I’ve been meaning to do a review of Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) for some time now. I guess the time is now right because I’ve just finished a bottle J I bought this bottle online about a year ago. I bought it for US$6.52 on Amazon. The reason why this bottle of JBCO lasted so long is because I mixed it 50:50 with coconut oil. I did this because I found it to be very thick when applying to my scalp and hair. When adding to conditioners though I used it undiluted. I added about a teaspoon or so to the amount of conditioner I needed for one application.
JBCO is a dark coloured oil. The smell reminds me of roasted nuts. The smell is quite strong but I found that it wasn’t as bad when the oil was diluted or added to conditioner. I also found it to be thicker than the regular castor oil. I used the oil mix (JBCO and coconut) mostly when my hair was braided or in cornrows. I applied it lightly to a clean scalp. I also used it when undoing cornrows. I applied it liberally to the scalp along the cornrow lines (using an applicator bottle) then proceeded to undo the rows. This way the oil went onto the hair and ‘lubricated’ it. I also used the oil mix for doing overnight pre shampoo treatments. I’d apply the oil mix to my scalp and hair before bed, wear a plastic cap them tie it into place with a scarf. I’d shampoo my hair the next morning.
So what did I think – JBCO made my hair really soft. I don’t know whether it increased growth (which is what its popular for), but it definitely made my new growth super soft, especially after doing a pre shampoo treatment. Would I continue to buy it – definitely!
JBCO is available in South Africa through Ruutos Hair. They ship within Africa too. Look out for a JBCO giveaway coming soon.