Does Castor Oil Help Beard Growth?

Does castor oil help beard growth? Read our in-depth guide to grow a nice beard naturally and groom your facial hair!

Finally! An article dedicated to THE MALE! Or for you ladies who can advise your better (or worse) half! A good beard requires good care. A nice beard is handsome! A nice beard is sexy! But as the theme of our blog goes, does castor oil help beard growth? To answer this:

I combined my research with the opinion of several experts: my sister’s boyfriend (big beard 2 inches thick) and my boyfriend (shorter beard, slightly less dense with bald spots). This article explains how to grow a nice beard and how castor oil for beards can help you take care of it.

castor oil for beard for man

Before starting, a major thing to remember (so they tell me) is that each beard is different! Keep in mind that it is then difficult to give general advice, as each and every beard can potentially require specific care!

That being said, I try to be as thorough as possible in my research by combining it with the opinion of my two beard experts. If after reading you feel that something important is missing or has been left out please feel free to say so in the comment section!

Your personal expertise will add great value to this article and it will be with pleasure to integrate your experience of veterans of the beard! Whatever happens, I think the information here today will serve as a great guide for the beard novice and teach you how to use castor oil for beard growth.

castor oil for your beard

My choice on Amazon!

How to grow a beard with castor oil?

Follow the steps below to have a healthy and handsome beard!

First step: So does castor oil help beard growth?

It might seem obvious but it is the most important step in this long process: especially for youngsters that do not have a big fluffy beard straight away. It’s easy to give up! But don’t! It takes time and only the bravest will grow the mighty bush. Hormones take time to turn duvet into real manly hair. Do not fear, time can help! Patience is key. If your beard is not immediately one of an ancient Greek statue, it does not mean that you should give up.

Once more, be patient, even if this fresh beard isn’t as dense as you expected it to be, do not give up and give it a couple of weeks before deciding to shave it all off. My experts suggest letting it grow out for at least a month to analyze the results, the growth speed, the thickness.

castor oil for beard pipe

Even if this first paragraph seems to rely on common sense, it was essential to mention it as it is the hardest part of the process.

Second step: Check it like a pro

It is not given to anyone to possess the beard genes of Ben Affleck or Santa Clause. After your 4 long weeks of waiting, you will be able to make a decision and see whether or not this beardly adventure is worth it.

barber castor oil for beardWhat to analyze?

  • Beard thickness
  • Bald spots
  • Hair that has not yet grown

Beard thickness

When you check your beard thickness, you will notice its stiffness and should also have a pretty good idea of its growth speed. Do not worry if it’s not as thick as you expected it to be. It doesn’t need to be thick to be pretty, the style will simply vary according to it. There are so many “beard styles”, you just have to make sure it matches your own look. On that part, you could ask a barber’s advice. They are the best to help you out and give you professional tips for a pretty beard!

Bald spots

Ahhhh… Genetics… There is nothing you can do against it. For many men, including my dear boyfriend, their faces will not grow hair on some particular spots of their faces. Well, in that case, there isn’t much you can do if you were hoping for a nice full beard. If such was your hope, maybe it’s time to rethink your strategy but wait…

Potential hair

Are you sure you looked close enough? If you check a little bit closer at your bald spots, can you see a hair in the follicle? If that is the case, your hair might only need an extra boost to rise! What you are checking here is to see if you have no hair at all or if your hair is here but is stuck inside.

Using castor oil for beard growth

If you see this little bastard hiding in the corner, one good way to give it a boost is to use castor oil. It’s a natural trick that will give your hair what it needs to make its appearance at the surface of the earth. The Vitamin E present in castor oil is responsible for this incredible virtue. Vitamin E promotes skin microcirculation. It allows greater nutrient supply to the skin. In a localized area such as the hair bulb, it will strengthen the hair and allow it to grow faster.

If there is no hair at all in some areas, consider a small goatee instead of a beard. As I told you, you have to make a decision 🙂

castor oil for your beard

My choice on Amazon!

Third step: Choose the right tools

The tools you need will depend on the type of beard you have. Some beards are easy to take care of with a small beard trimmer when other styles will require more precise tools. Having great tools to maintain your beard is very important, especially because a beard groomed with bad accessories could give you a bad look, no matter what you try.

Generally speaking, for most barbs, you’ll need at least this shortlist of accessories: 

– A good beard trimmer
– A brush
– Scissors
– Oil for beard (yes castor oil, find our recommendation – top right corner!)
– Mustache wax (if you want to give it a specific texture)
– A small bag to store it all

Wanna know where to find the best castor oil? Check it out right here!


Fourth step: Keep it healthy, use castor oil for beards

You are here on the blog dedicated to castor oil so let’s talk a bit more about its great effect on your beard! Castor oil gives in-depth hydration to your beard and in a few days, your hair becomes more flexible and silky. For those with a thick and rough beard, it really is a must.

Our advice: Apply a few drops of castor oil directly on your beard or skin before you go to bed. Let it soak overnight and repeat 3 times a week (careful with your pillow, castor oil is an oil (no joke) it could stain, think about protecting it with an old sheet or towel).

Man with beard

Remember that you will probably need to test it out for yourself to have a better idea, depending on your type of beard again. Do not be afraid to try, in any case, castor oil is also amazing for your skin!

You will soon be the Michelangelo of the beard! Have fun, and please share your experience with your fellow beard masters! Post your photos and leave a comment! Thanks for reading about using castor oil for beard growth!


If you are a visual learner (like me), here is an awesome video on how to simply take care of your beard:

Dr Helen Smith
Dr. Helen Smith provides food and nutrition consultation and treatment for obese as well as health-conscious patients. She holds B.S in psychology and completed her M.S in nutrition sciences from California State University. She has over five years of experience in advising and helping patients with the right nutrition and diet. Her mission is to make nutrition information accessible to everyone and help people follow a healthy lifestyle.

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  1. I use one drop of castor oil in my MCT (medium chain coconut oil). MCT has all the benefits Of coconut oil but it is far less greasy. I put this after shower on the skin underneath the beard and spread it out. It is absorbed within 30 minutes. My beard has become so soft and epic that it is hard to believe.

  2. What would be the end result if I mix castor oil with coconut oil? And also apply it regularly rather than thrice a week?

    • Hey Danish! I’ll refer you to my article on castor oil + coconut oil so you can read about the benefits of mixing these two oils. You might like the texture better than just plain castor oil, and the mixture might work better for your skin. Up to you to try! If you apply 3+ times a week that’s already pretty good, but you can of course apply it everyday before or after your shower. The best thing to do is just experiment with it a bit until you find your perfect time/setting to apply it. I usually use castor oil and almond oil as an after-shower moisturizer (instead of using store bought lotion). It hydrates well, similarly to what coconut oil would do (but I’m out at the moment I have to get more!!) Best of luck and thanks for stopping by!

    • Hi there, yes you sure can! Eucalyptus oil is great natural health remedy for stuffed sinus passages, sore throats, but is also powerful when applied to your skin as it soothes and helps the healing of wounds or ulcers, etc. If you end up trialing a great castor oil / eucalyptus oil mix, let me know how it turns out! Thanks! 🙂

  3. Hi, i justed wanted to ask that I have a normal sort of beard which I as per your article let it grew for 4 weeks. What I am now left with is some bear below the chin at the neck region and near the side burns but with a prominent mustache and perhaps a French beard so to speak. So will it help if i apply the castor oil now and how much can it regulate the growth? From India a 20 year old just like to thank you firstly for the article !!!

    • Hi Suvranil! Thanks for reaching out 🙂 Glad to hear your beard growth is coming along. Yes, you can apply castor oil and it will boost your growth even more – you will notice an increase in length and probably fullness as well. Massage all over desired area daily to maximize the benefits! 2-3 times a week will also be very beneficial – it’s up to you! Thanks for dropping by and good luck on your beard growth journey !

  4. Hi Brittany,
    Just want to say I absolutely loved your article. It was very helpful and interesting. Also, I’m about to purchase some castor oil so was wondering if you’ve heard of ‘foxbrim castor oil’ which I have read some good reviews on. Or can you recommend the best one?
    Kind regards

  5. Damn, that was super helpful. Been a couple of days since I’ve started using the castor oil before reading this blog. Thank you. Best wishes for your blog, from India 🙂

  6. Hi. Is it possible to grow beard if you naturally don’t have any? Will those hair follicles in the face turn into beard? Thanks.

    • Hey Vince,
      It’s unlikely that if someone doesn’t have any presence of a beard that castor oil will help it become full-grown. Castor oil can definitely encourage hair follicles to grow, and sprout baby hairs that help will grow to help fill in beard spots. Try to use castor oil regularly, for at least two months, and see where it takes you. I can’t guarantee you’ll have a full beard, but it might help start the process! Best of luck 🙂

  7. Hi Brittany. I only have very thin beard, thin moustache. Can it grow? Side burns are also very short. I am an asian so just like what you see on pictures we have a very clean face, I mean very little facial hair. Hoping for your response. 🙂

    • Hi Leonard, thanks for reaching out! My boyfriend is the same, but he used castor oil and let his beard grow out for 4-5 months and ended up having a big handlebar mustache haha 🙂 Castor oil is great for thickening and nourishing the hair follicles already present on your face and in your pores. This means that new hair follicles won’t start growing where there isn’t any hair – lots of that has to do with genetics. But you say your beard is thin, castor oil can help thicken it and make it grow faster, so your beard overtime will appear fuller. Hope this helps! 🙂

  8. hello Brittany Jane, first of all thank you for this amazing article about castor oil. Well I have started applying castor oil, with coconut oil. I just want to know how many days will it take to grow a full heavy Bandholz beard.

    • Hi there! Thanks for dropping by and thanks for your words 🙂 It all depends, there is no specific number of days. For some people it can take a couple weeks up to a couple months with regular use. It’s getting into the habit of using and applying it regularly, but if you do, your beard will benefit from it! Best of luck!


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