Ingredient Spotlight: The Truth about Jamaican Black Castor Oil


Time for another ingredient spotlight! This one is just in time for the release of our new Jamaican Black Castor Oil Growth Serum. You've probably heard of Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO) before, and you might even use it already. So what's all the hype about?

castor seeds

Castor oil is derived from the seeds of the castor plant. Clear or pure castor oil is pressed from fresh seeds, while JBCO is extracted from seeds that been roasted, pounded, and boiled. JBCO's dark color is due to the ash that's produced during the roasting process.

"Wait a second... so I'm putting ash in my hair?" Yep! And you should be happy about it. The small amount of ash raises the pH level of JCBO, making it more alkaline. This opens your hair cuticles and gives JCBO more clarifying properties than its clear counterpart. The ash enhances the properties of castor oil overall.

Castor oil JBCO hair benefits
So, what are those properties?

  • JBCO contains ricinoleic acid, which increases blood circulation to the scalp. This helps nutrients reach your hair and encourages hair growth!
  • The ricinoleic acid in JBCO balances the pH of your scalp and has antibacterialantifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties. Scalp infections, bacteria, inflammation, and dandruff begone! 
  • JBCO contains antioxidants that support the keratin in your hair. This makes your hair stronger, more structured, smoother, and less frizzy. Strengthened hair roots will also reduce hair loss, making JBCO a great treatment for alopecia.
  • JBCO is rich in Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids. It replenishes your scalp's natural oils and moisturizes your hair!

In conclusion, JBCO doesn't magically make your hair grow... Instead, it strengthens, nourishes, moisturizes, and structures your hair, and it prevents breakage, hair loss, and infections. The result is healthier hair that's free to grow, no longer hindered by all the barriers that prevent growth in the first place!

JBCO hair growth

For all these reasons we have made JBCO the base of our Growth Serum. But did you know JBCO can be used for a lot of other health problems too? People use it for eyelashes and eyebrows, moisturizing skin, preventing skin problems like eczema, acne, and sunburn, for healthy nails and lips, as a laxative, as a natural pain reliever, and even to induce labor! You’re getting the picture… JBCO is a pretty powerful oil. (Note: we have formulated the Growth Serum for hair use and do NOT recommend ingesting it!)

Start using Jamaican black castor oil in your natural hair routine! Order our Growth Serum here.

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2 comments


  • NaturAll Club

    Hi @Vivian,
    Our JBCO Growth Serum is different because we only use natural ingredients. The Growth Serum is a mix of four different oils (JBCO, jojoba oil, Vitamin E oil, and essential oil), and nothing else. If you take a look at the full list of ingredients in the products you use, you’ll see that there are a lot of other preservatives and other ingredients included. It’s hard to know which (if any) of those ingredients may be bothering your hair, but I would recommend trying an all-natural product as well as following the other tips on our site to see if it helps your hair!


  • Vivian

    I have been going natural for the last 2 years ,before then I was doing home perms ,clipping my ends wearing protective hair styles moisturizing daily..my hair was healthy long and beautiful as well as manageable. But since going natural my hair wont grow, edges are very thin ,my hair is often brittle and dry even though I use a daily moisturizing cream and leave in conditioner,In the last week I’ve been using the complete line of Shea moisture Jamaican black Castro oil products, how does your differ from what I use now?


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