Everything You Need to Know About Castor Oil, According to a Hair Expert

When it comes to hair health, we're all about providing our locks with the best of the best when it comes to ingredients.

With so many harmful formulas out there, it's important to take a look at the list of ingredients in your beauty products! That'exactly why we sat down to chat with Shab Reslan, HairClub's hair health expert. We were curious about castor oil in particular, and she told us everything we need to know in the interview below.

Sweety High: Tell us about yourself!

Shab Reslan: I am a tricologist and hair health expert based in New York City. With over 16 years of experience behind the chair, I have witnessed the lack of resources and solutions for women and their unique hair struggles. I have dedicated myself to the study of hair loss (trichology) and providing guidance and access to effective solutions for women.



SH: What is castor oil?

SR: The oil extracted from the seed of the castor bean plant.


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SH: What components does castor oil have that make it great for hair? What benefits does each of those components give to hair?

SR: With a high concentration of ricinoleic acid, castor oil is extremely moisturizing and easily penetrates the hair and skin. Ricinoleic acid can also help calm irritation in the scalp. Castor oil is a natural humectant that can help maintain the moisture levels in hair and provide protection from hair styling as it seals the cuticle of the hair. It has also been known to stimulate circulation and promote healthier hair growth.


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SH: What hair types is castor oil best for? Are there any hair types that aren't a match?

SR: Castor oil is a very thick oil that can clog your scalp and leave your roots looking very greasy if applied too liberally or not sufficiently shampooed out.


SH: Is there anything else we should know about castor oil as a beauty ingredient? 

SR: Castor oil has been proven to help grow thick and strong eyebrows and eyelashes when applied at night before bedtime.


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