Healthy Hair 411: Get The Lowdown On The Benefits of Castor Oil

July 13, 2012  |  

Who wouldn’t want thick, lush hair? Thank goodness for castor oil and Jamaican black castor oil. With these two, glam locks are easy to achieve.

Castor oil, which is derived from seeds in castor plants typically found in India, Brazil and China, has been used for centuries as a skin and hair softening agent due to the nutrients it contains including omega 6 fatty acids and Vitamin E. It has been proven to aid the health of hair from the inside, making it plump and more lustrous. This is due to its ability to act as a natural humectant, attracting moisture to each strand. It also coats and seals the hair shaft, creating a smooth surface. This is perfect for those nasty split ends and conditions such as dry scalp and dandruff.

You can also say goodbye to hair loss with the use of this oil. Massage it in for 5 minutes each night. The antifungal and antibacterial properties help to keep a clean scalp and prevent any unwanted loss of hair.

Want to take it to the next level? Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) has quickly become one of the most popular oils for use in hair. It is basically an unrefined version of the traditional castor oil. This means that it contains more of the original nutrients from the castor seed than the traditional type does. It is also prepared differently. JBCO is made by manually roasting and grounding the seed first, which is how it gets its black coloring. JBCO brings more nutrients to the hair follicle than the original version and is incredible for promoting hair growth as it stimulates the scalp and prevents dryness, thwarting any breakage that may occur as a result.

These two oils are very heavy, which can result in hair that appears weighed down if too much is applied. Be careful to not use a heavy hand and you’ll still reap all of the benefits.

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  • i love JBCO but it makes my hair shed something awful….i just switch to the heritage brand.

  • Castor Oil

    Castor oil’s ability to penetrate more deeply than any other essential plant oil make it an excellent way to keep skin looking youthful and fresh.

  • I’m not really a fan of castor oil because of the smell, I prefer argan oil! I have a bottle of Pro Naturals moroccan Argan Oil from which made a huge difference.

  • I mix one part castor oil to two parts coconut oil and use it as a pre-conditioner and a sealant. I’ve only been using this mixture for a month, but I already see a BIG difference! My hair is super soft and shiny!

    • Msmykimoto2u

      but wont the oil prevent the conditioner from penertrating as well as it needs to

  • rosemary davis

    I can’t stomach the smell of castor oil in any form it maybe great for the hair but the smell is awful and nausinating sorry I think I will stick to other oils which is just as good

  • J A SASSY aka salon22w

    I have it, i use it in my shop and it is great for scalp massaging…and thinning bald spots and dry split ends… trimming is good but only trim a little if you want to keep some length.. massage scalp weekly with this oil> great results!!

    • status quo

      Seems like you know what you are talking about. I had to cut my relaxer off because my hairdresser couldn’t tell me this. I keep telling her something is wrong with my hair and scalp. I eat salmon once a week, but I guess I wasn’t getting enough omega 3.I noticed my hair and scalp was very dry. What do you suggest I wash my hair with because I’m having difficulty finding a good shampoo and conditioner? I will try this inaddition to the coconut oil.

      • Mia

        After spending big bucks on numerous shampoos and conditioners I find that the Olive oil products work best for my dry hair and scalp. Try olive oil shampoo and their conditioner. Made my hair feel like butter!

        • Msmykimoto2u

          I love the olive oil prodcusts as well but I stopped using the shampoo because it contained sulfates and silicones. I reccommend Aubrey’s shampoo line or Giovani. Love the Olive oil repleneshing conditioner though! No other conditioner I use!