Does Castor Oil Really Boost Hair Growth?

To simply answer the question, does castor oil really boost hair growth, the answer is yes. However, use of castor oil and its benefits cannot be summed up to answer one question. There are many questions regarding the use of castor oil and today, we list the most common of them.

Very easy to get online or from your local stationery store, castor oil, extracted from castor seeds, is pale yellow in colour and comes in different forms.

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So you can start using castor oil in your haircare routine starting tomorrow. But here are some related questions and answers that you should learn before you begin.

Get some clarity about all your queries related to the use of castor oil for your hair, before you add it to your haircare routine.

What Are The Hair Problems That Castor Oil Can Work On?

Well, if you have perfect hair, then why add castor oil to your haircare routine? Instead, check this list of hair problems that castor oil can work on and then opt for it. If you have any of the following hair problems, then using castor oil makes sense.

  • Acute hair loss and hair fall
  • Dandruff and related flaking on hair scalp
  • Split ends (especially for those with long hair)
  • Frizzy and unmanageable hair (as castor oil is a natural conditioner)
  • When your hair colour starts fading
  • For damaged hair

What Is The One Unique Reason As To Why You Should Start Using Castor Oil, Now?

The unique property that makes castor oil a must addition to your haircare routine is the fact that it is a humectant. As castor oil works as a humectant, it attracts and retains natural moisture on the hair. This also leads to new hair growth. Due to which, you hair fall stops if you use castor oil for an extended period of time-about 2-3 weeks. If you use the same for months, then you can see a change in the length and volume of your hair too.

Can Castor Oil Be Used For Eyelashes And Eyebrows Also?

Well, as castor oil works well on the hair, you can obviously extend its uses to your eyebrows and eyelashes. However, some complaint regarding eye irritation is observed after applying castor oil on eyelashes or brows. The ideal solution is to try it on one corner of one of your eyebrows. If it does not irritate your eyes, you can continue using castor oil as it will change the thickness of your brows and lashes.

Which Type Of Castor Oil To Use On Hair?

When you go to the store to buy castor oil, you will need to know which kind you want. Don't get confused, we list for you the different types of castor oil and suggest the one you should go for.

Organic/Cold Pressed Castor Oil - For curly hair with an itchy and dry scalp.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil - For straight hair.
Castor Wax - Not for direct use; usually added in make-up and hair products.

How Frequently To Use Castor Oil On Hair?

Answering this question is little tough because it is mostly a personal choice. It also depends on the present status of your hair and the problems you are facing. Take a look.

  • If you are looking for quick hair growth, both volume and length wise, then you can use castor oil up to 4 times a week,
  • If you are expecting castor oil to solve niche problems like dandruff, then once a week is adequate.
  • If you are using castor oil as a hair conditioner then, you can use it every time you wash your hair.
  • Coming to castor oil on eyebrows and lashes, you can use it everyday before going to bed.

How To Use Castor Oil On The Hair?

There are many ways of using castor oil on your hair. We suggest the most simple and quickest way that can be followed for all hair types.

  • When applying castor oil, do use a hairbrush and wear an old garment as it tends to leave a stain.
  • Part your hair into sections and apply the castor oil with the brush. Rub along the scalp to spread the oil.
  • For those with long hair, start from the roots of your hair and then move to the tips.
  • After applying castor oil, clean all extra drippings using a tissue.
  • Use a shower cap for the next 20-30 minutes for the oil to stay on your hair. Some say, leaving castor oil on your hair overnight works better but that's too long a time. As the oil is very light in texture, it can easily penetrate into your hair follicles.
  • Do end with a hair wash-shampooing first and then conditioning.
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    Story first published: Monday, September 11, 2017, 13:58 [IST]
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