JBCO vs. Castor Oil (Which Is Better?)


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JBCO vs. Castor Oil (Which Is Better?)


Back in 2012, I noticed a decrease in the thickness of my crown and edges. After reading dozens of hair forums and reviews on how Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) revived thinning/balding hair, I decided to buy some to help with my own issue. At this point in time, I was getting ready to start my healthy relaxed hair journey. After using the JBCO 3-4 times a week for three months, I was left with build-up on my scalp and no change in the appearance of my crown and edges. Womp, womp!

Looking back on it, no amount or type of oil, even the highly praised JBCO, would’ve helped with my problem. The thinning that I experienced was due to wearing cheap satin bonnets in which the band rubbed against my temples and caused breakage. Also, always relaxing my crown and temples first in the relaxer process caused those areas to be over-processed which made those areas weak. When I opted to wear satin scarfs instead of the bonnets and started relaxing those areas last, I saw an increase in the thickness of those areas within a few months.

Before you run and buy a bottle of JBCO in hopes that it’ll bring back your edges, first identify what you are doing in your regimen that is contributing to the thinning. It could be one or few of several reasons including external abuse or an imbalance internally such as improperly installing protective styles or an imbalance of hormones respectively. Over-processing and wearing tight bonnets contributed to my issue. Once I identified and corrected the issue, my hair returned to its normal thickness.

Castor oil is made from the seeds of the castor oil plant. The oil is extracted by either cold-press, expeller press, or heated/roasted. The degree to which oil is processed determines the amount of benefits that the oil will have for hair, skin, etc. Click here for more information. Cold-pressed unrefined oil- in which castor oil is a pale yellow in color- is the purest and richest form. JBCO is extracted by heating the castor seeds which degrades the oil and decreases its benefits. Plus, the ashes from the seeds are added to the oil which is often marketed as a beneficial element. However, the ash content is just a contaminant.

Castor oil is anti-inflammatory which is great to use on the scalp if you’re experiencing any bacterial or fungal infections such as ringworms. Using castor oil alone doesn’t help with hair loss; it’s the massaging in itself when applying the oil that helps to stimulate the scalp. This is why massaging is often advised to stimulate the scalp. Massaging sans the oil will still promote hair growth.

That’s my two cents on Castor Oil and JBCO. If you’re still not certain about which oil to use, I urge you to read these two articles by the scientists JC of Natural Haven Bloom and Erica Douglas aka Sister Scientist.

Have you used JBCO or Castor Oil? How do you use them in your regimen?

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8 Responses

  1. narmi312 says:

    Also heredity. I have the same thinning spots my mom and aunts had.

  2. Naomi says:

    Hi there Rosie, It’s Naomi again. I have some new questions for hair problems I’m having.


    So it’s the winter months here in DC. I’ve noticed my hair texture has changed in the last few weeks. My morning routine spray bottle [leave in conditioner, water, and jojoba oil], shea moisturizer curl smoothie, and I lock it with jojoba oil. My hair use to dry into curls. Now after its been wet, it semi curls and parts of my hair doesn’t even look like it’s been wet, and when it dries it more of an afro and feels dry, but still soft.

    I do a weekly hot oil/deep conditioner on wash days [Sunday] and by Wednesday or Thursday I do a co-wash and 5min conditioner.

    Is there something I should change?

    Also, I want to add black castor oil to help thicken and grow my hair. Do I massage it into a damp scalp before night/bed a few times during the week? Or dry hair?

    I use Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo — Do I need to start using a clarifying shampoo too? And how often?

    Weekly routine [open to your opinions]
    Cold pressed unrefined coconut oil- hot oil treatment [Sundays]
    Creme Of Nature Argan Oil Sulfate Free Shampoo [Sundays]
    Shea Moisturizers Black Soap Purification Masque- Deep conditioner [Sundays]
    Koils By Nature- Leave in Condition [Sundays, mixed in water/oil bottle for everyday use]
    Shea Moisturizer Curl Enhance Smoothie [everyday]
    Jojoba oil [everyday as lock in]

    • Ms. Rosie says:

      Hi Naomi! You have a great regimen. The only thing that I can pinpoint for the cause of your dry hair and minimal curl definition is the humectants in your products. Humectants in dry and cold weather with little to no moisture in the air are ineffective for hair. With no moisture in the air, humectants will pull it from your hair causing dryness and frizzy hair.

      The products in your regimen that contain humectants as prominent ingredients are the SheaMoisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie (Avocado Oil, Vegetable Glycerin) and the Koils By Nature Leave in Conditioner (Aloe Vera Juice, second ingredient to Water infused with Herbs). Maybe you can try switching these with products that don’t contain humectants as a prominent ingredient.

      For clarifying your hair, it depends on the person. One can use a sulfate-free shampoo solely, while others like to use a clarifying shampoo or a shampoo with sulfates to detox and reset their hair. If you’re not experiencing build up, then it’s not necessary.

      • Naomi says:

        Hi Rosie, thank you for the response. Are there any products you can recommend during the winter months for me to use as my leave in and curling cream? Thank you again for all your advice during my hair journey.

        • Ms. Rosie says:

          Sorry for the late reply. A few products that I can recommend are As I Am Leave-In Conditioner & Camille Rose Curlaide Moisture Butter.

          • Naomi says:

            No worries, thank you for the recommendations! Looking forward to trying out those products. Best regards.

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