9 February 2012

The Buzz ~ Quick tips about Castor Oil for hair care

Bought this small bottle from Knight's Pharmacy, Warrens.
It's just about 3 weeks since I began using Castor Oil on my locs, primarily along the hairline. I do also rub the oil onto on my scalp between the parts and on areas that feel itchy. I like the sheen it gives. I do not over apply given that the oil is so concentrated, a little goes a long way. It is also very sticky. The scent is bland, at least that is best way I can describe it.

For my daughter's hair, I apply to the temple areas primarily. Then, I put one drop on my hands, rub together and then I lightly run my hands onto her hair (covering even down to the ends sometimes), massaging into her scalp and temples. I do that step especially after her weekly washes. Then, I dry and twist. Her hair is shinier, not as frizzy and a bit softer. But, I might also have to attribute these changes to the Shea Moisture Coconut and Hibiscus Shampoo which I have been using since the beginning of the year. Not sure, but I like what I have been seeing.


Castor oil properties: germicide and fungicide

Castor oil:
  • is made from the seeds of the Castor plant
  • contains Ricinoleic acid which is known to inhibit the growth of bacteria
  • promotes hair growth. It has properties which are useful in the fight against hair loss
  • works to prevent dry scalp
  • is a humectant. This means that it helps your hair to retain moisture, whereby eliminating frizziness

  • The Heritage Brand of Essential oils
    is sold here in Barbados. See Jenn's. Or check
    Nature's Discount or JNC 
  • aids in making hair thicker and stronger
But these points are nothing new. Many older women, those of my Granny's era especially, have long recommended Castor oil to thicken the weak areas of the hairline and other thinning spots.

I am not ready as yet to mix my Castor oil with any other essential oil. But, you may use Castor oil with Sweet Almond oil. Or for a scalp treatment, trying mixing with Jojoba oil. But these other EO's are said to work well with Castor oil to stimulate the follicles and encourage hair repair and growth:
  • Rosemary, Grape Seed, Lavender, Cedarwood oils
For deep conditioning purposes:
  • evenly distribute Castor oil onto your scalp 
  • put on a plastic cap and leave on for 10 - 20 minutes
  • apply heat if you so desire
  • then, remove cap and rinse THOROUGHLY 
When using this oil, remember to distribute evenly to the scalp because it is so thick.
Using the refined type oil seems to work better. In its purest form, Castor is richer, darker in colour. The one I have purchased is lighter in colour, but you will read why soon. 

On a final note
I have actually been trying to source the Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor oil or Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor oil. But I am yet to find either here in Barbados. Actually, I cannot find any brand of black Castor oil! From reading many, many blog posts and websites, it seems that many women who have been trying to heal their thinning and/or breaking hair, are turning to Jamaican Black Castor oil. And, they are singing its praises. Personally, I believe that it has to do with the fact that the oil used by these companies (or any other company that produces black castor oil) is closest to its purest form, hence the nutrients remain mostly untouched. And, when mixed with some of the other essential oils, you end with a wicked combination of hair goodness!
Tropic Isle Living
Jamaican Black Castor oil

Sunny Isle
Jamaican Black Castor


  1. If you lose your hair frequently and looking for the best hair oil which help you to improve the growth of your hair then this Castor oil is the option. I have almost lose my hair after accutane but after the using this oil now my hair growth is much and also become strong and silky.  

  2. It is main think about it. I recently bought castor oil from aromamagic its not written any cold
    pressed or cold drawn on the label though it’s written.   Will it be safe to be used on face?

  3. It is really difficult understand the first part of your comment. 
    Regarding your question about whether to use Castor oil on your face or not, then, the answer would be -yes. The information that I have come across all points to using COLD-PRESSED or ORGANIC CASTOR OIL. It is called the Oil Cleansing Method. If you need more information, please don't hesitate to email me again. Thank you!

  4. Question: do u believe that the castor oil sold by Knights and Economy contains mineral oil or is it as close to 100% as possible?

  5. Hi Lisa. I would love to believe that what they bottle is the real, pure oil. But one way to tackle this is to ask. Have you ever tried it? The Knights brand? I have and since then I've been exposed to two brands which are labeled/marketed as being 'Jamaican Black Castor oil'. Truth be told they are different in color, but only slightly, to the Knights Pharmacies brand.

  6.  "One way that you can tell right off the bat that Jamaican black castor
    oil hasn’t been overly refined is because it comes in a dark brown
    bottle.  This is to protect the castor oil from the sun’s harmful rays. 
    Most castor oil’s you can buy just come in a clear plastic bottle. 
    This is because they’ve been “refined” so much that they’re not as
    susceptible to light, oxygen, and long periods of time on the shelf. 
    But as you probably already assumed, refining a castor oil in this way
    strips it of most of its valuable nutrients."

  7. Hi there, Lisa! Thanks so much for your feedback which is certainly spot on. I agree with your observations about the bottling process. I only buy Castor Oil in dark bottles, I just own one which is actually in a dark PLASTIC bottle. Funny enough this is the one that clearly states 'Jamaican Black Castor oil' and the color is just a bit darker than the others in the dark glass bottles.

    Sent from my BlackBerry® wireless device from LIME.

  8. The JBCO is available at Shears & Expressions https://www.facebook.com/?ref=logo#!/ShearsNXpressions

  9.  Buy your Jamaican black castor oil on Amazon - I brought the Sunny Isle and the Tropical Isle brands and shipping was quick.  Worth it as you use so little it pays for itself over time!


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