You know how important it is to regrow your edges when you have experienced thinning edges or receding edges and have to constantly wear your hair sideways to hide them. We all dream of healthy long hair that we can easily style in a ponytail, or a bun. You can experience thinning edges for different reasons. Some Causes of Thinning Edges Includes: Pulling and grabbing from styling Fine hair that makes your hair fragile and …

The Secret to Regrowing Your Thinning Edges With castor oil

You know how important it is to regrow your edges when you have experienced thinning edges or receding edges and have to constantly wear your hair sideways to hide them. We all dream of healthy long hair that we can easily style in a ponytail, or a bun.

You can experience thinning edges for different reasons.

Some Causes of Thinning Edges Includes:

  1. Pulling and grabbing from styling
  2. Fine hair that makes your hair fragile and prone to breakage
  3. Tight hairstyles
  4. Habit of twirling the hair around your edges
  5. Tight Elastic on your satin night cap or headband. It could prevent blood circulation
    around your edges
  6. Postpartum hair loss and shedding
  7. Health issue such as a thyroid disorder, alopecia, or lupus

If you are looking to regrow your edges, it is helpful you know why your edges are thinning in the first place. Identifying the problem is the first step to edges regrowth.

It is possible you were able to find one or two things causing your edges to thin. If the reasons you are experiencing thinning edges has nothing to do with health, then one of the best ways to regrow your edges is messaging the area with castor oil. Am sure you have heard that before.

But not everyone share the view that castor oil helps increase hair thickness or regrow of thinning edges. Some of the reasons are:

  1. Some people believe that castor oil can’t promote hair thickness because hair thickness is a direct result of genetics.
  2. There are no scientific studies to prove that castor oil can increase hair thickness. Previous studies on castor oil was performed on animals not humans.
  3. It is not enough to conclude that massaging castor oil to your thinning edges could stimulate regrowth because massaging your scalp with ordinary water could give you the same result.
  4. Castor oil sticks to hair more than other oils creating an illusion of thickness. So, what you think is hair thickness might just be buildups.

Irrespective of where your view lies on castor oil’s hair thickening or regrowth ability, it is good to know that everyone’s scalp is different and responds differently to treatments.

That it did not work for you doesn’t mean it won’t work for someone else. Thousands of people are using castor oil and seeing significant changes. And for many that have thick hair already, they have found castor oil to be very useful in sealing in moisture and preventing single strand knots.

Why Does Castor Oil Promote Hair Growth?

Castor oil has been around for ages. It is a good remedy for hair loss and thinning edges. other uses include, reducing frizziness and tangles.

It moisturizes dry hair with its protective coat and penetrate into hair follicles. Castor oil is a humectant, it attracts and retains moisture in the hair.

Castor oil like many other natural oils has many fatty acids. The dominant one is ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid is an omega-9 fatty acid containing anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.

Castor oil fights folliculitis an infection that causes inflammation of the hair follicles. Hair follicles inflammation lowers the level of nutrient in the scalp by reducing the flow of blood to the hair follicles.

The antimicrobial property of ricinoleic acid helps to treat infection in the scalp making sure your hair follicles are clean and healthy.

Ricinoleic acid antioxidant on the other hand, reduces the level of damaging cells in your scalp. Antioxidant makes hair smoother, stronger, and less frizzy by helping the keratin in hair.
Overall, castor oil works to keep hair follicles healthy and grow normal hair.

3 Differences Between Yellow Castor Oil And Jamaican Black Castor Oil


Yellow castor oil is also called cold-pressed because it is made by pressing fresh castor beans without any heat. Absence of heat lowers the risk of degrading any nutrient present in the bean.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is made by first roasting the beans that is why it is dark color and smells burnt.


The first thing you notice in the two oils is that one is yellow and the other is dark. Traditional castor oil is usually yellow; the brighter it is, the better. Jamaican black castor oil, on the other hand, is a darker color due to the ashes of the roasted castor bean added to the oil.


Jamaican black castor oil has a higher pH (alkaline) level because of the ashes in it. Making it more clarifying oil that helps open up cuticles. Castor bean processing method results in differences in ph and consistency level.

The question Would Be Which One Is  better Yellow Castor Oil Or JBCO?

Yellow castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil are  both heavy oils, good for the cold and winter months. Both yellow castor oil and Jamaican black oil contain 18 fatty acids perfect for hair growth. But the roasting process of making JBCO adds more benefits to it. Though if you have curly hair or itchy or dry scalp a better option is yellow castor oil that is unrefined, and hexane-free.

How to Use Castor Oil on Hair

The easiest way to apply castor oil on your hair is by massaging it into the scalp. Massaging helps increase blood circulation and promote new hair growth.
The thickness of castor oil makes it undesirable for many people because of the buildup. And even hard to apply. What you can do is mix it with lighter oil (argan, avocado, coconut, jojoba, sweet almond, olive oil).

Another thing that discourages people from using castor oil is the smell. If castor oil smell repels you, you can try freshening things up with few drops of essential oil like rosemary, peppermint, or tea tree.

Castor Oil Application Tips

  1. You need just a bit, castor oil is extremely thick almost like glue.
  2. Although you might not need warming castor oil but if you are mixing it with coconut oil you might need to warm it up.
  3. Pour a few drops in your hand and gentle work it through your scalp.
  4. You might want to concentrate on the edges but it will also help to cover every part of your scalp.
  5. Keep the oil at minimal, too much oil will not wash off easily with shampoo.
  6. Allow to sit for an hour or two, overnight is also good.

How To Remove Castor Oil Faster From Hair

  1. By nature castor oil is sticky and thick. Hence, troublesome to wash off especially if you leave it overnight.
  2. Blot out excess oil with bathroom paper towels. Part your hair in four or six different places, tuck a sheet of paper towel press and a brush or another piece of paper towel to absorb the oil.
  3. Use Lukewarm Water: Warm water will open your scalp pores and release any stored dirt and excess oil.
  4. Make a Lather: To avoid friction that can cause breakage, moisturize your palms. Form a good lather on your palms by taking some shampoo and adding some water.
  5. Gently Apply The Shampoo: Apply some shampoo on your hair and scalp. Massage gently using your finger in a circular motions.
  6. Apply A Leave-In Conditioner: Apply some leave-in conditioner leave it for like 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Seal With Cold Water: Wash your hair completely with cold water. Cold water locks ad seal in the moisture making your hair shinier.
  8. Towel dry: Gently dry your hair with clean towel be careful not to rub your wet hair harshly.

What do you think? How do you increase the growth and health of your hair? Have you tried castor oil? Leave us a comment and let us know what you think!