Jamaican Black Castor Oil: Miracle-Gro for your barnet

Twitter is amazing. A random conversation between Nora of Dollymix Diaries, Milly of Pearls & Poodles and Yinka of Vex In the City about how to make hair grow strong and healthy led me to get my hands on a bottle of this.

I’ve made no secret of the fact I’ve suffered hair loss severely over the past 6 months and although things have returned to normality with my health, I have always been nagged about my hair from my mum, who is blessed with luscious, thick hair as are all my aunts and cousins. Waaaa! I also thought I’d write this post for anyone going through a similar experience because losing hair is very distressing.

Mum advised me to use coconut oil but is a very slow process which takes years for results to show (take mum who had been using it since she was a young girl until she got married).

Also it is helps massively if you live in hot climate country where my mum grew up though over here, it is best to wrap a towel around your head to retain the heat. Nevertheless I find using coconut oil pointless for thickening hair, it’s far better as a conditioner for making your locks beautifully shiny.

So! I tracked down a bottle of castor oil from a local Afro Carribean shop (Yinka pointed out I should get Jamaican black castor oil in its purest form) and massaged a spoonful of it into my scalp, leaving in it overnight to wash the very next morning. I also made sure I covered my pillow with a towel. The oil is very thick compared to coconut oil but doesn’t smell as strong and absorbs into the scalp and hair effortlessly.

Maybe it’s my imagination but my hair did look fuller (not limp and fine like it usually does) after the first day. Two months on and I can see a positive difference – my hair has stopped falling out and that’s every day breakage from brushing and shampooing. Normally my hairbrush would have to be cleaned every week but now I have very few hairs stuck in the bristles. Also when I shampooed, a fair amount of strands would come apart in my hands and clog up the plughole in the bath. Not any more!

My hair dresser has noticed a substantial improvement in my hair growth since my previous visit just before I started using the oil and consequently, I have been using fewer chemically based products because the castor oil acts as a very good conditioner to give my hair shine and makes blow-drying effective too. Friends, family and colleagues have also remarked at how healthy my hair looks.

I admit I used the oil every night for the first 4-6 weeks but I’ve since reduced it to 2-3 times a week, which is probably more sensible.

It’s nothing revolutionary to use castor oil to strengthen hair as I discovered with discussing this on Twitter but it is big news to me and I wish I’d known about it sooner!

I can’t stress how brilliant castor oil has been for my hair and I strongly advise anyone who is suffering from hair loss or has very fine hair to give this a go. It is an organic product and you will see remarkable results in a short space of time. It is also ideal to use on your brows.

You can buy castor oil online (this cost me £5.49 from the shop and will probably last me up to 3 months).

If you’ve been using castor oil for your hair, I’d love to know your thoughts.



  1. 17th September 2012 / 1:28 PM

    I recently started using castor oil in my hair after hearing the amazing properties it has and even though it’s still early days yet, my hair does seem a bit shinier and better condition.
    My dad also uses castor oil on his aching foot (when he has arthritis flare-ups) by soaking a muslin cloth with the oil and wrapping around the foot, then wrapping that with clingfilm and putting a hot water bottle on it. I was amazed when he said the pain went away in a couple of hours.

  2. 17th September 2012 / 2:06 PM

    Thanks for this Sheenie I am definitely going to hunt down a bottle. Over the last year the hair on my crown has thinned noticeably although I can’t think of any reason why. It’s very distressing and I’ve been using a thickening shampoo by Vosene but there’s been no change as yet. I’ve also cut my hair short as I thought my hair was being weighed down? I hope the castor oil will help. Do you have to sleep in it or can you just apply and leave it for the whole day? xx

  3. Sheenie
    17th September 2012 / 2:32 PM

    Hi Tass, you can keep it on all day. I find leaving it overnight just makes it easier to ensure it stays there for effectively long as possible. The longer you leave it in, the better.

    I had to have my hair cut drastically short to make it look stronger and to ensure it would grow back better, and the hair loss had left me with patches (very upsetting to see my scalp!). I think shampoos give you the illusion your hair looks thick but they don’t actually change it. I have paid a fortune for tablets like Nourkrin but they take a long time and cost about £60 a month. I don’t mind paying good money if something works quickly and this has! Even mum wants to try it so maintain her hair. Let me know how you get on. I was told I would see noticeable results in 2 months and I have.

  4. 18th September 2012 / 12:50 PM

    Hi Sheenie,

    Thanks for this recommendation! Strangely enough, I just discovered I’ve lost a massive chunk of hair on one side of my head (I didn’t realise because the rest of it was covering it, then my husband yelped and said “what have you done?” when I was drying it three days ago. It looks shaved, while the rest of my hair is waist length, like I’ve gone for one of those hipster haircuts!) My hair is a huge part of my self esteem, as it is for most people so I’m in shock a bit. Going for tests now but am definitely going to invest in this to encourage the patch to grow back.

    I’m so glad to hear you’re doing better – I hope you just go from strength to strength xxx

  5. Sheenie
    18th September 2012 / 2:56 PM

    Hi Nazneen, I’m sorry to hear about you, I hope you get some solid answers and solutions. Sometimes just stress alone can be a huge contributing factor. Also lack of protein in your diet could be an explanation for the sudden loss (I’m only suggesting this as a doctor made this point to me recently). Mum was impressed with the properties of castor oil that she wants to use it to maintain her hair. I can’t believe how quick and effective the results are compared to coconut oil.

    Thank you also for your kind words. Still taking each day as it comes but happier I’m in a better place to a year ago! xx

  6. 18th September 2012 / 8:14 PM

    Hi! I always use castor oil for my eyelashes at night. I coat them with a clean mascara wand and it’s the best product you can ever use to get strong thick eyelashes. Highly recommended if you use a eyelash curler. hope it helps. X

  7. Sheenie
    18th September 2012 / 9:53 PM

    Ooh that’s a very good tip, Maya! Thank you. x

  8. 19th September 2012 / 12:40 PM

    I have been using this for a few years and when I can keep the scissors out of my hair I definitely have growth. My hair is thicker and healthier. I also use 3-5 times a week on my scalp.

  9. 21st September 2012 / 3:55 PM

    Hi Sheenie, I just read your post and I’m so thrilled for you! My hair used to feel limp and lifeless at a period of time where I was so stressed out and I tried so many products to get it back into shape but my hair is very stubborn, it took a while for me to see any difference but after trying Castor Oil I felt that my hair went back to how it used to be :D.

    Glad I helped and thanks for the shout out!!


  10. Sheenie
    22nd September 2012 / 4:50 PM

    Nora, your verdict was a big factor because I know you noticed a distinct change in a short period and you were right! I love how it’s not greasy and smelly like coconut oil too. My hair just looks so healthy and strong, I can’t wait to see what it’s like in a year’s time. Thanks again! xx

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