Four Tips: The Castor Oil Users Guide


By Jc of The Natural Haven

The praises of castor oil ring out loud and clear for all to hear. I heard about how beautifully moisturised it kept hair and how many women would exclusively use it alone as no other oil could match castor oil.  I finally bowed to the inner product junkie and purchased some.

Sadly I was disappointed, it was super thick, felt sticky and when applied to my hair, it just seem to sit there and do nothing except attract lint.

I finally asked for help on how to use it and was rewarded with a huge number of tips on how to conquer the thickness which you may also find useful if you have a bottle gathering dust in the corner.

1. Use It on Wet Hair

The most agreed on method was to use castor oil on wet hair. The water on the hair helps to ease down the thickness of the oil and allow it to spread easily. Most people used it before twisting or braiding hair as opposed to for a wash and go, but that is not to say it cannot be done.

The next agreed method was to use it only in specific areas like the edges of hair to help smooth down the hair and reduce frizz. This is as opposed to using it as a sealing oil all over after washing hair.

2. Use Less Oil

Castor oil is very thick and viscous and for many women is the ultimate oil when it comes to retaining moisture. The thickness of the oil means that you can get great results by using less of it. Using a lot of oil makes your hair the sticky lint trap that I previously described. Although it does not spread easily, it forms a thicker layer which makes up for the distribution problems.

3. Mix It Up

As with all natural oils, you can create a better texture by simply mixing them up. One lady describes a whipped castor oil mousse which she made by whipping shea butter, coconut and castor oil. Simpler mixes are also possible, where you simply add some olive or almond oil to the castor oil to make it easier to apply.

4. Use it for Something Else

If your hair simply is not in love with castor oil in any form then it is recommended  for facial cleansing (oil rinsing) and for dealing with hard skin on feet. Recycling the oil for another purpose is always an option instead of letting it occupy space or throwing it out. Have a mini spa day and use up that oil!

Have you tried any of these tips? Is castor oil a part of your regimen? What do you use it for?

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70 thoughts on “Four Tips: The Castor Oil Users Guide

  1. The best way to use this oil is to mix 2 tablespoons of it with 2 tablespoons of warm coconut oil. Mix it up with Aussie moist conditioner. Wash your hair with Aussie moist shampoo then put the conditioner in for 3 hours. When you wash it out your hair will be really soft for days. I normally do this and won’t have yo oil my scalp for up to 5 days. It really works Great and my hair looks flawless .

  2. I use Jamaican black castor oil as a hot oil treatment before I shampoo. Talk about moisture and strength heaven!

  3. I must say this is one and only way to grow hair faster unless you their usage properly you might fall back for longer time to see results.
    however, I find it really effective as I seen results in month.


  4. I have to agree with one of the ladies , black castor made my hair fall out in spots. I had to cut it all off and start all over again. I spent a great amount of money and I want my long thick hair as promised so I think I’ll use it as a hot oil treatment Before shampooing instead of a regime of moisturizing my hair every three days. I will let you know how it turns out.

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