Apply Castor Oil For Hair | How To Apply Castor Oil For Hair

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How to Apply Castor Oil for Hair

Two Parts:

Castor oil has long been used as a remedy for hair loss and thinning hair. It has many other uses as well, including moisturizing dry hair, taming frizz, and managing tangles. It can also make your hair grow stronger and thicker. There is much more to just slapping the castor oil on, however; how you prepare the oil will determine how easy it is to put on. Take time to prepare the oil before you put it on your hair, and apply it properly to get the best results.


Licensed Cosmetologist Ashley Adams reminds:"Castor oil is a helpful hair supplement because it is high in proteins, beneficial fatty acids, as well as vitamin E. It has antibacterial properties that can fight against dandruff and scalp infections."


Preparing the Oil

  1. Gather your supplies.Applying castor oil to hair seems like it might be simple, but there are a few things you can do to make it more effective and easier to apply. Here is a list of what you will need:
    • Castor oil
    • Other oil (argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
    • Hot water
    • Bowl
    • Jar
    • Shower cap
    • Towel
    • Old shirt (recommended)
  2. Dilute the castor oil with another oil.Castor oil is fairly thick. Mixing it with another oil can make it a little easier to apply. Try using one part castor oil and one part of another oil, such as argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, or sweet almond.All of these oils are great for hair. You can also try the following combination:
    • 3 tablespoons (44 ml) castor oil
    • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) jojoba oil
    • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) coconut oil
  3. Consider adding a few drops of essential oil to mask the smell.Castor oil can smell bad. If this bothers you, try adding in two to three drops of a fresh-smelling essential oil, such as rosemary, peppermint, or tea tree.
  4. Pour all of the oils into a small jar and shake the jar to mix everything together.Close the lid tightly, and shake the jar for a few minutes. When you are done, take the lid off.
  5. Fill a bowl with very hot water.You can do a “hot oil treatment” with castor oil by warming it in hot water before use. Warming the oil will make it more effective and easier to work with. Make sure that the bowl you choose is large enough for the jar of castor oil to fit inside. Do not attempt to warm the oil in the microwave.
  6. Put the jar into the water, and leave it there for two to four minutes.Make sure that the water level is at the same level as the oil. Also, make sure that the no water gets inside the jar, or the oil will get wet.
  7. Once the oil is warm, pour it into a small bowl.This will make it easier for you to dip your fingers into when you go to apply it.
    • Consider pouring the oil into a small bottle with an eye dropper. This way, you can use the eye dropper to just drip the oil to your scalp.
    • If you don’t have an eye dropper, you can use a bottle with a nozzle. You can get empty applicator bottles from most beauty supply stores.

Using the Castor Oil

  1. Dampen your hair if you wish.Although you can apply castor oil to dry hair, dampening your hair may help the oil absorb better. A quick way to dampen your hair is to fill a spray bottle with water, and spray just your scalp. Your hair should just be a little damp, not dripping wet.
  2. Cover your shoulders with a towel.This will protect your clothes from getting covered in oil. It may also be a good idea to wear something you do not care about anymore, in case the oil drips past the towel. This way you can avoid getting oil stains on your good clothes.
  3. Dip your fingers into the oil, and massage your scalp for three to five minutes.Do not use too much oil; a little bit goes a long way. Use your fingers to spread the oil between your hair roots and across your scalp. Massage your head with your fingertips using small, circular motions.
    • You can also use an eye dropper to drip the oil onto various points on your scalp. This may be easier for you, and less messy. Be sure to massage the oil into your scalp for about five minutes.
  4. Apply the oil to the rest of your hair.Scoop a little bit more oil onto your fingers, and rub it between your palms. Then, run your hands across your hair. Use your fingers to comb your hair; this helps distribute the oil. Again, start with a small amount. You do not need a lot of oil.
  5. Cover your hair with a shower cap.Loosely pile your hair on top of your head. If you need to, you can keep it in place with a claw clip. Slip a shower cap over your hair. The shower cap will trap the heat inside, and it will keep your hair from drying out.
  6. Wrap a hot towel around your head and the shower cap.Warm up a towel by soaking it with very hot water. Twist the towel to get any excess water out, then wrap it around your head. You can tuck the end of the towel in under your "turban," or you can secure it with a large hair clip. The heat from the towel will make the oil more effective.
    • This technique is similar to a hot oil hair treatment, but does not involve using a hair dryer.
  7. Wait 30 minutes to 3 hours before washing the oil out.You can also leave it on overnight, although there is little evidence that shows this is more effective. When you go to wash your hair, know that it may take a while before you get all the oil out. Some people find that washing with just conditioner, and skipping the shampoo, is more effective than using shampoo.
    • If your hair doesn’t feel overly oily or heavy after the treatment, you may choose to leave the oil in instead of washing it out.
  8. Use this treatment once to twice a week for best results.Keep in mind, however, that you may not see any results the next day. Try using the castor oil treatment for four weeks before moving on to something else. You will probably start seeing results after about a month of use.
    • If you wish, you can use castor oil daily, or as often as needed.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    Can I use castor oil directly on my scalp?

    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Ashley Adams is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Illinois. She completed her Cosmetology education from John Amico School of Hair Design in 2019.
    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Expert Answer
    Yes, castor oil is safe to apply directly to the scalp, as well as to the hair. On the scalp, castor oil works against dandruff, strengthens the roots, and promotes hair growth.
  • Question
    Can you use castor oil as a leave in product?

    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Ashley Adams is a Licensed Cosmetologist in Illinois. She completed her Cosmetology education from John Amico School of Hair Design in 2019.
    Licensed Cosmetologist
    Expert Answer
    Yes, castor oil can be used as a leave-in product. It's only oil and does not not have to be washed out immediately after applying it.
  • Question
    Does castor oil help with hair fall?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes. It strengthens your roots, follicles and split ends.
  • Question
    Can castor oil cure hair loss in girls?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes! Applying it for a month or two can result in the hairs growing back thicker and faster than ever before.
  • Question
    What is the best and easy way to remove castor oil?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Use a regular shampoo but make sure to wash your hair with warm water. Also, it's better to use soft (boiled) water instead of tap water.
  • Question
    Will the castor oil help to permanently thicken my hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, as it will make your hair thick, silky, and longer.
  • Question
    Will this help with bald spots?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, it may help with bald spots.
  • Question
    Can castor oil straighten my hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, applying castor oil can make your hair straighter over time.
  • Question
    Can castor oil mixed with olive oil be applied to hair?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Yes, castor oil can be mixed with olive oil, or any other oil, for applying to hair.
  • Question
    What if you don't have a shower cap, is it fine to leave it as it is or do you have to have one?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    It doesn't matter if you have one or not. But you will want to have a cloth on your head, wrapped so that the oil's warmth can penetrate your hair.
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  • Castor oil treatments can be purchased from a salon or beauty supply store. These treatments usually contains other ingredients, and can be used as is, without any additional warming.
  • Try to buy cold-pressed, unrefined castor oil. 100% castor oil will be more effective and have the most nutrients. Skip on the refined or adulterated castor oil. Those have very few nutrients left and will not be as effective.
  • Castor oil is moisturizing, making it great for dry hair. It can also help tame frizz.
  • If your hair tends to tangle easily, you may find that it is more sleek and easier to manage after this treatment.
  • Castor oil can also help soothe an itchy scalp and help reduce dandruff.
  • Castor oil may help hair grow stronger and thicker. It can also be used as a remedy for hair loss.


  • Do not use castor oil if you are pregnant or suffer from long-term digestive issues.
  • If you have never used castor oil before and have sensitive skin, consider doing a patch test first. Dab a little bit of castor oil on your inner arm and wait a few hours. If no irritations or allergic reactions form, you can use the castor oil.
  • Castor oil may darken light-colored hair. This is not too noticeable, and it is not permanent.
  • Castor oil may improve conditions, such as hair loss and itchiness, but it may also make them worse.

Things You'll Need

  • Castor oil
  • Other oil (argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, etc.)
  • Hot water
  • Shower cap
  • Towel
  • Old shirt (recommended)

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Quick Summary

Before you apply castor oil to your hair, mix it with argan or coconut oilto thin it out. Fill a bowl with very hot water and place the jar of castor oil into the water for 2-3 minutes to heat it. Once the oil is warm, pour it into a small bowl, then dip your fingers into the bowl and massage your scalp for 3-5 minutes. Add a little more oil and rub it between your palms, then run your hands across your hair to evenly distribute the oil. Place a shower cap on your head and leave the oil in anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours before shampooing it out.

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May 26, 2019

"This was very much needed because I'm perimenopausal and have lost an incredible amount of hair within the pastyear and have been ever so depressed and alone with it. Thank you so much if this works for me (I truly hope). Now off to get busy!! :)"

Laura Valencia

May 18

"That castor oil helps with hair growth and get rid of grey hair. But you have to use 3 times per week for at leasta month for best results."

Jennie Brown

May 4

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Debbie Payne

Apr 29, 2019

"My hair has always been dry. I had cancer for over 2 years, causing thinning hair. I began using this last week. Myhair is becoming soft and looks healthy after using the castor oil mix for hair. I'm trying to discontinue over-the-counter products due to harmful additives. This hair mix is cheaper than the store and is healthy. This article also gave me ideas on how to thin out castor oil with avocado and olive oils so I can use it as a body moisturizer. I'm very grateful for your article. "
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Sony Saket

Aug 1, 2019

"I have been using castor oil mixed with pure coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. It's been a month. I amfinding tiny growth on my scalp, as I have thin hair, and it is really helping me combat hair loss. It has made my hair softer and shinier, too. I have started using on my hubby, as he is bald from front side of head. I know the treatment you have said will definitely show results on it as it is doing on me. Thank you so much."
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Quinn Bullock

Mar 28, 2019

"I am African American and my hair is kinky or 3c texture. These steps were outstanding. My hair is fuller, thicker,and smoother. I love it. The castor oil tamed my frizz and smoothed my hair. To keep it untangled, I put it in two French braids every night."

Marymm Murphya

Jun 17, 2019

"Wow! If if helps with my exceptionally itchy scalp, I'll be over the moon! I've always had a tendency to an itchyscalp and now that I'm post chemo it is so much worse. I'm certainly going to try it for my hair and head and also for my back pain. :-)"

Kazi Jaber

Apr 4, 2019

"I heard that castor oil is good for health, but I didn't know how to apply it and whether to rinse it off withshampoo or something else! Thanks to you guys, I now know how to apply it and wash it off. :)"

Tezza T.

Feb 16, 2019

"I just did this hair treatment, and all I can say is wow! It looks and feel so much more healthier and thicker. Ijust let it air dry, and now it doesn't look so dry and brittle on the ends. Thanks."

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Dec 7, 2019

"My hair is African hair, and your tips have been very helpful, considering the fact that I have never had fabuloushair (but am there with your tips)."

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May 5, 2019

"The step-by-step tutorial was easy to follow. I never knew you needed to heat the oil. I know this now and canfinally do the treatment correctly."

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Jun 21, 2019

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Mahrokh M.

May 16, 2019

"I've been used this about 1 month and now I see a lot of short hair growing again. I hope my hair gets thick as itwas before. Thank you."

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"Really helpful article. I've never tried castor oil for my hair. After reading this article, I'm going to try this.Thank you so much."

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"Tried castor oil treatment after reading this article and it really has made a difference. Use it on my eyelashestoo, really works!"

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