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Friday, November 16, 2012

Will Regular Castor Oil Grow Black Hair Like Jamaican Castor Oil?

The question was asked among a few ladies at a salon in Charlotte, does regular castor oil grow your hair like Jamaican castor oil?  Of course, it all depends on what works for you, but we have heard several testimonies from some black women whom have grown really long hair just by using regular store bought castor oil.   It all depends on how you use it and how much you are using on your scalp.

Many African Americans prefer Jamaican castor oil.  According to, it is good for all hair types.  The reason why many people prefer Jamaican Black Castor Oil is simply because it is not just good for the hair, but all types of ailments and has been known as a health remedy. It comes in a dark brown color and has a strong scent. Jamaican black castor oil has been used for many centuries, since the slave trade It is the herbs mixed into Jamaican castor oil that really gives you the benefits of growing long and healthy hair. Allegedly, the company claims there product is more effective than the clear castor oil and not only grows your hair, but it thickens and moisturizes it. Jamaican castor oil supposedly can grow your hair much faster.  The same as regular castor oil, Jamaican castor oil grows eyelashes and eyebrows. Some testimonies of people who have used clear castor oil claim to have allegedly experienced the same as you will see at the end of this article.   However, you should choose whatever works for you.

Now, some black women may experience skin irritation, simply because either they are putting too much on their scalp or their skin just does not agree with it.   So, you have to test a small portion of your scalp to really know if using regular castor oil will work for you.  One of our journalist tried Kroger's brand and it worked, but after so many months she became discouraged to continue her regimen.   After learning how to use it, sparingly, she began her regimen again and now her hair seems to be growing, very healthy.   

When using regular castor oil as a hair growth remedy, use it sparingly and try mixing it with another oil and even a few more.  You can try mixing it with olive or jojoba oil. Regular castor oil, Jamaican or any other type of oil is too thick and it will clog your pores and as you already know, if your hair can't breath, it won't grow.   So, after you mix your castor oil with another one to make it lighter, just dab one drop at a time on your scalp and still, do not over do it.

How does castor oil grow hair?  It stimulates hair follicles, after penetrating into your scalp.

Watch these two clips of one woman who has tried the regular clear castor oil, then the other one who has used Jamaican castor oil.

Testimony Results from using castor oil

Testimony Results from using Jamaican Castor Oil

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

Black Women, can you really grow your hair using garlic? Is It Difficult to Grow Long Hair Using Sulfur?

The question was asked the other day among a few black women whom were a part of a discussion on techniques for growing long hair.   At this meeting, a few of AT2W journalists heard various remedies that would solve the problem of black women trying to get their hair to grow past a certain length.   There are so many ways you can grow your hair back, even if it has gotten to the stage of Alopecia, but one of the best ways is to use sulfur.

The disadvantage of using sulfur is the strong smell and it all depends on what type of sulfur you use.   Do you recall that old brand, Glover's our grandmothers suggested we use?   It seemed to work for a while, but the strong smell would embarrass us in front of our closet friends and at night when we covered our heads, the potent scent would get on our satin bonnets.  We agree the product does work overtime, but there are other ways to use sulfur to grow your hair really long.   Another traditional brand that was good for growing long hair is Sulfur 8, unlike Glover's ointment, Sulfur 8 may have always had a strong smell to it, but the scent was pleasant and it still comes in two types of ointments.   We can understand why both companies are still making a lot of money, simply because their products do work, except many of us black women do not want to deal with too much grease on our hair.   

So, what options do we have other than those two specific brands if we want to try using sulfur on our hair?   The answer is right in your grocery store. However, we want to encourage you to buy (methylsulfonylmethane) MSM which is a safe organic form of sulfur.  According to, MSM is considered to be safe, there isn't an established RDA dosage, but a typical range is 1,000 to 3,000 mg daily.  Sulfur is in all types of vegetables, you should eat on a daily basis, but specifically, we advise you to use onion on your hair to regrow it.  In the onion family, garlic retains the highest in sulfur, but the juice in both is good for growing long hair, especially when it comes to alopecia.   We do not make any promises, but we have heard of several cases of men and women whom lost their hair, because of Alopecia and either using the juice from onions or garlic grew it back.

How exactly would you use garlic (or onion) on your hair?, gives you step by step instructions using a blender and we also realized you can cut up a piece of garlic (or onion) and just circulate it on your bald spot that stimulates hair growth, they suggest leaving it on for about an hour, then rinsing it out.

For this technique of using garlic, we suggest you wear a shirt as though you are ready to mess it up, because if the garlic drips on your shirt, it will smell until you wash it.  One of our journalists at Real Long Hair came up with a solution of just cutting up two clusters of elephant garlic in a jar and letting it sit in the refrigerator.  After about 2 or 3 weeks, the juice sets in and you can smell it as soon as you take the jar out of the refrigerator, it is so strong, that's how you know it is really prepared to use on your hair.   She heated small half in a bowl in the microwave, just enough to warm it a bit, let's say about 5 to 10 seconds, (it can be very messy, but well worth it).  Then, she poured the juice all into her hair until it saturated into her scalp over the sink.   She repeatedly rubbed it in a circular motion, making sure it got all over her head, then she used a conditioner rinse.  Then she covered her hair with a plastic cap (you may want to also use a plastic bag, because it will drip a lot) and let it sit in her hair for 1 to 2 hours.   Now, you may use shampoo, but the reason why she preferred conditioner is so not all of the moisture and garlic would be rinsed out.  Also, she wanted to continue to feel that tingling sensation and believe us, we tried it and not only does our hair feel much stronger, it tingling feels very good to our scalp, even the next day, this is how we know it is working.

According to, one 40-year-old man used garlic for his Alopecia and it grew his hair back in 5 days.  Look at the very first thread.  So black women, don't give up, God always has natural ways to regrow your hair.

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