1. What’s the difference between Gold Castor Oil and Black Castor Oil?

Gold or regular Castor Oil is a pale yellow colour when cold pressed. The lighter yellow to clear colours arise when the oil has been processed. Black Castor Oil is darker because ashes from the roasted castor beans are added into the oil. The castor beans are roasted, ground, and then boiled prior to being added.

There are no proven differences between the benefits of Gold Castor Oil and Black Castor Oil.

As for comparing Both Gold and Black oils …. they contain ricinoleic acid, which is known for having anti-inflammatory properties that aid in creating a healthy scalp for hair growth.

Both oils are quite thick (have a honey-like consistency) so either oil would be excellent for massaging into your scalp where you see hair thinning, but as far as which is better, it is a personal choice!!

2. I think I am reacting to the Castor Oil in a negative way. I’m getting more flakes on my scalp. HELP!

Castor Oil in it’s purest form has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but is also healing and cleansing, which is why we’re focusing on this oil as our primary oil in the Castor Oil Hair Challenge.  A little bit of Castor Oil goes a long way and too much will leave you, surprisingly, with dry skin. It does have some amazing properties, so I wouldn’t suggest stopping to use it in its entirety. Here are a few options:

14689770_1233926329963762_1800882255_o-1a Try using castor oil in moderation. Sometimes over use is the problem. Using the Aphro Comb will support in your quest of applying the correct amount on your scalp (up to 5ml).  The important thing with castor oil is to put enough for your scalp and gently massage it onto your scalp. The massage invigorates your hair follicles and encourages stronger hair to be produced.

b Since Castor Oil is so thick and its cleansing properties so strong, you may need to dilute it with another carrier oil, thinner in consistency, but no less nurturing to your scalp.  A lot of people add Olive Oil with their Castor Oil.

NOTE: If you find that you’re allergic to Castor Oil don’t be discouraged; even though Castor Oil is a great natural product that enhances hair growth, there are great substitutes out there! 

Have a different Castor Oil related question you’d like to ask? Please leave your question below as a comment.  

103 replies on “Popular Castor Oil Questions Answered

  1. i bot the peppermint oil n mixed it wit castor oil its been wonderful not to worry bout my scalp reacting badly wit itchyness all i can feel in the peppermint cooling n soothing my scalp its so lovely.

    its so tru wat u say on ur website all the products in my house i been using have all the ingredients i have to stay away from,thanx so moch i fill like finally my hair can start its long awaited journey!

  2. Hey phrophro I have braids at the moment I know my scalp is well taken care of cos I moisturize all the time with castor oil. My question is how do I take care of my ends is it ok if I moisturize each braid with natural oils?

    1. Hey Nyasha,

      That may be a bit too much. Get a spray for your braids. I haven’t had time to research on how effective our braid sheens are, but it seems they are about ensuring your braids shine, so I’ll loosely assume they aren’t moisturising your hair.

      Purchase 100% glycerin and mix that with S-Curl no Drip and your favorite natural oil – which smells good. Mix these 1/3 each into a spray bottle and lightly spray your hair daily. Use this a substitute sheen that also moisturises your hair.

      Let me know how it works out for you 🙂

  3. Hi Phrophro,
    I started using Castor Oil and saw great results with lesss and less hair ‘falling out’, my hair is 3A-B. I stopped for about 2 or 3 weeks and it seemed like my hair was life-less and when washing the amount of hair coming out was a bit scary. Is this because I stopped using castor oil for a little while or should I be using other oils? (I pre-pooed my hair with olive oil and coconut oil over night every week even when I wasnt using Castor oil.)

    Your site and you are great!

    1. Hi!

      That sounds interesting … I’ll need to know more information about the type of hair that was falling – was it shedding, or breaking. I guess what I’m trying to say is there’d be more factors that would contribute to this, not sure stopping to use Castor Oil.

  4. Hi, I can’t seem to find the castor oil you mentioned. All I come across is the castor oil used to treat stomach issues, is that the one?
    Or there is a castor oil for hair specifically??
    Am in Zimbabwe, where can i get it

  5. Hi…I would like to know wr exactly i can find castor oil, coconut oil or pepermint in Harare, Zimbabwe. Pls help im so desperate

  6. been 2 months of using castor oil on my hairline…can see small hairs growing. there is hope but hey it needs patience and more petience. m taking a break on weaves.

  7. So here i was doubting you about that edges challenge and the whole texlaxing idea. I found myself telling people my bad hair line was how my edges always looked(mapfeka) till i tried the castor oil…hot diggidy dang it worked!?!??!? Then i was itchy scalp issues so didn’t relax my hair for 6 months then i tried a relaxer again it was on my hair for maybe 5-10mins then felt the first itch 😦 washed that relaxer out and voila forced texlaxed hair…lol another for months later my hair is thicker and healthier BOOM!!! Thank you

  8. I love castor oil! Castor oil is very thick, and it penetrates the scalp and hair deeply. My favorite is Jamaican castor oil or cold pressed castor oil because it preserves all the original nutrients of the castor oil. Make sure your castor oil is not grown with a lot of chemicals, check your sources.

    1. It depends on what the purpose of you placing the oil on you scalp is for. If it’s a treatment, then a few minutes to about an hour under a cap. If it’s to nourish your scalp, you apply a small amount on your scalp and leave it.

      1. What happens when you leave it on for long periods of time? Is it advisable to do so?

  9. can olive oil grow the hair like castor oil cuz ive run out of castor oil n wont be able to get one soon

    1. Hey Angel,

      All oils are good for the hair and scalp, they have varying benefits. As an interim, olive oil is fine for your scalp. But make sure you get the next batch of Castor Oil as soon as you can.

      1. Hi first timer. I had the same problem but your post does not have the dilute option from what I can see

  10. Does castor oil helps to thicken hair? My hair has become very thin n lil bit of scalp on the top is becoming bald. Plz help me out..

  11. I covered cap on hair after applied castor oil. I left 3 hrs then takeoff cover cap. I saw around 10 string hair fall off. Then, wash hair with shampoo. I saw a lot of hair fall. Is it normal after apply oil? I don’t see stop hair loss. It fall a lot before apply castor oil. I need your help. My hair fall out. I can see white root my hair when it fall.

  12. hi
    im using a mixture of olive oil , almond oil, coconut oil, and castor oil. but since I added castor oil im feeling my hairs are becoming more dry and fizzy… 😦
    I added castor for its growth property
    I also have rosemary oil too but im afraid to add it now 😦

    1. The depends on the needs of your scalp. If your scalp is dry then yes, if your scalp is oily, then only use castor oil as a hair treatment (ie wash it out after an hour)

  13. Hello
    My hair fell out on the top(crown) of my head. I noticed it after a recent relaxer. I had it cut into a short style and now it’s very noticeable. You can see scalp. I have 4c type hair. Thick and coarse. I’m about 2 weeks into your Growth 2 challenge and Castor oil Challenge. I experienced itchy scalp and about 4 sore bumps on the crown of my head. I have been mixing it with Olive oil.
    Also I have a short hair cut and have to use a curling iron. I always use a heat protectant first though….

  14. i used castor oil in my hair.and i remove it the next day shower..is it herms for my hair? i will be very pleased if you reply my question.thank you.

  15. I use two teaspoons of castor oil and two teaspoons of coconut oil heat it up for 30 second and place it on my roots and throughout my hair, I hang my head upside down for 4 minutes massaging my scalp then leave it in.
    I have just started and I saw thickness and a length change just by leaving it in for 1 hour.
    Is leaving both in my hair over night good to do twice a week ?

  16. hii phro…i started the castor oil challenge because i have really thin hair and even thinner on the sides so i wanted to thicken it….i started using it even though i have fake dreads on at the moment..do you think it will still work even with the fake dreads on? And can u give me advice on how to thicken my natural hair because it is really thin but soft so i never have to relax it

  17. I might have overused the castor oil this time. Though I had mixed it with a small out of coconut oil, it was still very thick. An now my scalp feels itchy. Some help?

  18. how do i wash out the oil from my hair? i left it in overnight and i would always find oil residue on my hair even though i shampooed twice.

    1. Hey Anne,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Before you shampoo your hair, go under the shower for about two minutes (warm/hot water), allowing the water to run down your hair. Then start the shampoo process after that!

  19. hey dear
    my hairline is damaged, winter is coming just now. can i do braiding and just apply the hairline? or can i do bonding/weave they apply castor oil? please help?

  20. Hi,
    My hair is really short right now but I am trying to grow back out. How many times a week should I apply castor oil. I mixed it with almond oil and leave it for overnight.
    Thank you!

  21. PLEASE HELP!!!
    I want my hair to grow and thicken,so I settled for castor oil but I do not know how to use it.I don’t know if I spray it or apply it then rinse it,if I dilute it then wash it.I don’t know!Please help!!

    1. Indeed you can. If your scalp is dry, then you can leave it in. If, however, you have an oily scalp, I would suggest you massage castor oil for a few minutes, leave it in for 30 – 1hour, then rinse out, shampoo and condition as normal

  22. Hello. I have used the different oils ( Rosemary, lavender, coconut, peppermint and vitamin E) together. I picked them up from a beauty shop in the specific oil section. The lav, rosm and peptmt are pure Jamaican black castor oils. Wonderful! I’ve left oils on my hair and scalp overnight…can it hurt to do that? I just do it once every other week. My hair is very dry and loves the word frizz. I’ve fought with it since childhood and now the straightener is my friend. Would love a response. Thank you. Great questions.

    1. Hi Dee … so sorry to reply so late. Hope your hair journey is going well. If you have dry hair and a dry scalp, an overnight treatment is great! If, however, you have an oily scalp, it would be better to keep the oil blend on for up to an hour, then wash out.

  23. Hi! I’ve loved this article it had a ton of great info. I have fine thin to normal Caucasian hair and I tried abut overnight mask with aloe, basil powder, fenugreek, and a tsp of castor oil. 3 days later my scalp is still itchy. I’ve washed and conditioned it too and it still itches. Is this normal or do you think I’m allergic to the castor oil?

    1. Hey Philippa, Thanks for getting in touch. You may be allergic to a few of those things … potentially basil powder. My recommendation is to massage just the Castor Oil, leave for 30minutes and then wash out (normal shampoo and condition). So sorry that I didn’t get in touch earlier …. I hope the itchiness has subsided

      1. Turns out I was allergic to the fenugreek 🙈I tried what you said and my hair is doing great now! Thank you!

    2. I read online that castor oil detoxs your skin so it’s pulling stuff out and that’s why you itch and so the longer you use it the less toxins and less itching you will have . ..hope this helps

  24. Hey..just bought jamaican black castor oil..my question is..is it amust that if i apply it on my scalp i must wash it off? N when is it wrong when i apply it with braids on? Any side effect without washing…may be for a month? Pliz help..coz am confused…

    1. If you have an oily scalp, the recommendation is to wash it off. If you have a dry / normal scalp you can use it as a leave in treatment at your leisure.

      I recommend a weekly wash with all hair routines. You always need to make sure your scalp is clean – a clean scalp produces healthier hair.

  25. My routine includes using 1:1 mixture of castor and olive/vitamin E oil massaging it on my scalp about 4 min, and leaving overnight (without heating).
    I do this every 2-3 nights and shampoo the next morning. In my case, it grows only when I use it more often.
    I tried adding rosemary/cedarwood oil but no difference.

    Since using this routine, my hair grows only 2cm per month. This is pathetic compared to results on YouTube claiming to grow 3 inches per week.
    I even take flaxseed oil every morning after breakfast.

    What am I doing wrong?

    1. Hey ZX,

      Don’t be too hard on yourself. At the end of the day, your hair will follow what your genes have mapped out.

      So on average hair grows 1/2 an inch a month – that means there are some people whose hair grows slower than that and others whose hair grows faster than that.

      The most important thing is that your hair is growing and your job is to retain that length. 🙂

  26. Hi! Awesome to see your interaction with everyone so thank you in advance!
    I use to have super thick curly hair and it just started thinning and falling out in the last year and I just started using castor oil to combat it.
    I am wondering if I “MUST” wash out the castor oil after using it? My scalp doesnt ever itch so i dont think I have a dry scalp. But i dont think i have an oily scalp because i dont have oily hair (i have dry frizzy curly hair) So my question is, do I have to rinse it out? Is it bad if i dont? (I thought getting your hair wet all the time wasnt good for it? or is that just shampooing) I dont mind leaving it on overnight and just rinsing my hair the next day. Also when you say wash can it just be water or just conditioner, rather than shampooing.

    Sorry for the lengthy question.
    Thanks 🙂

  27. Hey phrophro today was my first day doing a hair mask and i used Castro oil & Coconut oil together I was wondering if this is going to help my hair get thicker & maybe get rid of some of the bald spots im starting to get !! So I put it in & when I took a shower I can still feel the oils I tried washing it like 4 times and it feels the same what should I do ..!? Is that bad

    1. Hey Susanna,

      There are a lot of factors that contribute to hair loss. So if your hair loss is taking place from the base of your scalp, I’d suggest seeing a doctor and taking them through a few symptoms.

      In relation to the oil. Castor Oil has a very thick consistency, so I would let water run through my hair for about 2 minutes. Use shampoo 2 to 3 times (scrub gently), and then continue with the conditioning process. If the oils aren’t bedding down your hair too much, then wait till your next wash day and use the same routine.

  28. I have a question. Will application of castor oil for more than 12-24 hours effect negatively on the hair n scalp?

  29. I have dry, curly, brown hair.
    Can Black Castor Oil be used after head wash, only few drops on damp hair not scalp?

    1. Hey Ginni! Indeed it can … it’ll be great at nourishing your curls. But if you find that it’s a bit heavy, you can substitute that with Coconut Oil, or Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil … they will seep into the hairshaft and not leave your hair greasy
      Hope that helps! I have a range that i’m expanding for curly hair, please stay tuned http://www.organicsuku.com

  30. hi ma name is Abe ma hair is oily when i wash ma hair and seat ma hair is fall how i used castor oil and is there any problem after appling the castor oil washing only with soap with out any shampoo or cond thank you

    1. Hi Abe

      For Castor Oil treatments on an Oily Scalp, I suggest you massage the castor oil and leave it on for about 30minutes. Then shampoo your hair – you may need to apply shampoo 2 – 3 times for the oil to be fully removed. The massaging you’ll be doing as you wash, is great for hair growth stimulation. I would suggest you do this 1 – 2 times a week.

    1. If you have a dry scalp, you can use Castor Oil as a leave-in treatment. If our scalp is oily you can use it as a rinse-off treatment

    1. It’s a stable oil, so should be ok to use for any age. But people have different reactions, so I always suggest that you patch test before using

  31. I used castor oil with coconut oil and I think I used too much. It seems to have made my hair fall out. I stopped using it after a few days. But it’s been around 4 weeks since stopping and it seems like my hair isn’t growing back. Although my hair is still growing length wise it still hasn’t gown back in the gaps where hair has fallen ou. I noticed that since I am having a lot of short hairs fall out.

    My hair is now extremely low in volume where I used it and it doesn’t seem to be growing back. Can this have caused permanent damage.

    1. Hey there,

      Really sorry to hear about your experience. There are a lot of factors that could contribute to your hair falling out, which is why it would be hard to give specific advice.

      I would highly recommend you visiting a Trichologist (hair and scalp specialists) or a Dermatologist. They use machinery that is able to magnify your hair follicles and will give you a proper diagnosis of what’s taking place with your hair falling out.

      Please let me know how you go.

  32. Hello Aphro,
    I applied castor + Oilve oil 2 times in a 1st week, then didn’t apply on 2nd week , then later on 3rd week again applied with olive oil but this time I could feel lot of break down hair falls and extreme itching in my scalp.
    I m worried as my hairs are already thin , not so good , got this castor oil suggestion from one of my friend that it gives great results.
    I wanted to know weather it is suiting my hair type or not? my scalps are neither dry nor oily.

    1. Hello there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. It’s tough when you don’t get the same / similar results as your friend.

      Hair loss can be complicated. It can be caused by a reaction to something that you’ve used on your hair, or an indication of something else that could be going on (e.g. stress related symptoms). The best 1st step to undertake is to see a trichologist in your area or dermatologist. They perform an analysis on your hair strands as well as your scalp to diagnose what the cause of the loss could be.
      Please stay in touch and let me know how you go.

  33. I brough the jamaican black castor oil with argan in it can i grease my scalp and leave it in without washing it out and wash my hair once a week

    1. Hey Lisa, If your scalp is dry you can use it as a leave-in treatment. if your scalp is oily, you can wash it out. It all comes down to preference.

  34. Hi Aphro ,pls my hair is thinning and I’m having bald spots in places at the front. I’ve been using castor oil in my hair care as scalp oil and sometimes pretty poo. Could it be the one causing my balding? Pls help because while there is increase in length the volume have reduced and the bald spots are so embarrassing. Thanx

    1. Hi Ummi,

      So sorry I missed this post. I would advise for you to visit a trichologist or dermatologist, Hair thinning is more complex and Castor Oil only solves topical issues, not hormonal. I hope to hear back from you again

  35. i applied castor oil for the first time. i saw so many hair follicles stick to my hand. what to do?

  36. Hi Aphro,

    Will it help to relieve my pain in testicles? I got blood tests and US scan which came back normal. Now I’m taking Castro oil for ease the pain in my testicles? Will it help? Pls advise

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