Produced mostly in the tropics of the warm, Gujarat region of Western India, China and Brazil, castor oil is extracted from its unique-looking castor bean to create soaps, shampoos and industrial lubricants. You may come across two types of castor oil.
Many report on Castor oil being great for softening very thick hair and hair styles, like dreadlocks. However, for less thick hair it can work as well as a deep conditioner.
Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a thicker oil than many other options, so people with curly hair have found it to beneficial, but it may be too heavy for those with thinner, straight hair.
Castor oil can be used for dreadlocks. Because of its thickness in comparison to other oils, it seals and locks moisture into the hair. Its heaviness also tames frizz and flyaways better. Some use it to lock in lighter oils or they mix it with coconut oil to make it less sticky.