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Regular Oil Vs Jamaican Black Castor Oil: What’s the Difference?

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Overnight, it seems like Jamaican Black Castor Oil bottles have replaced those of Raw Castor Oil, which led us to ask - what is the difference between the two? Many Black Castor Oil users declare it a staple in their hair regimen to promote and stimulate hair growth, but is that truly the case? If you are amongst these users and have swapped out your Raw Castor Oil for Jamaican Black Castor Oil, continue reading as we'll highlight the differences between the two and determine which is truly best for your hair.

The production

Besides the color, there a very few differences between Jamaican Black Castor Oil and Raw Castor Oil. Both oils are extracted from castor plant seeds; however, the difference lies in the production. Raw Castor oil is produced by cold pressing. Compared to Black Castor Oil, which is made by roasting castor seeds and creates a dark color, Ash. Traditionally, Black Castor Oil is produced by roasting castor plant beans first, grinding them into a thick paste, and then boiling it in a pot of hot water. This boiling process is said not to affect the nutrients of the oil. As the oil rises, it is removed and placed in individual bottles for use. Both oils contain an active ingredient, Ricinoleic acid, which is anti-inflammatory and effective in promoting hair growth and preventing hair loss.

Understanding Ash

When analyzing the benefits of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, it all boils down to the Ash component. Ash is considered an alkaline component of Jamaican Black Castor Oil, said to improve the overall effectiveness of the oil. Producers of the oil state that the alkalinity opens up the hair's cuticles, facilitating nutrient absorption into the scalp. The alkaline component also results in a higher pH balance, giving Black Castor Oil a clarifying property. The higher pH balance, in addition to the Ricinoleic acid, helps to promote blood circulation and better oil absorption in the scalp.

In short, Jamaican Black Castor Oil appears to be the better hair oil, depending on your hair concerns and goals, although both Castor oils provide a range of benefits. When incorporated into your hair regimen, whether Black Castor Oil or Raw Castor Oil, you can expect improvement in overall hair appearance and density.


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