Four Tips: The Castor Oil Users Guide

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

  1. I came across Jamaican Black Castor Oil by mistake and became obsessed with trying it out, i live in Zimbabwe which is in the southern part of Africa so there arent many products available to us this end of the world, anyway i managed to import a bottle of the extra dark version (USD$60) later… ive tried it once, i divided my hair into 4 sections then applied directly to my scalp, i have thin hair, by the time i finished its was right trough to my ends, i have nape length hair, then i went to bed, it was itching and it weighed down my hair too much that i had to shampoo it out in the morning… has anyone got any suggestions for me on how to use it as an everyday regiment but not have the weighing down effects?? i usually also wear weaves from halfway in my head as i found this has grown my hair alot over a year, so i thought i could apply it in between the tracks when my hair is weaved but im worried about the itching?? so any suggestions will help :-)

    • Hey fellow Zimbo girl!! I tried some Jamaican black castor oil that a friend gave me, I hope to import more in the future. It’s really thick and I also have fine hair that easily gets weighed down, so I used about 1/3 castor oil to two thirds olive oil in a bottle for my scalp. The olive oil makes it easier to spread. I didn’t use too much, I’ve found that using it sparingly on the scalp is better for me. For my strands, I used about one dollop of it, and found that it was enough to seal the moisture in. I only use castor oil alone on my edges, about a drop is enough. Most of the time though, I just use the locally available normal castor oil.

  2. I do have wild hair growth and the yellow bottle has castor oil in it. I then purchased a cheap version called African Angel Castor oil I’m surprised how soft my hair is and I really love that. So now I bought Jamacia black castor oil. I have Vitamin E oil and that works wonders. My hair is a 4 so any product that makes this hair soft grow and lay down in my best friend.

  3. After reading good things about castor oil on TSR, I decided to buy some and use it today. But I have literally washed my hair 10+ times now and it just will not come out!! Anyone got any suggestions?! My hair looks so greasy urghhh! :(

    • Hi I’m a huge fan of jamaican black castor oil it grew my hair from bottom neck length to mid back length in a matter of months. It was five months that it took my hair to grow to mid back length literally. Here is what you do.
      1. Mix water and aloe vera juice (1/2 water 1/2 aloe vera juice) i prefer putting it in a container of some sort where you can put your fingers in to apply on your hands and apply to hair.
      2. Section hair and apply this mixture on the section until that section feels soft and moist, don’t drench your sections in the mixture
      3. After apply the oil by pouring the product in the cap it comes with. Dab your finger once in it and smooth it through the front surface of the section, dab again and do it underneath then do the ends and twist.

      I’ve achieved full length afros! I have type 4 hair as well. Enjoy

  4. i found this oil in Zimbabwe by pure chance at USD 35 ..we do not get any products for natural hair..even coconut oil is a mission…anyway it is an amazing product and ive mixed mine with olve oil my hair loves it!

  5. I really like castor oil mixed with other oils as an after wash oil hair moisturizer.

    Also, another great use for castor oil is as a foot scrub. You can add course salt for a salt or sugar with castor oil and an essential oil or oils for fragrance. It leaves your feet super soft!

  6. I use it on my hair and to trap moisture in my skin after shower. It’s better on my hair than on my skin, but it’s good stuff.

  7. Im 38, living in Sweden and have used castor oil mixed with other oils for three years now. I have a black father, white mother and my hair is a mix of tight and loose curls. I find using pure castor oil very difficult, its so thick, but i mix 50% pure castor with 50% of a almost equal mix of following oils that I know are good for hair and scalp: ricebran oil, wheatgerm oil,jojoba oil, hemp oil, argan oil and a little bit of sheabutter oil. I wash my hair once a week and the day before I wash I put some of this mixture in my hair, next day I put more of it in,massaging it properly through my whole head a few hours before washing. It has never been a problem washing the hair clean using natural shampoos and conditioners that are sls, silicone and parabene-free, like Faith in Nature Aloe-line and Burt Bees. After washing and conditioning and drying my hair half dry, gently with a towel i take a dollop of pure aloe vera in my hands and spread evenly through my hair. After that I take a smaller amount of the same castor oil mix as above, rub my hands with it and pull my fingers trough my hair, focusing on the strands and not the scalp.I then let it airdry, only using a machine if its winter and Im in a hurry. This castor oil mix is also wonderful for my knees, elbows and feet.

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  10. The best castor oil – hands down – is 100% organic from Simply Organic Oils. I’ve been using it for a little over a year exclusively, though I had a bottle here and there before that. I’m not sure that using JBCO vs. plain castor oil will give you any different results. I just know that this one is less vicous, and seems to smooth into my hair and scalp really well. I put about 1/2 tsp on my scalp in the crown of my head where the hair is thinner and dryer for some reason a few nights per week and massage it in. I buy the one with lavender in it most often because I love the smell. Their website is if you want to check it out for yourself.

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  12. is castor oil grows new hairs and remove the baldness…. using mixture of castor oil, coccunut oil and olive oil. is this mixture grow new hairs or remove baldness….please tell me

    • Don’t quite understand your comment, but yes, castor oil mixed with other oils to dilute, is very effective in regrowing broken hair strands

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