28I had been hearing about the benefits from using Jamaican Black Castor Oil as far back as last year and I was a little hesitant in using it. As much as I wanted to reap these benefits, everytime I heard of JBCO I was instantly reminded of regular Castor Oil. I had used Castor Oil in previous hair regimens and was not satisfied with the smell nor how it left my hair feeling. I had even attempted to use it in a variety of Oil Cleansing Method mixtures to wash my face with and that was pretty much the worst experience I had with my acne. Still, the benefits of this newly popular “magic oil” kept calling my name. I caved and purchased my first bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil two months ago.
There is a difference between the two oils. Castor Oil is made from the beans or seeds of the castor plant. (Ricinus communis). So is Jamaican Black Castor Oil, but with a slight difference in processing. Castor Oil is made by pressing the fresh seeds, while JBCO is first roasted and then pressed. The roasting of this bean creates ash which gives this oil a darker color as opposed to the yellowish tint the regular castor oil has. What are the benefits, you say?
Jamaican Black Castor Oil has incredible benefits for hair AND skin but I’m just going to mention some of my favorites for hair. It improves scalp circulation, aids in hair growth, thickens the hair, prevents breakage and seals in moisture. From the first week I began using Jamaican Black Castor Oil, I have felt a difference. This oil has quickly climbed its way to the top of my list in terms of favorite hair care products! I thought I should share with you 3 ways I have been using this oil on my own hair in case you are still out of the loop on what to even do with the it!
- Scalp Massage: I have been trying to do this everynight and am pretty successful for the most part. There are the occasional I don’t feel like doing anything but plop on my bed and knock out nights, but everynight is my goal. I warm the oil by placing the bottle (closed) in a bowl of hot water. (Warming the oil is optional but does make the oil thinner which will then be easier to apply onto hair). Once the oil is warm, I dip my finger into the bottle, and apply the oil onto my scalp. I do this by creating a part, running my finger with the oil along the part, and separating my hair to create a new part and of course repeating the process. Once I have done this through most of my head, I gently massage my scalp for about 5-10 minutes. Then I throw my hair in a pineapple, and off to bed I go!
- Add to Deep Conditioner: Many store bought deep conditioners benefit from adding a carrier oil. I used to just add Extra Virgin Olive Oil but now JBCO is a must! I add a table spoon of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my deep conditioner and apply it all throughout my freshly washed curls. I cover my hair with a plastic trash bag (you heard me!) to keep the heat given off from my head trapped and therefore opening the cuticles so my strands absorb the moisture. I generally leave it in for about 30 minutes (you can leave it in for longer, depending on how much moisture you need) and then rinse the conditioner out.
- Sealing Ends: I don’t always do this but feel it’s necessary every now and then depending on the bizarre weather we’ve been getting here in New Orleans. After styling, if I feel my ends need a bit more protection, I’ll wait for my hair to dry, rub a little JBCO in my palms and gently scrunch my ends as I release whatever cast was left from my styling product. I have found in the last month that my ends seem to curl a little tighter which is something has that never really happened before. (Disclaimer: In regards to using this oil as the “O” in the LOC Method, I still use Jojoba Oil. JBCO is in my opinion way to thick to be distributed throughout my hair as part of a styling method.)
Now remember that with everything, results may vary, but I do encourage you to pick up a bottle if you haven’t yet and try Jamaican Black Castor Oil for yourself! Are there any readers out there that have actually tried this oil on their hair? What are your thoughts? What’s your favorite way to use JBCO?
Xoxo Un Besito!