How to Use Castor Oil for Hair Growth

Posted on May 20 2013 - 8:34pm by ManeSpeak

natural hair growth castor oil

Growing natural hair requires patience and tender love and care.  I remember when I had my big chop!  There was a time when my hair was growing really fast and a time when things went on a plateau.  The plateau phase is so frustrating for hair growth!  It’s like watching paint dry all day.  I guess I was Ms. Impatient until I started a hair regimen that actually showed results.  Castor oil was one of those hair growth remedies that I adopted.  It’s worked to add shine and thicken my hair. Talk about lustrous.  I usually mix it with almond oil and coconut oil to help lock the hair moisture and promote the process of growing out my hair.

How To Use Castor Oil for Hair Growth

Castor oil is a multitasking agent when it comes to a lot of hair problems.  It’s a preventative measure to natural hair loss. We’re talking shedding and breakage.  So I like to mix this with virgin coconut oil (my favorite).  Coconut oil works with castor oil to make your hair super soft and lustrous.

  • Heat some water in a pan.  Put some oil (coconut oil + castor and you can add some almond oil) in a small bowl and place the bowl in the pan with the hot water.  The hot water will heat the oil in the pan indirectly.


  • Divide your hair into sections.  Then spray your hair so it’s moist enough.  Moist hair absorbs products better than dry hair.  Apply your oil mix focusing on your ends.  When you get to your scalp, move in circular motions. Circular motions stimulate blood flow to your scalp as the oil evenly distributes.  The key is to use a small amount of oil on your hair since castor is thick enough as it is.  A little goes a long ways!


  • After you’ve applied the oil mix, pull your hair together and cover with a shower cap I would leave the shower cap on for one hour.  Sometimes I cover and leave overnight but, when I am sleeping with the oil mix, I don’t wet my hair or spray it.  If you cover your hair when it’s wet, and you go to sleep, you invite bacteria to grow in the moist environment on your scalp.  That’s one experience I will never forget!  My scalp was breaking out because of this and you want to avoid breakout on your scalp since that affects the natural hair growth process.
  • Shampoo your hair once a week so you can clarify your scalp and prevent oil buildup from happening.

castor oil for natural hair growth

Carrier oils work to deep condition your hair by keeping moisture in your hair.  When I started my oil routine, I really noticed that my hair was growing and was much softer to the touch.
You really can use this oil for scalp and hair problems.  It helps with thinning hair and encourages hair growth.

I’ve started massaging my scalp daily for 5 minutes.  Mixing coconut oil, castor and almond oil have been my most favorite remedies.  They work to remove dead skin cells from my scalp and prevent flakes.  I really feel my hair has changed from feeling dry and brittle to soft and more elastic.

Your natural hair will look and feel….

Lustrous, voluminous, strong, soft, manageable and healthy.

If you have dry hair, I highly recommend bringing castor into your life.  It’s one of the best conditioners to lock in moisture.  If you want to say bye bye to unmanageable, frizzy, hair, this is your go to remedy.  If your natural hair feels like a dessert, let it drink from the springs of this mixture:

1. Castor oil

2. Coconut oil

3. Almond oil Natural hair growth

If you are going to bed with your oil conditioners...

Again, like I said before, if you find that your scalp is breaking out, use castor oil.  It has a lot of antibacterial and anti-fungal elements.  Please please don’t sleep with a shower cap while your hair is still wet.  This is one way to grow fungus on your scalp.  If you are doing an overnight castor oil session, don’t spray your hair with water.  Just cover with the shower cap after you’ve applied your oil. Your scalp will heat up the cap with it’s own natural heat to condition your hair.  No water needed.  The fungus that can grow on your scalp can lead to hair loss.  If you’re having scalp problems, stop using sulfates and opt for a sulfate-free shampoo.  Jirano Beauty has a Coconut Co-Wash Shampoo that is sulfate-free with coconut and keratin.  Not only does it leave your scalp clean and healthy, it softens your hair texture for detangling.

If you’re going to do a 1 hour oil conditioning session…

If I’m not doing an overnight treatment to my hair, I always like to steam my hair for a few minutes after my 1 hour oil conditioning session. No I don’t have the Huetiful Steamer yet but, what I do has always worked.  I cover my head over some hot water basin.  I drop a few drops of mint essential oil into the water and steam myself for 15 minutes.  It opens my facial pores as well as the scalp pores.  This allows the oil to have a deep soak into the scalp.  Hello hair growth!

Q: What is your go to hair oil?

40 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Lana July 6, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Love the info re/Castor Oil and Coconut Oil. In my family on the left side at the top of our head our hair seems to not grow as as quickly. In fact it’s noticeable because the rest of our hair is thick and medium length. I really want my hair to grow in that area as all over to look even. So I’m going to try the Castor Oil. I do use Coconut Oil (overnight w/plastic cap)but now I’m going to marry the Castor Oil with it. Will keep you posted of growth. Thank you.

    • ManeSpeak July 16, 2013 at 3:20 am - Reply

      Lana: do you wear tighter hair styles at the top of your head? With the oil treatments you’re doing, also follow up with daily 5 minute massages to bring circulation to that area. I have an upcoming post on using cayenne pepper to stimulate your scalp. Stay on the lookout for that.

      And seriously, coconut oil is a staple of ours! It works on sooo many levels. Keep us posted.

  2. shan August 8, 2013 at 1:00 am - Reply

    Do you have to use the Almond oil in the process?

    • ManeSpeak August 13, 2013 at 3:42 pm - Reply

      Hey Shan:

      I like to use almond due to the presence of natural Vitamin E and potassium. It helps with hair that breaks/falls out and acts as a natural hair loss treatment. Other reason to use it is for the fast absorbing properties. This works very well to penetrate the scalp faster. You will use a bit more almond oil than castor oil as castor is heavier than almond. This oil will work together with the disinfecting properties of coconut oil and castor to smooth hair cuticles. Your hair will have a healthier appearance as a result.

      To answer your question, it is best to use this oil in the mix :)

      • Nana October 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm - Reply

        How many times do you put in your hair the oils? Once in a week, twice in a week?

        • ManeSpeak October 31, 2013 at 3:27 am - Reply

          Hey Nana: I would use the oils every second day. Also use them once a week as a hot oil treatment. Warm them in a bowl of water (double boiler style) then massage into ends and scalp. Don’t heat oil in microwave as you risk the potential of burning.

          • Magdalena November 20, 2014 at 6:49 am -

            Do i have to wash the oil out of my hair every 2nd day ? Is that correct (i want to regrow my hair on some spots)

            Thank you :)

  3. Summer August 19, 2013 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    Can you use castor oil with micro braids in or is the oil too thick?

    • ManeSpeak August 20, 2013 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Hey Summer:

      With micro braids, I wouldn’t recommend a heavy oil like castor. Since your hair is locked in braids, it will likely create unwanted build up. Go for oils like peppermint and almond (a favorite when wearing braids). These oils are quick absorbing :)

      • Summer August 22, 2013 at 1:55 am - Reply

        Thanks so much!

    • navigatingnatural September 12, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

      I use it on my scalp only. However I did a steam treatment type thing once mixing olive, coconut and castor oils which I did apply to my scalp and hair in the braids. I put a plastic cap on and then a winter hat and let it sit for a few hours. My hair was super soft and shiny but my braids did loosen a bit so dont add too much. I may have sprayed too much water beforehand.

    • Summer September 20, 2013 at 5:13 am - Reply

      Thanks for the tip :)

  4. Anya September 13, 2013 at 10:25 am - Reply

    hi…im new at this going natural thing. Im struggling with dry hair. is it ok to leave this oil mix in your hair and not wash out?

    • ManeSpeak October 7, 2013 at 2:42 am - Reply

      Hey Anya:

      It is definitely alright to leave this conditioning treatment on without a rinse. Just make sure you don’t sleep on wet hair. Hair should be damp on application.

  5. Boris25 October 16, 2013 at 2:11 am - Reply

    Hi, I have recently transition from relax hair to my beautiful natural hair. I just need to get use to my hair again, at this point it is so big and thick. I just tried your castor oil, coconut and almond oil mixture, outstanding! Just what I was looking for, I do remember my mother rubbing all kinds of oils on us from head to toe and a couple of spoonful to keep us regular, when we were kids, who new that I would go right back to these home remedies. I am hoping I will be able to regain my long hair that I had as a kid? Thank you

  6. chethana March 1, 2014 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    hi mam’
    i have a hairfall problem. u suggested some oil how much quantity i use [lz tell me

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Hey Chethana.
      You want to add about half a 1/4 of a tsp to 1 full teaspoon of coconut oil. Start with that and see how your hair holds it up. If you find the mix too greasy, lower the castor oil content.

  7. NidhiB May 9, 2014 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Can you use castor oil with Virgin olive oil

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 4:22 pm - Reply

      Hey NidhiB:
      You can mix those oils together, however, this would be a heavier oil mix. Olive oil is not a fast absorbing oil like almond oil or coconut oil. I would opt for a lighter oil since castor oil is already heavy :)
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  8. Viola May 22, 2014 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    How much of every oil do you put in the mix? Whats the ratio? :)

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 4:26 pm - Reply

      Hey Viola:
      With castor being a heavy oil, you would use less in comparison to coconut oil or almond oil e.t.c. Say you want to make a mix for 1 tbsp of coconut oil and 1tbsp of almond oil, you will have 1/2 of castor oil in the mix. I hope that gives you an idea as to the combinations :)
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  9. unnati September 22, 2014 at 6:26 am - Reply

    Hi..i m having curly hair nd since few months they have thinned up..also clumps of hair sheds on hair wash and combing.
    How often should I apply castor oil nd how often should I wash it off??

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 4:29 pm - Reply

      Hey Unnati:
      First of all, are you using sulfates? This could be a big reason for hair fall. Second, if you want the castor oil combination to work, discontinue the use of sulfates as they clog hair follicles. Lastly, start with a daily massage applying lightly and a hot oil treatment using the mix once a week.

  10. Kokila July 8, 2015 at 4:36 pm - Reply many hours should apply castor oil??i should shampoo after applying castor oil every time…can i appply daily caator oil for hair growth ???i ve heavy loss of hair in forehead please help me out.

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 4:40 pm - Reply

      Hey Kokila:

      Sorry to hear you have some hair fall around the nape area. Are you wearing tight styles? Constant braiding? Using sulfates? This could just be a few of the components to hair loss. To start off, massage the nape area with this mix for 5 minutes and don’t rinse it off. Do it lightly as you don’t want to over apply either. Wash your hair at least once a week and be tender in your touch when it comes to your edges. Do a second wash once a week just to remove any buildup. Both of the washes you should be using a sulfate-free shampoo. We recommend Jirano’s Coconut Co-Wash Shampoo:
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  11. Alisha August 10, 2015 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    hi, my hair is very dry due to bleaching it and my hair is very thin. I’ve bought castor oil and sweet almond oil. I want my my hair to grow and look and feel healthy again. Could you please tell me step my step how to treat it? Thanks Alisha

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 5:06 pm - Reply

      Hey Alisha:

      Thanks for reaching out and being candid about your hair woes. Don’t worry! One year ago, a good friend bleached her hair and the hair fall started. She went from thick to thin hair. Fast forward to now, her hair is back to thick with less breakage and she doesn’t bleach or color her hair anymore. First thing first, if you’re using sulfates, discontinue them as they lead to dry hair that starts breaking off easily. Use a shampoo that cleans and conditions. Try the Coconut Co-Wash Shampoo by Jirano ( It’s coconut based which encourages hair growth and soft texture. The results are amazing. You won’t even need a comb once you start using the whole Curl Care System. Second, start doing a deep treatment once a week. Also incorporate a 5 minute massage on your scalp with the coconut oil and castor mix. Trim any split ends at least every 8 weeks. Use products that moisturize hair. Look for water in the first 5 ingredients. You can also dust your ends (removing very small portions from the ends). Lastly, use protective styling until your hair starts taking off. Avoid tight hairstyles and anything that pulls at the nape area. I hope that gives you some starting points to incorporate into your routine. Stay tuned for more content on hair fall and hair loss and what you can do to prevent or get your hair back :)

  12. Lindy August 30, 2015 at 10:14 am - Reply

    What is the ratio of caster oil, coconut oil and almond oil for regrowth of forehead hair?

    • ManeSpeak August 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm - Reply

      Hey Lindy:
      With the forehead being a delicate area, I would mix 1 Tbsp of coconut oil, 1 Tbsp of almond oil and 1/2 Tsp of castor. Don’t apply the entire oil fusion to the forehead. Use light touches of each oil and massage right into the scalp around your edges. Do this twice a day. All you need is a little oil around this area. The massage helps stimulate the nutrients to the hair follicles. You can keep the rest to use later.

  13. Lindy August 31, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for your help. Are you saying that I should mix the oils together then just use a little bit on the scalp edge above the forehead? twice daily. Is that morning and night and for how long? please.

  14. sarafutheen September 16, 2015 at 8:29 am - Reply

    Hi mam ihave too much problam my hair befor iam usingh hairbale mix oil but hair losd problam solvef but no growt hair i want try to now almond.custor.cocunat.and olive oil also emu oil i can mix this and heet you can explain me how mix and apply pls thanks

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