Jamaican Black Castor Oil seems to be a household name in the natural hair regimen and routine but what is it really and how does it compare/add up to just plain old Castor oil. Let’s get down to the basics so we can understand the specifics.
Castor Oil: Regular castor oil that can be bought in many stores and is more readily available then its counter part. Castor oil is a pale yellow color. I find that it is also a bit cheaper in price than Jamaican Black Castor oil especially when you buy it in the cold pressed form. Cold pressed castor oil is the oil in its best form as it is not altered by heat or other substances. Instead it is just pressed (exactly what the name sounds like) until the oil comes out of the nut. If you want to make the purest purchase you would need to search and find castor oil in its clearest or lightest form. This is the purest form of the oil that has been filtered to remove the iodine content that gives the oil the yellow tint when it goes through the cold press process.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO): JBCO is a part of my hair regimen at several different points for different things from pre-poo, deep conditioning, to rubbing it on my scalp and temple. I find that JBCO is slightly more expensive then regular castor oil and it can only be found online or in beauty supply stores. I have managed to find regular castor oil in many drug stores though I haven’t added it to my hair regimen of as of yet. Just like many other misinformed people like myself I thought Jamaican Black Castor Oil was the purest form of the oil, only to find out that I was completely wrong. JBCO gets its black color from the ash after the nut has been roasted. The ash is then added into the oil that has been pressed out which causes it to have the darker black tint as well as a smoked roasted scent. (Though I don’t really smell that it has been said by man that this is why they avoid using it because of the scent that lingers behind)
Though there have been no real scientifically proven facts there have been many naturalistas who swear by JBCO for helping to thicken their hair and help with hair growth especially around the nape, and temple. Why? Well the theory is the ash that is added to the oil that provides the black color is what helps with the thickening and hair regrowth. The darker or blacker the oil the better it is said to be? With that being said castor oil can also be used for conditioning and hair growth.
Since I haven’t used regular castor oil in my natural hair regimen I can’t compare them both, but with the “science” of it all laid out in front of you what do you think naturalistas? Does the fact that that the JBCO is actually the less natural/pure form of the oil change the way you view its use or purpose? Are you willing to give regular castor oil a try? Could regular castor oil get the job done? Have you had positive or negative experiences with either or? Share your experiences with us below!
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Hey there! I’m Melissa, co-founder of Trials n Tresses, natural hair and beauty lover, binge tv watcher and lover of life. When I am not creating content for TNT, I’m busy teaching the future of society.