Hi! Could you please provide some info on castor oil. What it is exactly, how often it should be used, and how to apply it. Thanks
Sure, Castor oil comes from the seed or bean of castor plant. It’s been used for ages to treat diseases like constipation,warts,fungal & bacterial infections & acne get rid of lice among others.
It contains vitamin e,minerals,protein,fatty acids,antibacterial & anti inflammatory properties which are all great for stimulating hair growth & eyebrows as well.
It also has strengthening effect on hair follicles -when massaged onto the scalp with hair loss, it can stimulate hair growth as well.
Use it as a conditioning treatment to reduce split ends. The proteins & fatty acid will penetrate & heal limp,dry damaged hair. It promotes thicker hair.
Can also be used as a hot oil treatment- mix it with olive oil if u want to dilute as unrefined castor oil is thick- apply to hair over night cover with cap & shampoo in the morning. As u can see, castor oil is a cure for so many hair & skin diseases.
If you want to use it just for hair, then buy Jamaican black castor oil, this one is treated with black ash. In order to enhance the effectiveness of its benefits,the castor bean are roasted then the ashes are added in as well. ( think of it as castor oil on steroids) it doesn’t matter what type of hair or hair problem u have, JBCO will cure it for :-) it thickens,Moisturizes,shines,growth etc
For how to use it, there really no standard dosages just like any natural product- it won’t cause any damages when used in moderation. Use a few drops as desired, u can use it daily ( or every other week) for scalp massages if u want to get rid of dandruff,itchy scalp.
Use as a hot oil treatment one a week and even pre-poo depending on your hair needs. Use as a moisturizer on wet hair, add to shampoo etc
Just be careful not to over do it, a little goes a long way.
Hi, I am about to go natural and i was thinking of doing a big chop. I want to convince my mom to let me cut the relaxed part of my hair but i don't know how to. Do you have any suggestions?
Yes just a few, I know your mom wants the best for u & like most black mothers, they would prefer you to have long manageable hair , which I’m assuming that you have long straight hair.
First thing is to ask yourself, are u sure u are ready for this journey, it’s not easy, you gonna miss your long hair sometimes & think that you made a mistake in the beginning, So first thing is to believe it in our heart first that you are indeed ready.
Second thing is to do some research yourself, watch youtube videos and listen to different opinions & other peoples hair hair journey but also remember that your hair won’t be exactly like those people, it might be better or just grow different depending on your texture. If you feel within your heart that this is what u want then talk to your mom.
Show her a few blogs, videos ,pictures articles on natural hair,that you have read & read them together. Tell her not to give u her answer yet until she’s read all of them. Tell her that your ready to go the natural route & if you start now at an early age, imagine how long your natural hair will be wen you leave for college.
Be ready for an opposition, but stay cool & polite , if she says no, repeat again after a few weeks and see if she has changed her mind. If she sees how much you like it, she will change her mind hopefully.
Hope all goes in your favor , All the best ;-)
I am kind of nervous from the negativity i am going to face from people when i get my big chop. I am 16 years old and i don't see a lot of girls my age doing this. I like being different from other people. How old were you when you got your big chop?
I was 12 but my situation was different because I lived in Asia at the time where i was already different from anyone. My parents gave me permission to express myself through my hair in lieu of dating , I cut my hair off. I was also in boarding school & didn’t want to do the silly asian school girl style that was part of the uniform:-)
So to answer your question, you don’t have to cut your hair right away and rock a big chop at school if you don’t feel comfortable, instead gradually chop off little by little every month in between protective styles, use Mane n tail shampoo/conditioner in combination with castor oil to boost your hair growth & before you know it, your natural hair will be a teeny weenie fro (TWA) that you could feel comfy to rock at school.
You can also cut off during the long school breaks & by the time you go back, your hair will be enough to hold a protective style like crochet or Marley twists & nobody will know the difference.
Hope this puts you at ease about starting your natural journey:-)