By Jc of The Natural Haven
A while back we discussed why mineral oil may not be so bad especially if you are struggling with very dry hair. However, the idea of mineral oil being a moisturizer runs contrary to the fact that many of us will have experienced dry hair as a result of using mineral oil or mineral oil products. It is perfectly understandable why many of us may be cautious even skeptical about using it. These are the rules of engagement for using mineral oil effectively:
1. You must always use mineral oil AFTER adding water to your hair. The best process would be immediately after washing, conditioning and adding a leave in. Add the mineral oil to slightly damp hair. Mineral oil prevents water from escaping from the hair shaft. Adding it to dry hair is a recipe for even drier hair. When it comes to moisture always ask yourself…….what are you sealing in?
2. Do not reapply the mineral oil. Your hair may normally start to feel dry 2-3 days post wash. Do not add more mineral oil to your hair. Spritz it instead with water and try not to add more product to it. If you really feel that you need more product, make sure that it has a humectant such as glycerin, honey or aloe vera which can hold onto water. You can also repeat the wash cycle instead and then it will be fine to reapply the oil.
3. Mineral oil is generally not compatible with a no-poo routine. You do not have to use a shampoo with SLS ( ‘sulfates’) but you should use a shampoo or soap of some sort as part of your washing step. The shampoo will help dissolve the mineral oil and avoid it building up as a thick layer on your hair.
4.Remember the fingertip tip with coconut oil? Try the same with mineral oil. Always use as little as possible as it spreads well and generally evenly. A thick layer can end up causing you to have a very greasy scalp.
5. Be savvy. It is perfectly fine to avoid mineral oil as an ingredient in conditioners and restrict its use to only the final sealing step. In conditioners oils are generally included for added slip and to protect hair during the wash. Oils such as coconut oil perform this function better.
6. Mineral oil may not be for you. You may do all the above tips and still find that mineral oil leaves your hair dry. Trust your hair and its response. Mineral oil can be too heavy for some hair and opting for a lighter oil may be better for you. If you do not currently use mineral oil and do not have a moisture issue, do not try to fix what is not broken.
So what do you think ladies? Would you try mineral oil? Have you tried it using these instructions? How was the outcome?