If you're anything like us, and we know you are, then you're obsessed with oils for your hair. Wavy, curly, kinky, girl – it DOESN'T matter. Oils are often a miracle product for every hair type out there. Well, except for straight haired ladies, but that is only because your natural oils do the job for you (One point straight haired team? I mean, us curlies do get to try different and new oil products, so maybe it’s a tie.)
So when we heard about Jamaican Black Castor oil (JBCO), we had to know what was up. Like many of you, we have tried new oil products before only to hate the weight, hate the grease or hate the smell (seriously, fig oil?! Not a good all-day smell). So we caught up with Delroy Reid, the owner and entrepreneur of Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil, to get the down and dirty details.
Reid explained that when laid off during the financial crises, he was in dire need of a tropical vacation. So he headed down to visit his realtives in Jamaica where he noticed his aunt using black castor oil. Immediately, flashbacks to his childhood had him remembering his mother and his grandmother before her using the oil for their hair, and their acne. Noticing how long and thick his relatives’ hair was, and how clear their skin was, he immediately started exporting the oil to the States.
What can JMCO do for wavy, curly and kinky hair types?
Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types. It will moisturize, thicken, strengthen and rapidly increase hair growth. It increases blood flow to the scalp, supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles. Jamaican Black Castor Oil will also prevent hair breakages, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp. Jamaican Black Castor Oil has crossed over into other ethnic groups, and is now being used widely for some of the same purposes, as well as new found uses including eyelash and eyebrow hair growth and as massage oil. This versatile oil carries many varied uses.
Is there a specific hair type that will benefit the most?
Jamaican Black Castor Oil works for all hair types and textures. A healthy scalp means healthy hair. It works for all hair types because the oil works on the hair roots/follicles and not the hair itself.
OK, so what is different about JMCO versus other castor oils?
Over the last ten years, it is an established precedent that Jamaican Black Castor oil is more effective than the clear pharmacy castor oil because of the ash content due to roasting of the beans. Therefore, it stands to reason that the more ash content, the more effective the oil. This is not a myth, it is evidence based on scientific facts.
Other than hair growth, are there any issues JMCO can solve for textured women?
JBCO will solve the following: Dry brittle hair, hair breakages, dandruff, dry itchy scalp, eczema, thinning hair, alopecia, bald spots, and will rapidly increase hair growth including eyebrows and eyelashes.
So what's in it? Is it organic? Sulfate-free? Anything we should know?
The scientific name for the castor bean is Ricinus Communis. It is organic and sulfate-free. There is nothing in it that will harm your hair. Although JBCO can be used as a laxative, we do not encourage that because we are not doctors. Therefore, it should only be used externally.
Got it. And where did this product come from originally? What is its story?
Castor oil has been used medicinally for over 4,000 years for all kinds of ailments. The castor bean is native to Eastern Africa and made its way to Jamaica via the slave trade. Today, the castor oil is manufactured the old fashioned way in Jamaica. Authentic Jamaican Black Castor Oil is dark brown in color and accompanied with the traditional burnt smell.
So, we know, we know. You stopped straightening your curls for a lot of reasons, and one of them was definitely to not smell like a burning building all the time.
Read on for Delroy’s personal instructions on how to use the oil, and you’ll see why Jamaican’s aren’t putting it down.