PRODUCT REVIEW: Castor Oil

by West Parsons on October 21, 2010 · 4 comments

in hair care, product review

I don’t know how I slept on using Castor Oil for so long! Why didn’t anyone tell me! I originally purchased this oil to try out KimmayTube’s leave-in and to also try the oil cleansing method I read about on TheMopTopMaven.com. This week I decided to try the oil in my hair by itself. 

After my hair dried with the oil in, I immediately called my Mom to ask her “Why didn’t you tell me about Castor Oil!” She knows I’m a hair geek and she simply just laughed at me said “I used to mix it in with your grease all the time when you were younger.” (I ignored the part about grease lol) Then I remembered how my Nenni (that’s the word we use for Godmother), a well known hairdresser on the island, always told my mom to  to “use castor oil in the child’s hair”.   Now I know why!
Pros: 
1. Price –  At the cost of under $10 for a 16 oz. bottle you cannot go wrong!  A little goes a long way.
2. Soft Hair – This oil makes your hair sooooo very soft. I am comparing the feel of my hair when using Jojoba Oil and/or Coconut Oil individually.  Castor Oil tops both of these oils in the resulting softness.
3. Shiny Hair – Again, as I compare the use of Castor Oil to the other 2 oils mentioned above, my hair definitely has more of a sheen to it. The sheen also lasts a long time.
4. Versatile –  This oil can easily be added to any other styling products or conditioner to enhance the moisturizing properties.  I added this oil to my Curls Curl Ecstay Hair Tea Deep Conditioner along with a little honey and Jojoba oil and that addition made the conditioner something to write home about!  My hair was super soft after steaming.
5. Absorption – This oil absorbs into hair pretty quickly. The absorption reminds me of Jojoba oil.
Cons:
1. Scent – I don’t consider myself sensitive to scents but this one bugs me.  The brand I use is food grade so the scent is not supposed to be as pungent. But if I’m not careful, I can easily develop an upset stomach when using this oil.  To help curb that, I apply and then quickly cover my hair with my silk scarf and bonnet. The scent is usually gone within a few hours.
2. Viscosity – The consistency of the oil is much like that of a serum.  It reminds me of corn syrup. Very sticky and thick, but it still is able to be smoothed on to the hair.
Overall, coconut, jojoba & olive oil will take a backseat to my new love, Castor Oil.  After experiencing how it livened up my Curls conditioner, it will definitely be mixed into to all my DCs. Once this bottle of oil is finished, I will order a bottle of Jamaican Black Castor Oil to see if there is a difference.

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My Natural Me October 21, 2010 at 3:03 pm

I did the same thing! I actually use the rest of my orginal EVOO and Castor Oil OCM mix, but the EVOO was too think for my face. I substituted for Grapeseed. Now I used the leftover mix to seal my hair after I did my wash regimen and MAN O MAN!!! I'm in LOVE!!!

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Tia October 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm

Interesting. My castor oil took a backseat to my Jojoba oil. The Jojoba oil makes my hair softer than the castor oil. However, my scalp LOVES the castor oil. I'm eyeing that JBCO also…

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Anonymous October 23, 2010 at 5:23 am

You can get the Castor oil and other essential and carrier oils at fraction of the price.

Check out http://www.newdirectionsaromatics.com

I order from them in Canada and have not been disappointed.

Love this review. Wish I started using Castor oil much earlier in my journey.

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Marisol Rivera December 30, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Castor Oil is wonderful! I use it weekly on my scalp it good to prevent, and get rid of dandruff. Castrol oil is also known to help with hair growth.

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