As kids growing up in Haiti, Laurie and I were quite familiar with Haitian castor oil ( also known as lwil maskriti in the Haitian language) , for it was used practically for everything in a Haitian household…no, seriously, we are not kidding, any Haitian will tell you. The benefits and uses of Haitian castor oil
are abundant. Although we were quite familiar with Haitian castor oil, however, as kids we paid it no mind, taking for granted and ignoring all the benefits and uses of Haitian castor oil for hair growth especially. After awhile of going natural and doing the big chop and all, we decided to give it a try and man were we amazed!
For those who are not quite familiar with Haitian castor oil,the uses of Haitian castor oil vary. Hair,skin, and medicinal purposes are among the top things that Haitian castor oil have been used for, however, in this post we will only be focusing on the uses and benefits of Haitian castor oil on our natural hair.
1. Benefits of Haitian Castor Oil on Natural Hair
Within two month of consistently using Haitian castor oil on our scalp twice a week, here is what we noticed :
– More soft / Manageable
– Length ( hair growth)
– More Growth around our hairline ( great way to grow edges and bald spots)
2. How To Apply Haitian Castor Oil
There is no right or wrong way to use Haitian castor oil. Because the oil is so thick we wouldn’t suggest someone to apply this everyday.
We’ve found that it works for us twice a week just fine. We pour a small portion of the oil into our hand, part our hair and gently massage throughout out our scalp. A little goes a long way for this oil.
Also some choose to use it on damp hair and apply as an oil treatment,while other people choose to mix the oil with other oils ,like coconut oil, or other leave in conditioners.
Some people choose to add another product to it to cover up the smell of the oil, which we will discuss later in the article.
Like we said ,there is not a right or wrong way to do this. We however,choose not to mix the oil with anything and apply it straight to our hair.
3. Jamaican Black Castor oil vs Haitian Castor oil
Here are the different types of castor oils that we personally have tried out
1. Jamaican Black Castor oil (sold at our local beauty supply store)
2. Haitian Castor Oil ( straight from Haiti, 100 %pure/ unrefined )
Of these two different types of castor oil, the Haitian Castor Oil is definitely our favorite and its not just because we are Haitian.
While the Jamaican Black Castor oil works well with our hair also, however, I would say we saw faster results after we started using the Haitian unrefined and pure castor oil straight from Haiti.
For example, within a month of using this on our edges,we saw major changes. We would suggest you experience with both oils and eventually pick the one you feel is right for your hair.
4. Pros and Cons of Haitian Castor Oil
If you’ve made it this far to the article, by now, you already know the pros of castor oil. Of course we can not leave without telling you guys some of the cons of the castor oil as well. Here we go.
1. The smell- there is no question about that. The oil has a really strong smell, especially the Haitian one that we use straight from Haiti. Like we mentioned earlier, if you can not absolutely take the smell, you can mix the oil with different products that will decrease the strong smell.
2. Thickness- The oil is super thick and sometimes it can be difficult to get it out of your hair depending on how much you apply. Make sure you are not applying too much oil, so it’s not difficult to wash it out. (regular shampoo or conditioner usually gets the job done.)
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