Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner


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by Michelle of Radiant Brown Beauty

I rarely write two posts in a day. I don’t want to overwhelm your Reader/Email nor do I want to burn myself out.  However, this one I couldn’t wait to share.

I started to entitle this post, “Da Bomb Diggity Protein Conditioner.” Then, I figured I needed to be a little more professional :-)

I almost couldn’t help it though.  I am from New York and we say things like “Da Bomb” all the time. Well, at least we used to when I was growing up LOL. The “diggity” was for my extra added enthusiasm.

Anyway, I am too excited about a new protein conditioner I bought. After using it, I was amazed at the fast results.  Not only was my hair instantly stronger with virtually no breakage after using it. It was also left pH balanced! How do I know? Because of the way my hair curled right up!

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I’ve always struggled with straight ends. After reading some things about the hair’s pH balance (plus watching this video), I’m convinced that an off-balance pH balance may be the biggest culprit of my straight ends.

I try so many products at times (the PJ in me), that it’s highly probable that many of them have messed with my hair’s pH balance. Hmmm, time to tame the PJism.

So What Is This New Protein Conditioner?

Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner

It is Tropic Isle Living Jamaican Black Castor Oil Protein Conditioner (you can find it here).  I’m telling you this stuff is friggin’ amazing.  I absolutely love how my hair felt afterwards. Strong and easy to detangle after applying diluted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration (another staple).

Check out the ingredients: Mayonaise, Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Vitamin E, Avocado Oil, Mustard Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Lavender, Pimento Oil

All natural. Double score. The only thing is it smells like pickles. I can deal with it though because the results were so awesome.

A New Hair Care Regimen

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One thing I know is my hair likes protein. However, it needs moisture to balance out the protein. Because I’m natural, I don’t think I require protein treatments every week.

This new JBCO protein conditioner has changed my life (OK that’s a little extreme but you get the picture). This is a new staple for me and is being incorporated into my hair care regimen. It’s changed everything and comes at a good time now that we are entering the colder months when the hair needs more protection.

On Wash Day

  • Pre-poo hair with Vatika and Jamaican Black Castor Oil (JBCO) the night before washing. Leave in hair overnight.
  • Wash hair in 4 twists with Shea Moisture’s Hair Thickening Shampoo
  • Loosen the twists and deep condition with either the JBCO protein conditioner or Shea Moisture Hair Mask with honey added. I’ll be alternating these every other week so I don’t over-protein treat.
  • After deep conditioning with heat for 45 minutes, I allow the hair to cool for 15 minutes
  • On cooled hair, I apply diluted Herbal Essences Hello Hydration and finger detangle before applying leave in conditioner and sealing (It works well. Read why I use this technique here)
  • Apply Kimmaytube Leave In Conditioner and seal with JBCO.
  • Style as normal

NoteHenna and Zizyphus are still in my regimen for once a month.


Thanks for the review Michelle! I’ve avoided protein conditioners as I do experience that dry, brittle feel from protein laden products. Also, since I henna once a month, I think of that as my strengthening treatment. The thing is, I don’t do a full strength henna on my length anymore! And, I’ve noticed more breakage than normal. So, I’ve been really paying attention to your posts related to curtailing breakage and what is giving you results. So, expect to see a post soon on my recent purchases!

7 responses »

  1. PJism is kicking in for sure! I told you u can’t wait to order this product before when I read tour review. Do you use it on every wash day? I have done protein treatments before but only once a month or when needed.


    • Miche’al I have been slacking on washing. I just haven’t had time. I haven’t washed in almost 3 weeks!!!! That’s so unlike me. I’m washing tomorrow and doing a henna too.

      I do intend to use the JBCO protein condition twice a month though – when I’m not doing a henna.


  2. I am currently growing out my relaxer with braids (human hair). How often would you suggest using Jamaican protein conditioner?


    • Vickie, I don’t know if Michelle will see this, so you may want to go ask her the question over on her site! I’ve never used this conditioner and I’m not sure that it would be worthwhile to use it while your hair is in braids. But, she may be better able to answer your question.


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