Castor oil: Can this oil make your hair grow?

Castor oil: Can this oil make your hair grow?

Castor oil is known for being a natural remedy for arthritis, eyelashes, skin, and hair. Using it on your scalp and hair strands can positively impact your hair’s growth, so if you have hair growth problems castor oil can be the solution you were looking for. Learn how it can help your hair’s structure and growth!

Castor oil is a multi-purpose vegetable oil made by extracting oil from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. These seeds, which are known as castor beans, contain a toxic enzyme called ricin, and their extract has been used for thousands of years for medical and cosmetic purposes. Its ricinoleic acid is found to fight inflammation. 

Castor oil is almost colorless; it’s a very pale yellow liquid with a distinct taste and odor. It’s also beneficial for different parts of your body, depending on its use. On one hand, it can be used as a natural emollient: a few drops will help you to treat dry skin. On the other hand, when used as a massage oil, it can be a beneficial hair treatment.

Castor oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins good for hair // Photo by Unisima

Although there’s no clinical evidence that castor oil prevents hair loss, many users claim that using it once a month has brought them lots of benefits regarding their hair’s growth rate. There are people who assure that their hair has grown three to five times the normal rate! It’s certainly something to take into account.

Castor oil is rich in fatty acids, including omega 3, 6, and 9 acids, which have anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antibacterial properties. In addition to this, it has a high concentration of vitamins, which along with the other properties can help increase blood flow around the scalp.

Due to its antiseptic and moisturizing properties, castor oil also helps to prevent the accumulation of bacteria and dryness in hair follicles, preventing flaking of the scalp. That’s why many people choose to use it to prevent dandruff. However, many hair care experts recommend using castor oil no more than once a week. Here are many ways to use castor oil:

Castor oil helps prevent the accumulation of bacteria and dryness

Massage your scalp

You can apply a few Castor oil drops to your scalp and use them to massage your head with your fingertips. Undoubtedly, this massage will stimulate blood circulation to the hair follicles, which may lead to faster and stronger hair growth. This is one of the possible reasons why experts believe that people are right to believe in this oil as a hair growth booster.

Mix it with other oils

Castor oil is sticky and viscous, so you may want to mix it with other carrier oils like almond oil, coconut oil, or olive oil before applying to your hair and scalp. You can use this mix as a previous step to your shampoo, applying it before going to bed and washing your hair the next morning. This way, it has enough time to penetrate your hair follicles.

Add it to your shampoo

You can add a few drops of castor oil to your shampoo to prevent dryness. However, be aware that you should alternate it with another shampoo in order to space out the use of castor oil. If it’s used properly, it can improve the condition and flexibility of your strands, to prevent them from snapping off due to dryness.

Apply castor oil and massage the scalp for about 5 minute


Cathy Mason

Cathy has spent most of her professional life discovering homemade beauty remedies, old and new. Using her extensive knowledge of natural ingredients, Cathy will provide expert advice on how to tackle everyday skincare problems with straightforward natural lotions and potions. + info

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