Black castor oil is a perfect ingredient in hair care products. Castor oil has been used for thousands of years and a native of Africa. During the slave trade, castor beans were brought to Jamaica and where black castor oil originated.
Black castor oil is from the same castor bean as castor oil but the beans have been roasted before extracting the oil. First, the beans are roasted and ground and then boiled in water to extract the oil. The color can range from light brown to dark brown. The oil includes some of the ash considered to be part of the healing properties and creates the smoky scent. Black castor oil has been used for hundreds of years as a traditional healing agent.
Black castor oil has been traditionally used to stimulate hair follicles and promote hair growth. Castor oil pulls out and that is why castor oil packs are known as a healing remedy for many years. Black castor oil is said to pull toxins from the scalp.
I love black castor oil and formulating with it. Castor oil is sticky and tacky but when formulated with other hair nourishing plant ingredients produces a creamy consistency without the greasiness. The properties of this oil make it superior in hair care formulations.
Black castor oil is in the Lime and Avocado Butter Pomade formulation in the Professional Natural Hair Care Certification Course.
This is one of my favorite formulations. I love the non-greasiness texture and the way it adds shine and smoothness to hair.