This is a follow up to the earlier article to Thickening Hair with Castor Oil. While clear castor oil is very effective, there are some people that believe Jamaican Black Castor oil is works better.
Jamaican black castor oil is another version of castor oil that has been processed a different way. The castor seeds are first roasted then ground. Afterwards, the beans are boiled and the oil distilled from the beans.
Jamaican black castor oil is a deep dark brown with an accompanying toasty burnt smell, which isn’t unpleasant. It’s a thick and vicious consistency just like the clear version. Jamaican black castor oil has a reputation of being an “all purpose” oil but this article will focus on the benefits for hair only. The oil is enriched with Vitamin E & Omega 6 fatty acids.
Jamaican black castor oil can be used in pretty much the same way outlined in the earlier article on castor oil and same results should be experienced. Several users of both types have stated the JBCO is more potent than the clear castor oil because of the ash content. However, this is a matter of personal opinion. Some people find JBCO more effective while some people find the clear version more effective.
Personally, both worked for me. I recommend trying each separately for a few weeks and then judge for yourself. What works on one person’s hair won’t necessarily work on yours.
Some suppliers have been known to purchase the clear castor oil, darken it artificially or mix in a few drops of the real thing and pass it off as real Jamaican Black Castor Oil. The real oil always has the toasty burnt smell, which is produced due to roasting the beans.
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