10 years ago, no one said anything about my my eyebrows. No one said they were on fleek, no one said I was #browgoals, nor that my brow game was strong or fierce.
It’s not because they were super tiny or anything but because no one really cared about eyebrows 10 years ago, in 2008. But now?
Now, we’re tattooing them on via microblading, my sisters and misters.
Now we want big, we want bushy, we want brows for days. So, what do you do if you weren’t blessed/desecrated them in the late 90’s/early 2000’s?
I may have found an answer for you that is super affordable, painless and easy. Keep reading friends.
Why castor oil?
Castor oil is derived from castor beans and contains vitamin E, fatty acids and proteins. You’ll find it listed in the ingredient list of many beauty products as ricinus communis.
I think this definitely nourishes and strengthens the brow hairs you have and possibly promotes the growth of new hair too.
Because the castor oil is a bit sticky, I apply this at night, after I do my skincare routine, right before bed.
I bought little refillable mascara containers to make the process easier and faster, but you can use an eyeliner brush or disposable spoolies too. I found that decanting the oil into the little container made me more likely to use it, take it with me when I travel and made for a mess-free experience.
Side note: Putting Glossier stickers on the tube makes me want to use it because googly eyes always make me laugh.
I mostly use this on my brows but many apply castor oil to their lashes to strengthen them, especially when recovering from lash curler accidents or damaging lash extensions. I haven’t seen dramatic improvement in my lashes from applying castor oil but my brows have definitely improved.
Is it safe?
I’ve gotten the go ahead from 2 different eye doctors. They seemed unconcerned and I’ve experienced no stinging, itching or irritation. I also asked cosmetologist Holly Wright about this and I was so glad I did. Her experience over just 4 months totally mimics mine:
“I have been using castor oil every night. It made a HUGE difference for me! Before I started, I was totally going to have my eyebrows microbladed, and now all of the hair is grown in and they don’t need microbladed anymore!”
I’ve been using castor oil on my brows and lashes semi-regularly for about 8 months. Before, I would have felt naked and incomplete without filling my brows in with pencil or powder. Now, I regularly wear just Glossier Boy Brow without hesitation.
I know that my brows are thicker because I definitely wouldn’t have gotten by with just a tinted brow gel before.
I’ve also noticed that I have to tweeze way more often to keep up my brow shape!
Do I recommend castor oil for brows?
Yes. I think it’s definitely worth a try, especially before purchasing pricier lash and brow growth serums or going under the microblade. If anything, it will just strengthen your existing hair which is never a bad thing. For me personally, it’s made a noticeable difference in my brows and when I get ready for bed at night, I thank God for my eyebrows, among other things.