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?
Ammina Rose is a hair and beauty enthusiast from Chicago, Illinois. She created Lovin’ Our Textures on the belief that all hair is beautiful no matter the texture or style preference. Follow her hair journey from Relaxed to Natural on Youtube and Instagram.