How bad is mineral oil?

As I'm completely clueless when it comes to which hair products are actually good for your hair, I was just wondering if mineral oil and petroleum based products are bad for curly hair, and if so, how bad are they? Coz a lot of my hair products contain this! And can sulfate free shampoos get rid of this buildup? I have Jessicurl HCC and was wondering if this will remove the build up!
Help this damsel in distress, coz her hair's a mess!!

Head full of 3a/b curls...A self confessed sulfate and silicone addict.... I use everything and anything on my hair...( well almost anything )....I'm a product junkie thru and thru!!







Mineral oil is VERY bad for hair in general, and especially for curly hair. It's worse than sulfates in shampoo, and silicones. It is bad for hair because it coats it but does not penetrate at all to moisturize. What this does is actually dry out the hair because no moisture (water, and other moisturizing oils, etc) cannot get through the mineral oil barrier. Mineral oil will cause build up, but the real problem is simply that it is drying. Many products have mineral oil because it is cheap. I know you don't want to get rid of your products, but i'd recommend it, if you want healthy hair (sorry for the bad news!).

What is good for your hair is natural oils. Mineral oil is synthetic. Oils like jojoba oil, olive oil, coconut oil, sweet almond oil, etc are really good for your hair and can penetrate in to moisturize. You don't have to put pure oils on your hair though. You can get products with moisturizing ingredients that don't have mineral oil, and you'll be much happier, though it may take a while for your hair to recover, so that you notice a difference.

Also, you should know that mineral oil has several names: petroletum, paraffinum liquidum.
Hiya!

Here's an article about mineral oil and haircare.

A lot of people think that mineral oil is unsuitable for any cosmetic use, and many curlies steer clear of it. Personally, I've never had an occasion to use it on my hair, but I use skin moisturizers which contain it. I take issue with the claim that mineral oil is "synthetic", but that really is not important as to the pros and cons of its use.

I say, if you find a product that uses mineral oil but works for you, then keep using it. However, it might be something to avoid if you're going to pursue a strict CG routine.

Good luck!
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i too am uncertain about mineral oil. i read a magazine that said mineral oil was bad for the scalp and they suggested i use mizani comfiderm scalp oil. but when i look at the ingredients, it too contains mineral oil, lol. it also contains jojoba oil and rosemary extract, and it does help my dry scalp, so i dunno what to think.
Thanks guys!! Well i've just had a look at some of my hair products....and quite a lot do contain mineral oil....could be the reason why my hair has been mega dry recently!! Just realised I've been making the problem worse....because as my hair has been feeling more and more drier, I've only been piling the dreaded stuff on to compensate!! Oops!!

The main culprit is Luster's Pink Oil moisturiser, as I've started using it this winter as my hair was feeling a tad dry...now its a big fat greasy fuzzball!

Not to mention I've got a one litre tub of osmo essence deep repair mask....and petroletum and paraffinum liquidum are its main ingredients....arrgggh!!!

I know bush has mentioned coconut oil etc, but how about unrefined shea butter as a hair moisturiser? Will this do the same job as the others? I'm looking for a good curl friendly hair moisturiser, preferably natural!

Is mineral oil really worse than sulfates and silicones???!!
Help this damsel in distress, coz her hair's a mess!!

Head full of 3a/b curls...A self confessed sulfate and silicone addict.... I use everything and anything on my hair...( well almost anything )....I'm a product junkie thru and thru!!








Last edited by Rizwana; 02-02-2008 at 05:56 AM.
The main culprit is Luster's Pink Oil moisturiser, as I've started using it this winter as my hair was feeling a tad dry...now its a big fat greasy fuzzball!

Not to mention I've got a one litre tub of osmo essence deep repair mask....and petroletum and paraffinum liquidum are its main ingredients....arrgggh!!!
OMG!!! Throw it out now LOL!

check your products for silicones too, because they also will ultimately dry out your hair. Use a gentle sulfate shampoo to wash out any build up. Then begin using a conditioner to co-wash or a non-sulfate shampoo. Creme of nature is one that gets excellent reviews. I use VO5 Strawberries and Creme, Suave Toasted Vanilla & Sugar or Wen Sweet Almond Mint conditioners to cleanse my hair.

Good, low-cost moisturizing conditioners: Trader Joe Nourish or Lustrasilk Sheabutter Cholesterol.

Natural oils are good for hair (wet hair). Another curly I know swears by Darbur Vatika oil (I haven't yet tried). I love grapeseed oil and use it as a rinse (rinsing out) after washing and before conditioning.
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Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
i read a magazine that said mineral oil was bad for the scalp and they suggested i use mizani comfiderm scalp oil. but when i look at the ingredients, it too contains mineral oil, lol.
Originally Posted by mixed_beauty85
Now that's funny!
3a/medium texture/normal porosity
Thanks suburbanbushbabe!! The only thing is, i've looked up all the conditioners u've recommended...and not one is available in the uk!!

I HATE being a uk curly@ times like these!!

I'm going to find it hard throwing most of my products out as the most of them contain either mineral oil or silicones....but it's gotta be done as my hair needs an overhaul asap!

Anyone got any curl friendly products which are available in the uk? My hair depends on it
Help this damsel in distress, coz her hair's a mess!!

Head full of 3a/b curls...A self confessed sulfate and silicone addict.... I use everything and anything on my hair...( well almost anything )....I'm a product junkie thru and thru!!







Thanks suburbanbushbabe!! The only thing is, i've looked up all the conditioners u've recommended...and not one is available in the uk!!

I HATE being a uk curly@ times like these!!

I'm going to find it hard throwing most of my products out as the most of them contain either mineral oil or silicones....but it's gotta be done as my hair needs an overhaul asap!

Anyone got any curl friendly products which are available in the uk? My hair depends on it
Originally Posted by Rizwana
www.naturalfrizz.co.uk carries products for curly hair.

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i read a magazine that said mineral oil was bad for the scalp and they suggested i use mizani comfiderm scalp oil. but when i look at the ingredients, it too contains mineral oil, lol.
Originally Posted by mixed_beauty85
Now that's funny!
Originally Posted by hmkenny
i kno right! lol
Rizwana,

Shea butter is really good for hair too. It doesn't have to be an oil--aloe vera and glycerin are good too.

About whether mineral oil is worse than sulfates/silicones--well honestly, i can't scientifically say anything for sure. This is just what i've heard and has been my experience (though if you wash your hair with sulfates a few times a week, you'd probably have the same end result--dry hair). I guess it doesn't really matter which is worse. In my experience, mineral oil is just something to stay away from.

I hope you can find what you're looking for!!
Suburbanbushbabe,

Oil is only good on wet hair? I usually put it on dry hair because i thought that if my hair is wet, it the oil will just sit on the surface because it's hydrophobic. just want to make sure i'm using my oils the right way. Thanks!
i'm a pretty religious user of vitaponte, it has mineral oil as an ingredient. my grandmother started using it on my hair when i was 3. i've been using it ever since on dry hair to add shine and reduce frizz. so basically i've been using it for 24 years. it's my favorite product. this is all so new and confusing!
ya its pretty hard to let go of products that u have been using for a while and are now finding out that its bad for ur hair. it took me a while to let go of hair grease too, but my hair has felt so much better ever since i did. as for the mizani oil, i dunno if i can let go of that cuz it has helped me with my dry scalp....
Suburbanbushbabe,

Oil is only good on wet hair? I usually put it on dry hair because i thought that if my hair is wet, it the oil will just sit on the surface because it's hydrophobic. just want to make sure i'm using my oils the right way. Thanks!
Originally Posted by bush
For my hair, oil in wet or damp hair works best.
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Hear that crash? It's me falling off the CG wagon.
Hi all!
I know this topic has long been dormant.
But I did a google search on a product I had in my Curl Health Army "Palmer's Coconut Oil Hair Formula", and I'd noticed in some youtube videos and just here and there people saying that Mineral Oil and Petrolatum was not good for our curls. But I wanted to make extra sure as the jar was still 3/4ths full! I didn't want to throw out something that I could still possibly use, ya know!
Anyway, I'm glad I did the search because I found this thread! And it helped me a lot, and actually there were a couple of things I had to get rid of! So thank you!
Also as a plus, that Palmers jar has been washed (with some of my KinkyCurly shampoo ) labels taken off and has now been recycled as a Boppy-pin and Hair-clips container, yaaay!
Again, thank you everyone !!
On a good day... Complete 3C, On a not so great day sporatic 4A... still tryin' to manage the jungle above!

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