7 Ways to Use Castor Oil This Fall

By Eshe Asale

Castor oil contains vitamin E, minerals, proteins, antibacterial and anti-fungicidal properties. Scientists attribute its healing benefits to its unusual chemical composition, which consists of a triglyceride of fatty acids with ricinoleic acid of up to 90 percent. In addition to healing benefits, castor oil also contains anti-inflammatory properties, all of which are related to healthy hair growth. Here are 7 ways to incorporate castor oil into a healthy hair regimen.

Added Shine
According to researchers studying the light reflected from hair samples, castor oil hair treatments were found to increase the luster of hair. This effect is caused by castor oil‘s ability to coat the hair shaft, sealing in moisture and creating a silkier surface. Dull hair may benefit from the use of castor oil hair treatments, either in conditioners or in the form of a hot oil treatment. For optimum shine, use a hot oil treatment once per month or moisturizing treatments weekly. However, more frequent use than this can result in an oily scalp.

castor-oil-picImprove Scalp Circulation
Castor oil on your scalp can help to increase circulation. The strengthening effect it has on hair follicles can stimulate hair growth in cases of alopecia, or hair loss.

Prevent Hair Loss
The antifungal and antibacterial properties in castor oil are useful in combating scalp infections, such as follliculitus, ringworm and peidra. Infections and scalp disorders are major causes of hair loss. Pathogens and micro-organisms such as viruses, bacteria, fungus and parasites can attack your skin and scalp, leading to bald patches and impeding hair growth.

Control Split Ends
Castor oil as a conditioning treatment can help reduce split ends, which in turn prevents hair loss and breakage. Omega 6 essential fatty acids, vitamin E, proteins and other nutrients in castor oil can penetrate dry and damaged hair, smoothing rough cuticles and helping the hair shaft retain moisture. Castor oil has a viscous consistency, so mixing it with lighter oils — such as olive and jojoba — makes it easier to evenly and sufficiently distribute it throughout your hair.

Castor oil is a popular ingredient in hair products formulated for highly textured hair because it is known for its ability to seal moisture in the hair, combatting the natural dryness of these hair types. Apply it after moisturizing with a water-based product for a long-lasting seal.

Treatment of Dry Scalp or Dandruff
Castor oil contains fungicidal, germicidal and insecticidal properties, making it an effective treatment for many causes of dandruff. In addition, castor oil hair treatments seal in moisture when applied to either the hair or the scalp, making it an excellent scalp moisturizer. If you have dry scalp or dandruff, apply castor oil directly to dry areas prior to washing or shampooing the hair.

Moisturizing Scalp & Thickening Hair
Omega 6 fatty acids in castor oil help keep your scalp from drying out, while regular use of castor oil may encourage thicker hair growth. Unrefined castor oil is preferred over refined types, because it contains more nutrients and healing properties. Usecastor oil for hot oil treatments and scalp massages to stimulate hair growth and keep your hair soft and manageable. Leave the oil in your hair overnight, covered with a plastic cap to trap heat and enhance penetration. In the morning, wash your hair thoroughly with shampoo to remove all traces of castor oil, then style as usual.

Ladies, is castor oil a part of your hair regimen? How do you use it?

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Diva Hill

    In the colder months, I mix it with Crisco to seal in moisture. It’s perfect & keeps my hair soft for days.

    • http://kinkycurlycoilyme.com/ Jenell Stewart

      Crisco, wow. What made you use that in your hair?

      • http://www.relaxedthairapy.com/ Divachyk // Relaxed Thairapy

        Crisco was trending on some hair forums. It’s a great sealer. I used it for a short moment.

        • -Katherine Drumright Sr

          Wow Crisco. Brings back memories. My grand mother would press my hair with Crisco when I was a child. Because my hair was so thick and course it was the only grease that kept my hair straight.

          • Doris Cooks

            Sometimes, that’s all we had. But it definitely makes your hair soft and shiny and plus it grows. It keeps your hair straight for sure.

  • http://www.relaxedthairapy.com/ Divachyk // Relaxed Thairapy

    Scalp massaging!

  • CurlSense

    I’m using Castor Oil for sealing my ends and a pre-poo mixed with Jojoba Oil. I’ll use it as a hot oil treatment too. I’m absolutely hooked on my oils!

    • https://www.facebook.com/mrsmayhem.datattoomaniac CurlyNaturalista

      I’m hooked on castor oil, baby!

  • talk2totsie

    Castor Oil is my friend these days. Hot Oil, Pre-Poo, Deep Conditioner and scalp massage work for me. I am anticipating a healthy, thick, lustrous and shiny hair and thus far I am just about there.

  • Yve-Car Momperousse

    Visit http://www.kreyolessence.com for 100% unrefined castor oil. You can get luxury scented castor oil in Lavender, Orange, Chocolate, and more! We also have Haitian Shea Butter with Shea soaked in 40% castor oil. Our amazing hair milk, Goat & Coconut Kreme ak Let (cream and milk), will turn dry hair silky smooth. Your hair (and skin) will drink it up.

  • Mary W

    Yes, doin the challenge! I massage nightly, do hot oil treatments and seal.

  • Raija Atkinson

    its now apart of it and i love it. hooked for life and not letting go.

  • Melissa Thompson

    I am now. I love the way it seals in the moisture.

  • Olivia Dickerson

    I just started using castor oil like last week :D

  • coo

    yes, my first staple product since starting my journey 15 months ago.

  • brownskingirl

    I do use castor oil since joining your castor oil challenge I use it 3 times a week.I love it.

  • Teri

    I have been using it for about 2 years and highly recommend that everyone use it. I use to suffer from really bad dandruff and nothing worked until i found JBCO. I use it on my scalp 3x week and it has even grown back my edges that broke off from a weave.

  • April M Deaver

    I’m reading these comments and had an epiphany. My grandmother swore by castor oil but never specified why. She had long beautiful hair and took castor oil ( the yucky liquid from the cartoons) every day. I will be buying some tablets to start taking. As well as using it on my hair!

  • Deb G

    I started using Castor Oil shortly after my dermatologist said I needed to go natural because my I had alopecia due to over 30 years of relaxers. I was experiencing nerve pain as a result. My mother who was visiting massaged CO into my scalp and after one week the tingling stopped. Some of the benefits that I have experienced in addition to this are my bald spots have filled in with hair and my hair is very thick. People who I meet do not believe I had hair issues. I stopped using the Rogaine after two weeks and use Castor Oil in my moisturizing, pre-pooing, and deep conditioning process. I big chopped two and a half months ago.