Jamaican Black Castor Oil and the Quest for Long Hair

When I was a little girl I used to put skirts and towels on my head so I could pretend to have long hair. When I was a little older I got braid extensions so I could pretend that I had long hair. I’ve also had several wigs so I could pretend I had not only long hair, but blonde hair as well. I can’t say that all women or even all black women want long hair, but I do. There are many natural hair blogs, websites and youtube videos that document hair growth and hair length. It’s fascinating, motivating and encouraging to see so many of my friends’ hair growing down their backs in a few months (or years) time. At the beginning of this year, after looking back at my own pictures and my own hair styles, I came to the conclusion that my hair wasn’t growing the way I wanted it to, or was breaking off just as fast as it was growing. I’ve been natural way too long to still have the same hair length.

Besides the usual changes of eliminating heat, keeping my hair moisturized daily and wrapping my hair up at night (even if it doesn’t look sexy) I still thought something else had to change. I’m incredibly inpatient and want longer hair ASAP. I was reading Black Girl Long Hair for inspiration and saw a post about Jamaican Black Castor Oil to promote hair growth. Apparently many people have been using this product to grow, maintain and moisturize their hair for years. So of course I had to buy it and see if it would work for me.


I bought mine at a local beauty supply store. There are many brands and even versions that have scents such as lavender or mango added to them. If you have a hard time finding Jamaican Black Castor Oil in stores, you can buy it on amazon. I’ve been applying it to my edges and to my ends twice a day and love it. I haven’t noticed a huge difference in my hair’s length, but I’ve only been using it about a week. My hair does feel much healthier though, so I’ll continue to use it and hope for the best.

Do you prefer your hair long or short? Have you tried any products that encourage hair growth?


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