Castor oil, a vegetable oil pressed from the castor bean, has been touted for its hair growth and scalp health benefits for years. Still, the powerhouse beauty ingredient you didn’t know you needed for softer, shiny hair has yet to go mainstream. The curly, thick, dry, and kinky hair types would be wise to make castor oil hair products part of their daily routine. In the gallery ahead, discover seven castor oil hair products that detangle, add shine, and revive breakage without weighing down locks.
This thick blend of pure castor oil and moringa oil delivers a silky emollience and shine. 100% silicone-free, the formula acts as a barrier agent against harsh conditions, making it perfect for dry, coarse curls or damaged strands you’re looking to grow out.
This hair growth elixir by Shedavi contains over 20 essential oils, including castor oil, grape seed oil, rose oil, and more. Massage it into the scalp four times a week to seal in moisture and improve circulation to the scalp aka the key to growing faster hair.
Briogeo B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil, $26
Briogeo’s castor oil is cold-pressed which means it maintains the highest amount of nutrients and trace minerals. Given it’s 100% pure castor oil, severely dry skin and scalps will reap the most benefits from it by nourishing the hairline and brows as well as any areas of the skin.
Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil Knot Free Forever Natural Leave in Detangler, $10
For those curly hair types prone to extra tangles, Sunny Isle’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil leave-in detangler is magic in a bottle. Apply it on damp hair and use a wide tooth comb to brush out from ends up.
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Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen & Restore Shampoo and Conditioner, $12
Why limit your use of castor oil to once a week when you can get it daily from SheaMoisture’s clarifying shampoo made with Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Shea Butter and Peppermint Oil. It's ideal for those who regularly color, perm, and heat style. On days your hair feels extra parched, follow your wash with the brand’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Treatment Masque.
Phyto Huile D ales Intense Hydrating Oil Treatment, $30
One of the first ingredients of Phyto’s restorative treatment is castor oil which means it's bound to protect hair from breakage and revive shine. Spray it on dry hair section by section from roots to ends and leave on for 30 minutes, repeating once a week for five consecutive weeks.