Say what? Myth. Myth. Myth. I remember my mom doing this to my hair as a child and to make it even worse she did it on towel dried hair. All that’s spelled right there is D-I-S-A-S-T-E-R!!!!! You know this girl’s hair wasn’t getting moisturized as it should and this hair sure wasn’t growing – during those times my hair growth seemed to be at an halt. Back in the days we thought this was the correct way of caring for our hair but continuing to learn about our hair and seeing the difference it makes when we hinder from applying grease has proven that it does no justice to growing our hair.
Now when we speak of greasing we are speaking of a product that contains petrolatum, mineral oil or lanolin that is used on the scalp or hair. Many naturals refrain from using these products because they seem to have a bad reputation with the natural hair.
What is Mineral Oil?
An extremely cheap & common petroleum derivative (refined crude oil petrochemical) which is found in many natural hair products. Mineral oil forms a film on the surface of your scalp that can not be absorbed, thereby blocking the cuticles and the hair’s natural moisture balance. It traps dirt and bacteria and blocks the absorption of vitamins/minerals/botanicals that may be in a product.
What is Petrolatum?
Petrolatum, commonly known as petroleum jelly, is a byproduct of petroleum. Petrolatum is a soft paraffin or wax mixture sold as a topical skin ointment or used in our natural hair products.
Despite all the controversies about mineral oil and petrolatum, they are actually a highly effective sealant. If your hair is properly moisturized using a petrolatum-based product on top will completely stop any moisture coming in or going out. Sounds great right? So I believe it’s the way in which one uses a product that generates if we’ll benefit from it or not.
And you may ask since naturals opt for not using mineral-based or petrolatum-based products, what may I use then? You can follow these simple steps I found on curlynikki.com :
Step 1: Start by avoiding products that contain large amounts (first five ingredients) of mineral oil, petrolatum, or lanolin.
Step 2: Replace hair grease with pure, natural oils like coconut, olive, avocado, castor, or jojoba oil.
Step 3: Use about 1 tablespoon of oil to lubricate the area of your scalp that you plan to massage. For an extra boost, add 2 drops each of rosemary, lavender, cedarwood, and thyme essential oil.
Step 4: Apply the oil, keeping your fingers planted and moving them in a circular motion. Just like when you get a light back rub or shoulder massage. Don’t scratch!
Step 5: To stimulate hair growth, massage for 2-5 minutes daily or as often as possible.
Step 6: After your massage, wash hair as usual so that oil will not clog your pores.
Have you completely rid the use of grease in your hair regimen? If yes, what do you do instead? Tell me about it in the comment box below.
Until next time,
Peace & Love.