Castor Oil Challenge | Before & After

I briefly mentioned my thoughts of the castor oil challenge on my relaxer update video and blog post, but I wanted to do an official end of challenge update.

For this challenge, I applied castor oil to my scalp twice a weeks for 12 weeks and added 1 tsp of castor oil to my weekly deep conditioners.

The Challenge Requirements and How I Did.

1.  Applying the Castor Oil to my scalp.  When I started I entered the challenge at the intermediate level, which meant applying the oil to my scalp twice a week.  But when the challenge started I was secretly going to see if I would be able to do it every other day.  Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to keep up at that pace, but I gave it the good old college try.
2. Massaging my Scalp after applying the Oil.  The challenge stated that we had to massage our scalp for a few minutes after applying the oil, but I have to level with you all.  Each time I applied the oil to my scalp, I massaged it for 10 — maybe 30 seconds (at best).  I don’t know what it is about scalp massages, but I’m really not into them.  I know that they are great for stimulating growth, but I just never feel like doing it when the time comes.  So, I definitely slacked here.
3.  Adding 1 tsp of Castor Oil to weekly deep conditioner.  I did this faithfully, sometimes adding up to 2 tsp.  I wasn’t sure what to expect but I was pleasantly surprised by how soft my hair felt after rinsing the conditioner each week.  That was a nice little bonus.

My Hair Before Castor Oil Challenge.

As far as it being a growth aid to speed up growth, I didn’t see anything new on that front.  But it did thicken my edges, which was the main reason that I joined this challenge.  I was happy to see that my edges were thicker than when I started the challenge.  And I may continue to apply the castor oil to my edges until I run through the entire bottle.

Length Comparison: Did Castor Oil Increase My Growth Rate?

April vs. January

The Drawbacks.

The negatives of this challenge: the itching and shedding.  There is something about an itchy scalp that makes me feel dirty.  I do my best to not scratch my scalp in public, but the itchies that I got from the castor oil made that very difficult.  So that was one annoying drawback to using castor oil on my scalp.  The second was the increased shedding.  I’m not sure why this started happening, but about a month into the challenge, I started to notice that my hair was shedding.  I did tea rinses to help stop it, but I felt kind of like putting a band-aid on top of another band-aid by using castor oil for one thickness and then having to correct the side effects with a tea rinse.  That was a bit annoying.  So, that is certainly something that I’m going to think about as I figure out whether to make this a consistent part of my regimen.

Before and Afters: Did Increase the thickness of my Edges?

Final Thoughts.

Overall, I’m glad that I joined.  Castor Oil might have been the most underrated hair product sitting in my hair care stash.  Not by others but by me!  Now, don’t get me wrong there are some drawbacks to using this on your scalp two to three times a week — itchy scalp and additional shedding.  But at the end of the day, it brought back my edges.  If decide to continue use, I know I will see an increase in my hair’s overall volume/thickness.  Regardless of whether I incorporate castor oil into my regimen, I will participate in a future castor oil challenge.
Did you participate in the Castor Oil Challenge?  
Have you used Castor Oil?
Did you notice added growth or thickness?  
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23 Comments


  1. Did you apply it straight from the bottle of did you mix it with other oils?


  2. The most important thing is that you did see a positive impact from participating in the challenge, your edges have really grown in such a short space of time!
    I also participated in Hairlista's Castor Oil Challenge, and I have noticed alot of thickness in my hair! I also decided to start using it as a sealant, and my hair has not felt as soft with any other oil 🙂 I had the exact same problem with shedding and tea rinses were not helping me to reduce it, so I mixed 3 parts castor oil with 1 part olive oil and a few drops of peppermint+rosemary oil – my shedding reduced alot once I did this and I still reaped the benefits of the castor oil.


  3. I love castor from using it in my DCners to scalp massaging. I don't particularly care to seal with it though. I don't feel that my shedding changes with its use. Maybe my scalp has adjusted to it since I've been using castor for so long. It doesn't make my scalp itch either. I don't mind a gentle rub of my scalp but the patting the head as if I have a weave is something I will not do. 🙂 For me, castor softens but doesn't moisturize. Funny how our stories are so different. Great bounce back on your edges.


  4. I find my shedding is seasonal even though i use JBCO constantly on my scalp weekly. Your edges look great.


  5. Initially, I was using a castor oil mix that I had made prior to the challenge. Once that was done, I used just the JBCO on my scalp.


  6. I think I'll start mixing the castor oil with another oil and rosemary eo. Hopefully that will at least help with the shedding. Thanks for the tip, Becca!


  7. I have the rosemary essential oil, so I will start with that. Hopefully that will reduce the shedding. Thanks, Tonkabelle!


  8. You are right about the softens vs. moisturize. I corrected my post. I meant softens. I'll be taking the advice of the ladies above and hopefully that will correct the shedding. Now, if only I knew how to get over the itchy scalp…


  9. Maybe you can continue with just adding the oil to your edges only? If it doesnt touch the rest of the hair, it cant make it shed or itchy?


  10. I'll definitely focus on my edges. But I'm pretty sure I'll still be itchy. Hopefully by adding the other oils (as the other ladies recommended) I won't shed quite as much. Thanks for commenting, Lisa!


  11. I currently have a castor oil mix with coconut oil, grapeseed oil, tea tree essential oil, ginger essential oil and peppermint essential oil. It is regular castor oil and i dont have much of an itch. I have another mixture with njoy oil which i added some jbco to the mix and it itched me like crazy when i put it on my scalp. So thinninh it out with other oils might help and i dont have any excessive shedding either with the mix.


  12. I also have a teaspoon of sulfur powder in the mix as well. I made a 4oz oil mix


  13. I love JBCO but i often don't use it regularly…..its great to see that it can actually help our edges. i'm going to be more persistent with my usage


  14. I participated in the castor oil challenge on Hairlista. I noticed breakage in my crown area before the challenge and it is finally growing back and thicker than before.


  15. Congrats girl! Your edges look great! Because of you, I said I would join but never followed through. I do notice whenever I seal with JBCO during the week, my hair feels exceptionally soft during the following wash day. I need to start utilizing castor oil more regularly into my routine. Thanks for sharing!

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