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The Benefits of Castor Oil for Restoring Brows

Beauty media everywhere are shouting out about the benefits of using castor oil – a natural product and a great option for those looking to encourage regrowth of brow hairs to restore a more youthful, fuller natural look. With so many clients suffering the effects of previous poorly carried out brow treatments, overplucking or just the brow thinning effects of aging; it’s important not to miss promoting the benefits of oil for brows while ensuring clients use it safely…

What does castor oil do?

Castor oil effectively helps regrow eyebrow hair, thickening brows (and also darkening brow hairs, when using Jamaican black oil) in the process. However, the process will take some time and require application daily (usually at night) for best results. Typically results are seen within 5 to 6 weeks of daily application.

What is castor oil?

Castor oil is a vegetable oil high in ricinoleic acid. Pressed from the leaves and beans of the castor bean plant. The hulls of the castor bean contain ricin which must be removed before processing. Correctly formulated castor oil is safe and has many uses, particularly as an effective brow hair tonic. Castor oil benefits the hair and skin in numerous ways. Ricinoleic acid an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent helping to fight any such infections that may have lead to hair loss. Healthy fatty acids found in castor oil (namely mega-9 and other fatty acids) can penetrate skin and hair follicles to stimulate the growth of thicker, darker, and healthier hair by encouraging improved blood circulation in the area (both from the oil itself and from massage of the area to apply). Essential fatty acids also nourish the hair and prevent further loss. It is also good to nourish the skin and improve the elasticity of the skin, soothing dryness and conditions such as eczema.

Two types of castor oil:

Cold pressed castor oil is pure castor oil pressed from the leaves and seeds of the castor bean plant. Some oil extraction processes go further to extract any oils left behind beyond pressing, using solvents. While solvent extraction produces a cheaper oil, traces of the solvent may remain in the oil. By choosing 100% cold-pressed castor oil, you are avoiding these traces of solvent that could be harmful. For best results, you want a high-quality, pure oil that is hexane free. While it is not necessary to purchase organic oil, most prefer it. Look for a product stating 100% pure castor oil. If the oil is not labeled as such, it has probably been mixed with a carrier oil which may not give the full benefits of natural castor oil.

Jamaican black castor oil is the dark-colored oil extracted from roasted castor beans. The color comes from the ash of the roasted beans. The oil contains products produced from the ash and the roasting process. It has the same beneficial properties for hair and skin as cold-pressed castor oil. The only difference is the color and processing. The darker color may also provide some staining which makes the eyebrows appear darker immediately.

How to apply castor oil to eyebrows:

  • 1. Wash brow area with mild facial cleanser. Rinse and pat dry
  • 2. Pour a small amount of castor oil into a shallow dappen dish
  • 3. Dip a cotton bud into the castor oil. Swipe on side of dish to remove any excess oil
  • 4. Stroke the cotton bud along your brows, following the natural line of hair growth
  • 5. Use pad of ring finger to massage the oil into the hair and skin
  • 6. Blot your brows with a tissue to remove excess oil
  • 7. Leave castor oil on overnight then wash away in the morning with a mild cleanser
  • 8. Wash castor oil away in the morning with a mild cleanser. Rinse and pat dry.
  • 9. Repeat the process every night for best results

Safety considerations when using castor oil:

  • As with any product, allergies are possible. If you have any redness, rash, or a reaction of any kind, wash the oil off and stop using castor oil immediately.
  • Pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding should avoid using castor oil as although unlikely to cause an issue, its absolute safety in pregnancy has not been studied and concluded as with most products.
  • Care should be taken to keep the oil out of the eyes. Those looking to use the oil to also restore the health of eyelash growth and condition should apply the oil carefully from beneath the eye, very sparingly using a correctly cleansed or disposable mascara wand and avoid getting it in the eye. Contact with the eyes can cause eye irritation, pain and redness. Most clients will find eyelash serums available which have been optimally formulated for safe use on eyelashes and may be easier to apply than castor oil for eyelashes specifically.
  • Castor oil is for topical use only for brow benefits and should not be consumed. It is a powerful natural laxative and is not safe to be orally taken without a doctor’s advice.

Castor oil is a great natural product to be used alongside brow shaping treatments to include Highly Defined Brows, but also Brow Lamination in particular. Learn the skills to provide highly quality, lucrative brow treatments with our fast track, insurable training courses…


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