Castor oil and coconut oil for the hair

Many recommend both castor oil and coconut oil as home remedies for dry hair. Coconut oil is said to work as a conditioner, while castor oil is a folk remedy that is said to promote hair growth.

So why not try using them together for soft and fast growing hair?

If you want to use both at the same time, here are some things you should know.

Both castor oil and coconut oil are touted as miracle ingredients for dry hair. The fatty acids in both are said to promote hair growth.

Coconut oil is easily absorbed into the hair, which means that the hair can absorb its fatty acids better.

When it comes to castor oil, there is very little scientific research that supports hair growth. Like coconut oil, the fatty acids in castor oil help keep the skin hydrated, which means it’s good for your scalp – and scalp health is related to hair health. While it is not known whether a healthy scalp will promote hair growth, it can help combat hair loss and hair loss.

Each of these oils play – or are supposed to – play a specific role in maintaining overall hair health. Hence, it is easy to assume that using the two together will help keep hair strong and healthy.

Coconut oil is said to restore dry or broken hair. For this reason, it is often used in a deep conditioning product or hair mask.

Castor oil is said to make hair grow faster and thicker and is popular worldwide as a hair growth accelerator. Coconut oil reportedly has this property as well, but castor oil is more popular in the hair growth beauty community.

For decades, people who use castor oil have reported improved hair growth, making it a popular remedy for hair and eyelash growth.

However, there isn’t a lot of research on whether or not castor oil affects hair growth. A 2003 study suggests that it improves hair “shine” (in other words, how well it reflects light). However, there is little detail in scientific research on how these results can be achieved.

A 2015 study also suggests that ricinoleic acid, an acid found in castor oil, can reverse hair loss. However, there is no definitive scientific evidence of its success.

If you want to improve how fast or thick your hair is growing, it is worth speaking to a dermatologist or hair professional.

However, if you want to find out for yourself if this affects your hair, it can’t hurt to try this combination.

Both ingredients are generally safe for skin and hair and when combined do not cause any side effects.

However, castor oil can cause allergic reactions when applied to the skin. So do a patch test first before applying it anywhere on your body.

Also, consider buying pure castor oil, as the irritant may not come from the oil itself, but from additives that a brand uses to improve its smell or appearance.

Always do a patch test before applying castor oil anywhere on your body.

If you want to try combining coconut oil and castor oil into one treatment for longer, luscious hair, there is an easy way to make a DIY conditioner in your kitchen.

  1. Combine one part melted coconut oil with one part castor oil.
  2. Mix well.
  3. Apply the mixture in the shower after washing.
  4. Let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse it off.

For a deeper conditioning treatment or mask, simply leave the mixture in your hair for about 20 minutes before showering or rinsing.

You can also add some rosemary oil that has been shown to stimulate hair growth. In fact, a 2015 study showed that rosemary oil was as effective as minoxidil – also known as rogaine – in preventing hair loss.


Castor oil is very heavy and sticky, so rinse thoroughly. It may take more flushing than usual to get everything out.

You may also want to put on an old shirt that you don’t want to dye before using this treatment as a mask.

Both coconut oil and castor oil have been used on their own for decades to improve the softness and length of hair.

While there is plenty of research to support claims of coconut oil’s hair softening power, there isn’t a lot of evidence to suggest that castor oil can help hair become thicker or longer.

It’s not very risky to try this combination to alleviate hair ailments. However, a better option is to seek advice from a hair professional.

Jody Amable is a freelance writer and editor based in the San Francisco Bay Area specializing in music and subcultures. Her work has been featured in KQED Arts, Atlas Obscura, and local weekly newspapers.

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