Should I Really Use Grease on My Natural Hair?

By: Hair Liberty's Nicole Hollis

Q: Should I really use grease on my hair?

A: Grease is usually a combination of petroleum (cleaned up sludge from the earth) and mineral oil (even cleaner, liquefied sludge from the earth). Petroleum-based products come from the same Earth that we pollute everyday with factory run off, pharmaceuticals, household chemicals, etc. Questions about the safety of mineral oil and petroleum in cosmetic products come from concern that they may not be clean enough after coming from such a dirty place. The petroleum and mineral oil used in medicinal creams (Neosporin, for example) gets cleaned much more thoroughly than the stuff used in hair products.

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Hair Greasers Anonymous Welcomes Petra

Petra writes:

Nikki I think I found a new staple to my hair regimen,I am a wash and go kind of girl so this routine is my *new* wash and go method for long lasting cottony, soft, moisturized tresses. I only just recently started talking about my use of grease on my hair as I’ve always been a closet greaser. I came out once all the blogs and forums exploded with curly confessions of going back to basics,… doing what mommy did and so needless to say I felt compelled….. and I came out too. *looking down avoiding eye contact*

Greasers Anonymous..Hi my name is Petra and I grease my hair!

For the past 4 weeks I have been experimenting with including all types of hair grease during my wash and go routine. I’ve used Murrays Carrot Oil, Organic Root stimulator Coconut Oil, and finally DAX pomade as shown in the above photo.

Let's just say the results are stellar and my hair swag is a 10!

Grease benefits for me-

*moisture retention
*soft curls
*slightly stretched hair

Wash and go method
1.) Start off with dry hair separated into 4 sections

2.) Add olive oil to each section for ease of finger detangling before entering the shower

3.) Shampoo each section (I use Shea moisture, Moisture Retention shampoo)

4.) Add conditioner to each section and do a quick detangle

Do shower business

5.) Wash out most of the conditioner

Get out of shower

6.) Spray each section with my water mix (water and Infusium 23)

7.) Apply a little Dax Pomade to each section (smoothing motion, stretching hair)

8.) Apply Ecostyler gel to each section for hold

9.) Air dry

Co-wash - repeat all steps minus the shampoo
at night I just separate my hair into two loose pony tails cover with bonnet and go to bed.

The next morning...Fluff and go!

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