Using Castor Oil for Hair Growth

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Castor oil is most popularly used for hair growth (more here) since it contains essential vitamins and sealing properties that help for healthier hair. Though hair growth is genetic, hair loss can be triggered by environmental factors and using castor oil can not only prevent additional loss but help to stimulate regrowth even if those natural factors are still occurring. Stress and dietary issues are most commonly responsible for hair loss and though these are easily cured through lifestyle changes castor oil can help by bringing back hair that has started to thin out. Hair growth is generally determined by the body and it’s genetic factors so you can’t expect miracles simply by rubbing some of the oil in.
castor-oil-and-beanThere are several ways in which cator oil helps to promote hair growth.

Firstly the application of castor oil itself, massaged well into the scalp, helps to stimulate the scalp which in turn improves the blood flow to skin and follicles. With the improved circulation follicles are healthier and more inclined to produce hair. This can also be said when mixing the oil with any other stimulant oil like peppermint for added effect. When taken as a dietary supplement it has also been noted to have a similar effect.Another way that castor oil helps to grow hair is that it. Improves the quality of the scalp itself. Castor oil contains antibacterial and anti-fungal properties which improve the quality of scalp making it easier for healthy hair to grow. The improvement in hair quality itself can often give the appearance of hair growth and is in essence a placebo effect.

Generally people notice the effects of castor oil within the first few uses. Many people do notice more hair “shedding” at first but without a thinning of the hair.

The first sign of hair growth when treating the scalp is usually a few fine hairs appearing at the scalp line. If you color your hair you may find you need to do it more often or that you need to cut it more often to maintain your style. Some women have noted that they have been able to achieve hairstyles that they could not before such as a fringe or bangs. It will all depend on your hair type and genetics as to how fast you can see a difference with your hair.

The best type of castor oil for hair growth is one that is raw and unprocessed. Processed oils often lose a lot of their natural properties which means you will not see the growth effects you expect. In addition to not seeing the growth choosing a processed oil can contain hexane which can dry the hair and cause damage to the shaft. Unprocessed castor oil usually is a pale yellow color, there is also “black” castor oil which is a richer and much darker color; the difference between these two oils is simply how they are pressed and where they come from. As long as the oil is raw it is suitable for using for hair growth purposes.

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Soma February 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

After reading good things about castor oil on TSR, I decided to buy some and use it today. But I have literally washed my hair 10+ times now and it just will not come out!! Anyone got any suggestions?! My hair looks so greasy urghhh! :(


apala March 11, 2013 at 2:49 pm

did u use processed or unprocessed castor oil?from where did u buy it?


Kaushik Mukherjee May 15, 2013 at 9:18 am

Mix the castor oil with some regular hair-oil, preferably pure coconut oil. Mix ratio castor oil: coconut oil 1:4 and apply it on the scalp only, keep it for at least couple of hours with a hair-cap or hot towel on, this will have a better effect. Now wash ur hair with a Shampoo, twice……..due to the time given the scalp has absorbed most of the oil . It will not be messy now.


apala March 11, 2013 at 2:48 pm

can anyone please tell me from where can i buy castor oil..what should tell the shopkeeper “castor oil for hair growth”?and where can i get unprocessed castor oil?please help me….


admin March 31, 2013 at 6:16 pm
Kaushik Mukherjee May 15, 2013 at 9:21 am

any Good Medicine shop will have Castor oil, just ask for Castor Oil, mainly used for applying on infants head, dont have to specify anything.


Nina Day June 2, 2013 at 5:46 pm

I get mine at vitacost. com
It pretty cheap too. 32 fl oz for 9.99


cassidy sun June 21, 2013 at 6:21 pm

You can buy it at health food stores such as whole foods. HEB, krogers may even have it.


tusha saxena March 21, 2013 at 7:21 pm

castor oil is jst amazing i use this with olive oil twice a week. it is very effective it nourishes hair and make hairs thick….i just love it


sergio June 2, 2013 at 9:05 pm

When you say you use this with olive oil? How much olive oil? Like half and half. Please advise..Thanks.


carol March 30, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Apple cider vinegar as a rinse works very well. Get the largest tumbler you can find, add a cup of apple cider vinegar and fill with water. When you are done shampooing (once should be enough with this method), pour the apple cider vinegar and water mix over all parts of the scalp and hair. Don’t forget the back! The apple cider vinegar rinse should dissolve the oil on the surface of the hair, and will leave it shiny.
Good luck!


bebo April 19, 2013 at 5:02 am

i bought from chemist.. is it a p[rocessed one or unprocessed one?


Georgia May 21, 2013 at 1:47 am

The best Castor Oil I’ve used so far is from The Vitamin Shoppe or you can order it from The brand is called Home Health and is cold pressed and cold processed. My favorite Organic Virgin Coconut Oil comes from Trader Joe’s. It’s a good price for about six dollars and I keep it in the fridge to remain solid & I can chip away at it.


mashi June 9, 2013 at 7:14 pm

How long are we supposed to keep it on before washing it? And about how many times a week should it be?


Jacquie June 18, 2013 at 8:04 pm

You can warm it up and put in at night , leave it in over night wash it out next morning with a mild shampoo , you can mix it up with a tea spoon of olive oil , almond oil or peppermint oil . best to use it 3 times a week & better to get it from the health food store or pharmacy .


swathi July 8, 2013 at 6:09 am

hi ,
my hairs are very thin i dnt want a long hair but i need my hair to be thick will using castor+coconut oil grow new hair?
and also is it enough to keep my hair for 1hour around warm towel after applying oil? please also how many days in a week should i use to know the best results?


swathi July 9, 2013 at 5:21 am

Is using cold pressed castor oil be useful for growing my hair thick?
please suggest me!!!!!!!!!!!


sussan wilson September 25, 2013 at 12:56 pm

where can i get pure and un processed Castor oil in uganda


vanessa April 24, 2014 at 5:17 pm

I buy my unprocessed castor oil from them


dorine June 4, 2014 at 10:10 am

vanessa how have you been maintain your natural hair to make combing easy and soft.n what has helped you most to make your hair long?


dorine June 4, 2014 at 10:13 am

any one can help.i have had natural hair for 3years but its not long as i expected.its too packed that i can’t keep it open .what can i do to make it soft easy to comb n long? what products can i use?.thanks.


funlola December 28, 2013 at 4:55 pm

I stumbled on some castor oil @ home, virgin castor oil EP which I later learnt that the EP means extra pale. I heard cold pressed is good for hair growth but what about the extra pale? Is it ok too. Is it also unprocessed? Pls I would appreciate it if someone could explain to me. Thanks


mazhar June 1, 2014 at 9:54 am

is it really regrow hairs…. plz tell me honestly…


melissa June 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

I bought castor oil but it says on the bottle that its a laxative….did i buy the correct one?


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