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Mineral Oil… Don’t believe the hype

I was talking to someone yesterday on BlogTV and this young lady said ” Im not purchasing Miss Jessies products because it has mineral oil in it” ….next line she says “So what exactly is so bad about mineral oil?”  …. so my face kinda went sideways and I said….”okay, so you don’t want to try MJ because it has mineral oil,  but then you ask 1 second later about mineral oil.” This proved the point of my last video so much. We don’t even take the time to research but we jump on bandwagons.  (If the lady that said this is reading this, this isn’t a shot at you…just using it to prove my point)

When I get crazy comments like “why do you use this and that when it has mineral oil in it”…Who said I can’t use products with mineral oil? I’m confused. Is it agaisn’t the manuals for natural hair that I didn’t get a copy of lol. I’m sure alot of these people are just like the confused natural above. I use products based on what makes my hair look nice, and isn’t damaging…I don’t use products based on ingredients. Honestly I’m not even into the ingredients mumbo jumbo but I know alot of people are. So for those that jumped on #TeamNoMineralOil , here is a little research before jumping on other people for using it. It’s always good to do a little research first. It always amazes me when people make blanket statements about what naturals CAN and CAN’T do. All hair is not the same so just because it doesn’t work well in your hair doesn’t mean it won’t work for another natural.

From NaturallyCurly.com

“It deposits onto the surface of hair strands and forms films that are sufficiently thick to mask irregularities in the cuticle structure, which gives it fantastic smoothing and emollient properties. It significantly decreases wet combing forces and can help prevent breakage. The film formed by mineral oil on hair is occlusive, meaning it prevents the passage of water through it in either direction. Thus, it acts as a protective barrier that aids in moisture retention by preventing the diffusion of water from the interior of the hair out into the environment in dry conditions, and it also helps to minimize frizz by preventing penetration of moisture into the hair in humid conditions…… Mineral oil is effective at enhancing curl formation and curl clumping as well. It is able to do this because of the films it forms on the surface of hair fibers. The films exert capillary forces between adjacent hair strands, which causes them to be attracted to and stick to one another. This phenomenon is known as capillary adhesion”

Go to NaturallyCurly.com for the full article. They also have the scientific breakdown and how it is made if that interest some of you.

In an unknown article on “Mineral Oil vs. Coconut Oil”

Which is the winner?
Well, both water insoluble oils have some distinct advantages for curly hair. By improving moisture retention within the hair shaft, they each can minimize drying and frizz which may occur in arid climates. Both enhance curl formation and clumping. However, in both of these things, mineral oil does the job better and for a longer time. On the other hand, coconut oil appears to have some real potential for improving the health and long-term vitality of hair, especially when it comes to wash-wear, whereas mineral oil is more of a topical treatment that is effective until it is washed away. Those with very porous hair may find that coconut oil penetrates too much into the interior of the hair, which can cause its own set of problems such as frizz, greasiness, and limp hair. So, adding either coconut oil or mineral oil to your hair care regimen may prove to be beneficial, but proceed with caution and see what works best for your own locks.