The Latest Super Hair Oil: Jamaican Black Castor Oil

Castor oil is a vegetable oil obtained by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant (Ricinus communis). Containing Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids, Jamaican castor oil has many topical uses and is a natural hair treatment. Jamaican Black Castor is processed differently, resulting in a higher content of nutrients that thicken the hair. During processing, the seeds of the castor oil plant native to Jamaica are roasted. This roasting results in a darker, or “black” castor oil, that is more effective than the clear pharmacy castor oil due to the increased ash content.

Containing Vitamin E and Omega-6 fatty acids, Jamaican Black castor oil has many topical uses and is a fantastic natural hair treatment for all hair types and textures. This oil works for so many hair types because the oil works on the roots/follicles and not the hair itself to moisturize, thicken, strengthen and fortify hair growth. A healthy scalp means healthy hair. Increasing blood flow to the scalp and supplying valuable nutrients to hair follicles, Jamaican Black Castor Oil prevents breakage, dandruff, eczema and dry, itchy scalp.

Palmer’s® has taken this super-star we lovingly call “JBCO” and reformulated the entire Olive Oil Formula® range to contain Jamaican Black Castor Oil. Formulated for a wide range of hair types, these Olive Oil products eliminate the guess work of how much to use and how to apply without leaving hair greasy or weighed down.

The entire range of Palmer’s® Olive Oil Formula® products is now also free of harsh chemicals like parabens and mineral oil. Extra Virgin Olive Oil’s rich, moisturizing properties and high level of mono-unsaturated fatty acids make it ideal for use on the hair. Olive oil is one of the best hair moisturizers and conditioners because of a rich yet lightweight emollient property that can penetrate the hair shaft. All Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula products also contain Vitamin E, an antioxidant with fantastic hair benefits like protecting strands from color fade, moisture retention and even preventing split ends.

It’s important to layer moisture from the very beginning of the hair care process. Palmer’s® Olive Oil Formula® Smoothing Shampoo imparts the benefits of Extra Virgin Olive Oil right in the shower, in a rich sulfate-free formula that won’t strip the hair, leaving the natural moisture balance undisrupted. A key part of moisture retention is to refrain from over-washing, which is a major factor in dry hair and scalp. To avoid this, Palmer’s® Olive Oil Formula® Clean Scent Dry Shampoo can be sprayed directly on roots between washes to refresh, volumize and revive the hair, keeping a clean look and fresh feel for days longer.

Palmer’s® Olive Oil Formula® Restoring Conditioner fortifies the hair with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, antioxidant Vitamin E, and Keratin protein for added strength and repair. Using this conditioner starts the moisture building process right in the shower. For those who need added moisture for drier or coarser, textured hair, Palmer’s® Olive Oil Formula® Strengthening Leave-In Conditioner can be applied to damp or even dry hair prior to styling to detangle and tame unruly strands, leaving hair glossy and beautiful.

Olive oil’s unique lipid structure is also able to penetrate the hair shaft quickly to repair hair, and protect from future damage. Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula® Spray Oil is an easy way to impart dry, brittle strands with moisture in a convenient spray pump. This product can be sprayed onto the roots to soothe itchy scalp, or only on hair’s ends for a shiny finish. For finer hair textures, the Weightless Shine Dry Oil Mist can be lightly spritzed over dry hair for the ultimate sheen on your finished style.


Palmer’s Olive Oil Formula line includes a complete regimen of products including:

  • Olive Oil Formula® Smoothing Shampoo
  • Olive Oil Formula® Replenishing Conditioner
  • Olive Oil Formula® Conditioning Spray Oil
  • Olive Oil Formula® Weightless Shine Dry Oil Mist
  • Olive Oil Formula® Super Control Gel for Edges
  • Olive Oil Formula® Strengthening Leave In Conditioner
  • Olive Oil Formula® Clean Scent Dry Shampoo
  • Olive Oil Formula® Co Wash Cleansing Conditioner
  • Olive Oil Formula® Gro Therapy
  • Olive Oil Formula® Curl Extend Hair Pudding
  • Olive Oil Formula® Moisturizing Hair Milk

These products can be found in mass and chain drug retailers across the country, and even around the world.

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