Mineral Oil and Petroleum, Bad for Black Hair

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Growing up you may have been told to oil your hair in order for it to be healthy. It is true that black hair tends to be on the dry side so it needs moisture. However, there are some products that you shouldn’t be using if you don’t want to damage your hair.

Mineral oil and petroleum is probably some of worst forms of hair dressings that you could ever apply to your tresses.

Most think hey, well its oil; but these actually add little or no moisture at all. In reality mineral oils clog pores and leave a nasty buildup on the hair and scalp which is not good when it comes to hair growth. This is why it’s so important to read a product’s list of ingredients. If you notice that wax, mineral oil or petrolatum is an ingredient it is best to put the product back on the rack and make another choice.

So what exactly does your hair need most to stay moisturized? Well, when you are thirsty do you reach for a glass of oil or a glass of water? Hopefully, you said the latter because water is moisture, oils are not. Therefore, you need to use products that utilize humectants.

Humectants are ingredients that attract and bind water to themselves and can even accomplish this right out of the air from the natural humidity. Look for products that contain such ingredients as glycerin or glycerol, urea, NaPCA, chitosan, propylene glycol, hydrolyzed silk, Acetamide MEA, sorbitol, panthenol and shea butter.

The best thing you can reach for is pure organic oil. It is the healthiest thing you can do for your scalp, hair roots and tips. I personally use Obsessed Hair Oil and I love it because it leaves your hair shiny and hydrated. It is great for your scalp too.