A lot of ladies are now incorporating castor oil in their beauty routine.  It is known to be a natural and effective way to remove make-up and other impurities from the skin. Aside from that, it also demonstrates healing properties. It aids in detoxifying the liver, reducing inflammation, improving the excretory, reproductive, and circulatory system. But unbeknownst to some, this wonder oil can also be used as a natural solution to grow the hair.

Age-old Treatment

Castor oil is a natural beauty product that has been around for decades. But with time, people swapped castor oil for its fancier and pricier alternatives.

Castor oil contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that aids with skin conditions like acne and rashes, and a high content of ricinoleic acid that’s beneficial to the hair and the skin.

Hair Care

Hair loss is a problem that cuts across all sex and ages. Castor oil is great remedy for this condition because of its properties that work against scalp infections. The ricinoleic acid found in castor oil works to increase blood flow to the scalp and promotes hair growth. This fatty acid balances the pH in the scalp so it can produce natural oil and cure the harm caused by synthetic hair products. Antioxidant is also present in castor oil, making it a good option in keeping your hair more smother and stronger.

Increased Hair Growth

Using castor oil on the hair also significantly increases its growth to about 2-3 times the usual rate.  This means that with regular use of castor oil, the hair will grow about 1-2 inches in a month.

Most people recommend applying a few drops to damp hair twice a week.

After application, cover the hair with shower cap and leave the treatment on for more than a few hours. It is a bit of a challenge to remove the oil after the treatment, so make sure to use only a few drops and wait until it is fully absorbed by the hair for easier cleanup. Using shampoos alone will make it difficult to get rid of the excess oil. One way to do this easier is by cracking an egg and massaging it into the scalp. You may also opt for a less messy process like applying conditioner on the scalp before washing it with shampoo.

Castor oil can also aid the growth of your eyelashes by applying a tiny amount on your eyelids at night.

Different Types of Castor Oil

Castor oil treatments can be done at home by mixing it with argan oil or jojoba and placing it in dropper bottles for convenient application. There are also readily available options in the market. Welnessmama.com recommends the cold-pressed, unrefined, and hexane-free formulation.


Just like any other skincare products, castor oil should be patch tested on your inner arm before using it on other parts of your body.