Natural hair is a movement that show no signs of stopping any time soon and I am happy about that. A large percentage of the African American community has decided to embrace what grows from their scalp naturally. This natural hair movement has also found our sisters in Africa, Jamaica, Haiti and throughout the UK also returning to their lovely curly coily roots. Although many of us have gone back to our natural curl pattern not everyone opts to take the journey using only natural products. But across the board most black women are avoiding parabens, sulfates and mineral oil. Even the hair products companies have taken noticed and use, no paraben, no sulfates, no mineral oil or petroleum on the front of their products, this makes the product more marketable, although it is still not completely natural. Not containing these things is enough to satisfy the average curly coily woman.
Petroleum is found in the earth, so essentially it is natural, because it naturally occurs in the earth. Mineral oil is made from distillate of petroleum. Mineral oil is a non vegetable source derived from petroleum. Baby oil is a perfumed mineral oil. When you go to your local drug store you will find mineral oil on the medicine isle, because it is commonly used for constipation and skin moisturizer. Crude oil makes petroleum and mineral oil is a liquid by product of petroleum.
The Petroleum Facts:The molecular structure of the grease is to large to clog your hair follicles.
Petroleum is number one at keeping bacteria out of products
Petroleum does not attract dirt more than any other oil product.
Petroleum grease does keep moisture from the air, from entering your hair strands as quickly.
Petroleum offers you no nutritional advantages of using it on your scalp.
Although it will not clog your pores there are dozens of other good oils to use instead of petroleum.
The conclusion of petroleum (grease) usage on the hair.
Grease is good to use on your hair if you have pressed or flat ironed your hair and you want to keep it from reverting as quickly. The grease will block the moisture from forming in your hair, thus keeping your hair from reverting. Apply it to your hair only.
If you work in a dirty dust filled environment or outdoors applying grease on your hair will keep bugs and bacteria away.
If you are one of those who must grease your scalps instead of using petroleum try, castor oil, coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, jojoba oil, grapeseed and there are many more you can research. These oils feed the hair with nutrients and make the hair better. Petroleum has no nutrients for the hair.
Grease is fine to use but in moderation, if you are on a healthy hair growth journey.
Use grease on your hair and not the scalp.
Remember the grease is repelling moisture so be sure you apply a good amount of leave in conditioner before you apply grease. Do not continue to pile on grease day after day, apply it once and style your hair and leave it.
You should shampoo, not co wash, your hair once or twice a week.
So for my CoilyQueens out there who still love to use grease but you were not sure if you should or not, now you have the freedom to use grease knowing that you are not clogging your hair follicles nor retarding your hair growth.
So the next time those natural snobs start to tell you how bad petroleum is and how it is not natural you will be able to school them.