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How To Use Castor Oil For Hair Growth

While you may not immediately think of adding something as thick and sticky as castor oil to enhance your hair, think again. You’ll find that it’s quite an effective ingredient to add to your beauty regimen. If you desire long, healthy hair, there is no need to look at fancier beauty products with hefty price tags.

Castor oil is rich in proteins, minerals, omega fatty acids (omega-6 and omega-9), and vitamin E, and also has anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This natural oil has a plethora of ricinoleic acid, which not only stimulates hair growth but can also help treat acne, rashes, or other skin conditions.

Although these ingredients and properties sound beneficial, you should understand what they really do for your hair and skin. More importantly, it would help if you learned a specific routine of when and how to apply castor oil to the hair in order to reap its many benefits.

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How Can Castor Oil Help Your Hair?

There are a few reasons for why castor oil is effective to use for your hair. First, the anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties help combat dandruff, folliculitis, and scalp infections. You can apply castor oil to your scalp to help with hair loss, too, because the ricinoleic acid assists in increasing scalp circulation and improve your hair growth.

The acid also helps balance your scalp’s pH levels. If you use chemical products for your hair or have too much alkalinity, you can reverse the damage and replenish your hair’s natural oils. Additionally, the castor oil’s antioxidants can help boost the keratin in your hair to make it smoother and less frizzy.

While people may assume that hair grows at a natural rate no matter what product you apply to the scalp. However, people have sworn by castor oil as a means to increase their growth by more than three times the speed. Some have used it to assist with hair loss that results after a woman is postpartum. You can measure your hair for a month without using castor oil to test the growth over time. Then, use castor oil for the following month to see if your hair got any thicker.

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Is There A Specific Type of Castor Oil To Use For Hair Health?

There are diverse types of hair therapies that include castor oil, such as pre-made treatments or at-home remedies. It’s essential to read various reviews of different brands to learn how products, like Jamaican black castor oil, can benefit dry or thick hair instead of how regular castor oil is ideal for fine and oily hair. Castor oil is super thick, so adding other oils, such as argan or jojoba, to an at-home mixture can help make it easier to apply.

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A Simple Treatment Plan

You shouldn’t just pour an entire bottle of castor oil on your head and expect to wake up with long, beautiful hair. However, when used correctly, you can see the benefit even by just using small amounts — like a few drops — of the oil as a hair growth treatment.


One to two treatments per week is all that may be needed for it to be effective. Spray your scalp and hair before applying any castor oil to your roots because damp hair may be easier than completely wet hair. You can leave castor oil, or a mixture of it and other oils, in your hair for hours, including overnight. Putting a shower cap on your head may be a good idea to avoid getting oil on your clothes or pillows.

Using a natural shampoo might not be enough to rinse out the castor oil. However, if you opt to leave the few drops on overnight, your hair and scalp will absorb most of it, making the rinsing process easier. In fact, you don’t necessarily have to rinse the castor oil out right away. Dry shampoo your hair, and then wait a few days before washing it with water and natural shampoo.

Though having skin irritation from castor oil is rare, go slowly. Before applying it everywhere, you should test the castor oil and any other new herbs and products you may try on your arm. That way, you can ensure you won’t have an allergic reaction.