Does Castor Oil Help Hair Growth?

Does castor oil help hair growth? Read to know why people love to grow their hair with this effective natural remedy.

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Castor oil has been used for ages for beauty and medicinal purposes. But does castor oil help hair growth? Well, castor oil for hair growth is on a trend, and it’s unlikely that’ll end anytime soon as it contains an impressive amount of nutrients and fatty acids that results in longer, thicker, and healthier hair.

Castor Oil: The natural remedy for hair growth!

Below you’ll find my top 5 uses of castor oil for hair, namely castor oil for hair growth.  Delve in and discover why you should                                                                                  use castor oil for your hair.  You’ll soon see why castor oil will be your hair’s next best friend. 🙂

In this article:

  1. Castor Oil for Hair Growth
  2. Castor Oil for Hair Loss
  3. Castor Oil for Naturally Softer Hair
  4. Castor Oil for Hair Split Ends
  5. Castor Oil for Shiny Hair

Castor Oil for Hair Growth                                                   


Castor oil stimulates hair growth and enhances blood circulation that surrounds your hair bulb. By enhancing what’s called the “microcirculation” of blood flow, your hair (starting right from the root!) is provided with essential nutrients known to accelerate hair growth.

Follow my quick guide for applying castor oil to your hair!

  1. Separate your hair so that your scalp is exposed.

  2. Apply castor oil directly to your hair roots and give them a nice massage for a couple of minutes. It is viscous in nature, so I usually recommend mixing it with essential oils or other vegetal oils.

  3. Wrap your hair in a towel or heating cap.

  4. Let the castor oil sit for 30 minutes to a few hours, or leave it on all night.

  5. Shampoo at least two-three times in order to rinse out all excess oil.

  6. Repeat this process 3x per week for the best results!

See my selection of castor oils for hair growth here!


Hair Loss

Having your hair fall out is not fatal, but it is definitely not desirable.  Hair loss is stressful and is something most people would like to avoid as much as possible.

There are numerous reasons why we lose our hair, but one of the most common is because the scalp is not being taken care of which renders our hair to be weak and most of all, not healthy enough to fight against environmental factors or harsh hair product chemicals.

Castor oil is not only going to reinforce your hair by nourishing them from root to tip, but it will also take care of your scalp to enhance hair growth and general healthiness.

Castor oil works wonders! It can even help prevent infections due to it’s antifungal and antibacterial properties which permits it to fight against and prevent hair and scalp conditions that lead to hair loss.

Castor oil can, therefore, prevent the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria and fungi that can affect the health of your scalp and contribute to alopecia and hair loss.

To use castor oil to fight against hair loss, apply castor oil two-three times a week all over the scalp and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing off.  You can also let it soak in overnight with the help of a towel.

Castor Oil for Naturally Softer Hair                                     

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Castor oil coats your hair from root to tip, giving it natural radiance and luster to make your hair soft and shiny.

To obtain the best results, you should use castor oil on your hair by covering your scalp and roots entirely.  Since castor oil’s texture is thick like honey, it isn’t very easy to apply on your hair. That’s why I would recommend mixing castor oil with another vegetal oil.  I personally mix castor oil equally with coconut oil for hair.

  1. Mix an equal portion of castor oil and coconut oil in a bowl (2 tbsp. each)
  2. Apply directly on your hair, starting from root to tips.
  3. For best results, wrap your hair up in a hot/humid towel.
  4. Leave it to soak for 2 hours.
  5. Shampoo and rinse thoroughly (shampoo 2-3 times if the hair is still oily from the mixture).
  6. Repeat at least 3x per week

Castor Oil for Split Ends

Every girl knows those devilish little split ends that make us eventually cut off our hair in order to have healthier, softer hair.

Personally, I LOVE long hair and for several years refused to get mine chopped off.  On a daily basis, I would nonchalantly sit and split all of my split ends. I was addicted!  But then I came to Nepal and decided to cut off a good 12 inches once winter rolled around (taking bucket baths with long hair was dreadful!) Now I use castor oil to grow my hair back out and to prevent split ends for my future long-haired self! 🙂

Luckily for us ladies, we no longer have to sacrifice our long hair in order to have healthy hair without split ends! Castor oil to the rescue!

Split ends are caused by daily wear & tear. Aggressive shampoos, sprays, creams, the convenient but not so beneficial hairdryer, hair coloring, the hot iron, I’m sure the list of bad things we do to our hair goes on and on.

Castor Oil for Hair Growth | Castor Oil Guide

However, don’t fret! Castor oil can help us get rid of split ends naturally by coupling it with your hair conditioner. You may already know it, but castor oil is full of nourishing nutrients which helps prevent split ends.

In fact, castor oil contains a ton of vitamin E and omega 9, the latter being a fatty acid that specifically helps damaged or dry hair. These two combined create an amazing natural remedy for your hair’s overall health, length, and shine.

Castor Oil for Shiny Hair

Castor oil is going to give your hair the natural, beautiful shine that it deserves! Thanks to castor oil’s nourishing properties, your hair will benefit from a protective layer that will boost your hair’s natural shine.

Castor oil also leaves your hair silkier and richer, giving your hair a natural reflection of radiance and shine.

If you already have healthy hair but are wanting a boost of shine, I recommend using castor oil either with your preferred hair conditioner each time you wash (apply mainly to ends), or by mixing castor oil with another vegetal oil and applying it 2-3x per week, this time coating all of your hair.

You can also check out my boosted recipes for a castor oil hair mask. For extra silky shine, try an after shower castor oil hair serum.

Final Thoughts: Does castor oil help hair growth?

Castor oil for hair growth truly works! Try a bottle today and see for yourself.

FYI, there are different versions of castor oil. Original castor oil which is nearly transparent, and black Jamaican castor oil which is darker in color. Depending on your type of hair, it’s completely up to you which castor oil you prefer to use. In general, black castor oil (which differs from regular castor oil because of its fabrication method), is more commonly used in the Caribbean region and for frizzy hair.

However, BOTH regular castor oil and JBCO work wonders for hair growth.

Wondering where to buy castor oil? Find out in my article here!

Take care of your hair {hair, lashes, brows} naturally with castor oil! Read more in my article, Castor Oil for Your Hair.

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