Castor oil can be found in most homemade recipes for hair growth and eyelash strengthening.

Castor oil is obtained from castor bean seeds, depending on the variety and pressing method, it can be colorless, yellow or even black. Jamaican black castor oil is considered to be one of the thickest and richest due to the pre-roasting of the seeds with ash before pressing.

Castor oil for hair growth: pros, cons, application features

Castor oil is effective in treating the scalp and improving the appearance of hair, but it still cannot stimulate growth, as it is determined by hormones, genetics, general health and age. Oil can only reduce hair loss as a result of combing, dyeing, blow-drying, making the structure stronger and more resistant to mechanical damage.

Benefits of castor oil for the scalp

  • Eliminates irritation caused by dryness. Castor oil is rich in vitamin E and, due to the small size of the molecules, quickly penetrates and moisturizes the skin.
  • Reduces oiliness and itching. Linoleic acid in the composition of the oil regulates the sebaceous glands and has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Benefits of castor oil for the appearance of hair

  • Adds shine and smoothes. The oleic acid contained in the oil covers the strands with an invisible film, retaining moisture in them. As a result, the hair reflects light better and looks healthier and more radiant. And besides, they are less confused and easier to style.
  • Reduces the appearance of split ends by “gluing” damaged areas together. From the side, the hair structure looks more even and healthy.

How often to use castor oil for growth

Since castor oil is quite heavy in texture, if used too often, it can clog hair follicles and make hair oily. Therefore, it is enough to use it once a week, but for a course of 3 months. The cell renewal cycle takes at least 28 days, so in order for the oil to have a positive effect on the metabolic processes in the hair follicles, 2-3 cycles must pass. What is the best way to use this oil?

  1. As a standalone mask type product. In this case, keep the oil on your head for no more than half an hour and then wash it off very thoroughly with shampoo. Poorly washed oil threatens at least an unaesthetic appearance of hair, a maximum of clogged pores and severe itching. For better nutrition, you can make a steam bath by wrapping your head in a microwave-heated terry towel.
  2. For dry scalp massage. You can do an oil massage with heated castor oil for 3-5 minutes, alternating intense and stroking movements. Then wash the roots and lengths twice well with shampoo.
  3. As a serum. If you add oil to a balm or mask like a serum, then 2-3 drops are enough, depending on the length of the hair. In this case, the application time is determined by the instructions on the product label.
  4. As a leave-in treatment for dry ends. You can apply the oil as a leave-in product on split ends, after warming it up between your fingers. In this case, you need literally a drop of oil and it is better that the hair is strong and thick - so there is less risk of weighing it down.

Truths and myths about castor oil

The oil can cause acne on the forehead . Theoretically, it can, like any oil that forms a non-breathable film on the skin. But in practice, the skin should already be prone to inflammation and the oil should remain on it for a long time. If you apply it as a hair mask and it runs on your forehead, nothing will happen to your skin in 15-30 minutes. Moreover, you will then thoroughly wash yourself - walking with yellow greasy smudges on your face is unlikely to be comfortable for you.

Oil can dry out hair . Seems like a myth because it's oily and heavy on its own, and is more likely to cause greasiness than dryness. However, if it is badly washed off, then the film on the scalp will prevent the access of oxygen and will really cause dryness at first, and then, against the background of increased sebum secretion, oiliness. 

Castor oil will definitely cause allergies. Although castor oil itself is not considered a strong allergen, like any natural plant product, it can indeed cause individual intolerance. If you are allergic, do a test by applying a small amount of oil to the crook of your elbow. The absence of redness and itching indicates good tolerance.

3 hair recipes that really work

If the hair is thin, mix castor oil with coconut or jojoba (1: 1), and you get a nourishing mask of lightweight consistency. If thick and hard - for a richer consistency, dilute castor oil with olive oil (1: 1).

Mix castor oil with olive, coconut and vitamin E oil concentrate. Apply a couple of drops before bed to the parting, then spread it evenly over the entire skin with the pads of your fingers. Get a Homemade Spray to Soothe Dry Scalp

Castor oil for eyebrows and eyelashes

Castor oil will not accelerate the growth of natural eyelashes, but it will facilitate the removal of extensions. To do this, apply it along the ciliary edge and leave for 10-15 minutes. During this time, the glue should soften and the eyelashes should “fall away” more easily. Then be sure to thoroughly clean the skin of the eyelids, otherwise the dense texture can provoke swelling.

Another option is to apply oil instead of serum to strengthen the eyebrows. You can leave it all night if there is no inflammation in the T-zone, and wash thoroughly in the morning. As a serum, oil should be applied for about a month. Oil will not restore thin and “plucked” eyebrows, but it will nourish the hairs and make them more obedient. Owners of problematic eyebrows, who usually keep their shape only thanks to lamination, will especially appreciate the effect of "castor styling".