Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Castor Oil for Thinning Edges and Thinning Hair Challenge

In addition to the No Heat, No Extensions Challenge, I will also be trying to get my edges to grow back out by using castor oil. I know it seems odd because castor oil is a known laxative; However, it is also a very good natural oil for baldness and thinning hair. 

During this challenge I will apply the castor oil mixture to my scalp approximately 2-3 times a week. At least once a week I will use it as a pre-shampoo or a pre-conditioner. The mixture will allow for my hair to retain the moisture that is necessary for my hair to reach an optimal level of healthiness. There are various things that the castor oil can be mixed with. I will use the following oils in my mixture:
  1. 1 tablespoon of castor oil
  2. 1 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil
  4. a few drops of tea tree oil
  5. 1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil (I don't always use this)
Since the castor oil is so thick and sticky, it is important for it to be diluted with other oils so it will not leave the hair feeling heavy or sticky. 

The Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the most commonly used brand of castor oil that many have been using for their castor oil challenge; however I purchased the Walgreens brand of castor oil. I will be using this brand for 3-4 weeks and I will eventually switch to the Jamaican Black Castor Oil so that I will be able to see if there is a different between the two. My research has led me to believe that castor oil is castor oil and as long as it is 100% castor oil and it is cold-pressed then the results should be the same.

I know that I will not see drastic hair growth and thicker edges in two weeks (that's how long I've been using the castor oil), but in approximately 4-6 weeks I hope to see some thicker new growth and thicker edges.

I have 3 YouTube videos that further explain my Castor Oil Challenge. Leave your feedback and subscribe to my channel. Thanks Chic Sistas XOXO--Andrea 


  1. Great post, I've wanted to try castor oil but am always worried about the greasiness, i guess the key is to not over do it! Great pics..
    Jamaican Black Castor

    1. Hi Kendall. I do apologize for my delayed response but I LOVE castor oil. I do agree that it's really gooey but I try to make sure that the oil is diluted with other oils. I actually have seen a big difference in the thickness of my edges and all throughout my hair. Also, I never leave it in my hair. I may sleep with it in my hair and rinse it out in the morning or I'll put it in my hair before I shampoo it to retain moisture. How's the castor oil working for you? :)