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How to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to hair

How to Apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to Hair

If growing long and luscious hair is your goal, then you’ve probably heard of Jamaican Black Castor Oil. The oil has acquired quite the cult-like following online by appearing on lists amongst other ‘wonder oils’ which promote hair growth. 

With many people pushing towards a more natural life and joining the wellness movement, more natural hair care products have increased in popularity. More people have also started using apple cider vinegar to improve hair care (and not just for weight loss). So why not Jamaican Black Castor Oil? Jamaican Black Castor Oil offers its devotees an all-round oil that boosts hair growth, as well as moisturising hair and treating dandruff, and being entirely natural too.

We’ve done some research on Jamaican Black Castor Oil to guide you on your journey. If you want to know what Jamaican Black Castor Oil is, how to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to hair and what the benefits are of it, then read on below. 

What is Jamaican Black Castor Oil?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is an oil made from castor beans. Jamaican Black Castor Oil differs from regular castor oil due to a roasting process which happens during production. The oil is made when castor beans are allowed to dry out, the seeds then pop out and are roasted and then churned.

Jamaican Black Castor Oil

This mulch is then transferred to a pot and laid on a slow wood burning fire. It is this final roasting process which gives Jamaican Black Castor Oil its distinctive smoky smell and darker colour. The oil is then stirred and filtered until it is pure and clear. 

Regular castor is lighter and yellower than Jamaican Black Castor Oil which has a dark amber hue. The oil comes in many forms, including pure oil, shampoos, conditioners, and serums. 

How to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Applying Jamaican Black Castor Oil can be beneficial as it nourishes your hair and scalp by locking in moisture, as well as promoting regrowth and ridding the scalp of damaging toxins and fungi. It can also prevent breakages and treat eczema on the scalp, preventing flakiness and dryness. 

The application process is a simple one and we’ve rounded up an easy guide on how to apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to hair below. (Always test any new product out on skin 24 hours before intended use.) 

  1. Using your fingertips, apply a small amount of oil to your scalp and massage in.
  2. Leave the oil on your hair and scalp overnight. The oil absorbs quickly and so will not make a mess on your pillow.
  3. To remove oil, wash hair thoroughly with shampoo and conditioner the next day though this isn’t necessary unless you have oily or thin hair as Jamaican Black Castor Oil absorbs well into the scalp.

 Applying Black Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor oil can be used on all hair types. For those with finer hair, it is recommended that you focus use on the ends of your hair to lock in moisture. We recommend looking for cold-pressed, pure oils from organic retailers to ensure that your oil is free from damaging toxins. 

How often should I apply Jamaican Black Castor Oil to my hair?

To begin with, you should do a spot test of your Jamaican Black Castor Oil product. Some women can have allergies and by starting slowly, you can observe any reactions your skin may have and stop using if necessary.

Generally, Jamaican Black Castor Oil is only necessary weekly or bi-weekly to promote hair growth and moisturise the scalp and hair. Depending on your hair type, the oil can be used more often, with many people regularly sleeping in the treatment. If you do have naturally oily hair, frequent use may lead to oily build up. Jamaican Black Castor Oil comes in a range of products that can be used more regularly too. 

What are the benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a number of incredible benefits for your hair, eyebrows and eyelashes, and even your skin, including: 

  • Has antibacterial and antifungal properties which means it will rid your scalp of any damaging build up.
  • Nourishes the hair follicles, promoting moisture in the scalp and hair.
  • Can act as a sealant on the dried ends of hair strands, and works particularly well to prevent breakages in fine hair.
  • Can be used to treat itchy and dry scalps and can help people who suffer from eczema under their hair
  • It is known to promote hair regrowth and thickening in the hair on your head, and your eyebrows and eyelashes.
  • The antibacterial properties of the oil also make it an effective treatment for acne. Benefits Jamaican Black Castor Oil


Jamaican Black Castor Oil has a multitude of benefits, including hair regrowth, head and scalp moisturisation and antibacterial properties, and can be used to treat a number of ailments. The oil is natural and so will not have an adverse effect on your health, or the health of the planet and it can be used weekly or bi-weekly to treat the hair. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has garnered a cult-like following online and after our research, we can really see why! 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you use Jamaican Black Castor Oil for hair growth? 

Jamaican Black Castor Oil works to promote hair growth by increasing blood flow to the scalp, nourishing the hair follicles, moisturising the scalp and preventing breakages in hair strands. To use Jamaican Black Castor Oil for hair growth, massage a small amount of oil into your scalp using your fingertips. Leave to absorb overnight and then wash out the next morning if necessary. 

How long should I leave Jamaican Black Castor Oil in my hair? 

The amount of time you leave Jamaican Black Castor Oil on your hair is entirely up to you. A lot of treatments suggest leaving the oil overnight and allowing it to absorb into your scalp. Though the oil absorbs fast, if you would prefer not to make a mess, leaving the oil in for a few hours before washing out would be sufficient to allow the oil to be absorbed. 

Do you have to wash out Jamaican Black Castor Oil? 

You don’t need to wash Jamaican Black Castor Oil out of your hair unless you have oily hair. You should wash your hair as normal unless you notice an oil build up. It is recommended that users of Jamaican Black Castor Oil who have thinner hair should wash it out after treatment to prevent the heaviness of the oil weighing down hair. 

How long should you leave castor oil in your hair?

It is recommended that you leave castor oil in your hair for at least thirty minutes to allow for full absorption. Some treatments direct users to leave castor oil in overnight for maximum absorption. If you have oily hair, a shorter period before washing may be necessary to avoid oily build up.

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