Castor Oil Hair Benefits

Castor oil is liquid gold for hair, it was used thousands of years ago by the Egyptians for healthy hair and it is still around today because in the 21st century it still works like a charm, for not only hair but also the skin.

Castor oil is thick, golden in appearance and is the by-product of the castor plant. A plant that is not without some controversy because of certain toxic compounds which can be found on the surface of the castor bean.

Why is castor oil so special? It contains a rare fatty acid called ricinoleic acid, it can be found only in castor oil and a group of fungi called ergot. Due to its high ricinoleic acid content castor oil exhibits strong pain-killing, anti microbial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Castor Oil Hair and Skin Benefits

  • Castor oil has a small molecular size, this means that it penetrates easily, deeply and quickly into the skin. This makes it one of the super penetrative carrier oils besides coconut and olive oil.
  • Castor oil soothes inflamed skin including the hair scalp.
  • Castor oil provides a moisturizing effect to hair and scalp, because of its penetrative qualities castor oil does not only coat the hair strand but enters the cuticle imparting its numerous minerals and nutrients thus guaranteeing long lasting hydration and nutrition to hair and scalp.
  • Castor oil thickens and promotes hair growth even in places where hair would not grow before. Castor oil can also be used to thicken other areas where hair is sparse on your body like your eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • Castor oil can repair chemical damage due to hair abuse with regular use. The omega-9 fatty acids in castor oil also nourishes the hair and prevents the scalp from drying out.
  • Castor oil is a humectant as it draws moisture into the hair and skin. Applying castor oil on hair will keep it soft and supple.

What is the best castor oil to use?
A cosmetic or therapeutic grade castor oil is best for hair care. You can use cold pressed or castor oil done the Jamaican way, which is roasting the beans and then pressing the seeds, this castor oil is darker in color and very thick.This oil works extremely well on hair.

A quality cold pressed castor oil has a clear, yellow color with a mild, natural plant odor. After the castor oil is applied, it should not have lingering scent. This cold pressed type is said to work best on skin especially when placed around the eyes to reduce wrinkles or dark spots.

Castor Oil Suggestions they are both very good:
Pure Cold Pressed Castor Oil—  Heritage Store Castor Oil, 32 Ounce

Roasted Beans, Darker Castor Oil— Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil 4oz

124 Comments »

  • Razzi said:

    hi Brenda
    wow i didnt know any of this until i visit this site im so glad i found this site and that someone as brilliant as you came up with this site and ideas for peoples hair. also it makes me so happy that i can do things to my hair and feel good about it. Thanks for everything Brenda your the best.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Thank you for visiting Razzi. You are very welcome. :)

      • Linda said:

        Hello Brenda, my name is Linda. I have a question for you. Will castor oil take the color out of my hair? I am also using cocoa nut oil with it. I am using it to thicken and condition my hair. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for listening.

        Linda

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          Hi Linda,
          I have never known of a case where castor oil lifts the hair color. Both coconut and castor oil work well together. All the best.

  • Elena Samantha Espinoza said:

    I have mixed this oil with Abyssinian oil and argan oil , and it has worked wonders.

  • Eni said:

    knowledge is power for ereal
    i ahd no clue Castor oil is a humectant too

    i use it on my scalp and I wonder if its okay to just use it on my dermacation line too rather than using a mositurizer as well ……i like a simply life

  • shweta said:

    Hi Brenda, i am from India… can i mix castor oil with olive oil and coconut oil?

  • Tebogo said:

    Hi,

    How do I use the castor oil?

    Do I add it to my hair food?
    Do I apply as is to my scalp? How often?
    Do I apply it to my hair ends? How often?

    Thanks,

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Tebogo,
      You can use the castor oil as you would your regular hair oil. I don’t recommend using oils directly on the scalp unless you are going to wash it out like the day after. If you apply it to your hair ends, use a little spray mist with water just to dampen the hair a bit and then use the castor oil. How often is totally up to how your hair looks and feels.

      • Diya said:

        hey, is it always necessary to wash off the oil after application??
        can castor oil be used as a remedy for premature greying?? will it be effective??
        what other remedies will u suggest for premature greying?

        • Brenda Barrett said:

          Hi Diya,
          No it is not always necessary to wash off the oil after application. I don’t think castor oil by itself will stop pre-mature greying.

  • Epa said:

    Hi…

    If i use 2-3 times in a week mixing it with normal hair oil..will it work for my hair to reduce split ends and hair growth? i am facing severe problem.

  • Nikhil said:

    Hello,
    Thanks for your valuable information.
    First of all iam 24 years male. I have this problem where my hair density is very low. Also I have oily kind of dandruff. When I scatch my scalp with my nails, I can see the dandruff inside the nails. How can I treat this, both hair density and the dandruff issue?
    Will castor oil help me?
    Thanks

  • Eddy said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I am 27. Since last one year I have been losing hair at the vertex and the temple. I am afraid that before 30 I might go entirely bald. Dandruff and itchy scalp is main reason. Please suggest whether castor oil would be helpful in my case? If yes, then how to use it?Can hair regrowth be expected out of it?

  • Vicky said:

    Hey there I bought some frome a pharmacy , can I use that or I need to get different frome some
    Where else ?;)))

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Vicky,
      From personal experience i find that the pharmacy castor oil and the ones sold for hair works just the same for me.

  • Sherifa Simpson said:

    Firstly let me say i just love your website, its been a great help.

    Are you saying that the darker Castor Oil is better than the golden colored one?? A friend mentioned it but I’ve only seen it once and when I went back to buy it, it was gone…
    If its the better of the two I’d definitely look around and try to get it.

  • Mia C said:

    Hi! Ok I was recently told that castor oil helps hair growth and about a month ago I went natural finally and cut my hair off. So I went to Walmart and Sally’s and they didn’t have the castor oil that I was looking for so I finally went to CVS and they had castor oil but it was the laxative. I did more research while In the store and it said that that should be fine. It stated castor oil is castor oil so it will do the same thing. Is this true?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Mia,
      It should work. I had the same issue and its true- castor oil is castor oil. I ran out of castor oil and had to use the laxative. The difference with the normal castor oil(used in hair) and the one to be taken internally is that the internal one has to be of the finest quality. I found it thicker than normal so I used a little less.

      • Tina Butler said:

        When I was young my grandma used castor oil the laxative one on my hair and hair grew long past bra lenght this wa

  • Kelly said:

    Hi

    I am a south african female with thinning, almost gone hairline. Can I use the normal castor oil or does it have to be the jamaican black castor oil? Again, do u by any chance have an idea of where in south africa can I get the jamaican black castor oil?

    Regards
    Kelly

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kelly,

      Any real castor oil will do. I ran out of castor oil some time ago and I went to the pharmacy and got the one that can be taken internally. It did its job, though it was a lot thicker than the Jamaican Black.

  • anu said:

    Hi I have premature greying of hair and hair fall

  • umair hassan said:

    hi)can i use castor oil with coconut or olive oil?i was used straightner cream before one year ago it damaged my all hair’s(( now i have a problem of hair fall it has been very weak …so please tell me the good method of hair regrowth…)

  • Sana said:

    Hey brenda
    Its sana from pakistan :)
    See a few years back i used to hv these really thick n shiny brunette hairs bt then i started aloot of heat styling which damaged my hair pretty bad n it just started shedding off nd thinning nd breakage…since the last year i’ve gone natural and have not used heat aloot since (actually just 4 to 5 tymes in 1 cmplete year) but even now my hair would’nt go back to as it was ..s m all messed up soo is castor oil gonna cover up all dat heat damage or what???
    I’m even starting to have some baald lines like luk on my head :'(

  • priya said:

    hi brenda,
    I am facing a serious problem of hairfall since a few months. I am really afraid of this problem as I am getting married in jan and the problem is really serious. for last few days I observed that one can see my scalp directly as I am losing my hair on a regular basis. today u bought castor oil and have applied it directly on my scalp. but I m really very worried. plz suggest some other remedies to help grow my hair again by jan
    m really worried plz suggest :(

    • xoxo said:

      Get your thyroid checked. I was experiencing breakage and thinning hair for years. found out I have slight low thyroid number, I started taking naturethroid 1g (get it from a naturopath) and within one week I started seeing much less hair in the sink and now it has stopped falling out completely. Vit D3 also wouln’t hurt

  • Shilin said:

    Hi ,

    Am looking for Castor oil, i confused with which type of castor oil is good for hair and from where i will get the good one? Which brand of Castor oil is good? And which type i have to buy “Jamaican Black Castor” or “Cold Pressed Castor oil”?
    Am from INDIAN .
    Please help me out of this.

    Thank you.

  • Shilin said:

    Hi ,

    Am looking for Castor oil, i confused with which type of castor oil is good for hair and from where i will get the good one? Which brand of Castor oil is good? And which type i have to buy “Jamaican Black Castor” or “Cold Pressed Castor oil”?
    Am from INDIA.
    Please help me out of this.

    Thank you.

  • Alisia said:

    Hi Brenda,

    MY hair is permed (Motions- Mild) and kind of short and i was just wondering if i use castor oil would it damage my hair if i use it?

    Im 16 and im black

    Thanks,

  • lade said:

    HI, Pls I want 2 knw if d castor oil wld make my. Hair grow in front! Cos i’v always lukd bald nd i’m 26… plz help me, dere r so many hairstyles I can’t make… or is dere any otha thing u can recommend?

  • gracey said:

    hi brenda
    love ur style.pls help.all i just need is a shoulder hair length n am just fine. no more no less. my middle hair is longer than my back hair. i hv this very short hair at d back. how do i improve my hair to grow longer? i started using castor oil today. help pls

  • hemakshi said:

    hi.i am from india.in week how many times have to usecastor oil.when it wil show the result

  • reg said:

    Love the site, it has valuable information. IM grateful i found it. If we shld not apply castor oil direct to the scalp unless we intend to wash it out the next day. Where do i apply it to promote hairline growth and hair thickness. Many thanks.

  • Nasir said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I am suffering from dandruff and also getting bald will castor oil can solve both of my problems ? if yes then after how many months it will take to regrow

    Thanks

  • Monica said:

    Oil treatments are good but I wouldn’t use any other oils other than argan oil which is lighter and it actually has more benefits. I used one called Pro Natural’s argan oil and you don’t even have to leave it in as a mask for hours, you just put some on your hair after a shower and thats it, it wont make your hair greasy or smelly. I got it online, they have argan oil shampoo and hair masks if you want. Also eat lots of protein and massage your scalp every night to stimulate growth. Keep getting small trims every few months too.

  • carolyn said:

    Girl, I desperately need your help. I braid my hair it grown I relax it with a baby relaxer as I have fine hair but guaranteed after 8 months or so my hair breaks in the middle and I have to go back to plaits. I have used everything. Cheap/expensive solutions but my hair cannot take relaxer for long.

    What can I do? What am I doing wrong?

    In desperation

    Carolyn

  • Cace claverie said:

    Hey. I was wondering if it grows out dead ends or weak and brittle ends?

  • catmelo tonna said:

    Hi brenda, so much valuable i nformation i appreciate it all,you i am 71 years old, full siver black full hair scalp,i have been using brylcreem (protein enriched) since i was 18 years of age, can i use castor and brylcreem? and is it a fact that castor oil,blackens the have, just a bit,? i do appreciate your patience you take to explain, and for that i thank you so much,,,,,,,Carmelo Tonna from uk.

  • catmelo tonna said:

    Hi brenda, so much valuable i nformation i appreciate it all,you i am 71 years old, full siver black full hair scalp,i have been using brylcreem (protein enriched) since i was 18 years of age, can i use castor and brylcreem? and is it a fact that castor oil,blackens the hair just a bit,? and for that i thank you so much,,,,,,,Carmelo Tonna from uk.

  • clement said:

    I am developing a bald head and need your assistance.Thank you.

  • Rain said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I brought castor oil (cold pressed) from vitamin shoppe but it is very thick. I want to know how can i apply it to my hair? Do i need to warm it up a little bit so that it is not so dense? or should i mix it with almond oil or olive oil before using it.

    Thanks

  • ahmad said:

    hi…brenda
    my hair is change its colour black to white…so i use the caster oil…it will proceed to my hair is converting to white to black….?
    plz give my ans…fastly

  • ahmad said:

    and my age is 18 years…so what can i do for this matter?
    plz give me your answer…in short time

  • jas said:

    Hello Brenda,
    I am a light brown color and my knees are very dark, I have a bunch of little scars and blemishes, and on the back of my leg behind my knee I had exzima it healer but left a dark mark. So ol I always wear jeans never go swimming do you think this will work and how long before I see results, I also wanted to say my hair is so short I hate it, it’s been like this since forever, I wanted to know if this will help it grow

  • vinay kumar said:

    Which castor oil is good for hair….
    Black or golden??

  • sumah said:

    Hi brenda
    I have light brown hair n my hair statred greying n I have more than 40 grey strands I have heard castor oil can be use to reverse / darken the hair pls tell me any effective remedy

  • Gabby said:

    Hello Brenda, I would like to know how to use the castor oil on my egdes

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Gabby, you can apply it, like you would regular hair oil but do it sparingly. Use a small amount. It is also best if once per week you can apply it generously to all of your hair (paying close attention to your edges) and then wrap it in a plastic wrap overnight.

  • Gabby said:

    I just brought the Heritage product castor oil do you think it will work effectively

  • Yolande said:

    Blessing am doing chemo treatment my hair and eye brows thin what can I use. Help me please

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Yolande,
      It is quite possible that you will only see results after chemo. Your body goes through a lot during chemo and usually the hair is the first to go. However, you can use it in the meantime. Try the Jamaican Black castor oil with lavender. All the best with chemo and everything.

  • Heena said:

    My hair has stopped growing naturally.. It only grows when i apply castor oil.. Can anyone plz temme how much period to apply castor oil so that hair keeps growing forever even when we stop using castor oil..

  • Heena said:

    Brenda can u pls suggest me something……

  • danie said:

    so does the laxative work as well

  • Nono said:

    Hi

    Can i mix jamaican castor oil with my normal hair food that i use every day?

  • Trupti said:

    Hi brenda,
    Im from India. Recently I coloured my hair but not satisfied with the colour. Can I use castor oil to regain my natural hair colour and textured back. It really worsen my hair. How to use castor oil on chemical hair?

  • Muni said:

    Can I use the medical castor oil (caster oil selling on pharmacy for medical purpose)for hair?

  • amitesh said:

    hi! brenda , can i apply it dirctly in hair

  • Shanice said:

    Hi Brenda
    I am Jamaican and i recently texturized my hair. I started to fall out (Literally) it is dry, and also extremely thin.
    Will the castor oil help to stop the thinning, dryness, and also the shedding? i am also taking biotin.
    Please respond. Thank you

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Shanice,

      There are several reasons why your hair could be shedding. Check these articles out for some reasons and solutions. To answer your question though, castor oil is pretty good especially when used as a hot oil treatment for shedding hair.

  • talese l said:

    i just bought some jamician black castor oil with coconut today. My plan was to go home and apply it to my hair and scalp as a moisturizing, is this reccomended.

  • Yolanda said:

    I have a one year old grand who is losing a lot of her hair due to her dry scalp and eczema. How should we apply the castor oil to her hair and scalp?

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Yolanda,
      I do not think that using an oil like castor oil would be good if she has eczema. You can test her scalp with jojoba and tea tree. Apply a very light amount.

  • Varoon said:

    Helo mam, do castor oil prevnt hair? And do it promote new hair in scalp. Bcze i ws usng sme product and it causd hair los and it made bald line in hair! Do it recovr from this oil. I has big forehead! Do it grw hair in my forhead and how much days it requird to recovr?

  • cathy said:

    hi brenda
    i have experimented so much with my hair from highlights, perm and even cutting it. now its really weak and kinda has stunted growth. i also have bulding on my temple. is castor oil my solution.

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Cathy,
      Maybe you need to try a simple hair regimen to get your hair back. Check out the Hair Regimens section for some ideas.

  • Rahul jaykar said:

    My hair was black but now it has becomes white colour ..what i do to covert again black colour? Tell me fast what i can do

  • Sudha said:

    Hey hie.. I am a 22 years female.. With the regular use of straightener I started loosing my hair and now its just quater of what I used to have.. And I even do have white hair.. Will this oil help in any way for my problem. .??

  • amruta said:

    I have white hair…and little bald patch on scalp .can I use the mixture of castor oil , olive oil and coconut oil
    and massage to hairs

  • amruta said:

    Does castor oil n olive oil causes white hairs

  • sue said:

    Hi breada,
    Am really in need of this product my hairline is baaad that it has affected by self esteem the problem is don’t know how and where i can get this product am from Kenya need it desperately The other question is can i use the castor oil for treating stomaches by drinking. thank you

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Sue,
      Yes, castor oil is used for stomach issues. Anybody in Kenya can help out Sue with where she can find castor oil.

  • Ice said:

    Hi brenda :)
    I just want to ask if the laxative type of castor oil won’t damage my hair? Can i also use the laxative type in my eyelashes? And in my skin? It is said that it have a good effect on skin. I don’t know if the laxative tye is what they’re talking about.
    Sorry for my english. I’ll wait for your reply :) thanks 😉

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Ice,

      No it won’t damage your hair. I use it when I run out of my ‘regular’ castor oil and it works just fine.

      • Ice said:

        Can I also use it in my eyelashes? Anyway thanks for you reply :) really appreciate it

  • india said:

    Can i apply castor oil with a weave in. I just have weave in the back of my hair and the front is all my hair.

  • Narmadha said:

    Hi Brenda
    am from India. my hair s browny at some strands.. will applying castor oil make it black. bcoz my granny says castor oil gives black hair.. is it true?

  • Ahamed said:

    Hi, brenda
    i just wanted to let you know I am a african male and I was just wondering how would I apply laxative caster oil on nappy hair. Do you just apply it on the hair and let it sink down to scalp or is there a specific way I should do it? Ill wait for you to reply. Thanks!?

  • Cleo said:

    hi can I apply castor oil to my hair everyday with out washing it out? Pls help I don’t want to damage my hair

  • xoxo said:

    Brenda,
    I’m thinking of using it as a hot oil treatment before I wash it. I’m taking accutane for my acne and it dries out my scalp really bad. Lot os flakes, it’s temporary but I want to help sooth it while I’m on this medication.
    Do you recommend it as a hot oil treatment?

  • Laura said:

    Hi Brenda,
    Can I also use laxative castor oil in my hair eventhough It was rebonded 3 months ago?

  • anu said:

    Hi Brenda,

    How many times we apply mixture of castor oil and other good oil in a week

    Is Dabur castor oil (Indian made) is worth for the remedy??

  • Shirley said:

    Hi Brenda My hair temples r thin can I apply castor oil to the spots and how often should I use the oil jus to thicken the temples

  • ricky said:

    I have lot of white hairs on my head ….
    can u suggest some useful oils which would turn white hair into black within few days naturally

  • NIMESH said:

    Hi Brenda
    I just loved your site and the effects of castor oil that u have mentioned.I am getting bald from the temple..will castor oil help me regain my hair and how much time will it normally take to see the effects.

  • TCW said:

    Hi Brenda,
    I want to start using jbco & emu oil. I’ve seen where others like to mix the two but no one gives “recipe”. Can u give some advise on how to mix them?

  • prakriti said:

    Hello Brenda
    I m from India..your advices are really helping people..
    I am facing the problem of frizzness and dullness in hair.i recently purchased a black jamaican black castor oil with lavender .plz guide me how to use it on eyelashes as they dont permit us to use it on eyelashes and eyebrows..what to mix with it so that i can apply on it and make it grow faster thicker and fuller

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Prakriti,

      JBCO with lavender may be too harsh for your eyelashes. Just plain JBCO would be better because the JBCO with lavender may be an irritant to your eyes. Put it on overnight for your eyebrows and use it sparingly and you should be fine.

  • kows said:

    hai…while using castor oil im ofter getting cold…do u guys know why???

  • silver said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I’m just at my wits end. I use extra virgin olive oil, african shea butter, water, and tree oil. My hair isn’t soft, and it is not growing in length. I eat healthy, drink water, and take biotin. Should I add castor oil, or is my hair just never going to reach shoulder length or longer?
    thanks

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Silver,

      Tell me what your full regimen is including hairstyles. I refuse to believe that your hair can’t grow to shoulder length or longer. :)

  • prabhu said:

    Actually my hair was oily type and my age was 25year Iam facing hairfall problem it is useful for me castor oil

  • prabhu said:

    Sunny isle jamaica black castor oil is useful for my hair?

  • mina said:

    I would like to know how much time will it take to get black hair from grey hair.

  • SJ said:

    Hi Brenda,

    I am facing hair thinning and receeding hair line and is waiting for a miracle.I am extremely confused on which oil to choose, I seem to be reading mixed reviews and is unsure if I should go for the clear or the black one.

    Also I have come across several brands like Now..Dr.Adorable and Home Health..any idea which one to choose among them? Is it best to mix castor oil with Almond, coconut or jojoba oil?

    Hope to hear soon!

    Thanks

  • Sajjan said:

    Hi Brenda
    i am from india and i use castor oil regular last one month.
    i not see any result how many day i can use this oil for batter result.

  • kamsy said:

    hi Brenda does castor oil work well on relaxed hair and how long do I need to apply it for my hair to grow and how long can it grow within 3 months.but which is faster coconut oil or castor oil

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Kamsy,
      It works well on relaxed hair, apply it for as long as you need to. Average hair growth is 1/2 inch per month your hair will probably grown to an inch and a half in three months. I don’t think that either castor oil or coconut oil will affect the rate of your hair growth. It all depends on your personal preference when using either of them.

  • Nana said:

    hi
    I hv really short hair at the center of my head, I think I lost it after straightening my hair . Since then the rate at which my hair grows has reduced.pls can I use the castor oil through out the day without washing it off after moisturizing it???.
    Thanks

    • Brenda Barrett said:

      Hi Nana,
      There is no need to use it throughout the day it won’t make it work faster. Just apply it to the area after moisturizing it and you should be fine till wash day. Trust me, it will still work.

  • Loretta said:

    Will the Castro oil help to stop frizzy hair ? I am a black female my hair is curly sometimes when i go outside itll be frizzy really bad.. so will it help? if no then what will help

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