Hair oils are popular for increasing hair darkness, growth, strength or thickness, and castor oil is believed to achieve all of these characteristics. Its sticky, thick consistency means that it’s often passed over for oils that are easier to apply, but other oils can be combined with castor oil to make it thinner. Find out why castor oil can prevent the hair on your eyebrows, eyelashes and head from falling out and thinning.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil that comes from castor beans, which are part of a plant that thrives in China and some areas in Brazil. The oil is popular for its antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and laxative properties, and a high amount of ricinoleic acid gives it antifungal properties that can prevent fungus from hindering hair growth. Its thick consistency could prevent hair loss by simply coating the hair and protecting it from falling out.
There are high amounts of omega 9 fatty acids in castor oil, and its low molecular mass allows them to penetrate the skin to nourish the hair follicles and pores. It also delivers gloss and shine to hair and can be used to control frizziness.
How to Use Castor Oil
You can create a castor oil treatment with 1 part castor oil and 1 part of another oil such as almond, avocado or coconut. Add a couple drops of essential oil such as peppermint or rosemary to mask the smell. Warm the treatment in a bowl of hot water for two to four minutes; do not put it in a microwave.
A few drops of castor oil go a long way, so it’s best that you only use a little at a time. For eyebrows and eyelashes, use a dropper to control how much is applied to the area, taking care not to get the solution in your eyes. For the hair on your head, you can use a dropper to apply multiple drops to your damp scalp. This prevents using so much that it makes your hair appear greasy. Otherwise, using your fingers works just as well.
After application, wait for at least 30 minutes before washing out the treatment. If shampoo doesn’t get it all out, leave some conditioner on your hair for 10 to 20 minutes. It may take doing this treatment once or twice a week for four weeks before you see any results.