Thick, strong, shiny hair is every woman’s dream. Long, silky hair is an accessory in itself, which women flaunt with pride. But thanks to our lifestyles, the dirt, and the pollution, those gorgeous hair goals seem like a bleak reality. But let the bleakness fade away, because with the use of castor oil, there is still hope.

What Is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor plant, scientifically known as Ricinus Communis. It is a vegetable oil. It is either colorless, or comes in a pale yellow color, and has a distinct flavor and fragrance.

It is used across many industries that, including the manufacturers of lubricants, paints, coatings, dyes, hydraulic, and brake fluids, soaps, inks, nylon, pharmaceuticals, perfumes, polishes, and waxes, and cold and resistant plastics. But castor oil is also a popular ingredient in a woman’s beauty regime.

How Castor Oil Is Effective In Promoting Hair Growth And Preventing Hair Loss

Castor Oil For Hair Loss

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Hair fall and hair thinning are common problems experienced by both men and women. While people believe hair loss is more a man’s problem, you will be surprised to know that women also face hair fall and thinning extensively. Though the cause of hair loss widely differs from person to person, genetic issues, poor diets, prolonged ailments, excessive use of styling products, menopause, hormones, and pregnancy are some common causes of hair loss.

But the good news is, no matter what the cause of hair loss is, it is curable. There are many medications and products available in the market that can curb hair loss and promote hair growth, and one such miraculous ingredient is castor oil. This oil is extremely effective in curing hair loss. Here is all you need to know about castor oil and hair growth.

[ Read: Benefits Of Castor Oil ]

The Castor Oil – Hair Health Connection

About 90 percent of castor oil comprises of Ricinoleic acid (1). Ricinoleic acid, is an Omega-9 fatty acid. These acids are a miracle discovery for hair growth. It penetrates deep into the pores and nourishes both the hair and the follicle (2). It renews and restores the scalp health, in turn inducing faster growth of hair. It also prevents keratin damage caused due to pollution and the harsh rays of the sun. Therefore, it not just promotes new hair growth, but also protects the hair against damage and thinning. This acid also helps restore the right pH level of the scalp. It cures problems like scalp acne and dandruff caused due to the imbalanced pH level of the scalp (3). In short, it directly fights dandruff, and makes the hair stronger, longer, shinier, and thicker.

In addition, owing to its antiseptic and anti-fungal properties, castor oil improves your scalp quality by destroying infection-causing organisms and facilitates hair growth (4).

Therefore, castor oil takes care of the hair and prevents hair loss (5).

When the oil is massaged thoroughly into the scalp, it stimulates the scalp and thus encourages blood circulation under the follicles, making them healthier and more inclined to produce hair.

[ Read: How To Use Castor Oil For Treating Dandruff? ]

How To Use Castor Oil For Hair Loss

Potion For Hair Growth

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What You Need

  • Half cup of castor oil


  1. Take some oil on your palm and work it through your hair from the roots to the tips, the same way you apply your regular oil, and massage well. Make sure that you do not use too much oil because its thicker density will make it difficult to wash it out.
  2. Leave the oil on for a minimum of 15 to 20 minutes. You could also leave the oil in overnight.
  3. Owing to its dense consistency, it can be quite a task to wash off the castor oil. You will need to shampoo multiple times to get rid of the oil. But this method works for some – condition your hair with a commercial conditioner 30 minutes before you take a shower. The oil should come off easily.
  4. Once you wash your hair, towel dry it, and avoid using any heated styling tools immediately. You will notice silky, shiny hair almost instantly.

Castor Oil For Hair Growth

Magic Potion For Hair Growth

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Castor oil is an amazing oil to treat hair loss and to increase the growth of hair. But its dense structure and peculiar smell might not appeal to all. So here is another amazing solution, which most women call the magic potion for hair loss.

This potion is a combination of four oils, coconut, sweet almond, sesame, and castor. While you can add or remove oils depending on availability and preference, there is nothing like using all four of these together. Here is a little bit on how these oils help.

1. Coconut Oil

It is recommended you use the freshly pressed extra virgin coconut oil for your hair. This oil is fresh and gives out a subtle fragrance of coconut cream. Coconut oil penetrates right into the shaft, and works as a perfect emollient for both damaged and undamaged hair (6). The Lauric acid that it contains has antimicrobial, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that help to effectively cure and clean an itchy scalp, thereby promoting healthy hair (7).

2. Sweet Almond Oil

Sweet almond oil, is another miracle oil that contains oleic acid that deeply moisturizes and regenerates the hair follicles (8). This oil also contains the anti-inflammatory element phytosterol (9). Almond oil is very similar to sebum; therefore, as it mixes with the natural oils, it works without clogging, allowing the scalp and skin to breathe.

3. Sesame oil

Sesame oil is another effective oil for the hair. It has the perfect combination of oleic acid and linoleic acid. This oil regulates the production of sebum, and therefore, combats excessive oiliness. It contains vitamin E and B, and a whole lot of fatty acids, along with essential minerals like zinc, magnesium, calcium, iron, and copper that work towards bettering hair quality and getting rid of the troubles (10).

How To Make This Magic Potion

What You Need

2 Tablespoons – Extra Virgin Coconut Oil
2 Tablespoons – Sweet Almond Oil
2 Tablespoons – Sesame Oil
1 Tablespoon – Castor Oil

[ Read: Is Castor Oil Helpful To Treat Baldness? ]


  1. All you need to do is mix these four oils, and massage it well into your hair. You could warm the oil a little for quicker penetration.
  2. Leave this oil on for a minimum of 60 minutes or keep it on overnight for best results.
  3. Shampoo your hair to wash it off.

This oil is perfect to induce hair growth. You could make it in large quantities and store it too. But if you are doing so, make sure you add a capsule of vitamin E to increase the shelf life of this oil.

Now that you know how to use castor oil for hair growth, what are you waiting for? Castor oil is a great remedy for hair loss. Regular use of this oil alone, or in combination with other oils, along with some patience will surely give you great results!

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  • Chahna

    nice article on hair growth :)

    • Shaista

      Thanks Chahna

  • Minakshi

    Good article.. but im not sure abt this oil.. its way to sticky.. i tried it once.. it dint leave my hair only.. had to wash so many times… :( but now that you have suggested tips for removal.. i can try..
    thnks for sharin the post with us..

  • mithila

    Hey.. im gonna try this now.. atleast after reading the benefits.. i was so hesitant about using this!!! but seems like i can give it a shot.. il try your metthod only.. and will let you kw if i find some difference..
    Anywys.. thnks for posting.. :)

  • Yashna

    Very nice article.. i was hesitant about using castor oil on hair.. but seems like il keep the inhibitions for somethng else.

  • Knut Holt

    A good diet is also essential. I lost a lot of hair due to my genetics, but the hair loss stopped 20 years ago due to a diet with all essential nutrients in an ample amount.

  • Sayantani

    I have been loosing my hairs for say 4 yrs.. I have applied everything I got to get rid of it.Suffering from hair loss.. and my hair is not growing..
    I dont want to have baldness though cant help it.
    Please tell me if castor oil can grow my hair.

  • neeharika

    how offen can we use this oil? i mean daily or weekly??

  • rosemary

    in how many days the hair will grow

  • masath

    i’m using castor oil with almond oil for about one month… can notice the hair growth in my balded area… its natural as well…instead of going for chemical hair oils, which promise hair growth in 6-12 month, use castor oil u will feel the improvement soon enough… as castor oil is very dense, use it with coconut/almond oil…

    • haidan

      how much quantity u missed both?
      use small table spoon for both or normal table spoon?

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    waoo i watched most of movies and tv shows online any time free in hd at (tvbash49 com)

  • jayapriya

    it is use full one for hair fooling treat ment

  • Anonymous

    I have used coconut milk mixed with honey.Is castor oil better than the honey for stopping hair loss and to help hair to grow?

  • Neha Ahuja

    Which type of castor oil should be used , medicated or non medicated ?

    • StyleCraze

      Hi Neha, to reap the maximum benefits of castor oil it is advisable to use raw and unprocessed one that is non – medicated one. Processed oil is said to lose out its results that are mainly due to the exclusion of natural healing properties needed for the castor oil hair treatment.

  • Bets

    Just make certain the castor oil (or any other you eat or use topically) is Organic, NO pesticides or chemicals in it… You don’t want to apply or eat any Junk….

  • IWOWDskincare

    I have heard that castor oil has astringent properties. would not it dry the scalp out too?

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Priya, yes…using an anti-dandruff shampoo for a long time or using it when you dont have any dandruff may turn your hair dry and rough in a long run. As anti-dandruff shapoos contain chemicals in higher quantities than any normal shampoo. For soft hair you can try and choose a mild herbal shampoo. You can check the list of shampoos given in the article below:

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Pallavi, some of the brands of castor oil that you can purchase from online shopping sites are: HillDews Pure and Cold Pressed Castor Oil, Pure Castor Oil, Aroma Magic Castor Oil, Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Snehal, yes….you can use any herbal shampoo or a shikkai powder or shampoo that is suitable for your hair type.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Snehal, a home remedy using castor oil for warts involves a combination of castor oil and garlic. You can try it by rubbing the wart with castor oil or applying a drop or two of the oil and then covering the wart with a small slice of fresh garlic. Then, you can wrap this concoction with a bandage and wear it for several hours or while you sleep. You may also seek a doctor’s advice before using castor oil for warts. Though castor oil is generally considered safe for topical application, your doctor’s input can help you decide whether it is right for you. Secondly, to remove boil marks you can opt for a chemical peel or dermabrasion from your dermatologist. Another things you can follow are: apply vitamin E enriched moisturizer to the scar regularly to speed up healing. Eat foods rich in zinc such as pumpkin seeds, Swiss cheese and Brazil nuts. Eating these foods along with a healthy diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats, whole grains and low-fat dairy will ensure proper scar healing.

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Sia, some of the simple remedies that you can follow at home to get rid of back acne marks are:
    1. Cucumber juice – This wonderful juice balances the pH level and also moisturizes the skin. Take a cucumber and extract the juice using a blender. Apply this skin on the skin and leave it till it dries completely. Wash this off after some time with plain water. Use this juice to wash your skin for once or twice in a day.
    2. Vitamin E oil – Take vitamin E oil capsule. Extract the oil from the capsule. Apply this oil on your back acne scars. Leave it for few minutes or overnight. Wash it off with plain water.
    Hope these remedies help you. For more expert advice you can ask a doctor for free –

  • StyleCraze

    Hi Theras, damaged hairs needs a lot of attention and care to make them healthy again. Some of the remedies that you can follow are:
    1. Avocado – Mash a ripe avocado with one egg, then apply this home remedy to wet hair. Leave on for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. Repeat once a week for damaged hair. Avocados are rich in vitamins, fat, protein, essential fatty acids and natural oils, they can help you to repair your damaged hair.
    2. Banana – Mash 1 ripe banana and work it thoroughly into your hair. Allow it to sit for 1 hour, then rinse it off with lukewarm water. You can add yogurt to the pulp too. Bananas are rich in potassium and moisture, this will help you to soften your hair.
    Hope these remedies help you. Do try them and share your experience with us.