You’ve heard a lot of talk about Jamaican Black Castor Oil lately, but what is it and should you work it into your natural hair regimen? You even picked up a bottle of plain castor oil from the local Walmart and have been using it, but it doesn’t do much and may be thinking why is Jamaican Black castor oil any different? Read on If you’re looking to grow long and healthy locks.
By the time you finish this article, you’ll know all about the oil and its benefits, and whether you want to make it part of your hair journey.
The verdict is in. If you have kinky curly hair, this is going to become a go-to oil for you. The oil has rave reviews from natural queens everywhere. People are using it successfully for their hair, skin, and even their feet. It does work. And well. It works so well that you’ll need to be careful about not rubbing it into area of your body that you don’t want hair to grow… like your hands. I kid, but this stuff works wonders for natural hair beauties.
Many report that they see about one inch of growth per month, which is a lot if you haven’t had success before, or if you’ve recently done the big chop and you’re dying to get some length.
A lot of women (including myself) use it for their edges, to control and stop breakage, and to regrow any bald spots. Most see differences in the very first month of use.
Are you someone who doesn’t care about length, and who just want healthy hair? Jamaican Black Castor Oil has been known to make hair more lustrous, full, and thick, so you’ll want to give it a try.
How to Use Jamaican Black Castor Oil
There are many ways to use this special oil, but the main uses are for hair and skin. If you’re looking for hair growth, one of the best ways is to massage it into the scalp. It will cleanse and stimulate the hair follicles and wake them up. When the cells on your scalp become active, your hair will experience a growth spurt.
If you want to know how to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil, here’s how to do it:
Be sure to coat the entire scalp by parting the hair in sections and applying the oil. As a word of cation the oil is very thick so you may need to use a carrier oil to thin it out such as olive oil or coconut oil. A squeeze bottle or eyedropper bottle works well here because it will give you better control over the amount and you can target the exact area. When you finish applying, it’s time to massage. You can massage for two minutes with either your fingertips or by using a battery-operated scalp massager. The massager is inexpensive and easy. Think of it as a scalp massage on steroids. You put it on your head, and it vibrates your scalp at several thousand times per minute.
Besides the scalp massage method, you can also put the oil into every product you own. When it comes to Jamaican black castor oil shampoo, you have two options: You can either purchase a product like Shea Moisture Strengthen, Grow, and Restore Shampoo, or you can put the oil into your already existing bottle of shampoo.
Be sure to hit your conditioner, gels, and styling creams too. As I mentioned before the oil is thick, so this is the perfect way to thin it out and give you lots of coverage. To make a natural Jamaican Black Castor Oil hair mask, mix one tablespoon of the oil and your favorite deep conditioner I love TGIN Honey Miracle mask in a cup, and smooth it onto parted hair. If you would like to add a bit of protein you can add an egg to your mixture. Then cover it with a plastic bag or cap. Placing a towel or terry cloth cap over the plastic is an excellent way to add heat by using your body heat. If you include an egg to your mixture, I would advise against sitting under a hooded dryer as this may scramble the egg in your hair; I’ve learned firsthand that it’s very very hard to get scrambled egg out of your hair.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil vs. Coconut Oil
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is quite different from regular castor oil because manufacturers roast the beans. It’s the roasting of the beans that make it more potent. According to a major manufacturer, Sunny Isle, the longer they darken the beans, the more effective the oil is. Since the roasting process is so very long it produces a higher ash content, and that is how the oil becomes richer and darker in color.
Plain castor oil, on the other hand, is either a tint of yellow or entirely clear. Regular castor oil differs from Jamaican Black because it’s often taken internally and will help clear digestive issues.
Both are excellent oils, but the Jamaican Black Castor Oil is the one you want if your need is to grow your hair.
If you’re wondering about the benefits of castor oil vs. coconut oil, don’t bother trying to choose one or the other. Castor oil will help with hair growth, but coconut has a multitude of hair benefits too. Use both!
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Side Effects
If for whatever reason you may be allergic to castor oil you may develop a rash on the areas, you applied the oil which would include but are not limited to itching or a mild stinging or burning sensation. Even though very few people report allergic reactions to the oil I thought it was worth noting. So if you do experience any of these symptoms you can discontinue use imminently and or call your physician. Another thing to not might be off-putting is the smell. Since makers roast the beans, some users complain about the “burnt” smell, but you can easily conceal this by mixing it with another oil, like lavender, eucalyptus, or coconut oil. Mixing Jamaican black castor oil and peppermint oil will work wonders for your hair because both stimulate hair growth.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Benefits
You can’t mention this potent oil without talking about all the advantages. We’ve already talked about hair follicle stimulation, growth, reduces and prevents breakage, prevents itchy dry scalp. Now let’s talk about all the other ways you can use your bottle.
✓ Stretch marks. Castor oil can penetrate up to a whopping four inches beneath the skin surface. Because the oil is so intensely stimulating, it can improve the appearance of stretch marks and other blemishes. Rub it into your skin twice daily for maximum effect.
✓ Acne. You’ve tried a gazillion products that say they work, but still have problems on your chin, cheeks, or forehead. Have you ever noticed the main ingredient in eye-makeup remover pads is oil? That’s because oil kills dirt and you can clean your entire face using it.
According to Acne.org, oil dissolves oil. What does this mean for you? It means that castor oil’s unique antibacterial properties will draw out impurities from your face and make it fresher and smoother. The best solution is the oil cleansing method, using a blend of extra-virgin olive oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Using this method, you can control both dirt and acne.
First, get a small, clear bottle and fill 1/3 with the Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Then fill the other 2/3 with organic extra-virgin olive oil. The olive oil helps balance the castor oil, and this recipe is for oily skin. If your skin is on the dry side, increase the olive oil and decrease the castor oil. You can play with different measures and switch it when the seasons change too.
✓ Feet. Do they hurt? If you’re on your feet all day or even if you’re doing some jumping, running, or walking, your feet are taking a beating. Every night, massage the oil into your feet and be sure to hit any corns or callouses. It also can be used as a natural remedy for athlete’s foot because of its antifungal properties.
Healing Properties of Castor Oil
As mentioned before, castor oil is antifungal and antibacterial. How about antiviral too? Castor oil is often used in cosmetics because it prevents the growth of yeast, mold, bacteria, and viruses. It can also help with skin ailments like ringworm and inflammation, and it can help support your lymphatic system, or immune system, according to Dr. Axe, from draxe.com.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil Results
If you have any doubt about the kind of success you’ll achieve with the oil, check out YouTube, where you will see dozens of examples of natural queens using the oil and posting the results. You’ll be able to see what date the video was filmed and follow them along to see how much their hair has grown. You can even watch videos about Jamaican black castor oil on relaxed hair.
Everyone has a unique hair journey. You find and adore some products, and others go straight into the trash bin.
Buying tips: Make sure your oil does not contain salt, which will dry the hair. Also, be sure it’s the real deal and is not just clear castor oil with some black-colored dye in the bottle.
Now that you know more about this special hair growth oil, do you think you’ll use it? Why or why not? Please leave a comment below to join in the discussion about Jamaican Black Castor Oil.