The Truth @bout Natural Hair With Anu: Jamaican Black Castor Oil

December 1, 2011  |  

This week on The Truth @bout Natural Hair With Anu, Ms. Prestonia helps a reader learn how to help the thinning areas around her temples grow after years of stress on that area. Here’s what our resident natural hair care expert has to say.

Hi Anu,

I’m enjoying your column. Would you recommend JBCO (lavender in particular) for use with locs? Are any conditioners a good idea where locs are concerned?

Many thanks,


Yes, I would definitely recommend the JBCO, for Locs or any type of hair that is dry and in need of nourishment and moisture. As I have mentioned in other posts, castor oil is renowned for the body, richness and humectants that it has and that it adds to hair. It is especially great for and nourishing to weak, dry and brittle hair, acting as a kind of hair salve.

Locs are typically dry as the hair oxidizes since it’s been around much longer than it would have had your been grooming your hair. This is hair that would have shed, but since it did not shed is loosing moisture the longer it is in locs. This is one of the reasons why Locs become a lighter hue over time, because of the oxidation.

Things that oxidize loose oxygen and moisture. The longer Locked hair is on your head, the more those elements that add moisture need to be used on your hair to replenished and replace the moisture that is being depleted. Locs also become dried out by the exposure to the elements (cold, heat, sun) and is therefore, much drier than the new growth hair that is closer to the scalp. It is very important to replace that moisture and keep Locs hydrated with rich oils and conditioners.

Deep conditioning your Locs on a regular basis will keep them looking and feeling soft and healthy. Always condition your Locs after each and every shampoo. I would of course recommend natural hair conditioner brands. You can check for natural shampoos and conditioners at your local health food store or consider a few of my favorite brands, which include Jane Carter Solution, Curls, and Carol’s Daughter.

All the best to you and your Locs! Take care of them and your Locs will be soft, lush and healthy.

Anu Prestonia
Natural Hair Care Expert

Previous: Re-Growing Temple Hair

Write to Anu Prestonia at with questions on natural hair styles, black hair care, and natural hair care tips.

 Check back for Anu’s weekly natural hair care Q&A on Madame Noire. Anu Prestonia is owner of Khamit Kinks in Brooklyn, NY. She has run this  renowned natural hair care mecca for three decades, which boasts celebrity clients such as Solange and Terry McMillan. Check out the Khamit Kinks Facebook page and follow Anu on Twitter. Please read her previously published essay: “Is Your Hair Long Enough?”

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