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Question How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

For those of you who experience hair thickening from castor oil usage, where exactly are you seeing thicker hair? I do understand it thickening your edges by regrowing hair in sparse areas, or even promoting hair growing... but castor oil can leave a very gummy/tacky type feel to the hair is this what people are calling 'thicker hair' ? I use to use it in the past and oil my scalp with it, and it was great for smoothing my edges and softening my new growth, but I can't say it made my hair any thicker? Are you guys experiencing thickness along the hair strands? Are those of you who are experiencing thickness using it in your deep conditioners? I would love to thicken up my hair strands, but I don't know if that's exactly possible ? Is it thickening your new growth?


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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

There are no products that thicken the hair. There are products that help you maintain what you grow and can make the hair appear to be thicker.

I use henna and it leaves a coating on my hair to make it feel thicker but it does not actually thicken the hair.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

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For those of you who experience hair thickening from castor oil usage, where exactly are you seeing thicker hair? I do understand it thickening your edges by regrowing hair in sparse areas, or even promoting hair growing... but castor oil can leave a very gummy/tacky type feel to the hair is this what people are calling 'thicker hair' ? I use to use it in the past and oil my scalp with it, and it was great for smoothing my edges and softening my new growth, but I can't say it made my hair any thicker? Are you guys experiencing thickness along the hair strands? Are those of you who are experiencing thickness using it in your deep conditioners? I would love to thicken up my hair strands, but I don't know if that's exactly possible ? Is it thickening your new growth?


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Good Question!! I've often wondered this too, people say it grows their edges and use it on sparse lashes. But whats in it that makes it effective as some people say.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

Great question...I'm not sure either. I do know that religiously using castor oil on my thinning areas has filled them in...
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"Hair Care: The germicidal, insecticidal and fungicidal properties of Ricin and Ricinoleic acid present in castor oil protect the scalp and hair from microbial and fungal infections, the two prime causes for hair loss. In addition, the fatty acids in it nourish hair and prevent the scalp from drying by retaining moisture."

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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I'd like to know the answer to this also. I don't need thicker hair per se, but my edges on my opposing wrap side are thin. I've been using JBCO for 4 weeks and I can honestly say I haven't noticed any changes. I'll continue to use it because 1) I paid for it and 2) It does lay down and soften my edges. Even though it's only been 4 weeks I thought I'd see some thickness or filling-in along this side. But nothing thus far.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I wanna know the answer to this too.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

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There are no products that thicken the hair. There are products that help you maintain what you grow and can make the hair appear to be thicker.

I use henna and it leaves a coating on my hair to make it feel thicker but it does not actually thicken the hair.
This is exactly what I think is happening... castor oil makes the hair feel heavy and sticky and maybe this is what people are calling thickness? I just can't see how an oil could make your exisiting hair any thicker?
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

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There are no products that thicken the hair. There are products that help you maintain what you grow and can make the hair appear to be thicker.

I use henna and it leaves a coating on my hair to make it feel thicker but it does not actually thicken the hair.

Agreed. I think it works in a way similar to henna. I use castor oil almost daily, and i've noticed it makes my hair appear thicker. Its a temporary effect, when I havent used it for a couple of washes, my hair goes back to what it was before.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

Well for me it has made my hair thicker by growing in my crown area. I've always had breakage in my crown, but since using castor oil on my scalp I can see that the pieces that were only about an inch or two are now longer and blend in with my hair. This helps with the overall thickness of my hair, not the individual strands.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I experienced great retention when I used castor oil religously during my transition. It seemed as if my hair was virtually indestructible even though I used heat regularly. Not sure if my strands were thicker but they were definately stronger. My hair appeared thicker but I think it had more to do with my healthy unrelaxed new growth. My transition went downhill after I stopped using CO regularly.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I've noticed healthy growth and a healthy scalp from using castor oil, but no thickening.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

Interesting thread....when does the sticky feeling go away? do you guys mix it with another oil to apply it?
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

It thickened my edges up. I started applying it to my scalp 3x a week for like about 4 months. All I know is that my scalp has never been healthier and my new growth was really thick. When I retouched the last time, my hair was really heavy. I don't know why it works that way but I'm happy it does.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I mixed castor oil with my DC and noticed afterwards that my hair appeared thicker. But there was this residue left on my hair and I'm sure that's what was making my hair appear thicker. Not to mention the smell of castor oil made me gag every time Iobed my head. I will not be using castor oil any longer. It's not for me.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

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Interesting thread....when does the sticky feeling go away? do you guys mix it with another oil to apply it?
I thin the consistency of my black Jamaican castor oil with a little avocado oil. Additionally, it doesn’t feel sticky to me after thinning its consistency.
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

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There are no products that thicken the hair. There are products that help you maintain what you grow and can make the hair appear to be thicker.

I use henna and it leaves a coating on my hair to make it feel thicker but it does not actually thicken the hair.
Exactly. My black rinses make my hair look thicker, that's it. It's genetics. Just like how can you change your body shape from Ellen Degeneres to Beyonce? You can't. You can change the appearance of it by dressing it up, end of story.
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stimulates new follicle growth
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Default Re: How exactly does Castor oil thicken hair?

I dunno, my hair genuinely is thicker since i found castor oil, so it worked for me
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