Chances are, you already know castor oil, but do you know Jamaican Black Castor oil? What makes them different? Could the Jamaican Black Castor oil be the solution you need? Let’s find out!
So, both the regular castor oil and Jamaican Black castor oil may have similar advantages. The difference lies in their extraction processes. Though both come from the castor oil plant seeds, regular castor oil goes through a commercial and modern type of processing. The castor seeds are cold-pressed, sometimes with the use of chemicals to get the oil.
Jamaican Black castor oil undergoes a much more traditional process. The castor seeds are roasted and then crushed. After adding water, the mix is then slow-boiled. I’m talking ‘pot over a wood fire’ type of slow-boiling with no additional chemicals.
The result is a very thick and dark brown oil that smells burnt – unlike regular castor oil that is transparent and pale yellow. Sometimes the Jamaican version of the castor oil can be opaque or even pitch black. Processing is the most significant difference between these two oils. While the Jamaican Black castor oil is alkaline (the ashes of the seeds are in the oil), plain castor oil is a little on the acidic side.
What this means is while the benefits may be similar, Jamaican Black castor oil may be on the higher end since there are no chemicals involved in its processing. This doesn’t mean that any other castor oil will not serve your needs. All I’m saying is, if I had a choice between the two, I would pick the Jamaican castor oil. Now let’s find out how it helps your hair.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil for Your Hair
The Jamaican variant of castor oil has a multitude of benefits for your entire body. However, we’ll focus on what it can do for your hair issues. Omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids in this oil work alongside vitamin E to moisturize your hair and scalp. You can now say goodbye to an itchy and flaky scalp.
Moisturizing battles dry hair, which in turn eliminates a dull look. My favorite treatment involves a tablespoon of honey, an avocado, and three tablespoons of the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil. When blended well I work this mixture from the root, covering my scalp, and working my way through the length of my hair. After running my usual errands for 40 minutes, I rinse the mix out completely.
Ricinoleic acid and other fatty acids also nourish your hair from the scalp and root. If you want thicker and stronger hair, you cannot go wrong with Jamaican Black castor oil. Your hair will grow with impressive volume and sheen. With better and healthier growth, you are guaranteed less breakage and split ends; you can even use this oil on your eyelashes and eyebrows.
If you cannot find Jamaican Black castor oil in your nearest stores, you could always buy it online. Remember to make sure you do not have any castor oil allergies before purchase. It is still a good idea to consult with your doctor if you have any underlying medical conditions.