This product came into my life at the perfect time.
Though stress my hairline started to break. I tried not to get my realaxer service, and used all the classic 'make your hair grow' greases from the hair shops. Nothing worked, then I was introduced to bjco.
I used it day and night on my hair line for about 3 months. My hair line is back, and thicker then ever.
It doesn't smell great, but it does the job. It also works wonders on my lash line. I would say this is a must forever one! I think it may be a bit to thick for European hair, so give it a try, but everyone should have it for eyelashes and eyebrows. My HG product!
Edit: it's really important to get bjco from a reliable brand, as some use additives, such as salt or dilute with other oil. I use tropic isles from sheabutter cottage.
A great multifaceted oil for hair & skin. I brought the Sunny Isle Extra Dark Jamaican Black Castor Oil from Ebay in Dec 2012 for £11 for the 8oz bottle & have been using it regularly
I use this on my face (1 drop) alongside Avocado oil. This combination leaves my skin moisturised, smooth & is helping to fade blemishes. Breakouts/oil production has also been reduced
For my natural hair I get best results on damp hair, I use it on my coily roots & it helps to soften & smooth it. I also concentrate the oil on the ends of my hair to 'seal' in my leave in conditioner and massage it into my scalp to help with my dry scalp condition & to promote new growth which its documented to be great at stimulating. I cant yet comment on hair growth but will be observing over the next few months continued >>
I buy the Tropic Isle brand from amazon for about $7 for an 8oz bottle.
I use this on the edges of my hair only. It's too thick and heavy to put anyplace else. It has a syrupy texture and is very viscous. The scent reminds me of nuts and wet earth.
I spritz my edges with some water, rub a bit of this between my hands and work it into my edges before putting on a headband and tying on my satin scarf.
I do this every night and my edges are no longer dry and rough looking.
I don't know about using this oil on the hair because I've been suffering from accutane related hair loss for 8 years (so no amount of castor oil will fix that), but I have been using this elsewhere on my body and I actually really like it. For reference I use the Sunny Isle brand that I bought from Amazon for just under 10 pounds which isn't that cheap but it is really good quality and has lasted me ages. I use it on my cuticles overnight, just rub a little bit on before bed. My nails are normally very dry and brittle but have been doing this for almost 2 months now and I notice that they are growing really strong and they don't peel or break as they usually would, which is a really welcome change! I've swapped between using the castor oil and virgin coconut oil on my nails and recently have been applying BCO to my eyelashes in the morning and evening and although the change isn't dramatic my eyelashes have soaked it up nicely. They look fuller and thicker and I don't get the dreaded fallout when I remove my mascara anymore. I will keep applying to my eyelashes and cuticles because this seems to work very well. I have also mixed some of this with a lighter oil (grapeseed in my case) as a moisturizer after a shower and my skin never felt so smooth and delicious. I am going to start using this as a hot oil hair treatment but again, I don't expect dramatic results with this because my hair loss is down to hypervitaminosis A and the damage is permanent (as far as I can tell) but I will report back if I do notice any changes.
My review is in the same realm as Lola_B's. I am on the fence with this one. My curly/wavy hair can dry out rather fast, so moisturising is my mantra.
This oil does keep my hair moisturised and fluff-free, but it's so sticky and smells a bit too heavy for my taste (burnt nuts).
Furthermore it seems to fixate my hair so its quasi-hard to the touch.
I will mix it with a favourite of mine, Argan oil, to counter the stickiness and smell. If I see this brand/product I might buy it again. Might not.
I've been using this for about 5 months and have noticed my hair is thicker and has grown; didn't measure it, though. It moisturizes and softens my hair as well. I don't use shampoo too much... just conditioner washes and herbal cleansing mostly. I love this product!
In response to another review, I've never heard of an oil being a humectant as they are hydrophobic and resist moisture, but oils can be emollients and in soapmaking emollients can produce glycerine during saponification.
I have Tropic Isle Living's Jamaican Black Castor Oil which is billed as 100% castor oil, no additives. According to the site, castor seeds are roasted and hand processed to produce light to dark brown oil for extraction. People report it as useful for detoxing, scalp/hair ailments and maintenance, hair growth, massage, skin conditions and first aid among other things.
I like the thick consistency and like it as a face cleanser, an occasional shower oil. I don't use this to seal or style my hair. Castor oil or 1:1 castor oil:olive oil mixes result in shedding and breakage for me. This could be a temporary reaction but I like the sealing and styling power of other products with castor oil high on the ingredients list that don't result in this problem better. It smells nutty or like fish oil to me but tolerable. It's an amber color, very thick with high tack but spreads okay with water and comes in a sturdy amber-colored glass bottle with screw top cap. I paid about $8 for a 4oz bottle from Amazon. I may buy again but I don't reach for this.
EDIT: would NOT buy again, makes my scalp itch when used alone though nice on my strands however it's just unnecessary, I can use any oil. Nice on my face post-wash.
@ Lola_B_10021, castor oil contains Ricinoleic acid which is a hydroxy acid, which is why it is soluble in alcohol (but not water) and oil. It's a humectant (with all of those lovely OH groups!), which is another reason we see castor oil so often in cosmetic products. The ricinoleic acid makes castor oil both a drier type of oil and increases the viscosity of the oil. I could go on but it is boring.....
Yes will definitely buy this again. It is a multi use product, which is just my thing. I haven't tried any other brand but this one is really thick.
I bought this in Oct 2011 for my hair. I mix it with various other oils that are thinner in consistency, argan oil, melon seed, shea butter oil. I use it to seal moisture in my hair, after I have spritzed it with a homemade mixture of rosewater hydrosol and a little glycerin. To lightly oil my scalp to prevent dryness.
Since Jan I have used it for my OCM when I ran out of my usual cleanser. I use it to moisturise my cuticles at night. I use it on my son's hair that is very short.
Overall I have not noticed new growth, but my hair is softer less crunchy. This is because castor oil is a humecunt or however you spell it. It draws moisture from the atmosphere into your hair.
Because of MUA I am gonna try using it on my eyelashes as they are kinda short and my brows are kinda light. So let's see if it works as well.
My HG product.
great organic oil. it helps to soften and smooth down my hair. i mixed it with my coconut and jojoba oil and it works great. however, it's very thick and it smells like burnt grease. but the coconut oil over powers the burnt smell.