How to Remove Castor Oil From Hair

Castor oil can be a thick slick to wash out.

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You've lubed up your locks with castor oil because you've heard how wonderfully moisturizing it can be for your scalp. It's packed with omega-9 fatty acids and nourishes your hair from the roots. You were just going to do a quick splash of oil on the scalp and a fast, easy shampoo out, right? Wrong. Instead you've greased up more than you bargained for and now you've got a 40-weight oil-spill on your hair. Not so easy to wash out! Before you call in the Coast Guard for clean up, try a few natural tricks to sop up that thick slick, quick.


Mix lemon and water to make an acidic solution. Pour it into a plastic applicator bottle. Make the solution mostly lemon, mixed with water simply to dilute it and make more of it -- which will vary depending upon the length of your hair. Pour it over your scalp (watch your eyes!) and let it sit on your hair for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse. Repeat the process if your hair still feels greasy. Shampoo and condition your hair as you normally would following the lemon rinse.


Shampoo your hair with a harsher shampoo such as for dandruff treatments. Simply wet your hair, then lather it in well. Pile up your hair into the lather and scrub it well. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Scrubbing tends to tangle your hair, so apply a conditioning treatment after the dandruff shampoo application, then rinse.


Suds up with a clarifying shampoo made to remove gunk, buildup and environmental impurities. Work the shampoo into your scalp and down into your hair through the ends. Rinse and repeat if necessary. Follow by a moisturizing conditioning treatment.

Things You'll Need



3.Plastic bottle




6.Clarifying shampoo


Tips & Tricks


Next time, keep the castor oil as close to your scalp as possible to prevent oily hair.

Mix the castor oil with a little light or essential oil like rosemary oil, grapeseed oil or almond oil to lighten up the castor oil's thickness, make it easier to remove and to give it a nice fragrance.


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