Mineral oil: don't knock it 'til you try it!!

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Yay! The key is just a few drops, pure mineral oil, and soaking wet hair!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I mean Johnson's makes a baby oil with Shea and cocoa butter. I had good results with 5-6 drops of that. May just be me though
3B/Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture
Conditioner: GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Anti-Frizz: Curl Keeper
Gel: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel; LA Looks Sport Gel; LA Looks Nutra Curl; IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
I think it's definitely possible (obviously!) to have good results with blended MO like that! I think more commonly when people do have issues it's because it's blended with something that makes it build up more. That's just what I gleaned from the article on NC.
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Yeah, I probably wouldn't use any other kind out there. Since Shea and cocoa butter gets used in so many Curlies hairs anyway, I figured why not try it. I didn't use as much as I may have with pure MO. I'll probably keep experimenting with it :-)
3B/Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture
Conditioner: GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Anti-Frizz: Curl Keeper
Gel: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel; LA Looks Sport Gel; LA Looks Nutra Curl; IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
Well keep us posted!!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
Will do!
3B/Medium Texture/Normal Porosity
Co-Wash: Suave Naturals or Giovanni Smooth As Silk Deeper Moisture
Conditioner: GVP Matrix Biolage Conditioning Balm
Leave-In: Giovanni Direct Leave-In
Anti-Frizz: Curl Keeper
Gel: Herbal Essences Totally Twisted Curl Scrunching Gel; LA Looks Sport Gel; LA Looks Nutra Curl; IC Hair Polisher Styling Gel
I'm seeing a theme here of mostly high porosity curls liking mineral oil...are there any low porosity curlies who can share their experience with this oil?

Thanks!
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CG since 3/1/13
3B; Low porosity, Coarse, & Extremely Protein Sensitive
Very high density, waist length

Co wash: Suave Clarifying or Sun Ripened Strawberry
RO: Sun Ripened Strawberry, TN, or TN w/ veg glycerin
Sealer: apricot oil
Styler: 4 Naturals Spring Back Custard, Pantene Curl Defining Mousse, or BB "Mudd"
Using a hard water filter, microfiber towel, & silk head scarves & pillowcases

Avoiding: protein, coconut, & parabens
I'm seeing a theme here of mostly high porosity curls liking mineral oil...are there any low porosity curlies who can share their experience with this oil?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by misbehave
I have fine to medium hair that might (MIGHT, MIGHT, MIGHT) be bra-strap-length. I'm way too lazy to actually style my hair (the reason I don't know my exact length) and all my hair products are at my place and I'm stuck at my parents place because I'm not supposed to drive because of a seizure (another story entirely). Anywho...I just bought some hair products so I can start wearing my hair curly again (YESSSSSS...). BUT the whole time I haven't been styling my hair, I have been putting argan and food grade mineral oil in my hair. Couple drops (5-ish each?) and it works wonderfully. My hair has never grown beyond like an inch past my shoulders...so something must be working!

Keep in mind I'm not CG, though. I wash my hair 1-2 times per week. And hair products can have whatever they want in it as long as they work. But the oil helps keep products that would normally be drying from drying out my hair. It's fabulous. Love it to death. And it gets better the longer I go without washing!
2B...ish
http://public.fotki.com/SunshineGrrl/ pw: drama
Products
This area is under construction as my hair type changed and nothing works well for me. I shampoo, I condition and pretty much have done nothing but chuck my hair in a messy bun for the past oh...year? Yeah, I'm that lazy.

No...going no-poo or CG does not work for me. It leaves me overconditioned and oily in a second no matter what I use, so that's not what's not working.
I have really porous hair, apparently (just learned this!), and I'm having trouble with a lot of wilting throughout the day. I cannot get second-day hair for the LIFE of me anymore (used to have it all the dang time!). So this caught my eye... But do you add the mineral oil to wet hair before or after other styling products? And what kind of mineral oil is best? Are there different brands? I'm such a n00b, sorry!
Hi! I use plain old Johnson's baby oil. It's just mineral oil and fragrance. (I have the travel size bottle and it lasts ages.)

Yes, you just put a few drops on very wet hair, from the ends working upward. I rinse most of my condish (but not all), get out of the shower, then put a dime more of condish in my palm and mix my drops of oil with that. (Just "thickens" it and makes it easier to distribute.). I smooth it over the nape section, then scrunch it into my ends and upward.

Then I add my stylers, etc!
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2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
I'm seeing a theme here of mostly high porosity curls liking mineral oil...are there any low porosity curlies who can share their experience with this oil?

Thanks!
Originally Posted by misbehave
I'm normal porosity, and suspect my newer growth might be closer to a low-normal. I am a huge fan of MO. I think the key with lower porosity hair would be to blend it with another product (LI if you use one, or possibly try with a styling product). Low porosity hair typically doesn't require sealing the way that higher porosity hair does, and oils in general tend to just sit on top of low porosity hair, rather than being absorbed.

3a/f/iii
Modified CG since 11/5/11
CLEANSE: VO5 Vanilla Mint Tea Clarifying, DevaCare No-Poo, CHS Treatment Shampoo
RO: DevaCare One Condition, SS Caitlin's Conditioner, Mop Top Daily Conditioner
LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier and Strong Hold Mousse, Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
Hey ladies! What's the word? Are you still doing well with sealing your hair with mineral/baby oil? Does anyone have problems with buildup or the affect of it sealing too well that your hair can't receive any conditioning?
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I haven't participated in the thread before, but I have been using MO and petrolatum in my hair for years without problems.
I have tried other types of oils but always ran into problems. The ones that are light enough to not cause problems with my eczema aren't heavy enough for my hair. MO and petrolatum I've never had a problem with.

I can't honestly say I can remember any build up. I'll keep a closer eye on it for a while to see.
Very fine, high porosity, currently dyed and growing out the relaxed portions. I'm pretty sure my hair's 3b something IIRC. We will be finding out for sure as time goes by.

It's official: My hair just loves Shea Moisture. I use a mixture of products from the Raw Shea Butter, African Black Soap, and Coconut & Hibiscus lines.
I'm going the "if it ain't broke don't fix it" approach to this. My current routine is working so well I don't want to mess with it.
Day 1 of CG method: 10/5/13
3b Corkicelli Normal Porosity. Medium Density, Fine Width, Medium Texture.
SM Y&B TS and Condish as LI. Ecostyler with Argan oil gel to soaking wet hair. Scrunch with microfiber towel. Plop for 30 minutes. Diffuse upside-down. Rustle shake at root when dry.

NO CURL LEFT BEHIND!
Curly Journey: http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlta...ld-turkey.html
Re-awakening this thread. It sounds like Jas was on to something with sealing porous hair with mineral oil:

THE NATURAL HAVEN: The best moisturiser - mineral oil *cough*
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

Actually, I just started using MO. I haven't tried it on wet hair yet, but rather am using a minute amount. I rub it good between my hands and fingers and then use it to SOC of whatever gel I've used. I've noticed in the high dews of TX that MO seems to keep my hair moisturized and in good shape throughout the day.
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I'll have to try it that way too, BeinDeb

Thanks!
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

I just found out that I also have Johnson's baby oil!

But next to paraffinum liquidum (aka MO) and parfum, it also contains the ester isopropyl palmitate.

What are your experiences with that ester compound? Can it cause more buildup than MO? (I don't strictly co-wash, cuz I clarify with sodium coco sulfate shampoo when needed)
CG, Waist-length when wet, loose 3b w/ 3c napes, high density, kinking hair
Climate: dew = 40 - 60 F, 70-95% humidity
Goal: reduce tangles and flyaways

Clarify: YTCar poo
Low poo: Harmonie Familie
Co&RO: Argan Care
LI: Andrelon Zijdeglans & Zen + YTC (orange sticker)
Sealant: sunflower oil
Protein RO: Schwarzkopf anti-klit Co
Pre-wash: coconut or olive oil

: coconut oil, wash days, dew = 50s, 50-70% humidity
: rain, high humidity, cones or humectants?
I just found out that I also have Johnson's baby oil!

But next to paraffinum liquidum (aka MO) and parfum, it also contains the ester isopropyl palmitate.

What are your experiences with that ester compound? Can it cause more buildup than MO? (I don't strictly co-wash, cuz I clarify with sodium coco sulfate shampoo when needed)
Originally Posted by Fimu
Geek_Chic, we need your help
Upper Michigan Dews
3a ~ Fine ~ High Porosity ~ Normal Density

NoPoo: JC Cleansing Cream
Rinse Outs: SS:PRT, CJ Repair Me, CJ Argan
Detangler: KCKT
Leave-in: CJ Repair me
Stylers: UFDCM, BRHG
Refreshers: Batiste (dry shampoo) on the roots & UFDCM everywhere else

iHerb Discount Code: SAF007

I just found out that I also have Johnson's baby oil!

But next to paraffinum liquidum (aka MO) and parfum, it also contains the ester isopropyl palmitate.

What are your experiences with that ester compound? Can it cause more buildup than MO? (I don't strictly co-wash, cuz I clarify with sodium coco sulfate shampoo when needed)
Originally Posted by Fimu
Geek_Chic, we need your help
Originally Posted by sheilacurl
lol Sheilacurl! I just posted about isopropyl palmitate in the porous curlies thread, but I'll paste a portion of it over here...

I'm undecided as to whether isopropyl palmitate would be beneficial for porous curls, but I don't think it would be harmful in and of itself. It is an ester of isopropyl alcohol and palmitic acid, however unlike cetyl esters (a waxy ingredient), isopropyl palmitate is a liquid. It is non-water soluble, and is also comedogenic (potentially pore clogging if used on skin). This webpage is on a site whose "expert" is an herbalist, not a cosmetologist, but it has some good information. Additionally, according to tightlycurly.com's ingredients dictionary (and Paula Begoun's website), it's an OK ingredient to use. It does have anti-static and emollient properties. I don't think I'd rule out using a product simply because it contains isopropyl palmitate.

@Fimu - I haven't personally used anything on my hair that had isopropyl palmitate, so I can't give you personal experience on it. However, as I mentioned to KAZenner1990 in the other thread, if you've done overnight oil dt's (such as coconut oil) that you could handle with cowashing, I don't think I'd be concerned about using a few drops of mineral oil (with or without isopropyl palmitate) to seal your hair. If you need a low poo to remove overnight oil dt's, then I still might not be concerned about a few drops as LI, I'd just watch for signs of buildup or dryness and low poo as needed. If "as needed" (for your hair) ends up meaning "every wash" when using mineral oil to seal, you might consider that to be excessive lowpooing, in which case, you might want to choose a different oil to seal. Keep in mind that because mineral oil is completely non-penetrating, you may get unwanted greasy /limp looking hair if you add more of it on second day hair (and beyond).

If you're worried about the additives in Johnson's baby oil, you can ask a pharmacist for mineral oil. The pure sort with no additives can be taken orally, in which case it functions as a laxative.
CurlyDiva71 and sheilacurl like this.
CG since 11/2011
2c /3a F /Mii, low porosity

Autumn Products /Routine:
Clarifying: ACV rinses, Suave Professional Men Deep Clean Peppermint
Low Poo: Renpure Luxurious Argan Oil
Co-washes: VO5 Kiwi Lime Squeeze or Strawberries & Cream
RO: VO5 KLS or S&C, Cure Care
LI (if needed): VO5 S&C, VO5 KLS, Cure Care
Stylers: FSG, L'Oreal Studio Clean gel, Tresemme Flawless Curls Bouncy Curls gel
PT: IAGirl's as needed

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