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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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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Maybell Lena Killion

I use both, doesn’t matter to me!

Ebony Love J. Winston

Is Water The Only Moisturizer?

Maybell Lena Killion

YES!!!! Oils are sealants.

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.

Maybell Lena Killion

Jamaican Black Castor oil is the best, in my opinion.

Yani Gallagher

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

Maybell Lena Killion


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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.

Leslie Luvnlife Dodd

What is Jbco ??

Chelsea A Chelsea

Jamaican black Castor oil

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

Knj Jasper

Yea I’m a olive oil gal

Tanage Moore

Coconut is the truth

La Toya Taylor

I use both.They’re great for keeping your hair moist and healthy.

Delecia Jackson

Coconut oil my favorite

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.

Beebe Bluff

Coconut is the best!! Yes I can’t go one day without it on my skin and nails

Dishauna Kirksey

Castor oil all year long and coconut oil in the warmer months works ok for me

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

Carmella McCoy

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

Carol Wallace

I use both so to me it doesn’t matter

Klanice Harvey

I use Coconut Oil and Jamaican Black Castor Oil combined. Both are great.

Nathalie Jane

both are

Andrea Tre


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.

Annetta Jones-Williams

You use it like lotion?

Kiki Franklin

Yep i use the coconut oil like lotion on my body.

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.

MarKeisha Reis

The one on the right isn’t Jamaican castor oil though…

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Princess Elvin-Lewis

I like to smell like coconut

Taraja Hisbunny Davidson

I mix them…. Works great on my flat ironed hair

Dawnetta Hendricks


Cb Sampson

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

Latisha White

Coconut oil

Deitra Lezette Haywood

I use both and having great results.

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

Dominique Mayfield

I have a preference for coconut oil.

Lourde Raphael Cangé

Casterol oil (the HAITIAN one) the best

Shirley RN

Both have equal value..

Joan Newly Single

Castor oil for my edges

Tynisha Moe Starnes


Durrant Pryce Carla

Castor oil all the way

Wendy Jean-Louis

castor oil

Hannah Okorafor

As a sealant Caster Oil, for extra moisture coconut 🙂

Eric N Dana Townes

Love them both.

Esther Williams Jordan

Put them together with some olive oil.

Cheryl Hughie

I use both but I prefer coconut oil.

Deatrice Hildreth

My hair like prefers Coconut Oil. Castor oil is too heavy on my hair and itchy to scalp

Lau Ren

Both! ….. Use both

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…

Alexandrina Caribwm Kirk

Coconut. .used all my life my dad taught me how to make it..swore by it so many uses #beliziangal #carib #garufina

Knj Jasper

Ima olive oil gal

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.

Kendra Bailey

Coconut oil all day❤️