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How to Get Castor Oil out of Hair


If you look at most of the beauty products you put in your hair, chances are that castor oil is in many of them. It is like a wonder oil for your hair, and that’s because it provides so many great benefits.

If you try to use just plain castor oil in your hair, you can focus on the benefits that only it is offering, but you may have trouble washing the oil out.

Your hair can still feel greasy after a treatment, so what do you do about it? You obviously don’t want to damage your hair in trying to get the castor oil out, but you want your hair to feel clean.

I’ll talk about how you can remove the castor oil in a moment, but first let’s talk about what this oil does and why you might want to use it in your regular hair care routine.

Castor Oil Benefits

Why use castor oil in hair at all? This oil is so good for your hair, and I’m going to go over some of the benefits for you here so you can become a castor oil fan as well, if you aren’t already.

Castor oil has a bunch of fatty acids in it that feed your hair, making it shiny, thick, and lustrous. If you want the kind of hair that you can just grab a bunch of together and pull without a few weak strands falling out because it is so strong, then castor oil is your secret weapon.

It is especially good for curly hair, since it helps to moisturize the hair and treat damaged areas. It can bring your hair back to life and make it shinier, fuller, and much healthier. The fatty acids do a great job of keeping moisture locked in, so your hair is hydrated and nourished throughout the day.

While castor oil won’t make your hair grow fast, it does offer some other benefits. It works on all sorts of hair health problems and eliminates them, like inflammation and infections.

The oil is an anti-microbial and an anti-inflammatory, which makes you wonder why more people don’t see castor oil as a super essential treatment for hair to make it extra healthy. It works on both the scalp and the hair, improving their health.

If you are trying to regrow hair, then castor oil should be in your hair care kit for sure. It makes it easier for hair to regrow smoothly and it boosts healthy growth, not making the hair grow faster but ensuring it grows in stronger and less likely to fall out or break.

How to Get Castor Oil out of Hair

Okay, so I have talked about the amazing benefits of castor oil and why you should be using it immediately, and now let’s get into what you need to do to get excess castor oil out of the hair so that your hair feels clean.

It can be tough to get castor oil out of hair, and that’s because this oil is really thick. It just doesn’t want to come all the way out. My recommendation is to start with hot water and whatever shampoo you use. The hot water is a natural degreaser that won’t harm your hair.

The hottest you can make the water and still stand it, the better and more effective it will be at getting the oil out. The shampoo will work with the hot water to lift the oil out.

You may have to wash the hair a few times this way, because one wash might not be enough. It just depends on the texture of your hair and how much castor oil you put in.

If you still feel the oil in your hair after a few washes, you do have some other options. You can try an apple cider vinegar wash. Just rinse the vinegar right through you hair, not leaving it in for any length of time. Run the vinegar through and then wash the hair with water immediately afterwards.

You could also try some conditioner on your hair to remove the oil.

Let the conditioner sit in your hair for about 20 minutes and then wash it out as normal. That should be enough to get out any remaining castor oil.

How to Get Castor Oil out of Hair without Washing

If you would prefer to not get your hair wet, then there are a number of ways you can get the castor oil out. I want to share some of those with you.

Dry Shampoo

Just rub some of this into your hair and comb it out. It works really well at getting the castor oil out close to the roots. Dry shampoo will remove oil on contact without the need for any washing whatsoever.

Blow Dry

You can get oil out of your hair by blow drying your hair as well.

Just dampen your hair slightly and then apply some heat protectant to keep your hair safe. Apply it to one small section of hair at a time. Then, using the concentrator nozzle on the blow dryer, activate the dryer and hold it about an inch from your hair. Keep working until the hair is completely dry.

You may see what looks like some smoke coming off your hair, but that is just the water evaporating and not your hair being set on fire.

Baking Soda

The miracle of baking soda is that it can be used for practically anything, even getting rid of oil in your hair.

  1. Combine some baking soda with a little water to make a paste and then work that through your hair.
  2. Leave it to sit there for about 20 minutes and then clean it out.

How you remove the baking soda paste is up to you. It can be rinsed out, or you can leave it to dry out completely and comb it out.

There are a few other methods you can use, but they all involve you rinsing out your hair afterwards. Combining mint and rosemary works well, as does a combination of lemon juice and aloe vera. You could even wash your hair with eggs and rinse them out, but that might be a last resort.

The point is, there are lots of ways that you can get rid of the castor oil still in your hair, so don’t worry too much if your hair is still feeling greasy after you use products with castor oil in them. You have some options when it comes time to clean it out.


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