How to Use Castor Oil to Grow Your Hair
Hair Care

How to Use Castor Oil to Grow Your Hair

I have used a variety of oils on my hair in my quest to thicken and strengthen my edges. In a previous post I talked about coconut oil and it’s ability to stimulate hair growth. Click the link to check that read out.…te-hair-growth/

Basically the hair on my perimeter has always been thinner and much more prone to breakage and this is even more so true now with Alopecia exacerbating the issue.

So I finally decided to try Castor oil on my limp edges since I already had a bottle in the house. My fiance’ recently realized his temples were thinning and after doing some research online he found out that castor oil could restore thickness to his edges.

I definitely hijacked his bottle of oil and I have been using it for about two weeks. It’s definitely too early for me to gush about my hair growth because it hasn’t been long enough at all. I really just wanted to share how I am using the oil with you all.

So let’s first learn a little bit about castor oil and how it works. I think this is so important because oftentimes we can assume a product is ineffective when in all actuality we just weren’t using it correctly. This can definitely be the case with castor oil, so read on so you can learn why.

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil is a natural emollient which means that it is able to soften and smooth skin and hair by providing a protective film that prevents water loss. That is key. They don’t produce water, but they will stop the water that is already present from leaving.

Castor oil also has natural anti-bacterial, viral and fungal properties. It is also available in different forms. One of the most popular would definitely be Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO is simply castor oil that has minimally processed or refined. It retains majority of it’s restorative properties and it more useful to us than a refined oil would be.

How to Use Castor Oil to Grow Your Hair

As I said earlier, castor oil is not capable of adding moisture to your hair. It simply protects your tresses from water loss so the best time to use castor oil is after you moisten your hair with water. If you’ve just washed your hair and lightly dried it with anything other than a dry towel (read more about why cotton towels are a no no in the post below.)

then now is the perfect time to add castor oil to your trouble spots. Now since castor oil is a pretty thick oil, you want to be conservative with how much you use. It can get pretty messy if you use too much. So when I apply the oil, I only use it on my edges and I massage it into my scalp. I usually do this at night after my shower so the oil can have some time to soak in and really do my hair some good.

Castor oil has been used for years and has made a comeback with the rise of natural hair. I am so hopeful that this oil will really restore my edges and I would love to hear how you all are using castor oil to regrow your hair. Do you mix it with other oils or do you prefer to use it alone?