Jamaican black castor oil has soared in popularity in recent years. But nothing comes close to the original oil itself – brown, syrupy, and magical. There’s a reason why natural-haired women sing Jamaican black castor oil praises like they’re at church.
This special oil may be a new discovery for some of us, but in fact, it’s been used traditionally in Jamaica for many years. Unlike the plain castor oils, Jamaican black castor oil involves the roasting process. This is the reason for its characteristic burnt smell and dark color.
Before we understand what Jamaican black castor oil is, let’s first try to learn more about castor oil. Pure castor oil is extracted professionally from the seeds of the castor plant, and then cold-pressed, to gather a pale yellow and transparent oily liquid.
Whereas Jamaican castor oil is extracted in a totally different way, which can be also classified as the traditional method of extraction. First, the seeds are roasted and then pulverized in a mortar. Then, water is added, after which these mashed beans are slow-boiled on a wood fire.
The result is an unadulterated, pungent, thick, and dark brown castor oil. Which is also famously known as Jamaican black castor oil.
Jamaican black castor oil has a number of different benefits for our hair growth, for example, it moisturizes hair, treats dandruff, promotes hair regrowth. These awesome properties set it apart from all other nourishing oils like argan or coconut.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is beneficial for all hair textures and types. A healthy scalp always means healthy hair. It is useful and works on all hair types because of the oil effects and works on the hair follicles or roots and not only in the hair itself.
The moisturizing and antibacterial properties of Jamaican black castor oil can help treat a plethora of hair issues. Giving yourself a scalp massage with the oil can stimulate hair growth. The oil helps to detangle your hair and even treat heavy split ends. Here are a few ways how to use Jamaican black castor oil for hair regrowth.
1. Moisturizes Hair
The rich nutrients present in Jamaican black castor oil, that includes vitamin E, omega-6 and 9 fatty acids, help to moisturize hair and treat related hair problems like dandruff and itchy scalp. This is also known as the Jamaican black hot castor oil treatment, or more simply known among the natives as a hot oil treatment. For this kind of scalp treatment, you will be needing
- 1 tablespoon each of Jamaican black castor oil
- extra-virgin olive oil
- juice of half a lemon.
How To Use:
- In a bowl, combine all the ingredients and warm over the stove. Ensure you don’t let it get too hot, or it might burn your scalp.
- Pour mixture into your hands and gently massage it into your scalp for about 10 minutes.
- Leave the mask to set for 30 minutes or if possible overnight.
- Rinse your hair and wash as you normally do.
2. Improves Hair Strength
The research suggested that Jamaican black castor oil is beneficial to improves blood circulation to the scalp region, which thereby encourages hair growth. The oil also benefits in nourishing the scalp and highly strengthens the hair roots, also treating thinning hair. Regular use of the oil will make your hair look thicker, shinier and fuller.
- You need 3 tablespoons of Jamaican black castor oil.
- 1 tablespoon of jojoba oil.
- A dark-colored dropper bottle.
How To Use:
- Add the two oils to the dropper bottle and shake well.
- Using the dropper, apply the oil to your scalp. Part your hair gently on the right side of your ear and apply the mixture to the creases of the scalp. Keep making partitions and applying the oil mixture as you move from one end of your head to the other.
- After the oil is proportionally spread across the scalp, gently massage it using circular motions. This helps in boosting circulation in the scalp region.
- You can place a shower cap over your head and leave the mixture overnight.
- In the morning, rinse your hair properly and wash it as you normally do.
3. Prevents Hair Breakage
Though research is limited, testimonials of individuals swearing by Jamaican black castor oil or even the regular castor oil and its uses and benefits for hair are many. Regular use of the oil has been purported to prevent hair breakage. You can also thin the oil by using grape seed or jojoba oil.
Combining Jamaican black castor oil with almond, coconut, tea tree oils or olive also helps in preventing hair breakage. This makes for an excellent Jamaican black castor oil shampoo that will enhance hair health immensely.
How To Use:
- First, try to wear old clothes as the oil can stain your clothes.
- Take a small amount of oil in your hands and gently massage into the scalp and the hair roots.
- Ensure the oil is properly distributed across the scalp, and the scalp only. And don’t use too much of the oil since castor oil usually has a thick consistency, and you might have trouble washing it off later.
- Cover the head with a plastic wrap so that it doesn’t leak.
- Leave it on for about two hours and wash off as usual.
- For deep conditioning, you can keep it on overnight and rinse in the morning.
4. Treats Split Ends
Split ends can easily get nasty, and at times, will make your confidence take a beating. But you don’t think too much about that problem now with the help of Jamaican black castor oil by your side.
The procedure needs to be done twice a week which will end up giving you frizz-free hair and also treats split ends. This remedy can also equally detangle your hair.
How To Use:
- Take an equal amount of Jamaican black castor oil and mustard oil.
- Mix both the oils and gently massage it into your scalp, especially try rubbing it over the split ends.
- Cover your head with a shower cap and leave it on for about 30 minutes.
- Rinse with a mild shampoo.
5. Eliminates Dry Hair
Dry hair can be caused as much by your eating habits as by improper hair care. Here is where Jamaican black castor oil benefits you highly.
You can try adding some amount of pure shea butter for giving you an added moisturization. For this treatment of your hair, you will need the ingredients as-
- 4 tablespoons of pure Jamaican black castor oil.
- 1 tablespoon of organic honey.
- 1 tablespoon of shea butter.
- ½ avocado.
How To Use:
- Cut the avocado and blend it finely in a food processor.
- Add Jamaican Black Castor oil with shea butter and honey to the avocado and mix it until they are very well blended.
- Apply this mixture to your scalp and hair, ensuring you apply it to the entire length of your hair.
- Leave the mask on for 30 minutes and then rinse it gently with lukewarm water.
You can get pure Jamaican black castor oil from your nearest drug or cosmetic store or even try to get it online. Though this castor oil is amazingly beneficial, there are a few things to be kept in mind. Ensure you have a talk with your doctor before you start using the castor oil, especially if you are allergic to any of its properties or have any other allergies to smell etc.
Also, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially if you have had appendicitis, a sudden change in bowel habits, intestinal blockage, or even bleeding from the rectum. Don’t use castor oil during pregnancy or breastfeeding.