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    Default Castor oil for hair growth?

    I've been reading on another board how they use castor oil for major eyelash and eyebrow growth....has anyone used this on the scalp and seen major hair growth from it? Thanks!

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    I get build up from castor oil on my scalp and hair. I can't use it in any products because of it. Granted I have hard water.....that makes a difference.

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    Yes! I used it for my scalp massages earlier when I had problems with my hairline. It really helped.
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    Yes, I have used it few years ago. But I was making a mistake - I was using it straight, undiluted. It's so thick and sticky I had to shampoo 2-3 times to get it all out, and still it was leaving me with build-up. But I think it helped in the regrowth.

    I reccomend you dilute it with another lighter-weight oil like coconut, sweet almond or sunflower oil.

    About the eyelash and eyebrow growth, I'm seeing a greater difference in the thickness. I guess that's because these have a much shorter growth cycle and terminal length than hair on the scalp, so you get more obvious results quickly.
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    Does it seem like it actually encourages more hair to grow, or is it plumping the existing hairs (which I have heard castor oil does)?
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    I have used castor oil on my scalp for almost a year (mixed with avocado oil, which is lighter and is also said to encourage growth). My hair grew incredibly well all last year (I went from BSL and am now less than an inch shy of tailbone - all this with regular trims).
    I stopped using castor oil over the past two months (due to lack of time) and my hair has grown significantly slower. I know hair tends to grow slower in the winter, but still - I'm thinking there's probably a link. Of course, scalp massages themselves help, too, but I'm pretty certain the castor oil gave my hair growth a boost, too. At least on me
    I won't be taking this step out of my routine anymore.

    I do have a dry skin (and therefore scalp), and don't have any build-up problem, even though I use a very mild shampoo (no SLS). I might have to apply shampoo twice to make sure I've rinsed it out completely (especially now I live in London and the water is harder), but it's no biggie for me. Be sure to warm up the oil in a bowl over a pan of hot water to make it more fluid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Isa-belle View Post
    I have used castor oil on my scalp for almost a year (mixed with avocado oil, which is lighter and is also said to encourage growth). My hair grew incredibly well all last year (I went from BSL and am now less than an inch shy of tailbone - all this with regular trims).
    I stopped using castor oil over the past two months (due to lack of time) and my hair has grown significantly slower. I know hair tends to grow slower in the winter, but still - I'm thinking there's probably a link. Of course, scalp massages themselves help, too, but I'm pretty certain the castor oil gave my hair growth a boost, too. At least on me
    I won't be taking this step out of my routine anymore.

    I do have a dry skin (and therefore scalp), and don't have any build-up problem, even though I use a very mild shampoo (no SLS). I might have to apply shampoo twice to make sure I've rinsed it out completely (especially now I live in London and the water is harder), but it's no biggie for me. Be sure to warm up the oil in a bowl over a pan of hot water to make it more fluid.

    i'm really really interested in your castor/avocado oil mix to add along to my other hair projects and routines.


    how did you use it? as a scalp treatment or for your whole length? how much did you use? how often? once you washed it out, did you notice if it left your hair feeling greasy or anything?


    did you notice any significant shedding when you stopped?
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    I use castor for my OCM washes, mixed with other oils. Lately, because my pregnant belly is so huge, I have been mixing castor with wheat germ oil and using it as an all-over oil - OCM, body moisturizing, and a bit on the ends of my hair whenever it gets damp. My hair has been softer and seems to be growing fast, but this is undoubtedly due to hormones!

    I have to be really careful with oils as my hair gets greasy very fast, but find that castor-wheat germ is a very forgiving combination. However, I only rarely oil my scalp, and that is only before I am going to go swimming.

    Since I really love what this oil mix is doing for my skin, and since I can't be bothered to use separate oils for skin and hair, I will keep using it. However, it is not clear to me that castor is really doing anything for my hair growth...I don't believe there is really anything you can put on your scalp to make your hair grow faster!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bene View Post
    i'm really really interested in your castor/avocado oil mix to add along to my other hair projects and routines.


    how did you use it? as a scalp treatment or for your whole length? how much did you use? how often? once you washed it out, did you notice if it left your hair feeling greasy or anything?


    did you notice any significant shedding when you stopped?
    Hi Bene, I used this mainly as a scalp treatment - if I have a bit leftover I will "wipe" my hands in my hair, lol . While I do the scalp treatment, I usually treat my length and ends with another oil that is better suited for it - camellia, sweet almond or hemp for instance. I leave the whole for at least 30 minutes before shampooing, but if I can, I leave it in longer - sometimes overnight, but most of the time at least an hour.

    I wash my hair every 6 to 8 days (the more I wear my hair up, the longer I can stretch the interval between shampoos) and no, my hair does not feel greasy at all after it's been shampooed. I can't stand greasy hair so I would wash it more often if it did feel greasy.
    I do have dry hair and scalp to start with, though. This is something to take into account, but I do believe warming the mix carefully and mixing the castor oil with a lighter oil, does help.

    I did not notice any more shedding *at all*, no - this does not work like Monistat

    I also meant to warn everyone here - castor oil is definitely darkening, so please be aware of this if your hair is light-coloured and you like it this way.

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    thank you for answering, i am definitely trying this once i get my hands on the ingredients
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