Use Crisco for hair moisturizing and you may never buy the expensive stuff again.


From hot oil to mayo, homemade hair recipes are very much in style. One thing that pops up from time to time on hair forums is Crisco or vegetable shortening.

It may sound like a weird idea, but a lot of people use Crisco for hair moisturizing. With all of the home remedies out there, this is definitely something to try. So give your hair the special treatment and slather on that shortening.

Why Crisco?

For those who have tried shortening and loved it, or those who want to try it out of sheer curiosity, you might find it surprising that Crisco even works. But the reason for this is simple. Vegetable shortening is basically oil in a solid, fatty form. It contains the vitamins and minerals of any other oil in liquid form. The only difference is consistency.

If you’ve ever tried a hot oil treatment, using Crisco for hair moisturizing is a similar concept. You’re trying to keep your hair moisturized while absorbing nutrients. Wet hair naturally attracts vitamins and minerals and an oil or vegetable shorting works as a sealer and locks in that moisture.

But Does it Work?

Crisco may or may not work for you personally, as any treatment’s success is based on an individual basis. As a sealant and an emollient, people have been using vegetable shortening for centuries on everything from their hair to their skin. It makes sense based on anecdotal evidence, and it doesn’t hurt to try. But, does the Crisco for hair thing really work?

The answer is possibly. Most who have tried it people use vegetable shortening for the drier months and rave about their silky-smooth and manageable hair. That being said, there are some downsides. For one thing, Crisco has a distinct smell that bothers some people. Since this is a deterrent, many women opt for adding honey and other perfumed items from the kitchen. Crisco is also made primarily of soybean oil, which can be an allergen. Those who are allergic should avoid it, even for skin and hair care.

But the positives of using Crisco for hair are a definite plus. Vegetable shortening, including the Crisco brand, contains fatty acids and often times Vitamin E which is great for hair. Those who have tried this treatment discovered their hair stays tamed and smooth for days, if not weeks.

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Samantha Berley

Considering that crisco doesn't fry until about 420 degrees and most irons don't go above that, putting it on before heat isn't such a terrible idea. Plus the majority of hairsprays have denatured alcohol, isobutane, and mineral oil as their primary ingredient so of course their hair looked fried. I have a head full of 3c curls and they love crisco! It's only a stupid idea for those who haven't tried it yet. Plus, just as a courtesy, using the word retarded when you mean stupid makes you look rude and tactless. It's not difficult to substitute and as a cousin to someone with down syndrome I don't (and a lot of others don't) appreciate the misuse of the word.

I have to say, the idea of putting Crisco (or hairspray, or any other type of oil) on hair before applying a hot iron or flat iron is flat out retarded. You're literally cooking your hair. It's just like putting tanning oil on your skin. I remember girls during the musical in highschool would spray hairspray directly onto their hair while it was curling. Needless to say, they all had very damaged hair.

Some women use a little on each section of their prior to flat ironing. i use ultrasheen satin creme press and if crisco works like my ultrasheen then it is a keeper