Here is my latest YouTube video on how I deep condition my hair using a coconut, almond and castor oil mixture.
Haitian black castor oil (HBCO) is notable because it is better suited to hair and skin than the highly popular Jamaican black castor oil (JBCO). JCBO tends to be thicker and more sticky…not ideal as a skin moisturizer and can get a little goopy for hair.
A little background…black castor oil is derived from castor beans that have been roasted, ground, boiled and heat extracted. The rich amber color comes from the roasting process. HBCO is cold-pressed therefore, there is no heat used to break down any of the healthy nutrients or acids present in the oil in its natural state.
Regular clear or light-yellow castor oil readily available in drug and grocery stores is highly refined and decolourized using bleaching clay to remove the colour and natural nutty scent. This process removes its beneficial acid reducing its anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties which help reduce hair loss and kill harmful scalp bacteria. I’m on a “hair journey” to grow my hair past mid-back length, so I was really excited to try out HBCO to stimulate new growth and add moisture to my hair.
Side note: this oil can be used by anyone of any race. A little goes a long way, but it’s incredibly moisturizing for hair and skin. Relaxer-damaged hair, bleached out tresses, swimmer’s hair, dry and coarse hair, fine hair in need of a little TLC – you name it, this stuff will help!