How to Choose the Best Jamaican Black Castor Oil

How to Choose the Best Jamaican Black Castor Oil

There are many Jamaican black castor oils on the market, so it can become overwhelming to know which one to purchase. What is the difference anyway? Are they created equal? I am here to help you make the best decision.

As with all products there are ingredients. I have learned that the longer the ingredient list, the more complex and diluted the product usually is. I tend to lean more towards limited ingredient products. When it comes to oils this standard also applies because I do not want to use diluted products if I can help it.

Take a moment one day while you are in the grocery store and look at the olive oils and coconut oils. You will notice there are different brands. You may also see terminology such as refined and unrefined. Is there a difference in these terms? Absolutely.

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There are products that are diluted and/or stripped of most of it’s nutrients, for example, Shea butter to turn it from yellow to white. I want my products as natural and closest to it’s purest form as possible so that I can get the most benefit from them. Products that are in their purest form, for example, raw Jamaican black castor oil, will have a strong scent. A little goes a very long way. When using diluted products, I notice that I use them quickly.

Organic products may cost a bit more than non-organic, but I am here to tell you that it is worth the investment. We spend a lot of moolah using diluted products because they run out so quickly. On top of that, we are not getting the nutrients we could get if the product was not diluted or stripped of it’s nutrients.

Garden of Life Organic Extra Virgin Coconut Oil – Unrefined Cold Pressed Coconut Oil for Hair, Skin and Cooking, 14 Ounce

When choosing an olive oil from the grocery department, I look for a rich, thick and darker in color oil. When I am choosing coconut oil, I use organic or unrefined. Unrefined means it has not been stripped of most of its nutrients. I apply the same standards when choosing other oils.

Jamaican black castor oil is a powerful oil that is beneficial for fighting scalp fungus, improves hair growth, fades scars and soothes skin. I have tried many castor oils and I can honestly say they are not created equal. Some of the castor oils I purchased were a blend of oils and was diluted. I came across a company by the name of Rooted Treasure and I fell in love with their castor oil. The ingredients are plain and simple, one word. This oil is not in stores and must be purchased online.

This oil is rich, thick like maple syrup and dark brown. The scent is nutty. This nutty smell is missing in many diluted oil blends so that is the first indicator that you have a diluted, stripped of its nutrients, castor oil.

To get the most benefit from your castor oil, you want to make sure it is as close to it’s purest form as possible to achieve better results. Invest in a product that is created to help you and give you the most nutrients possible!


Baking Soda For Hair or Nah

Baking soda for hair use? You have to be kidding me!

Well, it is the truth. Baking soda has many uses from deodorizing, insect bites, poison ivy , heartburn, indigestion, sunburn and more. When I first heard of using baking soda on my hair, I actually got excited about it and began to do more research. I visited YouTube to see how other naturals were using it in their hair care regimens and came across one video that caught my eye in particular.

This method of usage is called the Cherry Lola Treatment. The  Cherry Lola Treatment was developed in 2009 by natural hair blogger Cherry Lola. This treatment is great for the reduction of frizz.

The recipe consists of:

  • 2 parts yogurt- for conditioning
  •  1/2 part baking soda- aids in lifting the hair cuticles making the hair porous.
  • 1/2 part liquid amino acids

The yogurt acts as a conditioning base while the baking soda helps to lift the cuticles. At the time the treatment was developed, the purpose of the liquid amino acids(AAs) was not known. This was an experimental concoction. I love combining things myself to see what works!  Ultimately, Cherry Lola experienced a reduction in frizz and an increase in moisture absorption. Once she shared her results, other naturals began to try it and many said it worked great for them.

This concoction is very similar to the first step in the Maximum Hydration Method (MHM). That step is called the Cherry Lola Caramel Treatment.

You can read a step by step guide on this method here:

Maximum Hydration Method Detailed Regimen

My experience with this method was great! I have low porosity hair so this means that my cuticles lay flat and tight around the cortex. Because of this, it makes it a little more difficult for me to moisturize my hair. Incorporating baking soda into my regimen helps the hair to be more porous. Some low porosity naturals say the use of baking soda works great and then there are some who would not touch it with a ten foot pole for various reasons. That goes back to how everyone’s hair and preferences differ. Whatever works on one person may not work for the other.

I wanted to achieve a wash and go and just like many others I thought it was impossible with my hair type/texture. Boy was I wrong! I did the MHM and was able to achieve a wash and go for the first time.

Check out my MHM video review: Maximum Hydration Method| Wash and Go Review


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I was excited to be able to wear a wash and go and at the time I was a student at a beauty school in Kennesaw, GA. My classmates and teachers asked me what did I do to my hair and I shared this method. I am going to be honest and say that a wash and go is far from washing my hair and going. Many think that is all you have to do but no, nah and NOPE!



Use On Children

Can baking soda be used on children? Absolutely. I have a daughter who suffered from dry, itchy scalp. She would scratch her scalp so bad it would bleed. If I were to part her hair to put cornrows in it, you would eventually see her scalp bleeding from where she had been scratching. I decided to incorporate baking soda into her hair care regimen as well as apple cider vinegar.

My daughters’ afro!

I know how it feels to have to deal with itchy scalp and I also used the same combination on myself.

Why does this combination work?

Baking Soda is an alkaline and aids in balancing the ph level of the scalp and hair.

Apple Cider Vinegar is acidic and aids in conditioning the hair as well as balancing out the ph balance of the hair.


These are the steps I took:

  1. Mix 1 part baking soda to 2 parts water. 15101670_1732961467023828_3639435233704542208_n
  2. Apply the baking soda mixture to damp hair to the scalp area. I used a toothbrush to massage it onto the scalp in a circular motion. Don’t judge me, it’s a life hack!
  3. Rinse out with warm water.
  4. Follow up with ACV rinse ( 1 part ACV + 3 parts water)


Woolah! You are set. I also began massaging her scalp with Jamaican Black Castor Oil. JBCO has anti fungal effects, kills bacteria and increases blood circulation in the scalp. What an amazing combination!

She has not had anymore problems with itchy scalp and neither do I!

Also read:

Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils


What do you think about using baking soda in your hair care regimen?

Is it a nay or yay for you?



Grow Your Hair Faster With Oils

In the land of oils! 


Our scalp naturally produces an oil called sebum. I have noticed that the looser the hair texture sometimes the oilier the hair can be. Why is this so? Oil travels down the strand of the hair to naturally moisturize it but for those who have kinkier hair, it makes it difficult for oils to get down the hair strand.

I came across some interesting videos on YouTube University (that is what I like to call it) of women who do water wash only. This encourages the production of sebum and the water assists with distributing the sebum down the strand of the hair.

If you are dealing with dry scalp you can incorporate oils into your hair care regimen.

Let’s talk about some of my favorite oils for healthy scalp and hair growth!

Olive Oil

Olive oil is a penetrating oil and can be used to help relieve dandruff. Combine olive oil with lemon juice and it will help loosen the dandruff flakes and the oil itself moisturizes the new layer of skin. It also helps to reduce split ends and tame frizz. I personally apply olive oil to my hands before unraveling twist outs and Bantu knot out hair styles.

Due to its’ thickness, it can be used as a sealant.

Grapeseed Oil

Grapeseed oil contains a lot of vitamin E. Use this oil in a hot oil treatment to add shine. The great thing about this oil is that it is non- greasy! I know I am not the only one who is not in favor of having greasy hair.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a penetrating oil that is accepted easily by the scalp. The next time you are shopping for coconut oil, pay close attention to the labeling. There is refined and unrefined coconut oil. What does this mean? Refined means it has been bleached and deodorized. Unrefined means it is unfiltered without any additives. Unrefined is definitely the route I like to go. You can also apply unrefined vs. refined when it comes to shea butter products.

Coconut oil can assist in fighting off dandruff. It adds shine and helps prevent split ends.

Almond Oil

Moisturizing the scalp with sweet almond oil  provides hair with strengthening vitamins and magnesium at the root of hair, which can aid against excessive breakage.

Almond oil helps to stimulate the scalp therefor increasing hair growth. I also notice that it adds shine to my locks!

Jojoba Oil

Jojoba oil is considered a Wax Ester. Wax Esters are relatively similar to the oil our skin produces naturally. When applied, it helps to balance the production of oil. It can be used as a strong hair conditioner.

I like to incorporate this oil in my pre pooing process or just use it as often as I need. It is not a thick oil and is accepted by the skin easily. This oil is able to remove hair residue and moisture hair follicles resulting in strong healthy, growing  hair.

Using this oil can help your hair cells reproduce at a rapid pace. You can add this oil to your shampoo and conditioner.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Jamaican black castor oil is my absolute favorite oil, hands down! I have been using JBCO since I have been on my natural hair journey. I incorporated it into my regimen to thicken my hair and grow fuller edges.

Jamaican black castor oil increases hair growth, thickens hair, deeply conditions and moisturizes the scalp and eliminates dry  hair . It also contains an antifungal so it can be used to relieve dandruff.

There are many brands available so pay close attention to the labeling to see if the oil is pure or mixed (diluted). Rooted Treasure castor oil is one that I personally use and it is undiluted, no salt added and is a product of Jamaica. There isn’t anything added and it is great quality.

It is thick so it does not require much when applied.

These are the oils that are a part of my hair care regimen as well as what I use on my daughters.

Check out this video:

How To Grow Your Hair Faster Using Jamaican Black Castor Oil


What are some of your favorite oils? What works for you and what doesn’t?