Mineral Oil for Reducing Frizz and Damage in Natural Hair


by Ktani

Curly hair, and African-American hair in particular, can be dry. Products aimed for the latter used to contain not only mineral oil, but petrolatum, lanolin and sometimes vegetable oils. Petrolatum is greasy and contains wax; lanolin is a greasy, sticky wax and both can be hard to remove from hair without clarifying.

Cosmetic (USP/BP) mineral oil used on its own can enhance curls, seal in moisture and can be removed easily and completely with one wash with sulfate-free shampoo or conditioner only, when used in small amounts. It is a non-drying oil, not a liquid wax like jojoba oil. A drying oil can leave “a dry, hard and tough film” on hair and have environmental consequences as well.

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