I applied castor oil on my lashes for a month and here’s what happened

Castor oil is known to stimulate hair growth. And so I tried the age-old hack of using castor oil for lashes to see if it actually works.
castor oil for lashes
Castor oil is known for its hair growth stimulation properties. So, I tried it for my eyelashes. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Shreya Gupta Published: 23 Sep 2020, 14:45 pm IST
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The first time I heard about castor oil was when I was looking at fixing my hair fall which was causing thinning. I tried it out and in no time, my hair fall was gone! So, once my hair woes were fixed, I stopped using it. The huge 300ml bottle of castor oil kept sitting quietly on my dressing table until I found another use for it.

You see, I’m blessed with dense and long lashes. But, I came across a video on Instagram which showed a woman going through a procedure for applying fake eyelashes. My god, the result was brilliant! She got dreamy eyes after this little change. So, all I wanted were eyelashes like that!

Thanks to COVID, there’s no way I could step out of my house for such a procedure. However, I was so determined to grow the lashes that I looked to my bottle of castor oil but to apply to my eyelashes this time around.

To make sure that I was applying this magic tonic every single day, I made it easily accessible by placing it on my dresser. I couldn’t find a mascara wand. Hence, I decided to use Q-tips which worked just fine as well.

benefits of castor oil
Make castor oil a part of your beauty regime and you won’t regret! Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

I applied a little bit of castor oil every day before going to bed
Post my night skincare routine, I used to gently dip a Q-tip in the castor oil and apply it all over the roots of eyelashes. During the application, I had to be extremely careful about avoiding the oil from getting into my eyes. Hence, taking only a small amount of oil at a time is very important. 

I started noticing the difference after just ten days! My eyelashes looked fuller. I continued using castor oil on my eyelashes for a month. By the end of it, my eyelashes were longer and more voluminous. In fact, I feel like I don’t even need mascara in my life anymore!

Ready to say goodbye to your mascara? GIF courtesy: Giphy

The verdict?
Castor oil is rich in a compound called ricinoleic acid which is responsible for giving the volume to your lashes since it stimulates growth. 

Also, read: This is how you can use castor oil for long, luscious, and healthy hair

In the beginning, I thought I’m the only one noticing the difference. However, I wore sunglasses and my eyelashes kept touching the lenses. It was one of those rare uncomfortable situations that also bring about happiness because it proved that my eyelashes had grown. Soon after, my friends started noticing the difference as well.

Please keep in mind
It is best to do a patch test before you start using any new product. In the case of castor oil, you need to be even more careful before applying it to the eyes since they’re extremely sensitive.

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Finding nirvana in good food, Shreya also loves reading books and is a die-hard Potterhead. Confident and motivated she's fun to be with. Plus food. Always. ...Read More

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