Jamaican Black Castor Oil Serum with Argan OilFriday, September 14, 2012
Use for Dry, Dull, Frizzy Hair.
Directions: After hair has been washed and conditioned, pour enough serum into hands and apply lightly over all areas of your wet hair.
Ingredients: Jamaican Black Castor Oil, Argan Oil, Shea Oil, Coconut Oil, Wheat Germ.
The Truth: A while back I received my order of Tropic Isle Products in preparation for the Castor oil Challenge pt. 7. I instagramed (@hairlicious) the photo below and amongst the products I ordered was the Jamaican Black Castor Oil Serum. Now when you think of the word "serum", automatically you think "silicone", "heat protectant", "slip" etc. This product is not a serum in that sense. It's just an blend of natural oils with a touch of ceramide.
Ceramindes are one of the three types of lipids found in the cuticle. The oil acts as a cement to keep the cuticle layers together (source). Please don't confuse this with outer cuticle oil (sebum). Wheat germ, among others, is a common natural source of ceramide. So in a sense, ceramides fit into the strengthening category providing the effects of protein without the downsides which is perfect for damaged, colored or chemically treated hair.
This oil blend does a great job at locking in moisture especially on wet/damp hair, it's great for sealing in your moisturizer, it smooths the cuticle allowing it to lay flat and impart shine (especially on freshly flat ironed hair). It's light in color with a thin consistency, so it won't weigh your hair down. It's also lightly scented (which eventually fades with time). I've been using it in rotation with my Wild Growth Oil as a sealant on my ends and so far I'm loving it.
Price: $17 USD
Hairlicious Rating: (5/5) Excellent