Words of Caution
Despite the praises I've sung about hair grease, keep in mind that it's not for everyone. Some may hate the smell and texture, and fine haired curlies should beware the product!
But let’s face it, for $2 to $3 a jar at your local beauty supply store, it's worth a try. Here are a few extra things to keep in mind if you want to add hair grease to your regimen.
- Less is more! If you think you've taken enough out of the jar, put about half back and then apply the rest to your hair. Hair grease is very concentrated and can make your hair an oily mess very quickly. Try layering very, very small amounts of grease, and if you feel you have applied too little, it probably means you're using just enough.
- Don't use it on your scalp! Hair grease should not be applied to your scalp, since it can block pores, irritate your scalp and cause a whole host of issues. Make sure to use it only on the length of your hair.
- Use sulfate shampoos and wash more often! There's a catch to using hair grease. Due to its chemical makeup, co-washing isn't enough to remove grease from your hair. Only a sulfate and/or clarifying shampoo will work to remove grease from your hair. If you fail to heed this advice, you can find yourself suffering from really bad build up.
- Use a water based moisturizer first! Regardless of how our parents used it back in the day, hair grease is NOT a moisturizer. In and of itself, grease has no moisturizing properties. It should only be used as a sealant after applying a water based moisturizer. It should never be used alone unless your trying to lock in water after having saturated the hair.
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There you have it ladies — the breakdown on hair grease. As I sit here contemplating whether or not I’ll begin to start using grease again, I’m keeping my eyes open for the post on Jherri curl juice as a leave-in.
By the way, if anyone knows where I can purchase some Soul Glo, please leave a comment below. I like to be ahead of the trend because I have a feeling that this one will be making a comeback too.