I began using CO in June of this year. I have a medical problem causing my moisture glands to atrophy. I always had long, thick, healthy hair. Now it has the look of an old doll left out in the rain. Extremely dry, brittle, and due to the brittle nature, breaking off in large quantities. No product can replicate the natural moisture our bodies produce when functioning normally so I have tried dozens of products to remedy my situation, few have helped and no other prevented breaking and shedding.
I have tried supplements as well, again, no tanglible results. I use CO the following way: if I'm going too be staying in I slather some on not just my scalp but the lengths. Its very thick in viscosity, think molasses not olive oil. It has a sticky nature I've not found in other oils. I apply pre-wash then add a small amt to my conditioner as well.
The difference in hair loss when using CO in this way is quite dramatic. I was losing a handful each shower which was devastating to me. Now I see minimal loss, almost the same as previous to my condition.
While I find CO to have a cumulative effect in that the overall health of my hair, if I skip using it prior to showering, I once again lose more hair though a lesser amount.
My hair has a gleam to it that I had as a child, but no way can my now porous, brittle, frizzy hair can reflect shine like that on its own anymore.
I add a small amt to my hair post shampoo. Easier to distribute if you mix with a leave in product. If hair is sticky, and looks greasy clearly you've used too much but its really trial and error. My hair is very porous now so I need more than most would. Start small, you can always add more.
My eye brows have always been thick but I began to see a small bald patch on one. This oil has helped to regrow that area in my opinion.
I've tried coconut oil and even a tiny amount is too difficult to remove. Its best for body for me and I love it for that. Jojoba is a favorite pre flat iron, or to just to add shine but it always made my back/shoulders, breakout in acne. Almond oil is nice too, no breakouts yet does not stop breakage/shedding for me. Olive oil is too thick post conditioning, I like it for skin more than hair for myself.
I notice no scent, just a clear thick liquid. I buy small bottles because I don't know if CO goes rancid or not and I keep it under the bathroom sink in high humidity.
I was seriously at my wits end with hair loss, now after using this for many months my hair is thicker simply by virtue of losing so much less. I can't comments much on regrowth yet, but will update this review if my results vary.
It's probably the best thing I've found to combat hair frizz, and I've been waging war on frizz for many years now.
I put the oil straight on my hair, wet or dry. It's important to control the quantity. A few drops, spread in the palms, will do for my medium-length, thick wavy hair. More than that makes my hair crunchy. Less than that has not much of an effect.
Also, I've found that this doesn't mix well with a hair lotion I have (Motion Lotion, Kevin Murphy). My hair looks dull and dirty. Individually, both products work well.
A colleague started using it as a pre-shampoo treatment and she's quite pleased.
In all, a bit hard to manage (quantity is very tricky) but for the price, I can't complain.
For a quick backround on myself, I have naturally light , Asian eyebrows. When I was about 12 years old I thought I should do my own eyebrows, the worst decision I've EVER made! Since then, my eyebrows have been ever so sparse and unattractive. Now in freshman year in highschool, I've gotten sick of looking at such sparse eyebrows. I googled everything and landed at castor oil, it's dirt cheap with little risk factor as this is a natural product. Basically, I bought this 2 weeks ago and have been applying it religiously at night with a spoolie and wiping the excess off with a Q-tip as I didn't want any unnecessary hair growth below or above where I wanted my eyebrows to come in. Well, it is said you need to wait 2 months to see results, but for me personally, I'm starting to see some real results! My "tail" of my left eyebrow, where overplucking had resulted in no hair growth for years, is beginning to grow back in a mere 2 weeks. But, the first week I started to use castor oil, I broke out in a couple small pimples over my left eyebrow. I can't say if it's the castor oil for sure because I was eating pretty unhealthy that week, but I'm just putting that out there. Also, I've been on an absolutely no pluck regimen for 2 whole months (except for the hairs I know for sure are not going to end up as part of my eyebrow, like on my eyelid). So, I'm not sure if that's why my eyebrows are coming back. If you notice closely, your eyebrows kind if grow in rows. My eyebrows had no more that say 5 hairs width, now I see more rows growing! Also, my eyebrows are getting noticeably darker! In 2 months I will be for sure updating everyone on this product and how it either worked or not and to what extent...
CASTOR OIL. AMAZING STUFF.
Background on me: I've been naturally blessed with short, thin/sparse, Asian eyelashes. :P
Since I've started to apply castor oil for a month now, my lashes have grown noticebly longer and my eyebrows have grown darker. My mom was surprised when she noticed how dark my eyebrows had gotten that she immediately started to follow in my footsteps and started applying castor oil to her eyelashes as well at night.
AS A BONUS, I've noticed that this oil has been helping with my dark circles! During the night, the oil will run and cover them, and in the morning my normally super dark dark circles are gone! My mom noticed and told me. I went online and searched about castor oil being one of the benefits of under eye circles, and it does help to diminish them! I honestly didn't know this at first! I paid about $3 here in Canada for a 100 mL bottle, but it's been lasting me AND my mom for so long and it's friggin dirt cheap! =)
I've also tried using this to grow my hairline. Many claim that it works, and I'm sure it does, seeing new hair growth above my lashline, which were never there before. I will update on the hairline growth soon.
I don't need to wear mascara now! Before, mascara was a staple (HG Maybelline One by One Waterproof) in my everyday makeup, since my lashes were barely there. Now they are pretty long and noticible and I'm able to skip mascara. I believe that alot of the eyelash growth serums now on the market are a scam (not saying they all are) because once you stop buying that serum, your lashes may fall out. And honestly they are usually soooo expensive to keep up with, and castor oil is a guaranteed cheap safe alternative. I also plan to continue applying castor oil to them until they reach their longest peak. I want to thank all the ladies here on MUA for writing their brilliant reviews, which urged me to try castor oil to multi-purposes. I'm glad that my first review was written about this. TRY CASTOR OIL. JUST DO IT. YOU WON'T REGRET. =))
Seriously , i will not be using this again because if i do , i have to pluck my eyebrows almost everyday ! + Using it fr eyelashes though x Amazing
The jury is still out on whether or not this will make my eyelashes fuller/thicker, as I've only been using this for 1 week. I have not noticed any difference to my extremely short, thin, straight eyelashes. I'll edit the post later on . . . I've read so many positive reviews on how castor oil aids in growing longer and thicker eyelashes, so I'm really hoping this will work!
I have been using castor oil (Heritage Brand- hexane free) nightly on my neck, chest, knees, backs of hands, eyelashes, and the few small sun-spots on my face. No lightening as of yet with the sun-spots, but once again I've only been using this for a week. No fading of fine lines yet . . . Again, I've read the 'glowing' reviews on how castor oil fades sun-spots and diminishes fine lines. I've noticed that my upper chest and the backs of my hands are beginning to look a bit crepey and the tops of my knees are getting lines/saggy! Uggg! So, again I'm hoping that the castor oil will aid in diminishing these issues. We will see!
This does make my skin soft and supple, however.
I have found a great immediate use for this! I use a very small drop in my palm (put the castor oil in an empty L'Oreal glossing serum bottle) and run it very lightly over my dry curly/wavy hair to tame the frizz and it works better than any of the glossing serum that I have used to date!
Probably would not be good for fine hair and one should keep the product away from the roots. Somehow it makes my hair feel thicker, but eliminates the frizzies so the curl/wave is more defined.
**EDIT** I had to use the castor oil for a few months before I started noticing a difference in lash growth. And it appeared like my lashes just all of a sudden grew! They were definitely longer and a bit thicker. I could actually curl them and not use mascara, which is a 1st for me. But when I stopped using the castor oil, my lashes stopped growing immediately. I'm going to try it again. Especially since half my lashes on my right eye fell out from using Maybelline Illegal Fiber Lash mascara :-( !!! I did not notice any fading of the sun-spots on my face, nor a reduction to any lines on my face or body.
I have been using Castor Oil on my eyebrows for about 2 weeks now (I have skipped some days), I apply it on my eyebrows with a cotton bud just before I go to sleep. I regret not taking a before photo because I was not sure that this would really work therefore I didn't bother to take one! My eyebrows are now fuller than ever, I have had patchy brows since years which have now filled up with hair, I also had a patch where hair would never grow but I can see a few strands of dark hair on that area so I can honestly say that I am overwhelmed!!! I also use the oil mixed with coconut oil on my scalp and the immediate effects were very good as people asked me if I had just dyed my hair as my hair did not look its normal dull self! The only downside is that this oil does not soften my hair as other oils would therefore I would recommend mixing this oil with another oil for the softness!
I am going to start apply the oil with a mascara wand to my lashes too
The only downside is that this oil is very thick in consistency therefore when apply to eyelashes be very careful not to get it into your eyes!
Used castor oil for a month on brows & lashes. All I got was breakouts and milia. No hair growth at all.
And before you ask, I was very careful with application. I used a eyeliner brush that was designated for this specific purpose and cleaned it after each use.
I'm surprised that it actually works. I've been using it for over a month, and my lashes haven't looked this great!
As recommended by my fellow MUA-ers, I use a sample mascara blush I picked up from MAC counter (for free :), and apply the oil to my lashes morning and night.
TIP: Apply on the upper lashes only, then gently close your eyes and the oil will just hit the lower lashes and drip down to the roots.
I used to have long lashes (although most of them point down :), but after having a baby my lashes started to fall off. Castor oil allows lashes to grow stronger; therefore they don't fall off and grow longer and fuller. I started seeing results on week 3.
I don't know if it will work for people who have short and thin lashes to begin with, but it's worth a try since it's only $6 for 5 ml. and that will last you FOREVER!
I haven't tried those eyelash serums, and those might work faster and more effective, but castor oil is natural with no side effects and cheaper. I would give this a try first.
Applying my usual mascara Bobbi Brown everything, I'm thinking that this is going on really well today since my lashes are looking very long. Then I realize that it is my lashes not the mascara. I've been using castor oil for 2 weeks not expecting anything and certainly not within the space of 2 weeks but it is TRUE so TRUE that they are longer. Why compromise your health with latisse when this healthy alternative will do the job. I am also applying it to my brows and I can't wait to see what happens in the coming weeks.