Castor oil and hair growth kind of go hand in hand these days as it is gaining a reputation as a natural way to stop hair loss.

But, there is way more to it than that.

Castor oil may halt hair loss and even regrow hair for some people, but it is not a miracle cure.

What it is, though, is a great way to heal your scalp and treat and nourish your hair. Even if you aren’t losing your hair, if you feel like your hair needs to be thicker and healthier then castor oil is a great way to treat it.

In this guide on how to use castor oil for hair, you’re going to get some ideas on some effective ways to have better looking hair. As a bonus, some of you will also see some hair growth.

Castor oil for beard growth

From my time as a barber, it has become pretty clear that most guys are not happy with their beard growth. Whether its patchy or grows slowly, or just doesn’t look as good as they believe a beard should look.

Lately I have been advising guys to start using castor oil for beard growth.

There are some interesting ways that castor oil can help grow a better beard.

Here are some of the properties that castor oil has when it comes to cosmetics:

  • Omega 9 Fatty Acids
  • Triglycerides
  • Rich In Ricinoleic Acid
  • Vitamin E
  • Minerals
  • Proteins

All of those things will help your hair and scalp in general but there are a couple of ways that castor oil for beard growth is so ideal.

Ricinoleic acid is known to boost testosterone and since your beard growth is linked to how much testosterone your body produces, it should help your beard grow better.

In addition to that, castor oil inhibits the body’s ability to produce a hormone called PGD2 which miniaturizes the hair follicles making them weak and thin.

Those are the main ways you should see better growth of your beard but it doesn’t stop there.

Use castor oil for a healthier beard

Even if you don’t see any new growth of your beard, you can make the facial hair you do have look thicker and healthier. This will result in a beard that just looks nicer than if you weren’t using castor oil.

Castor oil is a natural humectant, so when you moisturize your beard, the moisture stays locked in and the follicles look fuller.

The ricinoleic acid has properties that reduce inflammation and increase the circulation in the skin. This will help blood flow bring nutrients to the root of your hair follicle. With a boost of oxygen and vitamins to your facial hair, your beard will have stronger strands.

This means less brittleness, less split ends and a softer beard.

If you want more information, you can read the full article I wrote on castor oil for beard growth.

How to use castor oil for hair growth and healthier locks

As I mentioned earlier in the article, lots of guys are flocking to castor oil for hair loss or to try to regrow their hair.

I like to recommend castor oil for anybody to use because it actually works best to treat and condition your hair making it healthier and fuller looking in the process.

In this way, even if you don’t see any regrowth, you will find your hair and beard looking much better.

Here are some ideas on how castor oil can be used on your hair. For some castor oil recipes you can check out this article.


Having dandruff is not just embarrassing because it leaves white flakes on your shoulders, but the factors that led to your dandruff could also be slowing your hair growth and leading to hair loss.

Treating your dandruff with castor oil will get rid of the flakes and help you see some improvement with regards to regrowing some hair.

Castor oil is very rich in omega-9 fatty acids that act as a humectant. If you use castor oil with other essential or carrier oils that hydrate your scalp, you will see a smoother and less irritated scalp.

The ricinoleic acid also helps to calm dry and irritated skin on the scalp.

Dry and Brittle Hair

I addressed how castor oil keeps hair hydrated in the section about beards, but in case you missed it, it does wonders for dry and brittle hair.

Since it is a humectant, then when you add moisture to your hair, it stays in the follicle. It also smooths out the cuticle to keep your hair smooth and gets rid of brittleness.

Use the castor oil mixed with some argan oil and you will give it a huge moisture boost that will do away with dry hair and scalp.

Split Ends

Castor oil can also strengthen the hair and lead to less split ends. Since the cuticle is smoothed out and the hair follicle is better hydrated, your hair will look less frizzy and be able to stay where you want it.

Again, mixing it with argan oil is your best bet to get rid of split ends.

Conditioner for Softer Hair

To soften up your hair and leave it silky with a nice healthy sheen, then you should use a DIY conditioner of castor oil. Mix it with avocado oil, argan oil and aloe vera gel to make a leave in conditioner.

The avocado oil together with castor oil work at the root level to get nutrients and fatty acids directly into the shaft to give you superbly conditioned hair.

Castor Oil and Hair Growth

Last but not least is the effect castor oil has on hair growth.

People with skin conditions can especially benefit from using castor oil. Since many people with alopecia from seborrheic dermatitis, folliculitis and eczema end up losing hair, by treating those conditions your hair will make a comeback.

Ricinoleic acid is an antibacterial and antifungal agent that will kill the causes of those conditions and the other fatty acids will repair the damage. Soothing the scalp and rebuilding the skin from a cellular level will heal the scalp and allow the hair to regrow.

For anybody who isn’t experiencing hair loss from a skin condition, then there is not much growth that you can expect from castor oil.

One thing that can help, however is to use castor oil regularly to increase the thickness of your existing hair. When the hair is in it’s growth phase, the fatty acids can penetrate into the shaft at the root and end up thickening the hair as it grows.

Another way that castor oil helps with hair growth is it can slow down or stop your hair loss. If you are losing hair from stress, dry skin, hard water or polluted air, then castor oil will replenish the hair and scalp and stop your hair from falling out.

How to apply castor oil

Castor oil is quite thick and is not easy to evenly coat your hair.

To make sure each strand and your scalp is getting the benefit of castor oil, then take these steps to apply it.

First, your hair should be freshly shampooed and clean.

Wash your hair well and apply it after the shower.

Second, your hair should be damp. Slightly damp, I should clarify. Towel dry as soon as you get out of the shower but don’t let it get dry.

Third, put a quarter size portion in the palm of your hands and rub it in. Then, starting at the skin, rub it onto your scalp and work your hands out to the tips of your hair.

You may need to do this twice to make sure you have it properly coated, but don’t use too much. Your hair will end up greasy if you overdo it.

You can also do this before bed so you can make sure that it is completely absorbed. Just make sure you use pillow cases you don’t care much about as they will get stained and the grease will be hard to wash out.

You can make this process easier by cutting the castor oil will a lighter carrier oil like argan or coconut oil.

Final thoughts on how to use castor oil for hair growth

There are so many good reasons to use castor oil and hair regrowth is only one of them.

No matter what, even if you don’t see any regrowth of your hair, you will be satisfied with how your hair and beard responds to treatment.

You’re giving your hair a healthy boost. Especially if you pair it with other carrier oils or a few drops of essential oil.

In fact, i forgot to recommend adding a nice scent to your castor oil as it has a slightly nutty scent on its own.

Lavender or peppermint depending on your mood will give off a much more pleasant aroma.

Any thoughts on castor oil and beard growth or for your hair?

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I’m an outdoor enthusiast and have sported a full beard since I was in my early 20’s. Originally, growing a beard was a way to save time when getting ready each day, but I quickly realized that keeping a neatly trimmed beard takes work and some forethought. That’s where this site comes in.

You get to benefit from my years of experience. I’ve reviewed many of the top hair clippers on the market today and also included some information on what works best for me. A great beard will turn lots of heads in your direction.

Since I never know when I’m going to find myself being photographed, whether it’s climbing in Yosemite, or playing volleyball on the beach, it’s important to me to always look my very best. Maintaining my beard is part of my daily routine and I hope you’ll find some useful tips and information on this site to help you on your journey.