Castor Oil for Hair Growth

How to use castor oil for thicker and longer hair naturally

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I’ve been experimenting a lot with Castor Oil lately as a natural beauty remedy. I already use it in my oil cleansing blend each day, and I’m enjoying the results from using castor oil packs on my skin.

Months ago, a friend mentioned that she loved castor oil for hair and eyelashes. I was really skeptical because castor oil has a very thick and sticky consistency that I couldn’t imagine using in hair. I did some research and found out that I had been seriously missing out on a simple and really effective traditional beauty remedy…

Castor Oil for Hair and Skin

Castor oil is an age old beauty treatment that has been largely replaced over time by fancier beauty products with more ingredients and a bigger price tag.

Castor oil has natural antibacterial and antifungal properties and is high in Vitamin E, minerals, proteins, and Omega 6 and 9 beneficial fatty acids. Its unusually high ricinoleic acid ratio makes it beneficial to skin and hair.

In fact, castor oil has traditionally been used topically for acne and other skin conditions, as well as hair loss, rashes and more.

Castor Oil for Natural Hair Regrowth

Castor oil can be used on the scalp to help prevent and remedy hair loss and it is effective at this for several reasons. It’s antibacterial and anti fungal properties make it beneficial against follliculitus, dandruff and scalp infections and its ricinoleic acid content helps increase circulation to the scalp and improve hair growth.

Ricinoleic acid is also said to help balance scalp pH which can also help replenish the scalp’s natural oils and undo some of the damage of harsh chemical hair products (and even damage from no-poo, due to over alkalinity). The antioxidants in castor oil also support the keratin in hair and help make hair stronger, smoother and less frizzy.

Three Times the Growth?

How to do a castor oil treatment for natural hair and eyelash growth- simple natural remedyThere are hundreds of testimonials from people who used castor oil to increase their hair growth 3-5x the normal rate. A friend of mine was struggling with postpartum hair loss and even once her hair loss slowed, regrowing her hair was difficult.

She measured her hair growth for a month and it grew almost half an inch. The next month, after using castor oil hair treatments twice a week, her hair had grown almost 2 inches. She tested this again the following month and noticed the same result and that her hair was dramatically thicker.

My Experience

Last year, when I was under extreme stress for a short period of time (finishing my book *ahem*), I noticed increased hair loss. My Hashimoto’s makes me more susceptible to hair loss when I’m under stress and I was stressed about my hair loss (vicious cycle).

To combat this, I experimented with natural castor oil treatments both alone and mixed with other oils and often did this while I was up working on my book at night.

I too noticed that my hair seemed stronger and that there was definitely less hair in my brush each day after a few weeks of castor oil treatments. Additionally, I started seeing tiny new hairs all around my hair line.

Random observation: I split my head open when I was younger, requiring 8 staples in my scalp. Where the scar is, I have a patch of super-curly hair that falls in a perfect ringlet, even though the rest of my hair is wavy/straight. The castor oil seemed to help make this hair patch smoother, though it grew at a faster rate than the rest of my hair.

Now, I’ve made these castor oil hair treatments a regular part of my weekly routine and often do them at night, while wearing my blue blocker glasses and reading or watching a movie with my hubby.

What Type of Castor Oil is Best?

There are several options for castor oil hair treatments. I prefer to make my own, but there are some pre-made options (this is a good one that I’ve tried in the past).

To make my own, I mix castor oil with another hair-healthy oil and herbs to help support scalp health. Unrefined and cold pressed hexane free castor oil is preferred.

I already had this one on hand from my castor oil packs, so I used it. Castor oil is extremely thick and viscous so I prefer to mix with jojoba or argan oil in a glass dropper bottle for easy application.

There is a special type of castor oil called Jamaican Black Castor oil that has extremely good reviews. I tried it as well and it seemed to work about the same as regular castor oil on my hair, but it seems that it might provide additional benefit for those with thick or dry hair (my hair is fine/oily).

How to Use Castor Oil Treatments on Hair

Important tips when using castor oil treatments in your hair:

  • Like many things in life, more is not always better, and only a small amount is needed for an all-over hair treatment. The additional oils are completely optional.
  • I do this 1-2x per week.
  • I’ve found that this treatment works better on damp but not wet hair. I keep a spray bottle of water in the bathroom and just spritz my roots before applying.
  • For maximum benefit, I leave the treatment on for several hours or overnight. After applying, I use a shower cap or towel to avoid getting the oil on furniture or a pillow.
  • Removing the castor oil can be difficult, especially with natural shampoos. I’ve found that using a small amount and leaving it on overnight will result in most of the oil absorbing into the hair and scalp and make cleanup easier. In fact, I’ve been able to dry shampoo and not wash on a few occasions. When I do shampoo, I use a natural shampoo or mud shampoo as normal.
  • An alternate way is to crack an egg and whisk until smooth and then massage the egg into the scalp. This helps break down the oil and adds additional nutrients to the hair. It is messy though, so I’d recommend doing this in the shower.
  • Another less-messy way is to condition your hair before getting in the shower, massaging conditioner into the scalp to help remove the castor oil. Then, shampoo as usual.
  • NOTE: With any new oil, herb or product, test a tiny amount on your inner arm to make sure you don’t have a reaction to castor oil. While reactions are rare, some people will notice irritation from castor oil.
  • I’ve also used this in combination with my hair growth serum with great results (I use the serum first to dampen hair, then apply the castor oil)
  • It is also important to support the body nutritionally and hormonally with hair loss, as this can often be a sign of an internal problem.
  • TIP: I rub a tiny amount of castor oil on my eyelids at night to help eyelash growth as well. It is also part of my eyelash growth serum recipe (sharing next week)

Finding your best combination of oils (or castor oil alone) will require some experimentation and I’d love to hear what you find works best for you. My favorite mix is:

Castor Oil Instructions

  1. Mix ingredients in a dark colored dropper bottle.
  2. Shake to mix.
  3. Use the dropper to apply to the scalp. I part my hair right above the ear on one side, add a few drops of castor oil, part again about 1/2 inch from that part, add more castor oil, and so on until I’ve coated my whole scalp.
  4. Then, I massage for 5 minutes to make sure entire scalp is coated and to help increase circulation.

Note: This will make enough for 5+ uses depending on the length of your hair.

If you’re not a fan of using caster oil, some people have found coconut oil for hair to be a better fit.

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  1. Definitely better than taking it internally. 😀 That is my only experience with it – trying to start labour. (Don’t do it!)

    • My sister uses it to start labor, also. It seems to work well for her, especially considering she goes about 2 weeks past her due date normally!

      • I was three weeks past due and that is what my father gave my mother. She almost didn’t make it until the dr got there. lol

        • I drank this oil as well with my last two children… worked like a charm! With my last child, I had only 30 minute labor with an emergency at home delivery by the husband it was amazing!! 🙂

          • Yes! It’s great for breakage & growth, I apply it twice a week as an overnight pre-treatment blended with a penetrating oil like avocado,olive or coconut oil.

        • Using castor oil to speed up labor…I believe it! The way that stuff tastes it will make anything in u come out! lol..when i was a child, my Mom used to give it to me when I was sick and I was better like almost immediately.

    • Will this work on beards? And os there any possibility I might get a rash in my face for attempting this.

        • Would you recommend me trying the recipe Wellnessmama provides above us ? And how much of a layer would I apply ?

        • Hello Wellsmama! I just started to use Jamaican Black Castor Oil two days ago. I have a question, I have the Mirena IUD for 1 year and 2 months. I have heard many bad opinions on this anticonceptive. Do you think that is causing me hair loss? If so, will the Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for me? Or would do you recommend me to remove Mirena because of the hormonal changes? And after removal, can I continue with the JBCO? I hope you can answer to my question because I’m kind of desperate. Thank you!!

          • I have used the Mirena iud for almost 10 years now…I don’t believe it is making your hair fall out. At least it never had that effect on me. I have never had a moment of problems with mine. Be careful when you hear “horror stories” about it…many tend to be slightly exaggerated.
            You could however experience some hair loss after having a child. Not sure where you are with that
            In any case…hope things work out for you. It won’t hurt to try it.:-)

          • I had a mirena and started to have many problems only 6 months after insertion. I suffered with a stroke caused from anxiety that started after having that. I am a very happy go lucky, outgoing person who has never in my life been nervous about anything. A year later after my first stroke, My anxiety got even worse, started with heart palpitations (getting up to 205bpm) and had yet another stroke. In that time I’ve seen my female doctor to get it out and she reassured me that the mirena is only progesterone and would not cause these issues. It was safe. I spent a great deal in doctors offices to get down to the bottom of what was causing me to have these issues at only 29 years old. I went to Neurologist, heart specialist, and my female doctor. All said the same thing about mirena and that I should not get it removed. 2 weeks later. I had my 3rd stroke which was the worst stroke. I lost all control of my body. Couldn’t talk, walk, speak, and couldn’t even think. Brought me to the ER which I was surrounded by a team of doctors and nurses. Had lots of blood drawn, xrays, mrI, and many other test. Doctors couldn’t believe that someone like me with perfect vitals, blood work, and overall health was having strokes. They did find that I had a hole in my heart so I had a surgery to have that corrected. While thinking that was the problem, I kept the iud in. Lo and behold, Still having severe anxiety, heart palpatations up to 200 bpm, and mood swing out of this world. I finally stopped listening to all these doctors telling me that it wasn’t this iud device causing me problems and got the iud out. I am going on a year after getting it out and I could not be happier. Haven’t had anymore problems with anxiety, heart palpitations, or mood swings. I’m finally back to my old self again. I would get the IUD out immediately if I were you. Maybe you would never have any issues, but after looking my issues up with the iud, looks like there are many other ladies just like myself that have had the same problems.

    • I’ve purchased all of ingredients for the Hair Serum and hair loss Oil Repair. Branch Basics can’t fill my order for the product you suggested for washing the oil out before shampooing. I don’t want to put the oil in my hair if I can’t get it out. Any suggestions of another product that might work? Please help — I want to get started on this before I’m bald!!!

      • Any regular shampoo for oily hair will take it out, it just won’t be entirely natural. Also, I’ve found that if I just use a small amount of the oil at night and let it absorb while I sleep, it isn’t hard to get out with a regular shampoo.

      • Hi Sheila,

        I too am waiting for Branch Basics to come back into stock. I have been using clay to wash my hair for the past year, but occasionally I use Not Your Mother’s Clean Freak when I feel like my scalp needs it. I don’t think my scalp has fully transitioned to natural hair care…though it’s MUCH better than it was the first few months when I started two years ago. Since I didn’t have the Branch Basics, I used the NYM Clean Freak and then my clay shampoo mixture. Overall, I think it cut through the oil well enough. I also rinsed with a small amount of ACV mixed with water (my typical conditioner). Hope that helps!

      • Here is a tried and true suggestion that has always worked for me over 50 years: Apply shampoo to hair BEFORE adding water and massage it in. The cleanser molecules attach better to the EXCESS oil molecules when used prior to adding water to break them down and then the water can rinse them out. This will not remove the ‘absorbed’ oil in hair and scalp that you are working to achieve with this treatment.

        • I whisked up one egg yolk with 1 tbsp of organic fat free yoghurt, then massaged that into scalp. Left on 30 seconds then rinsed out. Then I shampooed and conditioned and all was perfect.

    • I mix castor oil with rosemary essential oil and use it to massage my eyelids near my lashes gently with my clean finger. I also use it on my sparse eyebrows. I do this every night before bed. The rosemary essential oil stimulates the hair follicles thus, causes hair to grow. So far, it’s been great!

      • Hi…..But…e.o…isnt. suppose to get into the eye……….do. u ever. find. it a problem?? or worry. that rosemary. will. get into ur eye….someone I know. adds a drop of lavender. eo…..to. their mascara…and they say it. thickens their lashes…..I just worry about the eye. part..lol. ????

        • If you are careful I don’t see a problem. Mascara doesn’t run or drip so again I don’t see a problem with it getting in the eyes.

          • I put 2 drops of Rosemary and 2 drops of Lavender in my waterproof mascara. Not only does it fight germs, but also it now thickens and regrows lusher lashes. Win-win!

          • I made a mixture of jojoba, rosemary eo and lavender eo. I put it on the tail ends of my (overplucked) eyebrows and on my eylashes. One day when a motion sensor light lit me up, my eyelashes were crazy shiny! I hadn’t put it on in a few days, so it wasn’t residual. While I haven’t noticed significant hair growth, healthy hair will look better than what I had before. Quality over quantity, until the quantity is a little higher. 😉

        • Yes I’ve always done this with mascaras!! The lavender gives a really nice consistency & perfume. And definitely my eyelashes have improved. So simple….

    • I’ve noticed an improvement in my lashes and have only used it a few times. I should be consistent! Actually, I was using the castor oil for dry eye as I’ve read it’s good for that. Again, I need to consistently use this. Like dry brushing, I keep forgetting to use castor oil on my eyes–for dry eye AND lashes! For hair, I already have the other two ingredients. Thanks, Katie for this recipe and article. Definitely sharing!

  2. Since I had my first son two and a half years ago I have a bald spot on the back of my scalp 🙁
    I’m definitely trying this! Thanks wellness mama!

    • It sounds like u have alopecia areata. It a autoimmune disease.. Ive had it twice . along with other symptoms like joint pain, lactose intolerance . I went to a derm and the give u cortisone shots to the bald spot , the first time it worked in 4 weeks it had regrown.. Y=The second time 4 years later it didn’t work after 3 shots. So I tried gluten free. With in 1 week I felt better, by 1 month i had hair regrowing. My joint pain is gone. Im 32 I shouldn’t have any of these systems. Look up celiacs disease, and why gluten is bad for all of us. It changed my life.

      • I have alopecia areata also, the derm said it was likely ” autoimmune” after 2 sets of cortisone injections, I have some regrow th, but there are still bald spots around it. I’m paleo for over a year and in the last 2 months on the autoimmune protocol, still have bald spots, wondering what is going on…my diet is lacking all allergens, stress is the same. Sleep I cannot improve, I’ve tried it all- I will medicate 10 minutes nightly now with my new app.

        • Can high blood pressure medicine cause baldness to your hair. If so would castor oil help and message to the scalp.

  3. I use a mix of castor oil, coconut oil (warmed/melted) & several drops of rosemary essential oil. This blend helps a lot with my thinning, dry, chemically treated hair. It’s also good in treating some dandruff on some parts of my scalp. I never really have a problem washing off the oils from my hair. Not sure if it’s because I use the Jason brand biotin shampoo.

      • Try Mountain Rose Herbs for all your natural herbal and aromatherpy needs. Pure heaven and they have it all. Castor oil rosemary eo all of your needs.

      • Castor oil has always been used in my household and both my Mother and Grandma used it on their hair and both had very thick hair. I wished I had remembered to use it, however, better late than never after reading this blog it reminded me off how effective Castor Oil is. I started to use it on both my eyelashes and hair, all I can say is it works, try it and see. I found Castor OIL in my local Indian grocer shop, so buy it when I go to buy my Indian spices. I tried buying it in local pharmacies and larger chains without any luck,great to know that AMAZON stocks it thanks.

  4. Hi Katie! What is the shelf life of your homemade soap nuts shampoo if it is in a glass jar in the fridge? Thanks!

    -Elle

  5. I am wondering if mountain rose herbs’ castor oil would be just as good as the one on the radiant life website. And also they have an invigorating hair oil that is supposed to be good for hair growth. Have you tried this? I’m curious of the ingredients but they seem to not want to tell me them in the emails Ive sent them.

    • I’ve heard to look for words like “Hexane Free, Extra Virgin, Cold Pressed” . Those mean it’s messed with less and is left in its natural state.

  6. very nice blog!! for hair treatment i have know about minoxidil solution but thanks for giving such nice information about caster oil.

    • The problem with minoxidil is you must use it indefintely…a rebound effect can occur, which means when you stop using it, your hair loss will return or even increase. Castor oil does not cause this. I use it on my scalp for shedding, my eyebrows, my lashes, eczema, and even applied the Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my newborn’s cradle cap (plus I wanted his hair to grow in thicker and darker). It cured the cradle cap and grew his hair. It made my sparse eyebrows and lashes grow much faster, thicker, and the hairs are darker.

      As for my scalp, it definitely grows hair. I had postpartum shedding but castor oil mixed with a variety of essential oils, like lavender, oregano, thyme, neroli, juniper berry, peppermint, tea tree, and rosemary most certainly increase growth and scalp health. I never have any problem with shedding since using these oils…I lose maybe 30 hairs a day now and I used to have a comb full of shed hair.

  7. I’ve enjoyed reading everything you have to say about this oil and look forward to trying it – question how do you apply it to eyelashes ?

  8. Hi Katie

    Love, love your work! Really want to try the castor oil treatments and currently use it on my lashes at night with great success, but have read on several blogs that it has darkened people’s hair – especially eyebrows. I have very similar hair to yours in texture and colour (natural blonde) and am growing out previous highlights, so the roots appear darker because of the contrast, especially on days between hair washings. I am using your natural hair lightening tips to brighten it up so the last thing I want is for castor oil to darken the roots. Have you experienced any darkening since you started the castor oil treatments? Your hair is really great; do you have any artificial/chemical colour in your hair, or are the blonde tones all from your natural hair lightening recipes and the sun?

      • Hi katie, wonderful work you have done. my question is i’m around 27 years old. My hair loss is started from nine month ago .i was using MX-5 minoxidil from 9 months.my hair thiness increased not stopped.i donot wanna loss my hair at this age.Now i searched Your block on net and do some reading about castor oil.please reply me, is this Oil also helpful for me.if yes how can i use it and with what combination,i will use it.i’m waiting for your reply.

        Thank you for Your reply back in advance
        manzoor (male)

      • Hi Katie
        My daughter is two years now but she has really thin and rough hair , if u can pls suggest me some household treatments for her hair
        Plus her hair are not growing as they should
        Pls help
        Thanks
        Ritu

    • The castor oil did darken my eyebrows…I’m normally a number 4 (light to medium brown) but my eyebrows look black now. That’s okay with me, as my hair is dyed jet black, but it could also be due to the fact that I used Jamaican Black Castor oil (JBCO);on my eyebrows and not regular clear castor oil. I have both but I tend to use JBCO more often, as it is more potent.

      So yes, the hair darkening can occur with JBCO, but I am not sure whether clear castor oil causes it.

      • how long did it take for your eyebrows to grow back & how did you apply it? i usually do it after i shower and just take a q-tip or a mascara wand that hasn’t been used (a trial one from sephora) and go back and forth and in circles on my eyebrows with the serum until i think I’ve rubbed it in enough.. is that what you do? and what is the name of the black jamican castor oil you use? i know theres like 50 different kinds out there and i don’t want to buy one that has a whole bunch of chemicals in it and isn’t the real one. TIA

      • Is it any castor oil bcos dey sell at d drugs centre is it d one dat stimulate labor or there is a special one for it

        • That’s the same castor oil she is referring to. There is no such thing as “food grade” or “medical grade” castor oil. It is all the same unless it has added oils like rosemary, which some are sold that way. Pure, cold pressed, hexane-free castor oil can be consumed to start labor, and it is used for skin and hair care.

  9. I haven’t used castor oil in my hair but have had great success with eyelashes! Just massage a bit into the roots (from the top) and then use whatever is left on your finger to sweep it through the length from the underside. It really works.

    Also, if you’re experiencing hair loss I HIGHLY recommend a boar bristle brush. I really want a Mason Pearson but it’s a lot of moola. There is a Sonia Kashuk knockoff at Target that is around $15 and it has drastically reduced my hair loss in a couple of months. I am talking my hair is at least 50% thicker. Hope this helps 🙂

    • What was your technique for using the brush to help with hair loss? (some people say lean over and brush hair from back to front….)

      • Whatever you do start brushing your hair from the ends and work up, this way you can get any knots out without ripping strands whole strands.

    • I read about castor oil on eyebrows and eyelashes, so every night i put a drop of oil on tip- of index finger rub together with the other and first i go over my eyebrows then with the rest i rub my eyelids getting it all over my eyelashes. I have gotten tremendous results! its pretty amazing because eyelashes had gotten so thin because of age and i kid you not now they look like when i was 20 years old again! It really does work. Now i will try adding the rosemary oil for better results. I cant even imagine what they’ll look like if i add the rosemary oil. 🙂

  10. This is great! Just wondering if jojoba oil will stain blonde hair? Also, can this be used on ends too? I know hair grows from the root, but I find I get a lot of end breakage too which doesn’t help.

  11. This is very helpful! Question… I’ve heard that you should never use coconut oil in your hair if you don’t use a commercial grade shampoo. Is that true? Because I have very oily hair and I use your homemade coconut milk/castile soap shampoo and I’m afraid it won’t be tough enough to remove extra oils. You use the branch basics cleaner in your hair as well? Thanks so much!!

    • Coconut oil is the only oil with molecules small enough to actually be absorbed by your hair. Studies have proven the hair actually absorbs virgin coconut oil. So no, that is not true. It can be removed quite easily without a commercial shampoo, and it absorbs readily into skin and hair. This, coming from a user of coconut oil in hair for over 10 years. It is edible so it is non-comedogenic and non-toxic. It won’t clog the pores on your scalp.

      • will the coconut oil return back to it original stage after it cool off and mixing with the Castrol or shall I only use coconut oil alone and not mix it any other oil

  12. Would you recommend this for a child? My 3.5 year old daughter has rather thin hair, frizzy due to our very dry air, and it grows very slowly. (I’ve nver cut it and it’s only an inch past her shoulders, if that). I’d love for her to have long, thick hair (like mine, so I can’t figure where she gets her thin hair from!)

    • Much of hair growth is genetic. It’s kind of how some people are predisposed to low muscle tone bodies and others can gain or maintain muscle easily. You can find healthy habits to support your goal, but I wouldn’t expect someone who struggles with thin hair to become a Garnier girl — even with good habits. Castor oil is great for scalp dandruff. If your air is dry and she has scalp issues, this may be of help to her.

      I have medium thick hair with a few spots that are sensitive to thinning. My mother and two of my sisters have locks thick as you’d ever dream.

    • Not sure how willing you would be to do this, but, my kids (twins) had VERY fine hair up until age 2.5 yrs. My son had hardly any hair actually. I was so distressed that he looked bald all the time, even other people commented on his lack of hair. What i ended up doing was what my mum did to me when i was around 3 – i shaved their hair off, twice. It wasnt really an issue even for my daughter, as she’s very confident anyway, but i have to say, it absolutely worked. Their hair is soooo thick now, esp my son’s. It’s beautiful. I look at it now in wonder and think of all the times i stressed because it was super fine and wispy. Its an old ethnic tale, but ive always been told that, if a young child has fine hair, shave it off (buzz cut), and it will grow back thicker (like it does when you start shaving your legs).

      • It’s actually impossible for hair to grow back thicker from shaving. It’s a myth. The number of follicles you have is set at birth. What happens when you shave is you cut the hair in the middle of the shaft, where it’s thickest. Therefore when it grows, it appears thicker.

    • My husband and I both had no hair as children it took us a long time to grow it but his hair is sooo thick and curly and mine has always been very long. Thinner now but it grows well and is probably 4 inches from reaching my rear.. So dont despair 😉

  13. I have been using castor oil on my eyelashes at night and definitely notice a difference. I just apply a small amount with a q tip.

  14. Hello~I am wondering if you just massage this into your scalp or if you also apply it to your ends. I’m not really having hair loss- but rather hair breakage around my face. Im thinking it’s from taking DHEA for a few months. I had read that DHEA can cause hair breakage, thanks in advance for your answer about the application 🙂

  15. Hashimoto and all autoimmune syndrome are a result of having a Gluten intolerance. Years of the Gluten breaking down your gut etc causing the breakdown of your thyroid and inflammation in the joints etc..

    • Not all autoimmune is caused by gluten intolerance. Autoimmune disease has many potential causes. Also not all have the same cure. Dangerous misinformation that may lead people to get sicker.

    • I had used olive oil, massaged it in, left it on for a few minutes, then combed thru the hair (making sure you are gently combing the scalp, not just the hair) with a super fine toothed baby comb. It removed the dry skin flakes, moisturized the scalp, and we didn’t have any problem after 1 treatment. It took 2 shampooings to remove the olive oil. I warmed the olive oil slightly by sitting the bowl of olive oil inside of a bowl of warm water…make sure you test it, you do NOT want it hot at all, you want to be able to touch it and it should be barely warm, almost room temperature.

      • I have been taking methotrexate (a chemo drug) but at small doses for arthritis. I stopped due to hair loss. Whilst some hair has re grown, I am still losing hair ( I am now on biologics which also can cause hair loss) so I am trying the castor oil treatment. Hope it works.

        • I only have one more treatment for lymphoma (R-CHOP), then I’m hoping to start the hair regrowth regimen. Maybe I should start sooner!

        • Lindsay, I posted a comment in response to yours down there. I used to take methatrexate too for my RA and the Castor Oil is helping a lot! I can see my hair growing in. I stopped my meds to try treating a different aspect of my RA.

          • my boyfriend has ra curious how chemo helps? he has a beautiful pony tail that make women jealous ! i know i am lol. he says the key is to leave it alone ha. but how does chemo help ive never heard of this and he is in constant pain. just wondering

  16. Last year, I used Jamaican Black Castor Oil on my scalp 2-3 per week but did not wash it out (I have naturly thick, curly hair) and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to a miracle concoction. I’d been diagnosed with hypothryoidism, which can already compromise the hair, but I was dealt a double whammy when my endocrinologist initially made me take Synthroid before prescribing me a natural thyroid drug. Synthroid is known to cause hairloss and the damage was done. Anyhow, this stuff really works and I have recommended it to countless women who have told me they’re experiencing some type of hair loss. I like the idea and can see the value in adding Rosemary oil, but FYI, I missed my castor oil with Emu oil. I chose emu because it’s known for its Antinflammatory properties and inflammation is a contributor to hair loss.

    • I have lupas and of coarse hair breakage, I just bought Jamaican isle coconut black castor oil and have it on my scalp and throughout my hair, gently combed it through and plan on sleeping with it in, really hoping this helps

  17. I actually just made this to use on my hair today. Last night, I made the hair growth serum, and used it several times during the evening. I wanted to use this also, but was unsure about using it on my bedding, even with a hair covering.
    I actually used the hair growth serum spray as the ‘dampening’ agent, I then used your recipe tweaking it by using 2 T Jamaican Black Castor Oil, and 1 T regular, 1/2T Argan Oil and 1/2 Jojoba oil then adding 12 drops Clary Sage E.O., 3 drops Fir needle E.O., and 9 drops Rosemary E.O. ( One comment on the Hair growth serum said those oils are what she used.) I guess we’ll see. I have used the JBCO for several months with little or no noticeable results..hoping this will work. I have very fine, pale eyelashes, and would LOVE to have nicer, thicker, longer ones.

    **On a side note: It may be an obvious comment, but PLEASE! label your containers IMMEDIATELY!! I have known this for so long, but have failed to do it twice: now, I have three containers of either gluten free baking mix, pancake mix and some other ‘flour’ and I have NO idea which is which! But more importantly, I just tasted something in my EO and ingredients cupboard, thinking it was an energy ‘elixer’ which turned out to be a mixing of something that made me horribly sick! Luckily, I have activated charcoal, and downed a heaping tablespoon of that. Even though you may feel you will remember, you won’t! I know that WellnessMama has mentioned this in at least one of her posts, but please, do it now!

    Thank you, WellnessMama for all of the great recipes that we all seem to need, and for your tireless work finding them and sharing with us. Please take care of yourself!

    • Can you use a beach towel and wrap it around your pillow? Then no matter how oily your hair is it’ll absorb only into the towel which can be tossed into the laundry.

      • Hi. I’ve made pillow slips from old towels to use when I have messy concoctions on my head. Works a treat. Simply wash the next day and use a fresh one if needed.

  18. You said more is not better, is it bad if you use too much or you’re saying you just don’t need a lot?

    • If you look up essential oils and scalp psoriasis you get things like Tea Tree and Lavender. These oils could be added into Castor Oil. Perhaps that would help,

  19. Hi, I don’t have jojoba oil. I was wondering what benefits it brings to this mix. Wanted to try this, but can I sub in more coconut oil instead?

  20. I’ve used the yellow castor oil and the Jamaican black castor oil (costs more) for some time. I haven’t noticed much difference between the two because they both work for me. I just apply a drop or two on my fingertips, rub together with both hands and then massage around the edges of my hair. My understanding is that the massaging is essential to help stimulate the scalp for growth. I also use it regularly on my eyebrows – just a little – no more than a drop. I don’t use it on my lashes anymore because it made them too long (I wear glasses) and I had to constantly clean them. I also use it in my homemade hair styling cream. It is one of my staples,

  21. I so badly want to try this on my sparse eyebrows, but last year I tried oil cleansing for a few weeks with a mixture of castor and jojoba oils on my mild to moderate acne. The oil cleansing method ended up causing severe cystic acne, and took almost a year to heal from. I am not sure what from this method caused this reaction, maybe the castor oil? Did anyone have a similar experience, or any bad reactions to castor oil on skin?

    • I did oil cleansing using castor oil and noticed my skin got more pimples that usual, it could have been that or something I was eating back then. I decided to give it another try since Im doing better with my diet an I have read all this wonders from castor oil, so i didm oil cleansing this evening too, I will see how it goes and will get back to you with the results. I have also used coconut oil for cleansing and the results are much better, so maybe switch oils and see if it works.

        • I initially thought it was from detoxing, so I continued the oil cleansing at first, but it kept getting worse and became months of deep cystic acne. I am positive this was not a detox symptom in my case, though I realize that some may experience mild breakouts due to detoxing.

          • I also cannot use the Oil Cleansing Method. Wish I could, but it’s not for me. I didn’t get cystic acne, but I started to get small white bumps on my cheeks where I never break out and it made my skin tone dull and uneven. Honestly, I feared I’d ruined my complexion for a while. I didn’t, but it took quite a while to revive it.

            All that said, I do use castor oil on my brows and lashes with no ill side effects. I also like to use it as an overnight hand mask and in small amounts on my scalp as well.

    • Castor oil does clogg the pores. I got more acne when I used it for oil washing on my face. I now use rose hip oil mixed with jojoba. Also use aloe vera tonic and couple of drops of rose hip in the morning and evening and had no acne break outs since! I will use castor oil for my hair now (after all, acne automatically hidden by hair 🙂 is not so scary!

  22. I’ve never heard about Castor oil since now. Thank u for that. I have a very long hair . I read that olive oil helps for dried hair, I tried it and had awesome results. I will try your recipe soon .

  23. I have been desperate for quite a few years to find something to work for my hair. After 5+ years of constant hair loss and thinning receding… I will now need a wig this summer. I have hashimotos and I am 52… I am on synthroid, but a low dose because I can not tolerate any other meds (I’ve tried them all) I am sensitive to most supplements. I can’t even tolerate fish oil. Ashamed to say it… but the hair loss has bothered me the most. I want to try this and see if it will help any as I am on my last leg with my hair… literally … I HENNA my hair. I buy my products from Morocco Method. I would like to know.. CAN THIS OIL BE USED ON HAIR THAT HAS BEEN TREATED WITH HENNA? All the biotin, and other may not work unless a root cause is dealt with… I used to tell the doctors (and I’ve been to a ton of them looking for help) that I would put chimp poop in my hair if they told me it would make my hair grow!! lol 😉

    • google Dr. Bob Marshall – Santa Monica, Califor. he has a radio show u can call in. he is a fab nutritionist that helps get to the root cause.

    • Hi Angela, some background info: I have long naturally light strawberry blond curly hair, which is a thin strand type, but had a good quantity of it, with an oily scalp and I had cradle cap as a baby.
      I used natural Henna for about 10+ years and have always mixed it with castor oil and an egg. I prepared the Henna with hot water and added 4-5 tablespoons of castor oil and when the mixture isn’t as hot anymore, add a beaten egg to it (so it won’t curdle). After applying it still quite warm, to rinsed out (to get rid of hairstyling products as much as possible) and therefor wet hair and scalp (I was colouring my hair, so needed complete coverage) If the mixture cooled down too much, I put it for a few seconds in the microwave. I massaged it in a bit, but more to make sure the henna was everywhere than to stimulate scalp. I wrapped it in clingfilm or used a showercap, then a thick towel wrapped on top and left it on for 3 hours. Strips of cottonwool tucked under the towel along the neckline at the back and the temples would keep runs at bay. I always washed it out twice with Johnson’s baby shampoo, as it didn’t strip all the hair from the oils again and cleaned it properly (most others I tried didn’t). My scalp used to be healthier, hair lush and manageable with incredible shine and bounce. I stopped only because I found the colour became too harsh on me as I got older and didn’t like the other colour mixes availlable at the time (about 12 years ago).
      I am now 52 and my hair has been thinning a lot the last year (probably hormones) and just bought some Castor Oil to see if it would make the same improvements without the henna, but keeping the egg in. I will heat it up a bit by either standing the mixture in a bowl of hot water or add a splash of hot water if I think it is still too thick (which it looks like it will be) and apply it to rinsed wet hair again.
      For people bothered about it darkening the hair: My mum used to use the Castor Oil and egg mixture with the juice of half a lemon to platinum bleached blond permed hair. Not to stop it from darkening, but to try and lighten it even more!

  24. First of all, thank you for this! Im excited to try it but I have a couple of questions. Does this smell badly? For example will I wake up in the night and be able to smell it? Or will my husband complain? Lol! Also, would I need to wear a shower cap or a towel? I would like to just use an old pillow case to sleep on. I’m not used to sleeping with something on my head!!! Thanks so much!

  25. About a year ago, I lost an entire section of eyelashes. I’m talking a good 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch! I researched ways to regrow eyelashes and came across castor oil, which I happened to have in my cabinet. I used a cotton swab to run a small amount across the base of my lashes on the lid side every night. In about 4 weeks my lashes started looking almost normal and I began also using it to regrow my thinned eyebrows. Just a few weeks more and the lash damage was completely repaired and my brows were thicker. I was truly shocked! I never thought of using it on my head, but I certainly will now!

  26. Heya, where do you get the little glass droplet bottles from or even just the little glass pump bottles. Can not find them anywhere!

  27. I was wondering if any one had noticed how their permed hair responded to using the Castor oil. I like my perm and would hate for it to straighten after using the castor oil. I also have long hair. It comes down to my lower back.

  28. I’ve been using a combination of castor oil and burdock root oil. So far it’s been working out for me.

  29. I have been looking for something like this for a really long time. Where is the best place, cost wise to purchase the items needed for the hair treatments? I want to get started right away. If you could post links to your resources that would be so great.

  30. Hi Katie, thx for the recipe. Im making it at this precise moment and I have question regarding the coconut oil. If the oil gets hard, ( I’m using a container with a pump) is it ok to warm it up a little bit. Also I have the same hair type as you, oily/fine, theres no way I can go 1 day without washing it, even tough I just started using the Marocco Method brand, still wash it everyday, should I do this hair growth recipe 2 a week?
    Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge Dear!
    <3

  31. I am about to order all of the products and now again I am wondering if this is okay to use on hair that has been colored/treated hair? I use morocco method products.

  32. I made a mixture of castor and coconut oil, heated them together and applied it over my scalp, But my hair started falling of. Why so?

  33. Can anyone tell me how much to use on thick hair? I have very thick hair but it doesn’t want to grow any longer than it is now and I’ve been trying to grow it a couple inches for a long time now.

  34. Hi Katie,
    My 4 y/o daughter has very short hair. Like maybe 3-4 inches. I have done slight trims but nothing more. I have been applying coconut oil to her hair a couple months now to encourage growth. Now I do castor oil with red Palm oil for the last two weeks. Have you ever heard of Short Anagen Syndrome? There isn’t much research on it and all I seem to find it usually works itself out by puberty! We take GP FCLO. And she has a healthy diet ei. no junk, no wheat, never hfcs. I was told by a naturopath when she was 2 that she has leaky gut because of terrible eczema. I know you’re not a doctor, but your advice is very helpful. She is also not vaccinated and has only had antibiotics onces(almost never sick) except out of nowhere she had cavities (which is how I found your website doing research a few months back).

    If you have any advice I would much appreciate it. Sometimes it seems that our food supply is so lacking and damaged that unexplained ailments are now just a part of most people’s lives. Even when we try to eat healthy. A sign of the times I guess.

      • About a year and a half ago we went to someone who uses an Ondemed machine and standard process supplements to name a few. We went because my daughters eczema had gotten bad. I was at my wits end. We stopped wheat that day. She was also taking several SP supplements but I stopped those because of cost and the difficulty of getting her to take them seem counterproductive and besides the Cod liver oil I didn’t see any results from them. But it was stopping the wheat that cleared up her skin for good. If she has wheat by accident it show up on her skin a few days later.

        Now for the past month or so I have in addition to the FCLO/butter oil I have been giving her a tablespoon of gelatin a day. I noticed her face is much brighter and cheeks pinker. I listened to that leaky guy seminar you did a few months back but their program doesn’t seem practical for us. But I have been taking the L-glutamine (because I’m sure I have LG also). Maybe I can give that to her too?

        Either way, I don’t know if it’s possible to already see results but her hair is looking longer already. New hairs around hairline even. Any other suggestions Katie for Leaky gut in children?

  35. I would love to know too… my kids will not drink straight bone broth.
    They’re also not really into soup.
    The only way that I can get them to consume bone broth, is by using it instead of water to cook white rice.

    • That’s a really good idea. I don’t like any soup – can’t stand the runniness – and have all this healthy bone broth in my freezer. I never thought of cooking rice in it. Thanks for the suggestion.

  36. Thank you, Karie!!! Yet another healthy home remedy to make me not only pretty but also healthy!! I too have an autoimmune disorder- psoriatic arthritis. However, my flare ups started to hit hard and way too often. I started treating for leaky gut and realized thatvI have Candida. It’s in my face and scalp as well as in my digestive tract and I’ve had no choice but to go chem free.. And like you, I was that girl spending a fortune on every and any beauty product that caught my eye.

    I now oil cleanse and use an anti-aging lotion that I make. I color treat my hair and and really not satisfied with the alternatives to shampoo and conditioner but I do spray in a diluted mix of acv and dizstilled water after showering.

    I use your Beach wave sea salt spray for texture.

    After reading this post, I started using a small amount of castor oil with jojoba on my scalp when my hair is wet. Not only is it detoxing my hair and fighting the Candida but my hair looks fuller and feels super soft in only a few days. I too have fine light colored straight hair that doesn’t “like” oily/ heavy product. But maybe since I do the Acv rinse daily, I haven’t had a day of oily looking hair.

    I developed a small, but overtly noticeable to me, bald spot in the front of my hair and already see new baby hairs coming in ay my hair line.

    I’ve exclusively used your recipes and recommendations and my skin and hair look better than they have since I gave birth to my one child via c-section 9 years ago. That is when I started getting sick. I just never fully bounced back.

    Your blog is making me pretty again and this latest post about the castor oil scalp treatment addresses all of my hair and scalp issues,,

    I can not thank you more. I’m so grateful.

    Ps:.When my hair is oiler than I’d like, I massage a small amount of bath powder into my part. Not sure how people would feel about it since it’s not an all natural chem free product. But it really odors the trick for me. 🙂

    Thanks again for another fabulous remedy!!

    jodi

    • Hi Jodi,
      I color treat my hair but have avoided any apple cider vinegar rinses as I was afraid it would strip color – – I used to use it before I began hiding the gray and LOVED acv rinse as it made my hair smooth and soft, added a little reddish highlights and made my scalp feel great…..Have you had any problems with acv rinse at all? What dilution do you use? Thanks!

  37. Pls I would like to try castor oil n coconut oil but am on dreadlock but my hair is demage n d front is just bad wat type of castor oil are we talking about is it d one used to enhance labor or wat is d type pls reply me

  38. it totally cleans out your hair follicles. Clears up any bacteria of fungal infection like folliculitis or Candida or antioxidants in your skin and hair. So, it depends honestly on why your having hair loss. It stimulates and sets up the follicles for hair growth.

    I’m growing hair in a small thin spot I had developed. I don’t know that if someone had a thyroid problem or other health condition if it would work.

    But it’s cheap and worth trying. My hair strands are thicker and shinier. It is reviving my hair. And I am growing new baby hairs.. About an inch and a half long now. So…. It is possible. And at the very least, it will make your hair healthier by deeply cleaning out the follicles and stimulating them. I hope that helps!! 🙂

    Jodi

  39. I use coconut and castor oil with rosemary essential oil every few nights on my scalp overnight and my hair has grown longer then it ever has!

      • I did some research using Pinterest and a few bloggers I really like and wrote down oils from several recipes. I don’t think I can name bloggers by name or send you to their website. The best way I do it is to look at 30 or so recipes and write down the top 7 or 8 essential oils and quantities. Then I research why these oils work. If I think it’ll make a good blend I use about what is average by other users. That way I’ve personalized it but have leaned on someone else’s expertise. I made a blend and added it to my shampoo. It didn’t make any more hair fall out. Actually, less came out on hairbrush. It started up new growth and helped my hair grow faster. I can’t say it thickened but did help save what I already had and encouraged more new growth. The recipe is a mix of 2 or three recipes: 20 drops Peppermint, 25 d. Lavender, 25 d. Rosemary, 5 Thyme, 10 d. Cedarwood, 15 d. Clary Sage, 10 d. Ylang Ylang, 2 d. Sage and 5 d. Basil. These are all good for hair and I hope this helps you. Another thing you could do is put this blend in spray bottle with detangler and spritz hair. Put a towel over pillow and sleep on it overnight. Then wash with shampoo as usual. Do this 2 or 3 nights a week. Steady use is the key to making these blends work.

  40. Hello! I am 19 weeks pregnant. I was wondering if it is safe for me to use castor oil topically since what is put on skin is also absorbed. Thanks!

  41. Yes i am currently using this on my husbands hair and have been for 4 weeks. He has one 2 inch section on top of his head that is balding and has been for a few years. Recently it got worse and I thought I would try this. So far he IS growing hair back! I can now see all the hair follicles coming back and blonde hair coming in about the length of arm hair at this point. I am wondering if it will stay blonde or turn dark brown which is his hair color now, although he was blonde as a child 🙂 So good results so far!! Thanks

  42. I’ve made this yesterday and used it to try to help my thinning hair. I am on medication similar to chemo for my arthritis and my hair seems to be falling out more and more. I also have Hashimoto’s so that doesn’t help either. So I am hopeful that this will work. I was unable to buy pure castor oil as am in the Middle East at the moment but the castor oil I found was mint flavoured! They also had chocolate flavour. I used the mint flavour along with coconut oil. I am also intending to use it on my eyebrows and eyelashes. I just have one question – does the mixture need to be refrigerated or just kept in the cupboard?

  43. icused to takexMethotrexate too! And when it wasn’t working any longer, it looked like I was going to have to take a Biologic. I was having flare ups constantly and my doctor had me tested for Leaky Gut syndrome. I have it as well as Candidiasis. A lot of my autoimmune symptoms were actually my body attacking toxins and food particles that leaked into my blood stream. This is a whole different topic. But the Candida was really bad and in my skin as well. The Castor Oil got rid of it from my scalp, especially when I put a good amount on my bald spot. It completely cleaned out my hair follicles and allowed hair to grow. I think fr everyone taking immunosuppressants, and having autoimmune skin issues, your hair follicles and pores can easily be clogged with dead skin cells, even folliculitis. Autoimmune diseases go hand in hand with yeast infections. I’ve been off the Methatrexate for a year I’d say and treating my Candida and leaky gut. For the first time since I can remember, my skin is actually healing. And the Castor oil is working. I thing especially for those of us with autoimmune illnesses, our skin is involved and our suppressed immune system makes it very easy for our normal Candida to overgrowcajd clog our skin.

    I only know what works for me and this works. I used to have thrush almost constantly and now only get it when I eat sugar. I didn’t even realize it was in my skin. But it is worth a try! Castor oil is cheap. And if it kills off a yeast overgrowth which some Drs say caused the AI disease in the first place, it’s worth a shot.

  44. How do you mix the coconut oil with the castor oil when the coconut is solid not liquid? Do you melt it and then mix it with the castor oil and then melt the oil each time you need to use it? Thanks

  45. i have been using castor oil for the past 1 month…i could nt find any growth …bt my eyelashes are thick and strong now…!!!

  46. Vaseline is also another favorite product for growing beautiful eyebrows. The procedure is almost the same as castor oil, though you may have to apply this at least twice a day.

  47. I tried Jamaican Black Castor Oil for the first time today. I am Caucasian with fairly thick and long hair but after applying it (just castor oil without anything mixed with it) to my scalp and leaving for 5 hours when I came to wash it out I had a lot more hair falling out than usual. I’m wondering if anyone else has experienced this and whether I should continue to use it

    • I tried it this weekend too and have thin hair that has been thinning even more the last few years. I had a LOT of hair in the drain after washing it out (just applied to my scalp). I too was wondering if I did something wrong?

  48. I see someone else asked about henna above and got no answer, came to ask the same thing…warm oil is one of the recommended things to strip out [some] henna, will this strip it?

  49. I have light colored hair which tends to be a thinner strand than darker colored hair. And I wonder if the Castor Oil cleaned your scalps and loosened up hair that was already coming out. Honestly, I use it on one spot for the most part but maybe once a week I sort of dab it onto my whole scalp.

    I do notice every time the weather changes, I tend to shed more?

    Normally I use an herbal product called Folliculit. I put the lotion in my hair and it cleans out your follicles. It seemed to me the Castor Oil did the same.

    I do not use home made shampoo as I can’t get passed the detox. So I might have more of a build up of product than some people. Castor oil should not make your hair fall out. Only a depilatory product could do that.

    But if any DIY makes me uncomfortable (for me, DIY SHAMPOO), then it isn’t worth it. You really can’t do something wrong with applying castor oil. But maybe it just doesn’t agree with everyone. Even all natural products contain allergens. If this doesn’t make you feel good, and feels wrong, then it is wrong. Being stressed about it will make your hair fall out!!

    I have Candida in my skin. When I worked super hard to clear my face, it migrated to my scalp!! So maybe this works for me bc it’s killing a pathogen in my follicles and curing a problem. Most of us women are especially particular about our hair. It’s our mane! 🙂

    If it feels wrong, ditch it. There are so many other all natural beauty DIYs that save us money and are healthier for us!!

    Castor oil is a great carrier oil in your oil cleanser. I use it with Rosehip and jojoba. And a few essential oils too. So- there are other uses for your bottle of Castor oil if you don’t want to use it in your hair!!

  50. My name is Diana and I have basically cut a foot off of my hair. I had hair basically down to my belly button and now it barely goes past my shoulders. I donated it so it was for a good cause but now I’m really missing my long hair. Being 17 everyone my age has long hair and I want mine back. Anyways I have been researching this castor oil and have heard it makes your hair really greasy and super hard to get out. My hair is not like everyone’s hair. It gets extremely greasy. Even after I take a shower and shampoo it if I let it air dry it will look so greasy I can’t even leave the house so I blow dry it every day because I have to. Anyways I’m very afraid this will make my hair even greasier than it already is and I was wondering if you had any advice for me because I need my long hair back

    • After leaving the castor oil on overnight (or however long), don’t immediately shower. Get a handful of conditioner (silicone-free, if you can, like Suave Naturals Tropical Coconut (it’s cheap!)) and cover your oiled hair with it. Let that sit for 10 minutes and then rinse in the shower like normal. Afterward shampoo (if you shampoo– i don’t) and condition again. Voila! No greasiness!

  51. Hi, I am curious to know if castor oil is used for daily face cleansing and is also used for hair growth then what happens to facial hair when you use it for cleansing? Does it cause unwanted hair growth?

    • Interesting question- I used to use it mixed with olive oil for cleansing and never noticed overall face hair growth. I would guess if you are naturally a hairy person it may?? This recipe sure is working and helping my eyebrows and eyelashes though!!

  52. I made up the recipe to use on my hair, however I’ve been using it on my eyebrows and eyelashes regularly (5-6 nights a week) for the past month…..AND OH MAN!!!! My eyebrows and eyelashes lashes are looking fantastic!! Eyebrows have filled in nicely and my eyelashes are longer and filled in more! I’m so happy! I wish I could find time to use it on my head regularly! Thank you for this post!!

  53. Hi Katie,

    Thanks for this easy and beautiful hair growth stimulating recipe

    I have few questions though.

    1) My husband has gone almost bald in the front. I want to start this hair treatment with him to deal with his baldness. Do you suggest me to do that?
    2) He has a habit of washing his hair everyday(just plain water), should I tell him to stop this when he has applied the oil?
    2) I have ordered Castor oil cold pressed from lotus oils NZ. Will this cold pressed thing be as effective as Jamaican Castor oil?

    Looking forward for your kind response. TIA.

  54. My hair is salt and pepper (more salt)…it has been thinning for years and just recently it won’t grow in the front middle of my scalp. I would like to try this but concerned about my hair getting that yellowish hue from using it.

    Will my hair turn colors and cause the salt to darken up…I really like the gray in my hair…

  55. I have been alternating castor oil and magnesium oil treatments. I can attest to rapid hair growth, but an aside is grey hair turning blondish. I haven’t colored my hair in about 2 months and the grey seems less obvious. Everyone should try it. Trying to convince my husband to give it a go for his male pattern baldness because I am sure it would be completely obvious then.

    • Hi Carolina,

      You have mentioned about Emu oil and magnesium oil treatments.

      Could you please share the proportion of emu oil you are using with castor oil?

      Also would love to know about magnesium oil treatment.

      How many times a week are you following this?

      Details would be much appreciated.
      I want to treat my husband baldness.

      Thanks in advance.

  56. I have tried this couple of times, but my scalp burns and a lot of hair fall when I wash it in the morning. I am guessing it is an allergic reaction maybe to castor oil. O lowered the ratio of 2 to 1 coconut oil to castor oil, slightly better. I have used coconut and jojoba oil by its own on my skin before (not scalp) without any irritations.
    Anyone has a suggestion on what other ratio to use?

  57. I mix roughly 40% castor oil with 60% distilled or rose water and massage into skin and scalp.

    As Castor Oil is a humectant, I find that by doing this, it absorbs into my skin much faster and with much more noticeable results.

    Same goes with spraying this mixture into my scalp – much less messy and it seems to be far better absorbed into my scalp, resulting in a much easier shampoo time the next morning.

    This Castor Oil/water mix also provides instant relief for excessively dry hands that have spent far too much time in water without the protection of gloves.

  58. hi Carole,
    I actually mix my castor oil with emu and Rosemary oils. Emu is supposed to be really good for combatting the inflammation often related to hair loss/issues. As I noted earlier in the thread, I’ve experienced great success since trying this Jamaican black Castor oil. I’m sure the emu is helping, too.

  59. Exactly how do you apply this to your scalp? Do you do it all over your hair or just in 1/4 inch sections?

  60. Hello! I used this recipe as directed on my hair (for several hours) and then followed up with the linked hair mask recipe. After I shampooed and conditioned as normal, however I am a bit concerned. I am a male, my hair is very oily and I’m trying to grow it out. I noticed there was A LOT of hair loss, in shower, when I was washing it out. It appeared as though my hair was thinned in the front substantially as well ? has anybody experienced this before? Is this normal? Thank you in advanced for help!

  61. Does it make a difference if you use fractionated coconut oil instead of the regular so it doesn’t have to be melted?

  62. How would you recommend using the “Tropic Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Hair Food, 4 Ounce” that you posted a link to? I find it very pasty and hard to apply. It also leaves my hair looking very greasy so I guess I shouldn’t put it on AFTER I take a shower? Any advice is helpful! Just trying to grow some hair here!

      • Hi Katie,

        I’ve been reading that you use Morrocco Method products. How do you get the castor oil out with their shampoos? i’m finding it extremely hard to!!

        Thanks for your help!

  63. Hello! I have very fine, thin hair (always have) I know it’s mostly due to genetics. I’ve tried coconut oil which was great and gave my hair a lot of softness but my hair is naturally oily, even shortly after I wash it. Just curious to know if anyone has ever used this who has hair like mine and had success. Thanks!

  64. hi all! just wondering if anyone knows whether using baking soda paste to wash off the oil will work?? i don’t use shampoo and the baking soda never used to get all the coconut oil off when i used that but i guessed it was because it was too thick. if anyone has any advice or comments about ways to wash the oil off without using shampoo, that would be amazing! thanks!

  65. edgar cayce mentioned that castor oil sends tons of your bodes own macrophages to an area . a lot of problems come from microbes I’ve heard.

  66. Lately I have noticed it is getting harder and harder to find castor oil in local stores. I’m probably going to have to order it online. Has anyone else noticed this? Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?

    • I found it impossible to find in any local Health foodservices any pharmacy
      However, I found it on sale in my local Indian grocery shop I found from your blog that it is readily available via Amazon, thank you. I use this on eyelashes, eyebrows, hair and nails and so far the results have been phenomenal. Now from your blog I’be read how to mix the oil with other essential oils , so can’take wait to try these. Thanks for a great blog, so extremely helpful.

  67. I’ve been using castor oil, on my hair for over 4 years, I swear by it and have got everyone I know using it, my hairdresser says she’s never seen hair growth like it. I mix it in with my conditioner and leave it on overnight, comes out no problem. I also use it on my eyebrows n my eyebrows are so thick and it also darkened them, been told people would pay loads to have eyebrows like mine. Castor oil is a miracle in a bottle.

  68. I have concerns about using castor oil. As your article states, one of the chemical ingredients of castor beans (and the oil) is ricinoleic acid, which is also called ricin — a deadly poison. (Google “ricin attacks”).
    I don’t know if the oil you mention is free of ricin or not, but just in case, please let readers know.
    According to what I’ve read, castor beans and the plants are deadly also.
    I’m not a biochemist but my husband of 40+ years is.

  69. Hi there–I am delighted to see that some people a are still/newly interested in castor oil treatment for hair. I have been using it since I was 16 years old. It is 44 years later, and my hair is thick, soft, lustrous and shiny, and I do not have a single gray hair. (Well, that may be to genetics, but the rest is due to castor oil hair conditioning!) The way I make it is very easy to wash out, and totally simple. For my long hair, I use 1 oz. castor oil, beat in two egg yolks ONLY, and apply to hair. Leave on 30 minutes, wash out. The egg yolks act as a binder for the castor oil so it washes out easily. Use yolks only, never whites—they literally cook onto your hair in a hot shower and you will have thousands of white shreds stuck on your hair that take forever to pick out. Anyway, I love this inexpensive, top notch hair beautifier, and my hair is the living proof!

    • hi ! i tried your recipe…2 yolks and 1 oz of castor oil…are you using a specific technique to apply and for this mix to be enough ? i had to add more castor and olive oil just to do my roots and i ended up using conditionner mixed with castor for the length of the hair. my hair is a little below shoulders. thanks !

    • I really like this egg yolk and castor oil idea. do you massage it into your roots only? How often do you do this?

      • I also like the 1 oz castor oil with 2 egg yolk idea., and will try it next time. I have read through this whole post twice now and love everyone’s wonderful success in castor oil, regardless of it’s application. Today is my first day. First I spritzed my roots with a silica chamomile H20 infusion. Then I used an eye dropper to apply a combo of 3 tbsp castor oil with 1 tbsp of olive oil to my scalp. I did this as Katie said by parting hair every 1/2 inch or so and applying a few drops. Although i lightly massaged every part so it wouldn’t run. Then once my whole scalp was done, I massaged my scalp gently. I put a shower cap on. Then i got a warm steamy towel and put it as a turban over the shower cap until lit got room temp. Took it off. That seemed to get things going. Still sitting here with shower cap on and my scalp feels warm under the cap. Before I did any of this, last night i rubbed a few drops of the castor oil in my inner wrist before bed to ensure I wasn’t allergic to castor oil. So now, I figured I am not going anywhere. My face is clean from my earlier oil cleanse. Why not put some castor oil on eyelashes. I am so excited to see what happens. I have taken pictures to show eventual before and after shots. Regardless, I kept reading how hard it is to get the castor oil off your hair. Some suggestions have said put in conditioner first to loosen the castor oil, others have mentioned a whole egg, and lastly to simiply combine egg yolks with castor oil and apply that way. I have to get this out of my hair in one hour. Should I beat up a couple of egg yolks and rub that in, then shampoo? Or use conditioner instead? Which is best?

        • Hi! I had luck with an egg yolk mixed with a little yogurt. I read on another blog that egg yolk can remove too much oil, so if it does to add a bit a yogurt (about a teaspoon). This mixture can be adjusted based on your scalp. I left the castor oil mixture on my scalp for a few hours and the egg yolk/yogurt mixture removed it all without an issue! Good luck!

          • Wow Elizabeth thanks so much for the speedy reply. I have 20 minutes before 3 hours is over. I bought some free range eggs and some organic 0 % yogurt. I will mix one yolk with a tsp of yogurt and give it a shot. You rock.

          • It worked! Used 1 egg yold whisked with 1 tsp of yougurt. Left on a few minutes while it worked it into scalp. Then I shampood, conditioned, rinsed and finished with the leave in conditioner with the marshmallow root. Felt a bit heavy at first. Let is slowly dry as i brushed / combed gently from ends to top of scalp. Hair dried. OMG feels heavy , clean, shiny and wonderfully full of body.

          • I’m glad it worked! I am just curious, what type of conditioner and shampoo are you using after? I only ask because I actually use the egg yolk and yogurt mixture on my hair about 2 times per week as shampoo. I am trying to not use commercial products anymore and have been doing pretty well the past year. I was using French Green clay before I started using the egg yolk. I may alternate between the two because the clay is really good for your hair. When I use clay, I also spritz my scalp with apple cider vinegar and water to soften it, but I found with the egg yolk, I don’t need. Anyways, I’m just always looking for other noo-poo methods!

  70. I stumbled on this website while I googled out the health benefit of Oregano oil after watching Ask the Doctor TV show. I am glad I did. Years back, I read about castor oil being a top hair grower. I never knew I would come to this because I had enviable hair as at 9years ago. I need help. I need help. I have been wearing a cap wig because I have lost all the hairs above the top of my 2 ears, my back scalp and front hair lines. I am ashamed and with the poverty situation in my country, I can’t afford these ingredient which I desperately need to try out. I really want my hairs back. Please. Is there a next to these ingredient your research can locate for me in my country. I know my successful hair regrowth will prove there is always hope somewhere waiting to happen if we desire and find it. I really need your reply. This is important to me because I suddenly see myself as a proof of exhibit to the rich and poor of my country and beyond that they can have hair. Don’t be shocked 98% hair stylist/beauticians don’t have this answer where I am from. This will be a major break with all I have read in your blog. You are truly Mama Wellness and so on behalf of everyone in my situation, I say thank you. Thank you very much. I need my hairs back because of my dream wedding, which is, to have a complimenting hair do. Please. Please. To think I was mocked too, by my twin sister today and then I come across your castor oil hair solution made me believe this is pure answer to prayers and a future. Please reply my long write up. Thank you

  71. Hello to all beauties, I have always been a fan of natural hair care blogs! Thanks a lot for sharing the info that’s really helpful. I am planning to try this recipe out and will share my experience and the oils i mixed with the castor oil really soon. But i have a little concern.. as you have mentioned above that you use this recipe once or twice a week, but i am a student and i don’t get chance to keep the oil overnight as i have to rush to school in the morning, except on the weekends and i dont take shower in the morning, i take it in tr evening. So can I apply the oil on friday night and wash it on saturday morning and then again apply on saturday night and wash it off on the sunday morning? Because the rest of the week i only get time to wash my hair (that i do every other day).. please let me if that would be okay?

  72. I have one more concern.. as you have mentioned above that this oil mixture works on damp hair and you leave it overnight.. but if i would apply oil on damp hair then sleep (so that the oil can work overnight) so the hair would get dry in the air after some time.. so please confirm that whether we are supposed to cover the head while sleeping as well?

  73. Hi!

    I love so many of the recipes on this site! And, use many of them. But, unfortunately, after 3 castor oil treatments my hair actually started falling out in clumps at a rapid rate. My doctor was able to prescribed something to help, but–I guess–checks tiny section before doing your whole hair.

  74. Hi, please tell me is this castor oil same like what we can get from the pharmacy store? I have got one from the pharmacy that is used as laxatives..

  75. I so can’t wait to try this!!! Since menopause my hair had gotten so thin!!! I use all natural shampoo and some fullness had returned a little bit but it seems temp in between shampoos so I’m hoping this works! Also for eyelashes will I need to take out my contacts to use? Thank you for this info Katie!! I love your website so much!

  76. Hi again Katie! I have one other question about the oils.. Can I use something different in place of jojoba oil? Is the jojoba for hair specifically out is it like a carrier oil. What oil can I use in place of jojoba? Thank you!!!

    • hi Adeel !

      i was losing my hair with the white root, and after one treatment, hair fell out, but the root stayed in.
      i mixed egg yolks with castor and olive oil in the scalp and the rest of the hair. left it there for a few hours.

  77. Pls somebody tell me that if we would apply castor oil on damp hair, then after application are we supposed to let the hair to dry in air or cover it with a shower cap so that it remains damp till we wash it?

  78. Hi!
    I might have a silly post/question. I have been using this tip on my horse, because she has no forelock at all and it makes her look so bald! I only started it a week ago so I cant comment on the result yet. I was wondering if it is necesary to wash the oil out in between treatments. I get that you dont want to walk around with a greasy head but my horse really doesnt mind! So is it more effective if you wash it out and leave the hair clean for a couple days till the next treatment or can I just apply oil once or twice a week and not wash in between?
    Thanks in advance!
    Rachel

  79. Hi Wellness Mama,

    Question,do you use the refined coconut oil or th unrefined per the link to the jajoba oil? Also, do you think it’s best to just buy the premier caster oil or the kit per the link you have under caster oil?

    Thanks a million!!!

  80. I will like to thicken my eyebrow n hair long lashes What can I mix with Castor
    Oil or just Castor oil will do?
    Also my hair for the pass 3 to 4 years I seen it has not grow. What can I use to start my hair growth.

  81. Hi Katie, I love your recipes ( tried a few now) and your dedication to healthy living and alternative methods to personal happy wellness.
    I’ve done a small patch test of Castor oil on my forearm.
    I noticed within about 2 minutes I had a stinging sensation & slight rash. If I mix the above hair growth recipe & with the dilution of the other carrier oils is it safe to use this on my scalp despite my reaction to it?
    Thank you so much wellness momma 🙂

  82. hello, need to ask something I am not really clear about it, when you say dump hair, what do you mean?
    should i water my hair and then dry half way or i need to wash then just with water and then dry with a towel only?
    thanks
    can;t wait to try it

  83. I have felt a lot of itching in my scalp of late. From what I’ve read it could be candida in the scalp or parasites. It almost feels like something is crawling on my scalp (off and on). Once, when I tried to apply Amla oil which I purchased at an Indian store, I woke up the next morning and washed my hair and had a lot of hairfall. By the evening, my scalp was itching like crazy, almost like the oil had fed these buggers and awakened them.

    I am wondering if any oil would do that, or if castor oil would help stop the itch and get rid of the folliculitis or whatever I have

  84. I have applied the therapy of hot coconut oil and lemon juice to reduce dandruff and it really works. As I have the hairfall problem also, can I mix some castor oil with the hot coconut oil ??
    Will be the mixture of castor oil + hot coconut oil + lemon juice good for reducing dandruff as well as reduce hairfall ?? Or anything else I should try for reducing hairfall ??

  85. hey! This may be a dumb question, but do you only put it on the roots of your hair or do you put in on both your scalp and ends?

  86. I have very dry hair and an oily scalp. I tried using castor oil after reading your post and my hair is shedding faster and more. I mix 3 parts of castor oil with 1 part of olive oil and 1 part coconut oil. Whenever I apply the oil and try to comb, my hair falls just too much. Even during shampooing and after that, it’s falling more. I have been using it for 3 weeks. Can you please tell me if i’m doing something wrong and how should I use it.

  87. Hi there…..I love your site as well …thank you for all your great advice! I have been using your hair loss serum spray for the last 2 months and like it a lot.It helps by adding body to my hair ,but I haven’t noticed any major new hair growth yet. How long does it typically take?
    I also have tried the castor oil a few times over the summer and last night again, and can definitely confirm that I get a huge shed the day after. I wasn’t sure the first few times but I’m now convinced it is definitely the oil. I see a few others have commented on this as well but there hasn’t been a reply. I’m wondering if it’s a result of using too much? Could it be they are old hairs making way for new hairs and that after some time the shedding stops and you see new growth? Or is it just an adverse reaction and I should stop using it? It really sounds promising but I can’t afford to lose any more hair. Thx 🙂

  88. I spoke to my dermatologist about why I experienced hair loss with this recipe. She said that it could easily cause a fungal infection and prescribed me an rx shampoo. My hair is now growing back…..knock on wood, but–yes–I was pulling handfuls of hair out for a while.

    • Hi Claire, What rx shampoo did your dermatologist prescribe? I haven’t tried castor oil on my hair, cos in the past few months, everytime I’ve oiled my hair I’ve had tremendous hairfall. When I don’t oil it, it doesn’t fall. Mine seems to be a fungal infection too, cos I tend to have some itching. With the oil, the itching is intensified though.

  89. Hi guys, this is to all those who are facing the hair fall issue..
    In the recipe above, its written to apply castor oil on damp hair, cover it with a shower cap and leave it on for hours. Although this recipe is awesome but covering damp hair with a cap for long hours provides an excellent environment for bacteria, fungi and other microorganisms to breed in, and eventually you will notice bunch of hair falling out. And when in gets severe, you will notice hair falling with roots. Therefore, I would suggest to use it on dry hair. And if you apply it on damp hair, you can just cover it for not more than an hour and take your cap off so that your hair can breathe.. and if you still notice hair fall then you must visit your dermatologist. My dermatologist recommended a lotion that is to be mixed with the oil before you apply it on your scalp. Since then, I have saved a lot of my hair from falling out.
    Hope you guys find it helpful… 🙂

  90. That is very helpful knowledge Suneeta . What is the name of the lotion and did you find now that it is helping with hair re growth ?

  91. Hey Mary, glad that you found it helpful. That lotion is Betamethasone lotion. I would suggest you to confirm from your dermatologist before applying it as it is the matter of hair. What my dermatologist told me was that this lotion would just help to stop hair fall and it has nothing to do with the hair growth. Also, she asked me to mix few drops of this lotion with the oil that I use. I use the same recipe for my hair mentioned above but i add few drops of this lotion into the mixture “just before” applying it on my damp (not wet) hair. Then I cover my damp hair for not more than an hour with the shower cap. Then I remove the cap and let my hair breathe for hours. I also leave it overnight. This has actually helped to boost my hair growth and I am having very less hair fall now. As I have curly hair that go frizzy too, I spread 2-3 drops of olive oil on my palms and apply it on my hair after shower. This is how I manage my hair without using any expensive hair serums. And yea I would soon stop using this lotion as my dermatologist asked me to stop using it as I get over with the hair fall problem. 🙂

  92. So the point is, the lotion only helps to get over the hair fall but it has nothing to do with the hair growth. For hair growth, I have found the above recipe very helpful. Thanks a bunch wellness mama! I would also suggest people experiencing hair fall to pay a visit to their dermatologist. It requires time and money I know but its good to have an expert advice because sometimes your scalp just can’t tolerate new oils, sometimes your scalp finds few oils heavy and sometimes you even end up having itchy scalp. I am a medical student but still I visited my dermatologist to check what was wrong with my hair.. i have been through the same problem and I know how pathetic it feels and i really hope you all get your solutions to the hair fall soon.. <3

  93. I wish i could try this but i struggle with oily hair so I’m afraid it will make my hair even oiler. I do use castor oil mixed with coconut oil and vitamin e oil for my eye lashes and they are growing longer and thicker.

    • Hi Shaan, I find that when my hair goes oily, it’s because it needs to be moisturised, so this will work a treat for your hair.

      • I did end up trying the treatment but it made my oily hair worse so i will only do this once a month. I have natural oily hair i have had it since I was a kid my mom also has oily hair but not as bad as mine. My hair use to be so bad i had to wash my hair everyday but i finally found an organic shampoo that doesn’t make it oily and trust me i tried alot of shampoo for oliy hair even dandruff shampoo made for oily hair nothing worked but now it’s getting better so I’m happy.

  94. Hey Brandy,

    Well you have to dilute the castor oil with some other oils because castor oil itself is too thick that makes it difficult to rinse out if its applied without dilution. And for dilution, any oil that suits you would be okay, as mentioned above by wellness mama..

  95. hi katie i love your blog and I’m starting to use all your recipes…can i leave this lotion on my hair overnight?thanks Gloria

  96. I’ve had dry skin problems all my life and tried so many moisturizers. Many of them didn’t work and some were just okay. Castor oil changed my life and completely cleared up and softened my skin. LOVE IT!

    Great article!

  97. I agree……..Castor oil can do wonders! I’m using it for my hair! Just give it a try!

    Thanks to Wellness Mama!!!!!

  98. I just googled “castor oil” and found your web site. Hope someone can benefit from my experience. When I was in my twenties, I had “granulated eye lids” (danduff) and rubbed castor oil on my lids nightly and it cleared up. I don’t remember how long I did it, just happy it went away cause I was always picking at the danduff and pulling my eye lashes out. Wish I had continued, but will start back up and see if my lash get thicker. Thanks.

  99. I’ve been doing the OCM for about a month now, and I just found out that castor oil helps your hair grow. Any chance I’m going to grow a mustache or something, because that wouldn’t be good!

  100. I have asked this question but do not see mine in the blog and need to know before trying it on my colored hair. Can this be used on color treated hair without stripping the color? I am eager to try this on my hair but not until I know the answer to this question. Also, I am concerned about the loss of hair that many seem to be experiencing after using the castor oil treatment since I can’t stand to lose any more hair. I asked my hairdresser these questions but she did not know the answer. Please address this as soon as possible so that I can seek other solutions if this door is closed.

    • I’ve never experienced any hair loss and haven’t personally tried on color treated hair, but have friends who have without a problem. I’d try on a small area at the back of the neck first to make sure it works with the color on your hair though

  101. Hey does castor oil help thicken genetically fine hair? I have fine hair and I wanted to see if it would help thicken my hair and eyebrows.

  102. hi there! just wondering if anyone has experienced dry ends on the hair after using castor oil? i also put a few drops of rosemary oil in. i use a natural shampoo but no conditioner….could that be it? any help would be wonderful thanks!

    • Hi there, for the dry ends use a mask for your hair type after washing it with the shampoo. loreal or Redkeen.

  103. To give castor oil an even better impact, mix it with emu oil, which is not only a fantastic moisturizer, but also helps with hair regrowth by triggering new growth in dormant hair follicles. Just make sure you use a high quality oil, and there are some being sold that are not AEA certified.

  104. 1)Can we use castor oil with coconut oil?
    2)I still got hair fall after using castor oil with coconut oil?
    My hair is so thinnnnn

  105. I just used the castor oil undiluted because I did not know it should be diluted. What should I do? I coated my entire hair with it after washing off the conditioner. ? I have no idea how to use this oil, also I live in NY where the winter air is dry and heated buildings, I read this oil is a humectant, will it further dry my hair ?? I need moisture and a sealing.oil for my hair. Thanks in advance

  106. I have genetically thinning hair. I’m wanting to try the Castor & Emu Oil along with some Rosemary Oil mixture. Does anyone know what ratios I should use?

  107. I got thinny & silky hair on my head. Earlier in 2005
    I’d suffered in tuberculin. Since my childhood I used have a problem in my lung like I usually could not tolerate any bad smell or smoke from trucks & vehicles & also can’t endure painting smell or any either . Later on 2012 I caught asthma . I never smoked . Neither alcoholic. Just after 2005/06 I noticed that my hair is falling gradually . And after 2009/10 the falling of hair tremendously increased. Jow how can I get back my silky & thin hair . All of advises will be highly appreciated . Thanks in advance 🙂 (y)

  108. I find extremely easy to remove the oil from my hair and scalp if I do the treatment overnight and use a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and water first thing in the shower.
    I spray the mixture all over my scalp and massage with the tip of my fingers. You can feel how it breaks the oil straight away. Then you can use your favorite shampoo, or just stick with the bicarb. Super quick an no mess!

  109. I’ve only tried this once. I used castor oil, coconut oil and a little honey for hair loss. ( I have possible Lupus and Ulcerative colitis) I’ve had raynauds and periperal neuropathy for a few years but the hair loss and joint pain started this past year (after a 3 month long bout with pneumonia) blahblahblah.

    So I washed my hair after having the mask on for a few hours and I LOST A LOT OF HAIR…like more than I usually do in the shower. I really wanted this to work ;( My question is, given my f’ed up physiology is it possible that I had an adverse reaction or is this normal?

    Sorry for the word spew. I miss my hair.

    • It could be possible. This is going to sound weird but try using horse shampoo i use to have very fine dull hair but since I started using horse shampoo my hair has been growing faster it’s also very healthy now and thicker which is awesome but always use conditioner on your ends since some types of horse shampoo can dry your hair out. I have purple and blue dyed hair and i still use the horse shampoo. And try drinking biotin its helps with keeping hair, nails and skin healthy 5mg should be enough

  110. Could you provide scientific evidence that castor oil regrows hair, or aids in growing hair more rapidly? When I click on some of your links, the sites you provide are anecdotal, personal stories from Amazon, not scientific research. Thanks!

    • Hi Robert,

      While I don’t have any clinical studies on castor oil, there have also been comments posted about using emu oil for hair growth and a study was done to examine the effects. The anti inflammatory ability of emu oil addresses one of the causes of hair loss, which is inflammation of the hair follicle. By taking care of the inflammation the follicles are able to get back to the task of producing hair.

      Dr. Michael Holick, M.D., Ph.D., Professor of Medicine, Physiology, and Dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine, conducted a pilot preclinical animal study using mice to determine the effects of emu oil on skin and hair growth. He published an article in the January 1996 issue of Drug and Cosmetic Industry magazine with his remarkable findings.

      “We found that there was about a 20 percent increase in DNA synthesis, which means that there was a 20 percent increase in the proliferative activity, or the growth activity of the skin in the animals that received [pharmaceutical grade] emu oil, compared to the animals that received corn oil,” said Dr. Holick. “And when we look at the hair follicles, and the thickness of the skin, it showed that the hair follicles were much more robust, and that the skin thickness was remarkably increased, suggesting that the [pharmaceutical grade] emu oil stimulated skin growth and hair growth in these animals. Also we discovered in the same test that over 80 percent of hair follicles that had been asleep were woken up, and had begun growing hair.”

      “A hair follicle goes through a cycle. It goes from a resting stage into an active growth period, and then it goes back to sleep again. We woke up all the hair follicles by stimulating them, and then we wanted to see if we could further stimulate these hair follicles by topically applying emu oil. We found that there was an enhancement in the growth activity of the hair follicles. So it gives us a very good scientific indication that we were stimulating skin growth,” Dr. Holick elaborated.

      Strong Evidence

      Dr. Holick’s study provides strong evidence that the topical application of emu oil may promote skin and hair cell regrowth.
      ————————-

      Hair loss has many causes and there is no single solution or treatment that fits all hair loss cases. It’s worth noting, however, that a growing number of people are choosing emu oil as part of their hair loss solution.

      Using emu oil for hair loss is a natural and safe alternative to many of the hair loss treatments on the market today, which are not only expensive but ridden with unwanted side effects. The deep penetrating and anti-inflammatory properties of emu oil make it a unique option.

      To use emu oil for hair, apply a small amount of 100% pure emu oil 1 to 3 times a day, massaging it gently into the affected area. For some it works best to apply before bedtime and shampoo in the morning.

      Emu oil can be used in conjunction with hair growth products such as Rogaine, and my improve their effects.

      To attain the full benefits of emu oil for hair loss, it’s important to use 100% pure emu oil that has been properly processed and carries the AEA Certified Fully Refined seal. One that satisfies this criteria is Emu Bliss.

  111. The best conditioners are natural oils like Argan Oil, I get mine from LadySoma… it’s called SomaLuxe Argan Oil. I have naturally curly hair and this is the ONLY product I trust.

  112. Hi Katie!

    I just tried this serum out last night for the first time. Overall, I think it was successful though I do think I may have used too much because there was no way I could have used dried shampoo this morning. This post was the first time I have heard of Branch Basics and now I am just waiting for the products to come back in stock so I can get some. I have two questions about how you use Branch Basics in your hair. 1. Do you dilute it before using on your hair? and 2. Do you ever use it as a shampoo other than when you are removing this serum from your hair? I only ask because sometimes after I use my clay shampoo mixture for several times, I find that my hair doesn’t feel as “clean” as it could (like there is a bit of a build up). Clay shampoo is the only natural shampoo I have been able to use successfully since I started natural hair care so I am wondering if using Branch Basics would counter my use of natural hair care if I were to use it every now and then if I feel like there is build up on my scalp. I am also wondering what suggestions of natural shampoos I should try since the clay works now (whereas two years ago I tried several while I was transitioning and my scalp always felt like there was build up on it). Thanks so much!

    • It definitely takes a little experimentation to find just how much oil to use. I hope BB will be back soon. I dilute it 30:70 with water and use a foamer bottle for a shampoo. I don’t think it would interfere with natural haircare if used occasionally but there are some other great brands as well.

  113. Is there anything out there that will help my eyebrows, the ones that wont lay down,but stick straight out, like grandpa eyebrows.

  114. Every time I use castor oil in my hair, I feel I lose a lot more hair during shampo, and this discourages me from continuing to use it. Is this normal? Is it a temporary phase?
    Please advice as after reading all the benefits, I would like to get back to it, but the hair loss while shampooing worries me.

  115. Castor oil stopped and reversed the hair loss and serious skin damage that resulted from an unnecessary radiation treatment (I say ‘unnecessary’ because I didn’t have cancer, the quack knew it, and yet forced me to have it anyway I told him what he could do with his twisted idea of ‘medicine’ and have never returned to see him or his ilk since – I just don’t trust them anymore).

    Castor oil reversed the horrible signs of dehydration my skin experienced as a result of that ‘medical treatment’ that no amount of drinking water could (and who but the filthy rich can afford HA injections?).

    Where I was losing fistfuls of hair on a daily basis – also as a direct result of said ‘medical treatment’, Castor oil stopped it in its tracks and reversed it.

    I just find it odd that Nature provides us with so many powerful, effective, and natural medicines of Her own, and yet the greed of men can’t act fast enough to declare them ‘illegal’ or find some way to baffle people with BS about their ‘dangers’. It’s all about the profits, people, don’t be fooled that it’s about anything else!

  116. Hi there! Just joined & am so excited to get great tips, advice, etc. What’s the best way to do an overnight castor oil treatment for my hair…it”s thinning from medicines I have to take< and it's become REALLY fine and whispy, also prone to static electricity (think that part may be from the Winter weather). Any tips would be SO greatly appreciated! aAlso, just ordered a pound of powdered fenugreek after reading about it's benefits. Any info on that would be awesome as well! Thanks in advance…Jennie from Georgia

  117. As a scientist, I have to add that nothing. NOTHING. will make your hair grow faster. Let’s repeat: nothing.

    I see it everywhere – especially on Pinterest – and it drives me crazy. Hair is not alive. It is excreted through the follicles, a gift from evolution to protect your head and to keep it warm. You can help with the quality/quantity of your hair, especially you are anemic or deficient in vitamin D, but you simply cannot make it grow faster than its usual 1/3″ per month.(approximately). There are countless posts and videos claiming a nightly oil massage for one week will make your hair grow 2 inches a months or some such. Nope. Even biotin has had no large scale clinical research and we aren’t really certain if it works at all. A friend of mine at work says about 80% of the patients she sees about hair fall have already been taking Biotin.
    Personally, I use a wee bit of castor oil mixed with sweet almond oil and argan oil and rub it only onto the ends of my hair. Most hair will only grow to a certain length before it falls out. Some people are luckier than others and get Crystal Gayle hair (remember her?) but most don’t. This at least prevents my ends from splitting so much. The hair is oldest at the ends and, therefore, has gotten the most abuse. Scalp massages can help with blood flow but I find castor oil to be too sticky and oily for my hair there. I use an tee tree oil and almond oil-infused cheap white conditioner that I make to massage with after I have treated my hair to an oil rubbing and then wash it out.
    I hope the helps clarify the expectations. We all hope for the magic bullet but often it’s just fruits, veggies and lean meats that’ll make your hair its best.

  118. I have extremely fine thin shoulder length hair that doesn’t get too oily, would this work for it? and in anyway help with the volume/thickness?

    • I have thin hair. Will castor oil help thicken my hair and make it longer? I am also afraid of having a reaction to using it and it have an opposite affect and make my hair fall out. Would this ever happen or could this happen using castor oil or coconut oil, or the mixture of the two?

  119. Wellness Mama, I appreciate your post. Thanks for that. I am facing a serious hair fall problem for last 3.5 years. Despite of applying so many things, I have not been able to be cured. It started suddenly. It is the only part of my body which i seriously love. That’s why, it made me so upset and irritated that i can’t make you understand. From yesterday i started to apply this. But i didn’t get the “unrefined” oil in our Bangladeshi market. But i am exploring this. Now i am using refined but cold pressed. Will it work ? I want to be refrained from this anxiety. I don’t need the regrowth rather i only want that my hair falling be stopped.

    • Respectfully I disagree I do the greenhouse effect and the baggy method and my hair has grown twice as fast as it use to. It is extremely healthy thick and glossy. The key for me is moisture with the right mix of protein.. Several people have gotten similar results using the above methods and have posted videos all over YouTube ..

    • Have you tried a egg protein treatment? I had serious hair fall due to thyroid so I shampooed hair and towel dried it..then I cracked eggs and separated the white from egg yoke in a bowl (for my hair length I Used 5 egg yokes) and mixed the yokes up and applied to hair covering entire head from roots to ends..I put on a plastic cap for 1 hour then rinsed out and followed up with a deep conditioner. Wear a towel around your neck as it can be a bit messy.. Hair fall will stop immediately!

      • Thanks Kenya for your feedback through investing a valuable time. May be I used it 5 or 6 times. How many times i will continue to use that therapy?? Now i am using castor oil+ almond oil+ coconut oil mix for last one week in every day. Would you please suggest something about that. Thanks.

  120. Question:
    Where can I buy unrefined castor oil??
    Situation:
    I’m 23 with 2 kids. 4 yrs & 5 months. In High School I noticed my hair was getting thinner. (Dad would critize about every external problem I had, hair,acne,glasses,you name it)
    Obviously it is normal after you have a baby but over the past month or two I’ve noticed it getting worse. To the point family points it out. I get scared when I have to brush hair or even shower. Ive considered going bald but don’t think I cab handle that. I’ve done coconut oil treatments 2-4 x a month. Even had my Dr. notice, she sent me to get blood work don’t in case it was something internally but results came back normal. So she referred me to a Dermatologist. Trying to go the Natural route. Help!!

      • I have been using the castor oil (refined) for last two weeks regularly. But still no improvement. Please advice something. I am loosing all hopes and that turns me into depressed. I didn’t get unrefined castor oil in Bangladeshi market. What i can do?

  121. to add a note to this, ever since i saw this post and started using caster oil on my hair i just out the oil straight on my hair dry. i was doing some research and i found that you NEED to add water first to get the mostutizing benefits because oil is grease, not mousture. water is mousture and oik traps moisture. so if doing fkr moustrizing benefits water first oil second. that also is the case for add oil to skin. also scraping away dead skin cells through a hair and skin exfolation first allows for actual absorption of oil. other wise your just smothering it around on dead skin cells.

  122. Hi I’m in desperate need of help in the last 9months I noticed my hair falling out more and more everyday and has gone thin I had to cut it short due to how much hair I’ve lost I always have had long thick hair so I’m still in shock I did all test and was told it was stress I’m so depressed and don’t leave the house and if I do real quick I wear a hat which I hate I’ve lost my confidence I cry all the time and don’t know what to do its affected me so much that I’m non stopdevices thinking of ending it as I’m not Coping with it at all I’ve just put extra virgin oil all over my scalp and hair and will leave it over night and wash it tomorrow since I read it’s good for stopping hair loss and help regrow I hope it works I need advice fast as im on my last layer of hair after that is my scalp and the end of me I’m really tired from all the stress and crying my hair has always been everything to me and I just don’t feel the same anymore and it’s driving me crazy and can’t go on like this

  123. I am so trying this on my hair. Thank you for the recipe.
    But for those of you who want to try for LABOR, I hope you can 100% guarantee that you will not end up with an epidural because if you do get an epidural, then I, as a labor nurse, can 75% guarantee you that the castor oil will continue to work it’s magic, while you have little control, no matter if Great Aunt Pearl is visiting with Granny Ethel and your 3 little nephews. The good part though is that the sounds and smells will send the children into long fits of giggles and other family members will not come and see you until well after the baby is safely at home;)

  124. Hi, I made a hair oil with 5 drops of lavender, 5 drops of rosemary 5 drops of tea tree mixed with 99ml of virgin coconut oil and stored in a plastic bottle. The first few days it really helped hair fall. But after around 2 weeks usage of the oil causes more hair fall.. I gave some samples to friends and results are similar. I am worried.. What might be the reason? and how can I develop my formula to be effective?

  125. My hair only grows a certain length and then stops. It is also damaged from coloring and using hot tools. Has anyone used the Hair Support from Rocky Mountain Oils? It says it contains Rosemary, Ylang Ylang, Ravintsara, Cedarwood Holy Basil and Sage. How would you mix this with coconut oil, castor oil and jojoba? What would be the measurements? I’m new to using oils and have no idea how to determine the amounts to mix. I have also seen on websites to massage into the scalp and work into the rest of the hair. Is this correct?

  126. My scalp and hair are oily .. I have very thin hair and there is no hair growth from past 10 year. My hair growth stopped after a certain time. I’ve tried many things… Please tell me a home remedy and which oil should I use for massage? Is castor oil is good for oily scalp?

  127. Hi everybody. I have one question. I’m a dude and I recently started using castor oil because my precious hair is thinning 🙁 now even after successfully using minoxidil for a couple of years. So now I’m gradually moving to castor oil use (and I also want to try kemiri aka candlenut oil later after I finish this bottle). I’ve read a couple of times that girls use it twice a week (including Wellness Mama) and i have been using it every other day (overnight). Is there a limit to how many times a week you should use it and how many hours a night?…

  128. Hi, i just started using castor oil mix with coconut oil for my hair, ard a week. I used the liquid form of coconut oil not the (sort of) solid white form. The problem is, my hair dropped when i applied the oil. Like it literally drop in that moment.. And when i wash the oil off, more hair dropped. Abt 2x more than usual. But the next day, few strands dropped when i shower. Probably less than 10. Since i just started, Is this normal? Did i use the wrong form of coconut oil? Or i do have to watch what i eat as well? Pls reply and help.. My hair stopped growing years ago and im just 19.. Sometimes Im embarrassed when i go out. I cant find a right hairstyle that suits me bc my hair is too thin 🙁

    • I haven’t had that type of reaction, so I’m not sure, but wonder if it could be an intolerance of some kind to one or the other of the oils. Either way, diet and internal factors are definitely important for hair health and all aspects of health. I hope you are able to find answers soon!

  129. I have the Mirena IUD for 1 year and 2 months. I have read many bad opinions about this anticonceptive. I think that is causing me hair loss because of the hormonal changes. Will the Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for me? Or should I remove Mirena and then try the JBCO? Any recommendations please? Thank you!!

    • It definitely helps with hair loss, but it can’t help hormones, so you would still be fighting an uphill battle if the Mirena is contributing to the hair loss.

      • Thanks for your response! I will remove the Mirena just in case is the problem. And I will continue with the Castor Oil for better results. I’ll be in touch with the results!!

        • Hi Betty,
          I have read that the Mirena works by flooding your system with synthetic progesterone which causes your body to stop making sufficient quantities of natural progesterone, and in response your hormones get out of balance, with oestrogen becoming dominant in your system. Oestrogen dominance can then lead to other issues including hair loss. It may be worth your while researching how you can naturally raise your natural progesterone level, which will cause your oestrogen to come back into balance. This is apparently required even though you remove the Mirena. I am not a doctor, but I have done some research on this myself as I have a Mirena and am now looking at how I can get my natural progesterone level raised before I get oestrogen dominance myself!

  130. Hi All,

    I am planning to mix Castor Oil, Almond Sweet Oil and Rosemary Oil for Hair Loss and growth. Is it a good mixture to apply for hair loss? . Also can you please suggest ratio of all three oils to be mixed to apply for Hair.

  131. Hi Wellness Mama i want to try on my edges, do i have to wash it off every morning? Can i use only the castor oil? please advice.

  132. Ok, I have used this recipe many times, and I swear it used to have coconut oil…did you change it? Is there a way to get the one with the coconut oil from you? My hair really liked it. 🙂

    • I was just looking this recipe up again as I made it a few months ago and wanted to make another batch and I also thought it had coconut oil in it. I can’t remember what ratio I used last time but I am pretty sure it had the Black Castor Oil, Coconut Oil, and Jojoba Oil.

    • I just posted stating that I came here looking for the recipe and noticed the coconut oil was missing too. I found the recipe that I used a few months ago and it was as follows:

      3 Tablespoons of Castor Oil
      1 Tablespoon Jajoba Oil
      1 Tablespoon Coconut Oil

      I’m pretty sure that was the same recipe that used to be on here. I’m not sure why the coconut oil is now omitted but I thought I would follow-up in case it helps you out.

  133. Hello Am Nikita
    Can i use castor oil on my dark kinky hair?, hairs on my temple have fallen off. Can castor oil darken the grey strands on my hair? How do i use either the egg and castor oil or coconut oil n castor, do i apply the egg first before the castor oil or mix them together.
    Pls do you have any home made recipe for darkening grey hair. Pls where can i find Jamaican castor oil in Nigeria
    Thanks wellness mama.

  134. If you add a bit of emu oil to the recipe (1 tsp.) it will make it even more effective, as emu oil is the only one of those ingredients that is able to penetrate into all 7 layers of the skin, so it can carry other ingredients with it.

  135. Hi! Great stuff here! Thank you! Do you find that your much less expensive blue=blockers are the same as “real” ones? I have a pair of yellow ones for night driving. Do you think they would work? :

    • I did notice a difference with the less expensive ones. The more expensive ones may block a little bit more of the blue light, but the less expensive ones definitely blocked enough to make a difference for me.

    • The one you linked to is a hair food that contains castor oil and some other helpful oils and shea butter. The other one I linked to is just pure castor oil. I’ve had good results with both of them, so it would be up to you personal preference if you wanted a thicker product with added shea buter or not.

  136. I don’t even remember where I first heard about carrot oil for hair growth. But after extensive research, your help included, I decided to go for it.
    I’ve always had long beautiful hair, my grandmother is a professional stylist and always gives me high quality shampoos/conditioners.
    Two years ago my hair was down to my butt when one day I had the idiotic idea of trying to trim it myself. Of course it didn’t go well and I ended up lopping off all of my hair up past my shoulders! My hair had always grown quickly but after some stuff happened I developed a moderate drinking problem and gave up caring about the inside of my body so my hair grew back at the rate of a snail.
    After about a year half of this I got myself back together started eating right again and was taking better care of myself but my hair, alough soft and shiny, was still just barely touching my shoulders. In January I decided to start using a castor oil/extra virgin olive oil on my head once a week and now 5 months later my hair has grown more than it did for the whole year and a half previously. It’s half way down my back. And what’s more is in late January about three weeks after I started doing this I went to Texas to see my family and everyone in my family could not believe how great my hair looked!! One of my aunts even said that it was as shiny as a TV commercial.
    So I did an experiment and in February and March I didn’t use any castor on my hair and just took care of it with hair product and it virtually stopped growing, maintained the health for a while but even by the end of March that started to fade and I even started losing hair and noticed grays. Which was weird because I’m 26.
    So since then I’ve began using the castor oil/olive oil treatment again. I am actually sitting with castor oil in my hair right now.
    I mix it with extra virgin olive oil to “water it down” so to speak because castor oil is so viscous. I’m half Mexican half Northern irish so everyone on either side of my family has long thick dark beautiful hair. So losing/having thin unattractive hair is almost a sin in my family. Especially with my grandma. She is so impressed with my hair treatment that she started suggesting it to her clients!

  137. Hi! Can you tell me the dosage if i mix Castor oil and Argan oil? i read both have good benefits for hair regrowth. thanks!

  138. Hi I would like to know the brand name and dosage and how long you let it sit in your hair before shampooing out 🙂

  139. Hi wellness mama, in your article you just mentioned you will mix castor oil and jojoba oil or argan oil. Can I mix those 3 oils together to treat hair loss?

  140. My hair has always been my pride and joy. I figured since it is pretty damn healthy, it could deal with some bleach damage. And I figured the master stylist who did all the color-corrections would know how much would be too much. I was wrong, and now I want to burst into tears every time I look at my hair or touch it. I just don’t know what to do. my hair has also NEVER been shorter than this and it breaks and falls out. What should i do to regrow hair?

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