The Key Differences between Natural Castor Oil and Black Castor Oil

Castor oil can do wonders for your hair, but it can also be pretty confusing. When it comes to choosing a castor oil, you have a couple of options in the form of natural castor oil and black castor oil. Both offer very different things, but do you know the difference?

Many people don’t have a clue what the difference is between natural castor oil and black castor oil. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at the key differences in this article.

Natural Castor Oil

Natural castor oil is as you’d find it straight from the castor plant. Therefore, it’s yellow in colour and completely natural. No heat is used in the extraction process and the oil is instead squeezed out of the castor seeds. This means that the oil isn’t degraded in any way during the extraction process.

Natural castor oil also has a much lower PH level, this means that it is less likely to react with your hair or skin. If you’re looking for the most organic and arguably safest option, natural castor oil is the option to choose. That being said, it can be pretty expensive.

You’re more likely to find a higher level of fatty acids in natural castor oil because it hasn’t been degraded during the extraction process. This means that the oil offers better advantages and is the best option to choose.

Black Castor Oil

Black castor oil still offers many of the same advantages that natural castor oil does. However, it has been heated during the extraction process, meaning that there’s greater chance the oil has been degraded. Because of this, black castor oil is largely cheaper.

It’s also worth noting that impurities are added to black castor oil during the manufacturing process. This is to make the oil spread further, but it also means that the oil is less pure. You’re less likely to see the advantages with black castor oil.

That being said, it’s still a fantastic option if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative to the standard natural castor oil.

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