Castor Oil For Eyelash & Eyebrow Growth Explained

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Using natural oils for skin care and hair care has been around for centuries. You’ve probably used some form of natural oil on your hair or skin within the last five years. In fact, oils are so good for our beauty routines, it would be a shame to not use them. You’ve probably heard about coconut oil and jojoba, but have you heard much about the benefits of castor oil? 

Even though many people call it a castor oil bean, it’s actually a seed from the castor oil plant. It’s widely called a bean because it looks like a bean before it’s peeled. The castor oil plant is one of the most poisonous plants. It contains ricin which can be fatal if one ingests them and doesn’t get to a hospital pronto. It’s interesting that even though the plant is poisonous, you can consume the oil. This is because when the oil is made, it’s heated and therefore the poison is killed. But, what about the cold-pressed castor oil? Castor oil has a lot of benefits but today we’ll be speaking about how it can increase eyelash and eyebrow growth.    

What Is Cold Pressed Castor Oil?

Womans hands pouring essential oil on cotton pad.

Castor oil being used.

If you’ve ever wanted to know the difference between cold pressed castor oil and regular castor oil then you’ve come to the right place. What is cold pressed castor oil? Well, let me tell you. As you may have guessed, cold pressed castor oil is extracted from castor seeds. It’s extracted by putting a lot of pressure on them. It’s called cold pressed because it doesn’t go through the roasting process. This makes a pure oil that is cleaner and thinner. This is in major contrast to black castor oil. Black castor oil is roasted and mashed. It’s also boiled in a large pot. The ashes are added to the oil to make it have a thicker consistency. Black castor oil is also not as clear as cold pressed castor oil and has a burnt aroma (which is to be expected thanks to the ashes). 

Generally, castor oil is extremely hydrating and nourishing. Many people with natural hair prefer black castor oil. Cold pressed castor oil is also beneficial for strengthening your hair fibers and also making them smooth. Cold pressed castor oil is known to be better for skin care because it’s more natural and pure. Since it’s not boiled or roasted, it doesn’t lose any of its nutrients either. 

Castor Oil For Eyelash Growth

Natural oils on lashes

Woman lengthening her lashes.

Before you use castor oil on your skin or hair, you need to make sure that you aren’t allergic to it. Using pure castor oil should be less likely to cause irritation. Do a patch test on the inside of your arm and wait to see if it gets red, itchy, or swollen. When you know that you’re in the clear, you can use it. The best time to use this oil on your eyelashes is before you go to sleep. Your eyelashes should be clean and have no makeup on them. 

You can apply a little castor oil to your eyelashes by using a cotton pad. When applying it to your lash line, you need to be extremely careful. If you get some of the oil in your eye, immediately wash it out with water because it can be very irritating. In the morning, after the castor oil has worked its magic, use water or makeup remover to take it off.  Castor oil is mostly made up of ricinoleic acid which has been found to reverse hair loss, so it may be able to improve eyelash growth, as well as eyebrow growth. 

Castor Oil For Eyebrow Growth

Remember the days of thin, barely-there eyebrows? Yes, unfortunately, it’s a time that’s hard to forget. Thankfully, Cara Delevigne and Lily Collins have brought the natural full eyebrows to center stage, and people can’t get enough. It’s very common today to use eyebrow makeup or even do microblading to achieve the fuller brow look. For those of you that don’t know, microblading is getting semi-permanent dye drawn onto your brow line to resemble real eyebrow strands. If done correctly, it looks like your real eyebrows. 

Using castor oil for eyebrow growth means that you have to pick a time of day when you want to apply it and stick with it. When it comes to using castor oil for eyebrow growth, consistency is key. Making it a part of your nighttime routine after you wash your face is an easy way to get it done daily. If you do put it on your brows before you go to sleep, you may want to put a towel under your head so the oil doesn’t stain your pillowcase. Massage the oil into your eyebrow while being careful not to let any get into your eyes. When you wake up in the morning, wash it out. Since the benefits of this oil for hair growth have not been scientifically proven, the amount of time it takes to see a change is different for everyone. 

Castor Oil Eyebrows Before And After

Woman covering face and wearing hat.

Thick, natural eyebrows.

If you’ve lived through the thin eyebrow years and lived to tell the tale then you probably caused some damage to your brows. There are plenty of reasons why our eyebrows don’t grow in like we want to but these things are out of our hands. But are they really? If your eyebrow follicles have been damaged by over waxing, shaving, hormonal imbalances, eczema, or just because you’re getting older, you’re not alone. There’s only a small percentage of people in the world that have been blessed with naturally full brows for their entire lives. 

Castor oil has worked in many cases. I personally benefit from castor oil because I have some bald patches in my eyebrows. It’s not noticeable to anyone but me, but I would love for my brows to be fuller. Castor oil can help my eyebrows grow in thicker due to the healthy fatty acids. The oil helps to stimulate hair growth by penetrating the hair follicles and skin. The extra nourishment should also prevent further loss. It’s also important to massage the oil into the hairs in order to stimulate blood flow. Nothing will grow if your blood flow isn’t stimulated. Castor oil can even help if you have itchy eyebrows. The fatty acids help to relieve your dry, itchy skin. 

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Conclusion

You and your grandmother may have only known castor oil to be used as a laxative or induce labor, but now you know and can tell her that it can do so much more. Even though it hasn’t been confirmed by scientific evidence, castor oil contains the right ingredients to increase both your eyelash and eyebrow growth. The main precaution you need to take is to make sure it doesn’t get in your eyes. Castor oil is potent and therefore has the potential to irritate your delicate eyes. 

Castor oil was originally made for industrial purposes because it doesn’t freeze. This is why you should do a patch test before committing to using it. You should also stick with pure castor oil from a trustworthy company. Not all castor oils are made the same way. Some contain preservatives such as grape seed extract that could be irritating and make your hair fall out. You definitely don’t want that. Be sure to read the bottle label so you know exactly what you’re putting on your eyebrows and eyelashes. If you don’t know if a company is reputable, a quick search online can get you a lot of answers. Even though castor seeds contain a lethal poison, the oil should be clear(get it?) of it.