Jamaican Black Castor Oil for HEALTHY HAIR!
Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained from castor seeds (Ricinus communis). It is a triglyceride - esters derived from glycerol and three fatty acids. Approximately 90% of the fatty acid content in castor oil is from ricinoleic acid. Ricinoleic acid (12-hydroxy-9-cis-octadecenoic acid) is an UNSATURATED omega-9 fatty acid that NATURALLY occurs in mature castor plant seeds. It’s also the only oil in nature with ricinoleic acid. Omega 9 fatty acids have a CONDITIONING and MOISTURISING effect on the scalp and the hair.
Jamaican black castor oil is developed by first roasting the bean, which results in a dark colour (and burnt smell) from the ash of the roasted castor beans. This is the method used in Jamaica. The ash found in Jamaican Black Castor Oil results in a higher pH product that is believed to have more clarifying properties. In fact, alkaline pH levels can help open cuticles.