Why Castor Oil Totally Rocks for Your Hair

(Last Updated On: August 3, 2018)

Ok, this really takes the cake! Castor oil for hair? Castor oil has many valuable applications but to use it in your hair, really?! You are probably thinking whoever came up with this brilliant idea lives in another galaxy millions and millions of light years away. Sound familiar? So, are our heads like potatoes? You just pour castor oil all over them like you would pour crisco oil all over potatoes? I don’t know about you but I don’t want my head looking like a fried potato.   

In reality, castor oil is very productive when you use it in hair applications. It will give your hair stunning results if you apply it properly with the right amounts.Let’s find out the true facts about this application for hair.


Benefits of castor oil for the hair

  • Castor oil contains  omega-6 fatty acids that will nourish the hair
  • Castor oil improves blood circulation to the scalp. This  stimulates hair growth
  • Use castor oil regularly and it will prevent dandruff and other scalp conditions
  • Castor oil contains omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids which encourage hair growth. They also thicken hair strands giving a beautiful thick head of hair
  • Controls frizz
  • Moisturizes dry hair


Oh no Not Castor Oil

I am sure there are some out there saying this very thing right now. Castor oil really isn’t very good for your hair. Here is a 15 step treatment to get you there.( It will also prove that negative thinking isn’t true.) First, keep in mind that castor oil isn’t easy to apply and you will need some supplies to apply the oil to your hair. Here is the list:

  • Castor oil
  • Other oil (argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
  • Hot Water
  • Bowl
  • Jar
  • Shower Cap
  • Towel


Castor oil is very concentrated so you should dilute it with other oils. Some of the oils you can use we mentioned above. Or you can use this combination: Three tablespoons of castor oil, one tablespoon of jojoba oil, one tablespoon of coconut oil. Now, think about this- that castor oil can really smell bad. So, dilute it with some (if the smell bothers you) two or three drops of sweet-smelling essential oils such as peppermint, rosemary or tree tea. Pour the oils into a jar. Cap the jar with a lid and shake it vigorously for a few minutes. After finishing the shaking take the lid off. Get a big bowl and fill it with hot water. Make sure the jar will fit in the bowl. Warm the oil this will make it easier to work but don’t heat the oil in the microwave.

Put the water into the jar and leave it there for two to four minutes but make sure the oil doesn’t mix in with the water. The oil will not work as well if water mixes in with the oil. And make sure the oil is at the same level as the oil. Walk into the bathroom and turn on the shower to the highest setting. You won’t get into the bathtub but you will sit in the bathroom. Put the castor oil  solution in your hair.

The warmth, from the steam, will moisturize your hair, help heal split ends, promote more growth  in hair roots, and it will make your hair soft and shiny. Once the oil is warm pour it into a small bowl. This will make it easier to dip your fingers into the oil. Better yet, pour the oil into a bottle with an eyedropper. This way you can use the eyedropper to apply the oil to your scalp.

Start with damp not wet hair because this will help the oil absorb into your scalp. A quick way to dampen your hair is get a spray bottle; spray the water directly into your scalp. Cover your shoulders with a towel. In case the oil drips onto your clothes. Wear some clothes you don’t care about if you drip some oil on your clothes.

Dip your fingers into the oil and insert your fingers into your scalp and hair. Massage the oil into your hair for three to five minutes. Just use a little bit of oil covers a large area of the hair and scalp. Use your fingers to spread the oil into your roots and across your scalp. Massage the oil into your hair and scalp in small, circular motions. You may use a dropper to drip the oil into various parts of the scalp. This will be less messy for you and remember to massage the oil into your scalp for five minutes.

Now apply the rest of the oil to your hair. Put some more oil into your fingers and rub it between your palms. Then, rub the oil across your hair and use your fingers to comb your hair. This will assist you in distributing the oil into your hair. Remember, start with a little amount of oil you don’t need a lot.

Cover your  hair with a shower cap. Loosely, pile your hair on top of your head and keep it in place with a claw clip if needed. As mentioned before, slip a shower cap over your head. The shower cap will retain the heat in your hair; keeping your hair from drying out. Rap a hot towel around your shower cap and head. Soak the towel in some hot water and twist the excess water out of the towel. Wrap the towel around your head and tuck the towel under the “turban” or clip the end of the towel to the rest of the towel. The heat from the towel will make the oil more effective.

Wait anywhere from 30 minutes to three hours before you wash the oil out. You may leave the oil in your hair overnight. There is no solid evidence that leaving oil in your hair overnight will be more effective. For the finest results use this treatment once or twice a week. You may not see any results the next morning. Try it for about four weeks before you try a different remedy.


There is more to Castor Oil

In case you didn’t know, Castor Oil is one of your most valued friends in disguise. If you have dry hair and dandruff try this hair mask. Mix ½ tablespoon of olive oil with a ½ tablespoon of castor oil. Then add juice of half a lemon. Apply the mask to your hair roots and leave it on for 30 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair. This mask will get rid of dandruff and it will nourish and condition your hair making it healthier and shinier.

Now, for those of us that have oily hair and dandruff the mixture is different but it will deliver the same marvelous results. Mix one tablespoon of each of these ingredients: castor oil , aloe vera, and juice of half a lemon. Castor oil is also good for conditioning the hair. Instead of buying an expensive hair conditioner. Add some castor oil to your leave-in conditioner. Apply this to your hair and it will become softer and healthier.

Apply castor oil for an half of an hour to split ends before you shampoo your hair. Do this consistently and your split ends will disappear. You will forget about them and your hair will be shinier and healthier.


A Natural homemade hair mask with castor oil

hair mask with castor oil

Give this hair mask a try: It will help make your hair look healthier and shinier.People walking by  will have to shield their eyes because your hair will shine so much. Here is the mixture: Barely warm up one cup of kefir on a water bath then add  two tablespoons of castor oil. Apply the solution to the hair ( make sure you mix up the two ingredients very well.) roots and ends. Put on a shower cap and a towel then leave the mixture in your hair for a half of an hour. Now, rinse it of your hair, condition your hair and, shampoo it. Do this hair mask on a routine basis and you will see that your hair is healthier, softer and as rich as Ft. Knox.


Castor oil Truly a Friend of Hair

Let’s expand on the concept of using castor oil to achieve amazing results for your hair. The enemies of our hair and scalp are dandruff, hair thinning, hair loss, dry hair with split ends and   there are many other reasons as well.

It’s time to use castor oil in your hair when these signs materialize: Your hair starts to fall out by the bushels full, you’re itching your scalp until it bleeds, there are split ends in your hair as wide as the Grand Canyon and you just want healthier looking hair.

Castor oil is so effective for hair because it contains a lot of powerful ingredients to really help in improving the condition of any hair type. (By now we know that castor oil has far many more uses than just be used as a laxative.) It has these rich elements in it: Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and antifungal bacteria properties. It is recorded, by scientists, that castor oil is such a powerful healing agent because of it’s unusual compilation of chemicals. It has triglyceride (sounds like an explosive) of fatty acids with up to 90% of ricinoleic acid  which is a very powerful healing agent. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which help with hair care.     

Interestingly enough, researchers studying light samples from hair. Found the light samples from hair used with castor oil were the brightest. This is due to castor oil’s ability to coat the hair shaft thereby sealing in the moisture leaving a shinier hair surface. Dull hair will have it’s best shine if you use castor oil treatments in either conditioners or hot oil treatments. Be careful though you must use these treatments regularly but don’t use them excessively. The best schedule to follow is to use a hot oil treatment once a month and moisturizing treatments weekly for optimum shine. If you use either of these treatments more your hair will become an oily mess.    

We said before that putting castor oil on the scalp will increase blood circulation to the hair. This will strengthen hair follicles to stimulate hair growth. This will curb alopecia or what is commonly known as hair loss.

benefit of castor oil to hair

Talking more about hair loss the antifungal and antibacterial properties found in castor oil fight scalp infections. (Did you know that ?) These painful infections are caused by folliculitis, ringworm, and piedra. Infections and scalp disorders are major culprits of hair loss. Castor oil can definitely help in preventing massive amounts of hair falling out. There are other reasons why hair loss occurs. Pathogens and microorganisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungus, and bacteria invade your scalp resulting in bald spots and they block the hair from growing.

We talked about how castor oil helps to eliminate split ends. Let’s get a little more detailed here. Split ends are serious business they can lead to hair breakage and hair loss. Omega-6 fatty acids, proteins, vitamin E, and other nutrients  in castor oil will penetrate deeply into dry and damaged hair. These super ingredients smooth rough cuticles which help the hair shaft retain moisture. Castor oil, as mentioned before, has a very rich consistency so mix it with lighter oils. This way the castor oil will be distributed evenly throughout the hair.

Castor oil is a favorite ingredient, of hair product manufacturers, to put into air products specifically made for highly textured hair. It’s well-known for sealing moisture in the hair. This fights the natural dryness found in these types of hair. Apply the castor oil after moisturizing with a water-based product in this way your hair will have a long lasting seal.

To fight dry scalp apply castor oil directly to the dry spots in your hair before you condition or shampoo it. Unrefined castor oil is a better fit for your hair than refined types of castor oil. The unrefined types have more healing properties and  nutrients.

Another beauty of castor oil is that it has been proven to be a successful treatment for hair through scientific as well as home remedy procedures. It happens to be one of the best agents to treat hair with because it has so many redeeming qualities. Castor oil may be the best way to  produce shinier hair than any other product.


No don’t use that Instead of Castor oil

Castor oil has been an age old treatment for hair. Unfortunately, in recent years it’s been replaced by fancier hair products which come with a much higher price tag. Castor oil not only works better than these hair products, (because it treats hair naturally) it’s lower in price.  Who wants to spend hundreds of dollars on an array of hair products full of harmful chemicals?  Castor oil is gentler on your hair. It also saves time because you will use fewer hair products with it.


It’s Castor Oil Testimonial time

It has been reported by people using castor oil that they have increased their hair growth rate by three to six times. There was one case where a female was losing her hair after having a baby. It was falling out at a steady rate. Once it stopped falling out, it was still very difficult for her to grow her hair back. Castor oil to the rescue! She started using castor oil treatments and reported after the first month her hair grew ½ inch.

The second month, after using castor oil treatments twice a week, her hair grew almost two inches. The next month she measured  her hair again and it grew almost 2 inches. Plus, her hair was much thicker. So, in three months her hair grew almost 5 inches. That is a phenomenal rate of growth. There were hundreds of reported cases where recipients of castor oil hair treatments reported a growth rate of three to five times higher than their normal rate. This is solid evidence for l castor oil showing tangible results for unhealthy hair. 


The Final Frontier  


I think we have given ample evidence that castor oil isn’t a fluke treatment that may or may not give your hair some amazing results. We have shared what the benefits of castor oil have on hair. We have also discussed why castor oil helps hair to seal and grow at a faster rate than normal.

Castor oil also has some very potent properties that can greatly assist in scalp and hair treatment. Researchers have proven that castor oil manufactures shinier hair than other hair products are capable of producing. Castor oil will eliminate split ends and tangibly grow hair at a faster rate. It will also produce thicker hair if used in a regular hair treatment routine.

We also have reported cases where people’s hair grew 3 to 5 times faster than normal. Don’t  forget the lady who observed her hair grow almost 51/2 inches in as little as three months.Truly, castor oil will have amazing results for your hair.

Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.