Natural oils are a natural girl’s best friend. They can be used for simple sealing to enhancing your other hair products. Lots of ladies just loooove Jamaican Black Castor Oil (aka “JBCO”). I used to use it for a while myself (currently using up what I have). The problem is the itchy scalp I would suffer from when the JBCO would come in contact with my scalp. Enter Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil.
Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil is very thick like JBCO but the major difference between the two oils is (aside from the fact that the apricot castor oil smells WAY better), apricot castor oil is cold pressed (the purest form of castor oil since its nutrients are retained) and Jamaican Black Castor Oil is heated.
It’s safe to say that heating up any natural oil destroys some of its properties. That doesn’t mean that there are no benefits to the oil. Clearly there are as attested to by many users of Jamaican Black Castor Oil (read: 7 ways to use JBCO). The biggest issue of concern for me is WHY can’t my scalp stop itching when I use it? I’m not sure but it could be that the oil’s properties have changed that much from the heating of it, that it cause my skin to personally react.
That’s why I’m so happy that Thirsty Roots came out with their apricot castor oil. The benefits of castor oil combined with the benefits of apricot make this natural oil a super oil! Check out the benefits:
Benefits of Castor Oil (Cold Pressed):
- Strengthens the hair shaft and roots
- Increases thickness
- Stimulates hair growth
- Prevents hair loss
Benefits of Apricot Oil (Cold Pressed):
- Stimulates the hair follicles to promote hair growth
- Rich in oleic and linoleic acids, vitamin A and E which helps to remedy dry scalp, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema (hmmmm good for the scalp?)
- Adds wonderful shine
- Helps prevent hair loss
Both of these oils together help tame frizz, soften hair, smooths the hair cuticle and prevents hair breakage.
How I Use Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil
One of the main ways I like to use this oil is as an overall sealant. Sometimes on wash day, I will seal in the moisture after applying my leave in conditioner and before applying any gel. At other times, I will just seal the ends of my twists.
When creating a natural hair recipe that requires oils (especially those that include Jamaican Black Castor Oil), I’ll use my Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil.
Warmed in a pot of heated water, I’ll use this apricot castor super oil for a scalp massage.
I’ve yet to use this oil added to any of my conditioners but plan to try it in the future (specifically to my Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque which lacks sufficient slip IMO) as I’ve heard many ladies find that doing so, improves the effects of their conditioner.
I mentioned how amazing this natural oil blend smells but what I like most about this product from Thirsty Roots is how it doesn’t build up on my hair shaft. Since the oil is pretty thick, I initially thought that it would weigh my fine hair down. On the contrary, my hair soaks it up pretty quickly. I’m on my 2nd bottle after about a year which is partly due to the fact that I use other oils but also due to the fact that you only need to use a small amount.
Last off, I love the cute bottle that the oil is housed in. It reminds me of a small bottle of champagne 🙂 The packaging design enforces the impression that this is a high quality oil blend.
My only qualm is what would this smell like without the added “fragrance” and what IS that fragrance? Since it’s had no bearing on the oils benefits for my hair, I won’t make a big deal out of it. It would just be nice to know. As a matter of fact, as of the writing of this post, I emailed them to find out! I’ll post an update on this article when I receive a reply.
Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil Ingredients:
Ricinus communis (Castor Oil), Cold Pressed, Prunus armeniaca (Apricot Kernal Oil) Cold Pressed, and Fragrance