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aloe_vera_benefits.jpgWhat Jamaicans Use For Hair Growth | Aloe Vera (Sinkle Bible)

By Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

The methods of hair growth applied by Jamaicans are well known for their ability to grow and strengthen tresses of all types and textures.

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1. Castor Oil

pure_jamaican_black_castor_oilJamaican Castor Oil

Jamaican Black Castor Oil is a best seller all across the world. Many prefer Jamaican castor oil because the old method of preparing the oil is still used and is seen as better than the newer technology-assisted methods.

Castor Oil not only grows but thickens the hair and those who suffer from breakage frequently will benefit from its hair-strengthening properties as well.

This is because it stimulates blood flow to the scalp which promotes hair growth.

Castor Oil is found in many hair products including

  • Gels
  • Moisturisers
  • Leave In Treatments
  • Deep Treatment Masques

By introducing castor oil into your weekly hair regimen you will begin to see results after a few weeks.

Can Jamaican Castor oil regrow hair?

For persons who are suffering from hair loss, castor oil could be a remedy. In Jamaica, we add it to our hair while steaming, doing hot oil treatments or just to oil the scalp when it is dry.

How long does it take for Jamaican castor oil to grow hair?

Everyone’s hair journey is different. But you should begin to see results after a few weeks of using the product.

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2. Rosemary

Using Rosemary oil while steaming the hair is most popular, but in Jamaica, we also steep the leaves in hot water and use it to rehydrate our hair while it is being groomed or styled.

Rosemary helps with alopecia and stimulates hair growth. It is also very light on the hair and does not need to be rinsed out after each use.

When should I apply rosemary water to my hair?

There is no special time to use rosemary water in your hair. We use it right after washing our hair, to rehydrate our hair when styling our even while we have protective styles in. Rosemary water is also an advantage as it doesn’t have an overpowering smell.

3. Tea Tree

The Tea Tree is the hair growth wonder. It improves scalp health, relieves itching and rids the head of dandruff. It also reduces inflammation and regulates oil production for those with oily hair.

It is most popular in oil form but it is also found in other products as well.

4. Carrot Oil

Carrot oil is mainly homemade in Jamaica. We use it to prevent split ends, and dry scalp, improve hair texture and promote shiny, thicker hair. It is often used along with conditioning agents after shampooing to replace the healthy oils lost in the washing process.

Can I use carrot oil daily?

It is advised that you use carrot oil 1 or 2 times per week.

5. Avocado

jamaican_avocado_benefitsJamaican Avocado

Locally known as pears, we use avocados in hair masks and to make hair oil. This repairs hair strands and helps to defend the hair from UV damage and environmental damage.

Avocado seals in moisture so the hair does not get dry and brittle. Instead of just sitting on the hair strands the avocado oil penetrates the scalp and repairs your hair from the inside which leads to even healthier new growth.

Is avocado oil good for my hair?

Its high fat, mineral and antioxidant content are great for hair growth and overall health.

6. Aloe Vera

loe Vera is used for both skin and hair but we will focus on the hair benefits for today.
We are privileged in Jamaica to have access to the actual Aloe Vera plant which we will often use to make homemade steam along with other oils. It:

  • Helps with itching and dandruff
  • Removes oil build-up
  • Strengthens and repairs hair strands
  • Protects the hair from environmental damage
  • And of course, encourages hair growth

How do I use aloe vera for my hair?

You can use the aloe vera gel as steam or as a moisturizer (though it is recommended that this not be done often). The oil can also be introduced to your hair routine.

Aloe Vera is said to balance pH levels, which means if used excessively it can cause the hair to go slightly red.

7. Molasses

Molasses is a dark, syrupy liquid that is the byproduct of refining sugar cane. What can it do for your hair? Well, it strengthens hair strands and follicles. And, if greying is something you are trying to avoid, molasses slows the greying process. It also prevents hair loss.

8. Red Stripe

jamaican_red_stripe_beerRed Stripe Beer

Yes, you are seeing it correctly. Red Stripe is a part of the Jamaican hair care routine and it is not to drink during a long wash day. While there is no clinical evidence to support these claims, Jamaicans swear by the drink’s ability to add sheen and moisture and strengthen and cleanse the hair.

It is most often used as a cleaner to strip away the build-up of oil that shampooing was not able to remove.

After washing pour a bottle of red stripe over your hair and allow it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing.

9. Apple Cider Vinegar

If you aren’t as adventurous as yo try Red Stripe beer, that’s okay. Apple cider vinegar is also used for these same reasons. Whenever your hair feels like it needs a deep cleaning and reset, dilute the apple cider vinegar with water and soak your hair for 15 minutes. Or if you don’t have that time.

Make this same mixture, pour it into a spray bottle, drench your hair then cover with a steam cap for the same time.

Jamaican Aloe Vera Hair Treatment


  • Aloe Vera
  • Castor Oil (or any oil of your choice)
  • Molasses
  • 1 Egg


  1. If you are using the aloe vera plant, you will need to peel the plant to get to the gel inside. Blending the entire thing still works but I would not recommend it as it itches and leaves debris in the hair.
  2. Add the gel to the blender along with the egg, yolk and all, molasses, castor oil (or any other oil you decide to use).
  3. Part your hair into small sections and work the treatment through from the scalp to the roots, twisting each section after you are through.
  4. Cover your hair with a steam cap for at least 45 minutes before rinsing it out. If you have the time, you could leave it for hours while you do housework, that is the Jamaican way.

What do you think of our hair growth and repair remedies? Are there any you will apply to your hair regimen?

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References & Sources For What Jamaicans Use For Hair Growth?

  1. Duggan, C. (2022) Tea tree oil for hair: The benefits and how to use it, Byrdie. Byrdie. Available at: (Accessed: October 4, 2022).
  2. Gotter, A. (2018) Carrot oil for hair growth: Does it work?, Healthline. Healthline Media. Available at: (Accessed: October 4, 2022).

What Jamaicans Use For Hair Growth | Written: October 4, 2022

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