Last updated on May 27th, 2023 at 05:05 pm
Natural oils are a natural girl’s best friend. They can be used for simple sealing to enhancing your other hair care products. Lots of ladies just loooove Jamaican Black Castor Oil (aka “JBCO”). I love it too but apricot oil for hair is another wonderful resource that every natural should have in her stash.
Sometimes though, black Jamaican castor oil can cause a bit of itchy scalp. So, if you suffer from that, then you’ll want to try the brand Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil which is kinder to sensitive skin.
About Apricot Oil
Apricot oil is derived from pressing out the apricot kernels derived from the fruit of apricot trees. Pure apricot kernel oil contains a powerful organic compound and antioxidant called caffeic acid.
It is a good source of vitamins, minerals and unsaturated fatty acids that help promote hair growth, improve scalp health and help hair to shine.
About 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 can destroy 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.
UPDATE: I now use Jamaica black castor oil on my ends only.
That’s why I’m so happy that Thirsty Roots came out with their apricot oil for hair.
The benefits of castor oil combined with the benefits of apricot make this natural oil a super oil!
Benefits of Castor Oil for Hair (Cold Pressed):
- Strengthens the hair shaft and roots
- Increases thickness
- Stimulates hair growth
- Prevents hair loss
Benefits of Apricot Oil for Hair (Cold Pressed):
- Stimulates the hair follicles to promote hair growth
- Rich in oleic and linoleic acid (essential fatty acids), vitamin A and vitamin E. These can help to remedy dry scalp, psoriasis, dandruff and eczema (hmmmm good for the scalp?)
- It’s an excellent softening oil for hair
- Adds wonderful shine
- Helps prevent hair loss
Both of these oils together help tame frizz, soften hair, smooths the hair cuticle and prevent hair breakage.
Ways to Use Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil for Hair
As a Sealant
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.
This oil is really great to seal all types of hair from fine hair to thick hair.
For Natural Hair Treatments
When creating easy recipes that require oils (especially those that include Jamaican Black Castor Oil), I like to sometimes use my Thirsty Roots Apricot Castor Oil.
As a Scalp Massage Oil
Warmed in a pot of heated water, I’ll use this apricot castor oil for a scalp massage. Due to its natural anti-inflammatory properties, massage your scalp with apricot oil is an excellent choice to treat dandruff and other inflammatory scalp conditions.
You can also mix this oil with other natural oils like to create an oil blends. Mixing with oils like jojoba oil or macadamia oil.
Added to Deep Conditioners
This oil can also be used in deep conditioners (especially those like Shea Moisture Deep Treatment Masque which lacks sufficient slip IMO). Many ladies have discovered that adding this oil to their conditioners helps to improve the condition of their dry hair. That’s because apricot oil in general makes for an excellent emollient.
To Make a Scalp Scrub
Another way to use this apricot hair oil is to mix it with avocado oil or coconut oil for curly hair. Then, add a little brown sugar to make a scalp scrub. You can get a healthier scalp by simply clearing your scalp of built up dirt and oils.
To Smooth Frizzy Hair
For gorgeous shiny hair that defies frizz, you can smooth apricot castor oil throughout your hair for immediate results.
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. It took me about a year to finish one bottle 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 Seed Oil) Cold Pressed, and Fragrance.
Ways to Use Pure Apricot Oil
- Add to a hair mask to improve it’s efficacy
- For a hot oil treatment
- Mixed with olive oil for a massing oil blend
Apricot castor oil is great for hair health. It is also one of the best sealants for natural hair and one of the best carrier oils you can use if for delivery of essential oils when used in your hair care routine for healthy hair.