A traditional ingredient in Ayurveda and traditional Indian practices, Castor oil is an aged old ingredient which has been used for healthier, thicker hair. Castor Oil moisturises your scalp and helps ease dandruff with its natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties.
Read on to see why you should include Castor Oil in your hair care regime, and for our bonus tip to maximise the efficacy of this oil.
What does Castor Oil do for your hair?
Castor oil has been used topically as a remedy against acne and other skin conditions due to its thick viscosity and masque-like feature.
Castor Oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the Castor seed and is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Medical comments suggest Castor Oil can help heal skin issues including dermatitis and psoriasis, which is likely due to these natural properties it contains.
But what can it do for your hair?
There is little to no scientific evidence of Castor Oil being helpful to grow your hair, but there are many online sources claiming to have increased hair growth by up to 5 times their normal rate [source].
But, depending on the cause of your hair loss, this oil may have beneficial properties to help prevent and remedy against the goal of hair-loss, by addressing the root problem.
If your hair loss is caused by dandruff or fungal related infections, then castor oil can be beneficial as it works as a natural anti-fungal and anti-bacterial oil which can help reduce inflammation and stop the underlying disease contributing for the lack of hair growth [source].
This means Castor Oil can be helpful to those who suffer from dandruff or dry hair and shouldn’t be seen as a miracle hair growth formula on its own, but more of an aid to help remedy the core problem on your scalp.
Top Benefits of adding Castor Oil to your Hair
The castor oil benefits for hair include:
May help with Hair Appearance
Castor Oil can deeply nourish and protect your hair follicles and scalp. So if you suffer from dry hair, it can provide an extra layer of hydration which could help reduce breakages and create a more fuller look.
Rich in Nutrients
Castor Oil is rich in ricinoleic acid which is an omega-9 fatty acid that exerts anti-inflammatory properties. When massaged into your scalp, it can help fight off inflammation and provide your hair follicles with key nutrients, assisting the Anagen growth cycle of your hair.
Anti-bacterial / Anti-Fungal
As this seed contains a host of natural fungal and bacterial fighting properties, where your scalp is under attack by an infectious disease, or you’re losing hair due to psoriasis / dermatitis of the scalp, Castor Oil may help.
By tackling the infection and providing oxidant fighting support to your scalp, adding this oil may help reduce damage and hair fall.
We’re big believers in understanding the root cause of why something is happening, before finding a cure. So if you know you have bacterial / fungal concerns in your scalp which maybe reason for hair loss – then add castor oil twice weekly to see how it could help.
Helps treat dandruff
Dandruff is a common condition which results in dry, flaky skin in your scalp and can be caused by dermatitis – which is an inflammation of the skin.
As castor oil can reduce inflammation, it may be effective at treating dandruff.
If applied with Coconut Oil to make a super hydrating blend that is gently massaged into your scalp, Castor Oil could help relieve the dryness and itchiness often associated with dandruff.
Cons of using Castor Oil in your Hair
While there are many benefits, it’s important to note good things can have a negative side.
No Proof of Castor Oil growing hair
There is zero to little scientific research suggesting castor oil may help hair growth. And indeed, it is not a “miracle hair-growth formula”.
Instead, through our research in this subject, we know the inherent properties of this oil help in reducing fungal / bacterial infections and can help hydrate your skin.
So if your hair loss is caused by any of these potential issues (psoriasis of the scalp, fungal infection in your hair or dry hair), adding Castor Oil could help tackle the underlying issue of your hair loss. Which then helps re-grow your hair naturally.
Can block your Scalp and Pores
Castor oil is thick and applying it is difficult enough. But this also means it can / will block your hair follicles and pores. This can mess up the natural oil production of your scalp, which could lead your scalp to overproducing oil to keep your hair moisturised.
This can lead to dandruff, which can then lead to hair loss. If you use castor oil on your hair and scalp, be sure to wash out thoroughly – even if that means adding extra shampoo.
And so, the cycle continues – you’re using extra shampoo to strip away the oil which is supposed to help hydrate your hair. Adding shampoo can strip away natural oils, which forces your scalp to over produce sebum. And that can ultimately lead to hair loss.
How to use Castor Oil in your hair
Applying Castor is can be difficult. Castor oil is a naturally thick oil which can make it difficult to apply straight onto your scalp. This may also lead you to worry about hair loss and how to remove it which we’ll address later.
If you’re applying purely castor oil, our recommendation is to heat up a table spoon or two of oil and apply gentle drops to your scalp, massaging it in to prevent too much from clumping into any one area.
Leave to set for 30 minutes to 1 hour before washing out.
Repeat once weekly.
But because castor oil is heavy and frequent use can lead to build up if not washed out correctly, we recommend mixing this with another oil (coconut is preferred) and making your own hair oil mix.
It’s crucial you wash your hair after a couple of hours of applying castor oil. This will help your in your hair growing longer and fuller and prevent blocking your pores, which could lead to hair loss.
Castor and Coconut Oil Mix for Healthy Hair
- Mix equal portion castor oil with coconut oil and heat until melted
- Apply a couple of drops to your scalp and massage in gently
- Leave to soak in for 30 minutes to 1 hour before thoroughly cleaning out
If you’re thinking about using castor oil as a remedy for hair loss, our advice is to understand the root cause of your hair loss which could be an underlying health condition.
If your underlying condition is found to be a fungal or bacterial infection, then castor oil maybe beneficial in remedying this to help re-grow long and thick hair.
Frequently Asked Questions about Castor Oil
What is castor oil?
Castor Oil is a vegetable oil obtained from the Castor seed and is rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
How to use castor oil for hair?
our recommendation is to heat up a table spoon or two of oil and apply gentle drops to your scalp, massaging it in to prevent too much from clumping into any one area.
Leave to set for 30 minutes to 1 hour before washing out.
Is castor oil good for hair?
Yes! Castor Oil may help with hair appearance, it is rich in nutrients and contains anti-bacterial/ anti-fungal properties. Because of this, it can also help treat dandruff.
How to use castor oil for hair growth?
There is no proof of Castor Oil being beneficial for hair growth. if your hair loss is caused by any of these potential issues (psoriasis of the scalp, fungal infection in your hair or dry hair), adding Castor Oil could help tackle the underlying issue of your hair loss. Which then helps re-grow your hair naturally.
Is castor oil good for my face?
Castor Oil contains vital nutrients which can help hydrate your skin. But, it is a thick oil which can clog your pores. There are better oils for your facial skin which is usually sensitive to breakouts. We would avoid using castor oil for the time being.