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 their natural oils do the job for them. (One point team straight-hair? I mean, us curlies do get to try new products all the time, so maybe it’s a tie.)

So when we heard about Jamaican black castor oil, 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 behind Sunny Isle Jamaican Black Castor Oil, to get the down and dirty details.

Reid explained that after being laid off during the national financial crisis, he was in dire need of a tropical vacation. So he headed down to visit his relatives in Jamaica where he noticed his aunt using black castor oil. Immediately, he had flashbacks to his childhood where 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 United States.

What can Jamaican black castor oil 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?

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 Jamaican black castor oil 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 Jamaican black castor oil can solve for textured women?

Jamaican black castor oil 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 Jamaican black castor oil 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.

Use JBCO for Hair Growth & Moisture

  1. Apply small amounts of Jamaican Black Castor Oil (also available in Lavender and Extra Dark) daily to your hair roots and scalp. Then massage the oil into your scalp using your fingertips. You may leave the oil on your scalp overnight. The oil will not soil your pillow as it is easily absorbed into your scalp.
  2. Once per week, use Jamaican Black Castor oil as a hot oil treatment, preferably on the weekends. Use generous amount and really massage it into your scalp and hair.
  3. After applying JBCO to your scalp and hair, cover your hair with a plastic cap and go under the dryer for 15 to 30 minutes.

You should begin to see results in two weeks after original date of usage.

For Eyelash & Eyebrow Growth

Jamaican Black Castor Oil will help your eyelashes and eyebrows to grow thicker and longer, and keep them from breaking. It also helps promote new growth in bare areas of your eyebrows caused by over-tweezing. Massaging a little over the base of your eyelashes before bed prevents thinning and promotes rapid growth, leading to thicker and fuller longer lashes.

  1. Wash your face with a mild soap and remove all traces of makeup from your eyelashes and eyebrows soap and remove all traces of makeup and dirt.
  2. Dip a mascara wand or a cotton swab into Jamaican Black Castor Oil, tapping off any excess oil. It is important to only apply a thin layer, so use a clean tissue to dab away drips from the wand/Qtip if necessary.
  3. Brush the oil evenly through your eyebrows from inner to outer tip. Then use the wand/cotton swab to apply the oil to your eyelashes, just as you would mascara, from root to tip.
  4. Leave the JBCO on overnight and rinse off with a mild soap in the morning before you apply your makeup/ moisturizer.

Try it out, ladies, and let us know how the treatment works. Hair growth seems to be so elusive, but this treatment may have captured it in a bottle!