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Elle Natural Hair

by Elle of Quest for the Perfect Curl (pictured above)

Ever since I stopped relaxing my hair five years ago, castor oil has been touted as one of the best oils for natural hair. Claims of hair growth and its magical sealing powers are only a few of the benefits I’ve seen time and time again. When I had a TWA, I thought that castor oil would be my go to because I have thick and fairly coarse hair. I couldn’t have been more wrong. My hair simply hates castor oil and I tried to like it so much. It’s too thick. It stinks and it makes my hair dry. I recall buying a bottle of castor oil from Whole Foods and dashing home to test it out as soon as possible. Because it’s such a thick oil, I thought it would be perfect to use for the classic “conditioner and oil wash and go”. I’ve also used Jamaican Black Castor Oil, which was a bit better but ultimately ended up ruining all of my pillowcases. I had high hopes for castor oil because my hair looked good and felt soft, but as time went on, I realized that my hair felt drier and well, dirtier. At the time, co-washing was my primary method of cleansing. But why does Izzy (my hair) hate castor oil so?

I suspect that my issue with castor oil has to do with my low porosity hair. Instead, lighter oils work much better. After using castor oil for quite some time (I actually read one of my old posts from 2010 talking about how I loved castor oil and I literally laughed out loud), I determined that it was way too coating for my hair. This is one of my main pet peeves for any kind of oil. If I can’t wash it out easily, it’s a problem; similar to my main issue with mineral oil. If you’re also a castor oil hater, check out these alternatives:

Jojoba Oil:

jojoba oil

 

This is one of my favorite oils that is easily accessible on the ground. You can get it at Trader Joe’s or your local health food store and it mixes well with so many products. It’s very similar to our natural sebum and won’t clog your pores.

Coconut Oil:

nutiva-coconut

 

Ever since I did my coconut oil challenge last year, this has remained one of my hair staples. It’s versatile and super softening for my hair. Also, I prefer coconut oil because it apparently is able to penetrate the hair strand, which makes it actually moisturizing! You can also use it on your face or when cooking. Just make sure to use extra virgin coconut oil for all of its benefits. Nutiva is my personal favorite.

Avocado Oil:

avocado oil

I don’t really see avocado oil being praised that much; which may be because it can be a little more difficult to find, but it’s great! Since it also may penetrate the hair strand, it’s an awesome choice if you want to skip your leave-in conditioner (Although I do not recommend nixing leave-ins every time you style). My favorite way to use avocado oil is to mix it with my harder hold gels in order to soften them up a bit. I use this with my Super Wet Gel and it minimizes the crunch.

So what about you all? Do you love castor oil? If not, what are your alternatives?

About Elle: Elle is the owner and editor of Quest for the Perfect Curl, a collaborative YouTube channel and blog dedicated to promoting healthy hair through research and the sharing of information. A former product junkie, Elle promotes the importance of product ingredients, knowing your hair properties, and your climate when choosing what products to use on your natural hair. She also frequently explores healthy hair care practices and methods to achieve the “perfect curl,” which to her is big, healthy hair.

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Tamey
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Tamey

Ever since my big chop I’ve been living by jbco, coconut, olive & jojoba oil. So far my hair luvs all 3. I also use vitamin e, argan & grapeseed oil.

Puff
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I like using castor oil in my mixes like my shea whip or when I need hold for finger coils. When I tried applying it to my whole head straight from the bottle, I wasn’t a fan either. When I use it in small doses for finger coils and/or twists it’s great for hold and shine.

I LOVE jojoba oil and it’s great for hair and skin. I use it nearly everyday on my face and my skin has never been so clear and moisturized. I’ll have to try avocado oil. Thanks for the recommendations 🙂

shameia
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shameia

I also mix castor oil with shea butter. I put it in my spray bottle mixture too, along with other oils. It moisturizes my hair without making it feel dirty and weighed down. I mostly use the shea mixture for my skin, but lately I’ve been using it to seal my ends.

Puff
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yup! I love using shea whipped with castor and jojoba oil on my ends. I usually spritz it with glycerine water first then apply. I can keep my hair fairly stretched (which helps to keep it from tangling) if I just do the mid length to my ends. I twist them at night and then I’m set the next day.

And I totally agree that it’s amazing for skin as well!

Honeybrown1976
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Honeybrown1976

I like Jamaican black castor oil for my edges, which do benefit from its usage. However, I occasionally use it as a sealer when it’s cooler; coconut and avocado oils are my mainstay sealers.

Amanda
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Amanda

I acutally stopped using oils for “sealing” altogether and use aloe vera now. My hair retains moisture SO much better than it did before and has more body/movement since it’s not being weighed down. However, jojoba oil would be a close second favorite.

alt-K
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alt-K

Jamaican Black Castor Oil has really filled in my edges. I’ve seen a lot of growth in a very short period of time. I always apply water to my hair before applying Castor Oil or else my hair will be heavy and “gummy.”

Kita
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Kita

Castor oil and JBCO was like gunk on my hair. The best oil for my hair is argan oil and Moroccan oil. It’s the right amount of consistency and it penetrates my strands. Coconut oil just sits on my hair but it is GREAT as a natural sunscreen and it helps fight acne. It’s a staple for me for many reasons other than hair lol

A.J.
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A.J.

I have tried many different oils in many different ways over the past few years. I find that castor oil by itself isn’t good to apply over your whole head like you may do for some other oils, well, at least for me. I mainly use it on my edges. One day a couple of months ago I tried combining mostly coconut and olive oil with a little bit of avocado and castor oil– Omg I swear by this stuff! My hair has never been softer, smoother, and it has a healthy shine. I have very fine, low porosity, medium… Read more »

silkynaps
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silkynaps

I didn’t like castor oil in the beginning. I tried regular $3 drugstore castor oil, JBCO, and organic, but they were all too thick and stinky for me.

I didn’t like coconut oil either because I’m allergic to it in its pure form. However, once I mixed castor & coconut, they became my oil blend of choice.

Castor oil is a humectant and coconut oil has too much protein, but together, coconut oil binds the moisture that castor oil attracts. As long as I don’t touch my hair all day, the moisture remains in my hair.

mlank64
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mlank64

Interesting…I’ll be willing to try this combo out because either one by itself doesn’t really work for my low porosity hair. Coconut oil is useful for me as a prepoo but not as a sealant as it makes my hair hard. JBCO is too think and stinky for my fine strands. However, I stuggle with my ends…too much breakage despite the weekly dc’s and protein treatments regular trims..I’m still experiencing breakage especially when twisting my hair to set it for the week. So, now I’ve started to wear protective style. When my hair is out of this protective style, I… Read more »

silkynaps
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silkynaps

When I cut the castor oil with coconut, I use 3 parts castor, 1 part coconut. I wash & go with leave-in and my oil blend only. Castor oil eliminates the need for a lot of product and I don’t experience any abnormal breakage. I hope the blend works for you 🙂

Caramelcurls
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Caramelcurls

My 4a/b hair and I aren’t fans of castor oil either…:) I personally don’t like the smell (super sensitive nose) and the oil itself is too heavy for my hair, it weighs it down. My go to hair oil is grapeseed oil. It’s light, odorless, and mixes will with other products.

Ellipsis
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I really thin my castor oil down with olive and peppermint oil. I like it because i don’t use gels so it gives me a bit of hold that i need

Darlyn
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Darlyn

I’ve never used castor oil. I feel that I only need coconut oil & olive oil.

IB
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IB

I love almond oil, it’s the only oil I use.

Trey
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Trey

Of course she didn’t like Castor oil… she put it all over her hair for a wash and go. Even if your hair is thick and coarse, castor oil is not meant to be applied to coat every hair on your head. In my opinion, you get the best results when you use it to oil the scalp, and even that should be done in moderation. Its heavy and can drip all over the place before you know it.

Elle
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I didn’t put it all over my head for a wash and go…conditioner was the main product then I applied it on top, lightly. Sorry if that wasn’t clear. When you do a conditioner and oil WNG, you stay light on the oil, no matter what kind.

good luck
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good luck

I can’t deal with bad scents and for that reason I have a full bottle of jbco that I will not be using

Melissa P.
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Melissa P.

I love Castor Oil! I am from Jamaica but live in NY, and recently went to visit my family in JA and was lucky enough that my aunt could make two jars full for me. Damn near instant results! Even faster than the tropic isle brand!

Elle B.
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Elle B.

My hair HATES both castor and coconut oil. Haaaaates them. I wanted so much to love coconut oil because it smells so good, but, as with castor oil it left my hair feeling coated and straw-like.

I now use Brazil Nut oil. It absorbs quickly and I find it very moisturizing, in small amounts. It has similar properties to, but more fatty acids than coconut oil and it’s an excellent pre-poo. It’s pretty expensive for me to get but because I use it sparingly and it *works*, I don’t care. The Brazil Nut people can have all my money.

Elle
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I’ve never used that one! I’ll have to look it up, sounds yummy. Thanks!

mary
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mary

I used castor oil in the fall and it dried my hair out too. But before that I used it Spring and Summer without a problem. I think it was drying because of the lack of moisture in the air. Maybe that’s what went on with yours.

Queen
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Queen

Can someone avoiding nut prodûcts use castor oil?

Tee
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Tee

I’ve used Jamaican Black Castor oil for almost a year now and it has done nothing for my edges. I’ll stick to EVOO and Coconut oil.

BayouPrincess
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BayouPrincess

Another great article Elle. I thought I was the only natural who didn’t like castor oil. I’m low porosity too so it’s just probably too thick/heavy for my hair.

Deb
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Deb

I use JBCO (mixed with rosemary and lavender essential oils) to grow my edges and I use it to help seal my hair. It’s thick and does not mimic protein in my hair so my hair loves it. I do have to mix it with EVOO to thin it out a bit if I use it to seal though.

Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

I do this as well. I usually end up mixing my castor with lighter oils such as olive, avocado and sweet almond oils.

Cygnet
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Cygnet

I tried to like castor oil. I really did. I hate it! It’s way too thick and sticky. And it did nothing to regrow my edges where they thinned out. Not even JBCO worked. I used jojoba oil for a long time, intermittently, and it was way better than the castor oil. I also have used coconut oil, olive oil, and grapeseed oil. And I have even used oil blends made to grow hair. I put that on my edges. I got no better results from that than from the castor oil. I had gone to buy more jojoba oil… Read more »

Likewaterforchocolat
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Likewaterforchocolat

To grow out my edges after some post-braid extensions thinning, I used a homemade cayenne pepper-infused olive oil mix during my pre-poos.

JENNID
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JENNID

My had isn’t picky with oils at all. I can use just about any oil. Castor oil is good but can be a bit much. I usually use it well diluted in spritzes or add it to a conditioner that doesn’t perform well.Castor oil performs better to me when it blends with other oils. I really like avacado oil but think its way over priced. The same with jojoba oil and argan oil. I think shea nut oil is a good alternative to castor oil. Most people be sleeping on the shea nut oil. Good stuff if you can find… Read more »

Chanda
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Chanda

Never used regular castor oil but I really like JBCO for my hair. I use it to grease my scalp on damp hair. It’s too much if I just slap it all over my hair (unless it’s a thin layer). I like using it to moisturize my feet, too. Shea Moisture is suppose to come out with a JBCO line soon that I plan on looking into. Coconut oil really does nothing for my hair but it’s great for my skin, Olive oil is okay. My hair loves Argan Oil, penetrates my hair well. Next oil I want to try… Read more »

Bridget J
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Bridget J

I just saw the Shea Moisture JBCO line a couple of days ago at CVS. I was very tempted to pick it up, but I am really trying to keep my pjism under control. Also, I am not particularly fond of castor oil. It seems to be too thick and sticky for my hair.

Bonnie
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Bonnie

Sometimes its your method of using an oil and not necessarily the oil itself that is a problem. I am very light-handed with oils on my hair and I wouldn’t use a heavy oil like castor oil on my strands more than twice a week because I don’t like oily-looking hair. I love castor oil on my scalp though, I’m light handed with it there too and I only use it twice a week. I mix it with tea tree essential oil or any other antibacterial oils to keep dandruff and hair itch at bay. I think one should use… Read more »

Elle
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You’re right — you should use it for a long time! I used 2 bottles of JBCO and one large bottle of the regular castor oil from WF before I decided it wasn’t for me after doing some additional research and trying other oils. When I had shorter hair, I thought that I needed the thickest of everything for my coarse hair so I was determined to make it work! Then I found my staples and let it go. 🙂

lablooplah
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lablooplah

yup. i’m low po too. My hair cant stand castor oil but it acts even worse to coconut oil (unless i apply it soaking wet hair) which just makes my hair oily. Jojoba oil is the only oil (so far) my hair can stand. But anything is better than shea butter. As a 4c natural when i first started taking care of my natural hair my staples were shea butter and castor oil, also coconut oil, but now i’m learning that those were the things i should have ran away from. Really it’s not about hair type but porosity. That’s… Read more »

Elle
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You know, I used to really dislike coconut oil as well, and some still act weird on my hair. However, Izzy (my hair) loves Nutiva — it has a creamier consistency than other coconut oils I’ve tried. I have no idea why b/c they were all EVCO, but I’ll take it!

Kan
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Kan

That’s weird that some people are saying castor oil smells bad. Isn’t it odorless? I have used it for years and never smelled a thing AT ALL…weird. Anyway, I can understand what the blogger was saying, but I think she was using it incorrectly. I always mix it with a butter or cream of sort sort and apply only to edges or lightly to the hair. This works especially well right after washing the hair and braiding up over night. The next day it turns out super soft and I barely have to moisturize during the week. Or if you… Read more »

Elle
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Actually, my hair is okay using castor oil if it’s in a product (Oyin Hair Dew is one of my favorite products), but the article is about using oils straight on your hair, which I often do to make my ends more pliable or oil rinse, or fluff out my hair when my wash and go is dry. Castor oil is just too thick for me, that’s all. I’ve seen several people use it straight.

Chanda
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Chanda

Castor oil usually has a slight smoky/ashes smell to it but nothing too overwhelming. The scent usually fades pretty fast from my experience. I want to buy some more along with some Almond oil.

African Naturalistas Hair Products
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Pure unrefined Castor Oil is not odourless. It has this slight ‘beansy’ smell.

Tisha
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Tisha

Frankly my hair isn’t into individual oils period. It reacts like a person would if you opened a can of peas dumped them on a plate & said Bon Appetit.…0_0 If my hair is to respond (other than throwing the “peas” aka oil back in my face by drying out in 2 hours) it has to be a mix so far the mix hasn’t really mattered except for one which is by far the best & the most expensive (WHY does it ALWAYS work out that way??) Natural Oasis Honey Gloss & Shine Balm. WOW!! You talk about shine sealed… Read more »

Phoxxie
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Phoxxie

You do know you can mix Castor oil with a lighter oil right and it will all be light depending on your mix.

Elle
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Yes, but the article is about using different oils unmixed straight on your hair.

Decor
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Decor

I have low porosity hair and use castor after applying a deep conditioner (Shea moisture masque and shea butter). I sit under the steamer for 20 min. and just leave it in. That is the only way my hair has been able to absorb castor oil. Otherwise, it just sits on my hair. Using it as a deep conditioner helps smooth my strands as well. Afterwards, I apply Eco styler. As a wash and go, it will last a week or more.

Rosalie
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I tried it and it’s not for me. My forehead is greasy all week until I wash it out of my hair.

First of all
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First of all

I put a little castor oil from Whole Foods in my palm and add two or three spritz’s of Palmers Olive oil spray.

Love
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Love

Jbco is the truth! My edges and nape are so much fuller and thick because of it! I use it in my LOC method too and it works wonders.

African Naturalistas Hair Products
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I am a cator oil fan, but I’ll never advocate for anyone to put castor oil on their hair without diluting it wil a thinner carrier oil. It is too thick, won’t spread, and most probably cause buildup, by attracting dust. Please, give castor oil another try, but mix it with carrier oils your hair loves. A little goes a long way, anyway.

doglover
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doglover

The secret to using Castor Oil is to HEAT it first, let it get less sticky, I heat mine and spritz with water onto my scalp and my ends ONLY with t he heated castor oil. When Casto Oil gets kind of hot it gets more fluid, making it easier to apply. I used Coconut and Jojoba too, for the middle part of my hair. ON wash day, I rub my scalp with olive oil and tumeric powder then I do a acv rinse. It works pretty well. I also like some of the Native American clay for washing.

doglover
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doglover

For anyone who wants longer hair, try SILICEA, it’s a German product and it works! Strengthens nails and hair.

1hotshon
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1hotshon

I was on various oil band Wagons; I tried them all, but quickly got off. Castor was too thick for my fine hair, coconut too crunchy and I think I’m allergic to olive oil products. I now only use sweet Almond oil which absorbs perfectly. It’s just so funny that we all have different hair needs so trial and error is the only way to figure it out.

Honeyamber1
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Honeyamber1

My tresses are medium porosity with fine to coarse strands, not dense. I agree with some of the earlier posts, mixed with a lighter carrier oil, JBCO is the truth! My hair likes castor oil a lot and is not a fan of coconut oil but I do use it for pre-poo’ing and deep conditioner purposes. I found a Jamaican Black Castor Oil that is cold-pressed and unrefined from a company in Jamaica and it doesn’t have the “ashy” smell of another brand. I mix mine with either grape-seed or safflower oil and any essential oil(rosemary, lavender, myrrh, or frankincense,etc),… Read more »

Preshest
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Preshest

I am not that big of a fan either. I always wondered why no one talked about how castor oil (and others) can ruin their pillow cases. Thank you for finally saying that lol. Castor oil does make my course 4c hair soft, but it made my scalp itch like crazy. I use a mixture of EVOO and lavendar oil or the Eden Body Works scalp oil in the spray bottle. I use argan oil to seal.

Lele
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Lele

My hair does just fine with Castor oil. I especially like it for my scalp. I prefer to mix it with some olive oil to make it easier to work with and evenly spread over my hair. Coconut oil is not my hair’s friend. It makes it feel hard/crunchy/stiff. I have never tried avocado oil and I get the feeling I’ll love it. It seems like it’ll make my hair super soft. As a matter of fact, I’m buying some avocado oil this weekend, if I can.

Lunye'
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Lunye'

OMG finally somebody else whose hair does not like castor oil. I can use it mixed in my deep conditioners or use a bit in my oil mix for a hot oil treatment but that is it…my edges started falling out when I started using it, it makes my hair soooo dry…I have been told off in hair forums because I said I did not like it…seems to be the go to oil for most naturals…I no longer buy it…I will stick to my coconut, sweet almond, grapeseed, hemp seed and mustard seed oils…

Tiff
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Tiff

Omg!!! Same here. I would use castor oil years ago and my edges were disappearing. I tried looking online to see if anyone else had that problem but I couldn’t find anything. I thought it was just me! Glad I’m not alone lol 🙂

Alisha Lewis
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Alisha Lewis

Same here. My hair and scalp hates all forms of castor oil, no matter what the mix formulation is. My hair sheds in clumps when I use it on my scalp, mixed or not. My hair ends up dry and brittle (hairline thinning especially) after a while if I use it to seal or mix with DC. It wasn’t until I stop using it that I realized castor oil was causing the massive shedding and dryness; now, my hair barely shed and is retaining moisture, which in turn allowing me to retain length. Now, I try to look for products… Read more »

Victoria
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Victoria

It could be that castor oil coats the hair and is therefore blocking moisture if you’re not using something effective enough to wash it out. I prefer the other listed oils as well and plan to try avacodo soon, but castor oil works for me and I shampoo with sulfate free shampoo once a week.

Andrea
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Andrea

I think your right about that because my hair loves castor oil but I always use a moisturizer first and then the castor oil.

Kashmere
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Kashmere

My hair hates the stuff too! I triee plain ol castor oil and was not impressed and then tried jamaican black castor oil. Both made my hair dry and brittle! I was shocked because everyone seems to go on about it like it’s magic in a bottle. Even in the most minute of amounts my hair can sniff it out. Determined to reap the benefits I began disguising it in deep conditioners to trick my hair into accepting it lol! I sound crazy I know, but I just didn’t want to waste it. I’ve now accepted that my hair and… Read more »

Shalon
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Shalon

My hair hates JBCO it doesn’t work for my curls weighs them down. My twist outs looked horrible, my wash/gos didn’t have the same definition. My hair loves oil sucks in up. I usually just keep it simple coconut oil in the spring/summer it’s lighter and provides great shine. EVOO in the fall/winter. I haven’t felt the need to branch out. If it ain’t broke don’t fix it! Everything doesn’t work for everyone.

Yes, Really
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Yes, Really

Jamaican black castor oil Rocks!! it is fantastic and even after using it my hands feel so much softer. I cant use it on its own though — I tend to dilute a bit of it with some olive oil. A lot of JCBO on its own, urgh…olive oil on its own…urgh. Some JCBO + some olive oil — perfection!!! Go figure/ 😉 Will always be a part of my beauty regime from now on.

Yes, Really
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Yes, Really

I meant to say it makes my hair softer and my hands so much softer too.

Andrea
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Andrea

I like castor oil but I also cowash several times a week sono buildup issues for me. Now coconut oil is a different story. I tried to like it but no. Used alone it makes my hair brittle and dry. Awful. Sometimes I can use products with it as long as there isn’t also protein. Then Houston has an overload problem

Andrea
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Andrea

LOL

Mary
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Mary

My hair loves castor oil in the summer but hates it every other season. Too much of a humectant for me and the outside air and low dew points suck all the moisture out and my hair dries and breaks.

Nina
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Nina

My hair loves castor oil, coconut oil is okay and does the job but it’s not awesome, and my hair hates olive oil. That makes my hair crunchy, brittle, and dry.

A. BelledeSoleil
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Never been a fan of it. There are too many other awesome natural oils that actually do contain the benefits castor oil is purported to have (with no credentialed research basis) that truly protect and improve the condition of the hair no stink or excess heaviness included. Kudos to you for moving on from it!

Alycia
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Alycia

I think olive oil and coconut oil are my favorites. Olive oil I can use by myself, but coconut oil, I have to use with something heavier like shea butter. I love using coconut oil for pre-poo treatments and as an everyday moisturizer

BrwnSkinnGoddess21
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BrwnSkinnGoddess21

I Had The Same Problem With Castor Oil But I Learned If You Mixed It With A Lighter Oil (Coconut, Olive, Ect) It Works Better 🙂

Kristen
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Kristen

There are a lot of people whose hair doesn’t agree with castor oil. My hair actually likes it, but I’ve never used it by itself. I’ve always mixed it with at least coconut oil (around half parts of each) but most of the time its those two oils and a few others. Maybe you should try that. Or, just applying it to your scalp and massage it in or, your ends to seal. Don’t give up on the JCBO, but as long as your hair is thriving, nothing else matters!

Dee Hines
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Dee Hines

My hair is multi-textured and soaks up everything like a sponge so I love castor oil but only when I plan on using a protective style for at least two weeks. It’s thick so I mix it with jojoba and almond oil in an applicator bottle to apply. I lay it on thick after conditioning and put two conditioning caps on and a scarf to sleep in. When I wake up I let my hair air dry all morning and then I have great soft and shiny hair. Because it’s so thick I don’t usually have to retouch. If I… Read more »

Andrea
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Andrea

I am the exact opposite. I love castor oil and hate coconut oil. Castor oil oil, even though it is heavy, DOES absorb through my hair. I use it after my Design Essentials Daily Moisturizer with no problem. Coconut oil, on the other hand, melts so fast, it seems to sit atop my hair momentarily then proceeds to slide down my face, neck and back. I also put a mixture of castor and rosemary oil on my scalp along with a deep conditioner on my hair as a prepoo. My hair loves castor oil!

Hifsa Ali
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Hifsa Ali

You should try mixing coconut and castor oil, i had the same problem. I warmed the two oils for 20 seconds and it was thinner and had anazing results rather than using one. Please try it!

Bethany Ann Funnell
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Bethany Ann Funnell

Castor Oil and Coconut Oil has worked miracles for me! I have an untreated Immune disease that made my hair fall out. My sister suggested a tablespoon of Castor Oil and Coconut Oil (I only use half of that and refrigerate the other half for next time, melt it on the stove the same way I would chocolate). My bald patches didn’t only grow back but my short clumps of hair grew three inches in four months! I’m not sure why it doesn’t work for others, you’re probably using too much and it must be organic. Only use it twice… Read more »

Bethany Ann Funnell
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Bethany Ann Funnell

My hair went grey too but is now back to black!

Angel
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Angel

Bethany, what made your hair go back to black?

Hannah
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Hannah

I’ve seen many beauty bloggers talk about how they have to mix castor oil with other moisturizing oils for a better result and easier application.

Iluv Merengue
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Iluv Merengue

Your hair probably got dry due to the c. oil building up which could’ve been easily resolved with a good clarifying shampoo or a borax wash (1 tsp. borax dissolved in 1 C. of hot water, double recipe for thick or long hair). If something starts out fine and goes well for a while but later doesn’t work always think “buildup”, you probably had too much of it coating your hair and it didn’t allow sufficient water (moisture) into your hair.

Alexandra
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I thought it was just me, because everyone I know that uses castor oil has something good to say about it. JBCO is doing something I don’t like to my hair. It dries it up and used to break off in painful quantities. I’ll put it away.
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abena
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abena

I for one, love castor oil. I never use it alone because it’s too thick. I mix it with olive oil, heat it up and use it as a pre-poo. I’ve noticed my hair has gotten thicker and a bald spot on my edges is no longer a bald spot and i’m so thankful

Mike
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Mike

I am a guy who shaves his head because I like the slick smooth look, but due to news articles describing Afro hair as “against code”, I am standing up for my righteous curls and letting them grow! I am having a pleasant experience with black seed oil. Non greasy, it doesn’t leave a mess on my pillow at all. It has been described as a carrier oil, so I am experimenting with BSO combinations with rosemary, lavender , and castor oils. So far no complaints! I laughed out loud when I heard that you named your hair, wouldn’t you… Read more »

Alanine
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Alanine

At the end of the day you have to find what works for you. Black hair is so diverse. It helps to try to get ideas from someone with your hair type and even then there is no gurantee. My girl’s hair loves water based products. My hair more oil based. It is trial and error until you find what works. Until then their will be blogs to vent.

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