Use moisturizing body lotion in hair

Hi everybody. I was perusing another natural hair forum and I came acrossed a post that mentioned using a moisturizing body lotion for hair. The person mentioned using Aveeno's creamy oil.

When I was younger, my mother told me to use body lotion in my hair when doing a wet set. My curls always lasted and my hair was always soft. My hair was relaxed at the time. I haven't tried this since the BC.

I was just wondering if anyone has tried this? With Aveeno or any other body lotion?
whenever i would be somewhere and need to do my hair but have no products, i used moisturizing lotion. that stuff is good in a pinch, so i dont see why it wouldnt be good any other time. your scalp IS skin, after all
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ive never used it, but most body lotions bought at the grocery store include mineral oil as one of their main ingredients. i think aveeno lists it as parrafinium liquidium...or however you spell it.

based on that alone, i wouldnt put it in my hair.
I think it depends on the lotion. I had some shea butter lotion that had natural ingredients in it and I used it on my hair with great results, but I wouldn't use lotions you would commonly find in the grocery store.
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I guess everybody has valid a point. Alot of common body lotions have many ingredients that are not good for the hair. Natural lotions probably contain the same ingredients as natural moisturizers.

I took a look at the lotions that are in my house; I don't think that I will be trying any of those!! Now the Paranoid Polly in me, is wondering if the lotion that I use is good for my skin!
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I usually put lotion in my hair when it's dry (second day hair) so I don't see a problem with it
I have used Burts Bees Shea Butter and Honey lotion on my hair and it seems to work pretty well. I don't always like the way it feels going on but after it's dry it's always very soft. It's natural and contains no mineral oil, but I would be careful when checking out ingredients in store bought lotions.

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You have to be careful of the ingredients with body lotions. Some of them have ingredients that minimize shine, mineral oils, silicones, etc.

That said, I use gel lotion for my hair that is marketed for the skin - Theraneem Leaf & Aloe Vera gel. To me it's a gel.

I also used Tom's of Maine Natural Moisturizing body wash to shampoo my hair this morning and it worked real well, no stripping. I had been scrutinizing the ingredients for days when I showered!
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I think I will put this idea on the back burner. My hair is growing nicely and I do not want to mess things up. Thanks to everyone for your feedback.
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Funny,back in the day we just did what we knew. My mom used Jergens in my hair as a child. My hair grew long and strong. She also used the pink stuff. I wonder if we worry way to much about products...I never had any adverse effects from the stuff we used as kids.

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Funny,back in the day we just did what we knew. My mom used Jergens in my hair as a child. My hair grew long and strong. She also used the pink stuff. I wonder if we worry way to much about products...I never had any adverse effects from the stuff we used as kids.
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
My mom used Jergens on my hair too!! My hair grew also. Come to think of it, I didn't have problems until I starting using curling irons. I agree with you; I think I am taking this CG thing way to seriously. I always second guess what I purchase and what I put on my hair. It is starting to become very frustrating not to mention costly.
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Funny,back in the day we just did what we knew. My mom used Jergens in my hair as a child. My hair grew long and strong. She also used the pink stuff. I wonder if we worry way to much about products...I never had any adverse effects from the stuff we used as kids.
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
My mom used Jergens on my hair too!! My hair grew also. Come to think of it, I didn't have problems until I starting using curling irons. I agree with you; I think I am taking this CG thing way to seriously. I always second guess what I purchase and what I put on my hair. It is starting to become very frustrating not to mention costly.
Originally Posted by teejay
I know.What I've learned after 10 years of natural - Do what works for you. Be wary of falling into the holy grail syndrome because it will get expensive. I find that some of the most praised CG products do not work for me.

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Funny,back in the day we just did what we knew. My mom used Jergens in my hair as a child. My hair grew long and strong. She also used the pink stuff. I wonder if we worry way to much about products...I never had any adverse effects from the stuff we used as kids.
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
ive thought about this before and i really think it just varies from person to person. some folks could use car oil on their hair and still have long healthy beautiful tresses! i think of it more like there are a blessed few who can eat whatever they want, never excercise and have the cutest bodies...and then there are the rest of us.
Funny,back in the day we just did what we knew. My mom used Jergens in my hair as a child. My hair grew long and strong. She also used the pink stuff. I wonder if we worry way to much about products...I never had any adverse effects from the stuff we used as kids.
Originally Posted by wavezncurlz
ive thought about this before and i really think it just varies from person to person. some folks could use car oil on their hair and still have long healthy beautiful tresses! i think of it more like there are a blessed few who can eat whatever they want, never excercise and have the cutest bodies...and then there are the rest of us.
Originally Posted by subbrock
Subbrock,
Your posts always crack me up! I am definitely not one of those cutest bodies folks LOL

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I used to to this back when I was in high school. I would even venture to say that it help to preserve my hair based on all the other abuse thats I was doing. With that said, I don't think that I would use lotion as a staple product today. I think that when you know better you do better and I can honestly say that I knew nothing about hair care at that time, I was all about hair STYLE! lol I will still use lotion in a pinch, but if my other products are accessible it doesn't even cross my mind as an option.

Now on the flip side... if I had better lotions at hand my response would be different. I will keep in mind duality of products when it comes time to replace my current arsenal of body moisturizers.


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