Castor Oil

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Castor Oil for Hair Growth and Thickness (scroll down to see before and after photos)The Castor oil plant, Ricinus communis, is a native plant of India known as a natural source for hair and scalp health since antiquity. A natural remedy for thinning hair if used regularly to promote hair to grow healthier and thicker.

Rejuvenating Benefits of Castor Oil

Applying Castor Oil to the hair’s roots three times a week can:

  1. Increase hair growth (some claim it speeds up their growth)
  2. Thicken hair that is thinning (lessen hair shedding)
  3. Reduce, prevent and protect hair damage from environmental factors
  4. Deep condition and moisturise both hair and scalp
  5. Prevent dry scalp and dandruff
  6. Kill fungus on your scalp. Natural Antifungal and Antibacterial properties of Castor Oil protects your scalp from infections that can cause some forms of hair loss (ei-resource.org)
    Pre Castor Oil treatments

How Do You Use Castor Oil to Prevent Hair Loss?

Step-by-step technique for using castor oil in hair loss:

Start with wet hair, Castor oil is a humecant and will draw water from the hair in order for it to work. Castor Oil also has an incredibly thick consistency, I recommend using a mix of 50% Castor Oil and 50% Grapeseed Oil. If the smell of Castor Oil is not to your liking add a couple of drops of Lavender Oil.

Post Castor Oil Treatments

Hair Six Months after using Castor Oil

  1. Pour a small amount of castor oil mix onto fingertips. Add more as you need it.
  2. Run fingertips through the roots and massage Castor Oil into scalp using circular motions.
  3. Apply Coconut oil to the ends of your hair to stop hair from matting.
  4. Optional step: wrap hair in a hot towel until it cools.
  5. Let the oil stay in your hair for at least half an hour.  Alternatively braid/bun hair and leave in overnight.
  6. Shampoo hair to remove the castor oil.
  7. Do this 3x per week for 6-8 weeks to see the results.

After six months of regular use my hair is fuller and shiner

For more info on how to grow your hair longer and healthier, go to The Lush Long hair Care Guide

86 thoughts on “Castor Oil

  1. John123 says:

    Hello! Very good results!!! Do you think that castor oil can darken brown to black hair in a boy??

    • Cousinlt says:

      Castor Oil has been known to darken hair, but only slightly. To counteract the darkening of lighter coloured hair add a few drops of Citrus Essential Oil. If you want to darken hair naturally, try Black Henna otherwise known as Indigo.

  2. John1234 says:

    Thank you! I heard about henna but i am scared of this method! You see i am man and the result maybe look awful or completely fake to others…

    • Cousinlt says:

      Unlike chemical box dyes, henna (indigo for darker shades) gives a very natural looking coverage to hair. It actually enhances the hair rather than giving bland results that box dyes can. This site has a wealth of info on henna including it’s benefits and results (tonal shades etc) http://www.hennaforhair.com/indigo

  3. Tina says:

    You’re wearing the same shirt

    • Cousinlt says:

      I wear the same t-shirt for each photo because it has lines on it that I use as a guide for how much growth etc. I do own other shirts and I do wash this one after each use, pinky promise :)

  4. Rina says:

    You mention to apply the castor oil on wet hair, some people are saying to apply it on dry hair….I’m confused, I just want my hair back to its natural thickness. ..lost about 70% of my hair in the last 8 months. :(
    Please advise!

    • Cousinlt says:

      Hi Rina, you can apply the castor oil to either dry or damp hair. The trick is to NOT OVER APPLY. Castor oil is sticky so blend it with another oil (olive/grapeseed/avocado oil) otherwise you will end up pulling more of your precious hairs out. Also, look at the factors that could be causing your hair loss (diet, vitamin & mineral deficiencies, thyroid, medications?) and things that may be exacerbating the shedding (overstyling with heat tools, the way you brush, hair dye, chemical straighting). It is always to go looking for the cause not just address the symptoms.

  5. Rina says:

    Thank you! I applied it for the first time today. I dampened my hair a bit and I mixed the Castor oil with Sweet Almond oil. It was not that sticky. I still lost a lot of hair, but it will obviously take a few weeks before I see any significant changes. The cause of my hairloss started due to a medication I was taking (which I have since stopped taking) and then the hairloss got worse because I got extremely anxious and stressed out. To add on top of this, in the past I used A LOT of heat tools. Thank you for taking the time to respond to my question. :)

    • Cousinlt says:

      No worries Rina, I have been there too so know how you feel. Remember to MASSAGE the oils into your scalp, I do mine 3x a week or every second day

  6. Sarah says:

    can oils in general darken the hair from the first time or only when applying it more often ?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Hi Sarah. Oils darkening your hair would really depend on the porosity of your hair and the colour. Bleached or very light coloured blondes would see some darkening, brunettes are more likely to just get glossier. There are natural ways to keep hair from darkening, like adding cinnamon to your oils or lemon juice rinses

  7. jatin says:

    hey if i follow up your instruction . can i get back my lost hair … i have lost half of them…….(man)

    • Cousinlt says:

      Look into what is causing your hair loss. Is it genetic? Check your hormones. Is it mechanical damage? Overstyling with heat tools or the way you brush and treat your hair. Is it Chemical damage? Are you using too harsh shampoos, chemical dyes, perms and straightening? Is it dietary? Are you eating healthy with enough of the necessary vitamins, minerals and nutrients your hair needs to grow? I cover all these in my book with lots of solutions you can look into.

  8. swagata deb says:

    is it natural to loose few hairs after applying castor oil initially? n what are the shampoos recommended to use available in indian market

    • Cousinlt says:

      Castor oil is quite thick and sticky, for best results dilute it with another oil like Almond, Coconut or Grapeseed oil. Half Castor oil half other oil mixed in a bottle usually works best. Massage the castor oil into your scalp gently and if you do leave it in over night, oil the length of your hair with coconut, almond or grapeseed oil to stop hair from unnecessary tangles. Pre-oiling hair with coconut oil is a good way to protect your hair from harsh shampoos if you can’t find a low sulphate, natural shampoo

  9. mya smalls says:

    Im going to use the jbco olive oil mix on my infant’s hair her hair is very thin in the front but i want to know Do i have to wash out the mixture every time I apply it to her hair

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes I would wash it out with a mild shampoo after each time you oil the hair, otherwise bub’s head will attract a lot of dirt and dust etc. Try oiling bub’s hair at night then wash it out in the morning. Thin hair on a young child is not an predicator of their eventual hair mass of when they get older. After the age of 3 is usually when their hair really starts to grow.

  10. AMag says:

    I used to loose a lot of hair for years and recently started taking vitamins…..One Day women…..the hair loss decreased considerably after 2 weeks. Then I used nioxin shampoo for while, and switched to a natural organic shampoo. Also started taking fish oil capsules, and am seeing regrowth. In my opinion hair loss is mostly related to deficiencies and needs to be treated from within. Along with that if you use hot oil treatments and essential oils, that will help. Hope this is useful for someone. There is definitely hope:)

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes, I agree. Deficiency in your diet and nutrient intake will affect your hair and hair loss. Hair treatments like the shampoo you mentioned and the use of castor oil etc will only be useful to those who’s hair loss is from external factors, such as fungus and bacteria which can effect the hair follicle and hinder growth. Another factor to consider is how you treat your hair eg colouring it with dye, chemical treatments like perms and using heat tools like straighteners and curling thongs.

  11. amanda eady says:

    Thanks for the info!! Im going natural and collecting info to better understand the process. When using the mixture, i can leave it in? Or wash out every use with low sulphate shampoo? I know one thing i read was wash hair once a week when going natural and just wanted to be sure i was doing this right.

    • Cousinlt says:

      Try massaging it (castor oil mix) in to your scalp and leaving it in overnight, the rest of the hair shaft should be oiled with a lighter oil eg coconut, olive or avocado to stop your hair from matting and tangling. As for the shampooing, you will need to shampoo it out every morning. Use a gentle shampoo, but in saying that, the pre-oiling will protect your hair from the harshness of shampoos. Shampooing once a week may not work for you, it is a trial and error type of thing. The whole NO-POO revolution is based on the premise that shampoos can harm your hair, but as mentioned above, you can lessen this by following the above routine and adjusting it to suit your hair type.

  12. Jina Rai says:

    hi i have lost my hair due to stress and heridetri problems…. one of ma firend suggest to use castor oil. i want to use the oil but i have couple of question, my hair is very thin will it be thick after applying it ? second is that its very rough so will smoothen my hair? my hair does not grow long after a particular length so will it grow ? i want long hair and can i apply this oil for 3-4days continuolsly without washin it everyday as i avoid to wash my hair everyday.

    • Cousinlt says:

      It will take at least three months of using castor oil for you to see results. The oil needs to be blended with another oil and massaged into the scalp 2-3 times a week. Leave in overnight and wash out with a mild shampoo. Try washing and oiling your hair only 3 times a week with a day in between each application eg try doing it monday-wednesday-fridays. You do need to wash it out otherwise your hair will matt. The condition of your overall hair will improve if you oil your hair shaft with coconut or avocado or olive oil

      • jackie says:

        I lost hair on the top from braids and weave will it work for hair loss pulled from the scalp

      • Cousinlt says:

        If you have used a weave chances are you have removed the hair prematurely from the hair follicle. Lots of TLC can help your hair follicles recover. Try doing some gentle scalp massages with Castor oil or coconut oil to help heal the damage inflicted by the traction alopecia caused by the weave.

  13. hi,my hair is wavy and short,i m losing lots of hair daily…i m doing oil massages for past 1 week but stil i lose lots of hair after washing and brushing..now we have shifted to another area whr the water is very hard…and so i tried washing my hair in the purified water(RO)…but still i m losing more hairs,i lost my thickness now..my scalps are empty,no bounce at all…feel so bad..i do massage with castor oil mixed with coconut oil and will wrap my hair wit a hot towel..please do suggest me

    • Cousinlt says:

      It is normal to lose between 75-150 hairs every day, but if you are exceeding this amount or finding balding spots you may need to look into an internal reason for the loss of your hair. By this I mean maybe your health is not as good as it should be? Are you getting enough mineral and vitamins from fresh fruits, meat, fish and vegetables? Are you low in Iron? Are you under a lot of stress? Are you getting enough exercise? You can ask for a blood test from the Doctor to find out about your internal health.
      I’d also look into washing less often and finger combing rather than brushing with a brush as this can pull hairs from out of your head prematurely before they are ready to fall out

  14. chido says:

    hey , i have short natural African hair and i have box braids and i’m afraid that if shampoo my hair 3x per week some braids will fall cause my hair is real short..,so my question is that do i really have to wash my hair after i use the oil?

    • Cousinlt says:

      The reason for washing it out is build up, on your scalp and on your hair shaft, not to mention, mixed with sweat it may not smell too nice after a couple of days

  15. Mary says:

    i honestly dont see difference in length, it reaches the same line, after 6months it should have grown longer. I see difference in thickness though. I’m not sure if im dreaming but, i put hot oil treatment with castor oil(warmed it up for about 15-20seconds in microwave) on my hair and scalp, covered with showercap(or any wrap would work i guess) and around that I wrapped with a towel for 1hr, and washed it (shampooed) it out. Then i put jojoba oil in my hair(while it was damp) before bed) I felt like the next day after that my hair got thicker, or grew or something happened. And I thought wow, that’s TOO quick..so im looking to see if anyone else had that experience. And i was doing this to mainly help my edges that are thinning(no one can tell cause my hair is so thick already) but i can tell, because my edges are starting to look like someone who has “normal” fine hair. NOt really bald, but the next day, it came back THICK. SO i think maybe castor oil deals with thickness of your hair. I dont think my hair got longer, just thicker it seems, which is what i needed in my thinning area. I hope it’s stronger too. Because any oil or product that strengthens ur hair, that means GROWTH(less breakage). I dont think anything externally can make your hair grow faster(unless it’s something you take internally), more like just retain(keep) the growth you already have.

    • Cousinlt says:

      To clarify. The first picture was taken in January, after that I grew it for 6months until July, then CUT IT BACK to the length it used to be in January. That is why they are the same length, I cut off all the growth, most of which was damaged hair. And yes you are right it is MUCH thicker, stronger and healthier because I used the Castor Oil method :)
      You can increase growth by maximising your growth rate, you can do this internally by eating the right foods and externally by how you treat and manage your hair. For example, people who suffer from Dandruff have high hair fall and damaged follicles from scratching and scaly build up that inhibits growth. By treating the Dandruff externally you would increase the growth rate because the hair has an improved growing condition :)

  16. Mohammed says:

    Iam man 29, I have hair lose problem.. only my center hair is becoming thin…,I started using Castor oil with coconut oil mix daily from past 1 week, but whenever iam looking on mirror still feeling same. even iam taking homeopathy medicine for hair lose,
    so please advise me

  17. Jyothi says:

    Is that good? Tat swastik castor oil for to get hair growth,thick on hairs. please reply soon.

  18. Emilia says:

    hi! can i mix the castor oil with shea butter? what is the price of castor oil please

    • Cousinlt says:

      I don’t sell Castor oil and the price varies in every country. Yes you can mix with Shea butter, but doo add some coconut oil so the mix is not too ‘tacky/sticky’

  19. rasshi says:

    hi
    can we add olive oil

  20. Asif khan says:

    I am using Regaine foam for men, for almost 4 months now, the result is very good, my hair has grown back, however with regaine there is one disadvantage, my hair gets very dry ichy? i want to continue using regaine, but can i use castol oil for 2 to 3 weeks too? please advise?

  21. xenia schaefer says:

    Hi.you say to massage the mix in your scalp and then pre oil ur hairshaft with lighter oil. im confused with that. which one is your hairshaft?

  22. Ashley says:

    I’ve heard that mixing 100% Pure Versatile Skin Care Castor Oil, Pure Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil, 100% Pure Moisturizing Avocado Oil can also help with hair growth. I have not tried this method yet, but I am going to as soon as I buy the oils and mix them. I andknow it may sound crazy but I’ve also heard it can regrow overplucked or thin eyebrows and it can also grow short, thin eyelashes and make them longer and thicker. here are the steps if anybody would like to try it.

    Step 1: Mix half Castro Oil, and half Coconut Oil, with a little bit of Avocado Oil into bottle with pop top. (optional)

    Step 2: Apply to the roots of your hair and work your way down. Wyourrap the hair up. Leave on a few hours or over night, and wash your hair.

    Step 3: Use a clean mascara spoolie to coat lashes. Then use your finger to rub the access oil on your lash line. (Make sure it doesn’t get into your eyes.)

    Step 4: Use a clean mascara spolie to run through your eyebrows. Wait a few minutes, and dab of any access oil with a cotton ball.

    My question is has anybody ever tried this?? If so does it really work, and how long does it take before you’ll see results?? Is it okay to use in your hair everyday or is 3x a week is the max??

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes I too have used Castor Oil on my lashes and brows. It works by inhibiting the growth of fungus and other nasties that can accumulate on your skin around hair follicles. I recommend using the Castor Oil on your hair 2-3x a week, otherwise you will have to shampoo your hair too often to remove the build up of residue. Shampoo can really damage and dry out hair, and it can exacerbate some scalp conditions such as psoriasis and dandruff.

  23. I put castor oil in my hair today and left it in. I forgot I was planning to dye my hair later. Is it safe to dye over it or do I need to wash it first?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes, you will need to remove Castor Oil if you intend to dye your hair. I’d recommend a coconut oil soak to your entire hair shaft before using any dye or bleach. The coconut oil will prep your hair and have it healthier from within, because we all know how damaging hair dye and bleach can be

  24. lex says:

    My hair is BADLY DAMAGED and so Im seeking the best way possible for growth. Is this guaranteed for results?
    Can I use the Dr. Miracle for shampoo with use of the Castor Oil?
    I am also using the damaged treatment from the Dr. Miracle Line.
    Should I stop using this b4 use of the Castor Oil for best results?

    • Cousinlt says:

      When trying to grow your hair you will need an arsenal of tools and techniques. Whilst I cannot recommend Dr Miracle shampoo, I have never used it, I can suggest you use the castor oil as part of your night time ritual after showering and best results are seen when Castor oil is massaged in and left on overnight

  25. jackie says:

    Thank- you I’ve been using castor oil for about a week now so crossing fingers maybe it’s just my imagination or wishful thinking but i feel i see improvments in overall health of my hair so very optimistic.

  26. Melaina says:

    Hi! I have bleached blonde hair, will the castor oil darken it? Thanks!

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes Mel Castor Oil can darken your hair. If you are bleaching your hair you are best off to use Coconut oil. It will strengthen, condition and protect your fragile hair without darkening and you can use it on your scalp for scalp massages too

  27. Anthony says:

    I have been loosing hair due to stress, gulf water and malnutrition but from last month i have seen some improvement in the hair density. i have not been using any oil. can you please suggest me how to use castor oil and its application. What is the best shampoo to use as i’m staying in the gulf, the water is very hard and damages the hair.

    • Cousinlt says:

      Stress, hard water and bad health can all contribute to hair loss and I am glad to see you are dealing with these three factors and regaining your hair. Please read the detailed post, and subsequent replies to comments for more details on ‘how to apply’. As for type of shampoo, a chelating shampoo would be good to use once a week to reduce buildup. Follow it up with a conditioning coconut oil treatment for best results :) Male pattern baldness is always an issue with men, so to help combat it try some Chinese Herbs ‘Fo Ti’ and eat plenty of pumpkin seeds

  28. Lil says:

    I have a castor oil that says it is a laxative. Is that the same type you all are talking about or should I get a different castor oil?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Medicinally, castor oil has also been used as a laxative. So yes, it would be the same as the castor oil we use on our hair. The only ingredients you need to look for is Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil. Keep it somewhere safe because a large does taken internally could be disastrous!

  29. Chloe says:

    I’ve been using castor oil for about three weeks and I’ve had A LOT of shedding and my hair feels thinner.
    Have you heard of this happening? Could it be that because growth has sped up all the hair that was going to shed anyway is coming out all at once?
    Help. I am freaking out.

    • Cousinlt says:

      One of two things could be happening. You could be accidently pulling hair out by massaging your hair too rough or your castor oil mix is too thick. You can counter this by adding more carrier oil (coconut, avocado or olive oil) to your castor oil to make it easier to apply. Alternatively, your scalp/hair follicles may be weak. You can counter this by continuing to apply the ‘thinned out’ castor oil and massaging your scalp/hair follicles back to health or try a couple of weeks of massaging your scalp with no oil, to help strengthen it and really get the circulation going.

  30. Chloe says:

    That’s the thing, I’ve always had very thick healthy hair. I just wanted to speed up the growth. I haven’t used it in about a week( equal parts castor and coconut) and shedding is minimal. Someone recommended coconut oil alone so I’ll give that a go.

  31. hemz says:

    hi, how do i heat the towel before i put it on my head after applying the oil? do i just dunk the towel in hot water? thanks.

    • Cousinlt says:

      There’s a couple of ways to do it. Either throw it in the dryer for 10 minutes to heat it up. Or wet it, wring it out and put in the microwave for a minute to heat it up. But not too hot so you can’t pick it up!

  32. Vishal says:

    Could i mix castor oil with mustard oil,my hair is thinning at front and if yes then in what amount?please reply

    • Cousinlt says:

      You can mix Castor oil with almost any other oil. Olive, Coconut and Avocado are known for their ability to penetrate into the hair shaft, which is why I highly recommend them. But yes, Mustard Seed oil is suitable too. The amount you mix with the Castor oil will depend on what works for your hair type. Try half and half, but if it is too thick still, add some more of the Mustard Seed until it feels right for your hair.

      • Vishal says:

        Thanks,
        do i need to buy any specific castor oil (as in some brand) i haven’t used it before and also now i have like little gaps between the two roots at front(wider than rest of the head) could they be normal after using this?

  33. laund.jai says:

    hello,
    sir/ madam,
    any type of castor oil is usable for hair im having hair fall problem.
    home made castor oil is good for hair not please tell me…..

    • Cousinlt says:

      If you know how to make it, then all the better! Look for other factors that could be causing the hair fall and address them too. Avoid hair dye (use Henna or natural dyes), do not use heat on it, shampoo less and most of all eat lots of fresh vegetables and protein.

  34. jimmi says:

    can i use castor oil and olive oil daily??
    how it is to be used??

  35. jai says:

    home made castor oil is good or not ??
    please tell me…..

  36. laund says:

    home made castor oil is good or not ??
    please tell me…..
    can i use olive oil and castor oil daily…

  37. Andrew says:

    Hey I just started using castor oil and just wondering does it work for bald spots and reseeding hair line? I just recently relize that my hair is getting thin and i got a bald spot on top of my head as big as a half dollar and I’m only 26. I also just started taking biotin and changed my diet will this help?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes it will all help. As a male you may be predisposed genetically to lose that hair. Things to help keep your locks include getting lots of sunlight and air flow so don’t wear hats all the time, but stay sun smart. Pumpkin seeds can also help as will not shampooing or using harsh soap on your hair. If your hair is short using a conditioner to wash it is usually enough with a shampoo maybe once or twice a week with a natural shampoo or a baby shampoo.

  38. mayuri says:

    can we use any other oil instated of Grapeseed Oil.

    • Cousinlt says:

      Yes, other oils can be used as a substitute. There are so many of them but to name a few Avocado, Olive, Mustard seed, Camellia, Jojoba, Almond are all oils you can use instead of Grapeseed.

  39. jo says:

    Wow! that’s amazing its nice of you to put up your photos to encourage people! can I ask one question? the castor oil obviously fulled your scalp with hair probably in places of the scalp that it never grew before but did you see it action of speed like did it grow super fast as well? Thanks

    • Cousinlt says:

      Castor Oil speeds growth by improving the growing conditions. Think of your scalp and hair growth like the soil and a plant. If the soil (scalp) is optimised then the plant (hair) will grow faster and in better condition. If your scalp is the cause of your growth issues and you fix those issues you will see a difference in growth rate.

  40. SIYA says:

    HEY WHERE WILL I GET CASTOR OIL? IVE HEARD UNREFINED CASTOR OIL IS ALWAYS BETTER THAN THE REFINED CASTOR OIL…….COULD U PLEASE TELL ME WHICH BRAND DO YOU USE AND WHERE DID U PICK IT UP FROM?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Like most things, the more natural the state (less processed) of the Castor Oil, the better. I use whatever brand is available and I am in affordable. I am in Australia so I buy mine at a local health store. Ask your local grocer or visit a chemist/pharmacy as they sometimes sell it as a constipation solution.

  41. angel turner says:

    I dyed my hair platinum blonde a few weeks ago my hair has since become very dry and thin I was looking into this and I was wondering if this will work on dyed hair? And how much to apply my hair is about shoulder length and paper thin.

    And after I stop use will my hair stay thick or will it began to thin again?

    And with it being platinum blonde will it darken it? Will I have to dye it again?

    • Cousinlt says:

      Sounds more like you need to repair the structure of your hair, not speed up growth. Grab a tub of coconut oil and apply it to your hair then wrap with a warmed towel. Do this every couple of days until your hair starts to feel less crisp and more soft. Bleaching really kills the hair shaft and weakens it.

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