Which Is Better? Coconut Oil Or Castor Oil?

OilWell that depends on who you ask. This isn’t a post that will give you a definite answer that suits everyone, rather the point of looking at these two oils together is so that you can make an educated decision about which of the two are best for you. Or even better than that, can you successfully use both in your regimen where they are both effective?

I am a flex oil type of girl! I totally made that up but what that means is that I use different oils for different occasions or different instances in my regimen. In addition to that I know women who are absolutely allergic to coconut oil or castor oil so they cannot have either one in their regimen and that is what is best for them.

What is coconut oil?

Coconut oil is a bi-product of the coconut, it is a fatty oil; that is, it  can be useful in cooking, consuming, for your skin and your hair. Coconut oil reminds us of hydrolyzed protein because it is one of only a limited number of oils that can penetrate the hair strand fortifying it from the inside out.

What is castor oil?

This oil is also a bi-product, but this time from castor beans. You can find castor oil in many manufacturing oil based products because it is a pretty heavy oil. In the hair community castor oil is mostly known for its ability to regrow edges and help with hair loss on other areas of the scalp.

When you are trying to determine which of these oils is better, you must consider a couple of things. Are you allergic to any of them? Are you protein sensitive? Does your hair prefer a heavy oil? Are you suffering from hair loss? Only then can you decide which is better.


Are you allergic?

Nut allergies are no joke so if you have one, coconut oil might not be the right oil for your regimen at all. In addition to that coconut oil has been described as an “acne aggravating ingredient” for some women causing a ton of skin irritation even on the scalp. When you use it in your hair or on your skin and you discover redness, bumps or excessive fungus and dandruff, you are more than likely allergic.

Even though serious allergic reactions to castor oil is rare, it is important to know that you can be allergic to that oil as well. The oil is known to cause itching, redness and general irritation which renders it rather ineffective for you if you are allergic. Allergies will single-handedly make one oil better for you than the other by pure default, moving on!

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About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

About Petra


Hi I'm Petra Lomax , a staff writer and editor for BlackHairInformation.com . I am Jamaican born and raised and moved to the United States in my early 20's. I have a BA in Political Science and International relations as well as an MBA and a Masters In Project Management. I love travel, culture and anything that has to do with creative media and business.

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Comments

    1. Porsia Nelson

      Which castor oil is the best one to use? I haven’t bought any cause I don’t know which one is good.

    2. Yani Gallagher

      There ARE oils that penetrate the hair shaft & coconut oil is one of them. So yes some oils are moisturizers

  1. Chelsea A Chelsea

    I use both. I use them both with a heat conditioner cap and my hair comes out perfect. The virgin coconut oil adds proteins to my hair while making it smell good and the Jbco is a good hair thickener and I use it sparingly.

  2. Althea Patterson

    Coconut oil as pre poo dried my scalp to hell and back. Castor oil if used too often is very brittle. Both used in moderation are excellent moisturisers but I swear by olive oil

  3. Marquessadilla Tacos

    Both are great but it depends on the state of your hair and the hair type. Castor is heavy and type 4 hair can stand up to that while co is light and good for every hair type. Or you could just be like me and mix them.

  4. Gloria Judkins

    I have never tried coconut oil but I know Castrol is good it thickens the hair up and help it to grow better and stop breakage

  5. Carmella McCoy

    Coconut oil is better for warmer weather as a sealant and castor oil is better for colder weather as a sealant.

  6. Kiki Franklin

    Castor oil winter and coconut oil summer. Overall coconut oil wins because i also use it as a body moisturizer year round and you can cook with it too.

    1. Kiki Franklin

      Actually im 38 weeks and i used it my entire pregnancy and i virtuallly have no stretch marks. Virtually. ……..because i just got 1 or 2 on my hip at about 37 weeks but i was not using is in that spot so i guess thats ok.

  7. Cb Sampson

    They are both great i use castor oil over night an coconut oil in my L.O.C method during the day

  8. Shawny Carter Turner

    Oil=grease moisturizer=water. I see many ppl still get it confused. Like perm=curl and relaxer=straight. Just needed to put that out in the universe. #Loveyourhairladies <3

  9. Nicole N Brown

    I alternate between the two. Both are awesome on my scalp. Helped grow my hair back to its original length. I then follow up w/ a moisturizer for the rest of my hair…

  10. Vivienne Morgan

    Coconut does absolutely nothing for my hair or skin. I’ve used many brands and…just, no. Castor oil works well on my edges.

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