Castor Oil Challenge – 3 Month Update (FINAL)


Congratulations to me! Congratulations to me! Congratulations, congratulationsssssss, congratulations to meeeeee! Yay! I have just completed my 3 Months Castor Oil Challenge and I, for one, am super proud of myself! Challenges takes dedication and I am so happy that I was able to stick with it 🙂 The challenge was easy enough as I simply put aside all other oils for the duration and focused only on JBCO.  My real challenge was actually taking the photos to post! Ha!

For my final month, I continued to use castor oil 3 – 4 times a week. I had cornrows for a couple weeks and Havana Twists as well so that made application easy. I didn’t change anything in my regimen since my last update so without further ado, here are my final photos showing where I started and how much growth I achieved over the last 3 months.

Front View

Front View


Left Side


Right Side

Back View

Back View

Again, bear in mind that I used a hair vitamin for 6 weeks of this challenge.

Presently, the very front of my hair is 4.5” in length. I didn’t measure my hair length in February but eyeballing it, it looks like my hair grew just about 1”. On average, hair grows ½” per month so I should have attained at least 1.5”; not to mention that I used the GNC Hair vitamins for 6 weeks of the 3-month challenge duration.

My hair truly does grow at a snail’s pace….but at the end of the day, it is my hair and I have grown to accept it. My hair feels healthy and happy and that’s all the matters, right? 🙂

So now that I have completed this challenge, I will not be using castor oil to the extent that I have been. It will remain a part of my regimen but I think I will use it mixed with the lighter coconut oil to get a good balance going forward.

Overall, the challenge was worth it. My hair is healthy and beautiful and I would recommend it to any natural any day!

What challenges have you undertaken to encourage hair growth? Was it successful?

16 thoughts on “Castor Oil Challenge – 3 Month Update (FINAL)

  1. bebeokoli says:

    Congratulations gal! I recently posted my first update on my Ultimate Castor Oil challenge. The progress is very encouraging, so I would recommend this challenge to any natural as well…

    • BlackZulu says:

      I was wondering about your progress a day ago but my internet has been bad so only an hour’s access at work. Will def check your update today tho. So glad you feel encouraged 🙂

    • BlackZulu says:

      Hi Cathy. I do not have the “hand in hair” syndrome but I style my hair as often as I see fit. Its my hair and if I want to touch it 10 times a day that is my perogative. Do what comes naturally to you. Not every advice administered amongst the natural hair community needs adhering to. Good luck x

  2. Jasmine says:

    Hmm You make it seem like the progress was very minimal. Just because hair grows at a certain rate doesn’t mean that we retain that length. It looks like to me your hair got thicker and you retained all the length.

    • BlackZulu says:

      Hi Jasmine. I, personally, didn’t find the results to be extreme…also given the fact that I was using hair vitamins during that period.
      But I’m happy you find the results impressive. Hopefully you give the challenge a try 🙂 I loved how moisturized my hair was because of the JBCO tho. That was awesome! I only use a mix on JBCO and coconut oil in my hair now because of it so the challenge was def beneficial to me.

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