage?

    Minaz says

    Hello Devin, If you are using only a few drops then no. But otherwise yes, you don’t want to look greasy.

Ani says

Is it necessary to shampoo each time after applying this castor oil mixture or will a water rinse be sufficient?

    Minaz says

    You will have to wash your hair.

Deepak Ahuja says

Hi Minaz, many thanks for sharing such a wonderful information. A question, can castor oil be used after mixing with mustard oil instead of coconut oil?

    Minaz says

    Yes, if you prefer that.

Sheenal says

Hi Minaz

Actually i would like to know the remedy for split ends and dandruff including hair fall

Beemahanish says


Melashiw says

Hello minaz i thank you for all your apdates you share every time that is so kind of you!. I have a question what can rose pawder help for?, how do i use it? Anather question my hair is low prosity no matter what i do always dry and brakes espicially front side i always luke messy there is noting ica do about it i try many things can you please help me if you have any adea? Thans!

Sage says

Minaz, you are our Hair Angel: ???? and our Shining Star: ???? of All Things Hair & Scalp:???? and As You Send Your Love To Us, We Send Our Love Back To You: ????

    Minaz says

    Thanks for your kind words sage 🙂

Maria says

Will the Jamaican black castor oil stain/dye the hair? I’m blonde, so I’d appreciate any feedback please and thanks.

Maria C

    Minaz says

    Hi Maria, it won’t stain your hair.

Rajesh Hebbar says

Hi Minaz .
I am Rajesh (age 42) happily married with 2 kids from Pune.
Have been reading your articles since a long time .
I have typical male type baldness,front hairline receding & also thinning at the crown.
My father(72) has better hair than me.
Due to travel not able to continue any treatment for a long duration.
Require your honest opinion & suggestion.
Best regards.

    Minaz says

    Hi Rajesh, if you have male pattern baldness you need to assess you entire lifestyle: you stress levels, diet, hair care products. And once your hormones are balanced, I see why not you can have hair of your dreams.
    You can start with above castor oil recipe.

      Sahil bansal says

      Which shMpoo i use for wash hair aftr apply this oil.

      Minaz says

      You can use egg or ree-shi shampoo, I have mentioned that in the article.

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