Why is petroleum(petrolatum) bad for curly hair?
Petroleum places a thick coating over the hair strands and doesn't allow for moisture to get in or out. It's incredibly tough to get out of the hair when it builds up.
African Textured hair is normally course, thick and can be dry when it is in its normal natural state. Most of the hair products formulated specifically for Afro/Mixed hair contain petroleum-based ingredients, you can check on the ingredients of the hair product and you can see this. It can also be called petrolatum white petrolatum or soft paraffin this is the same stuff...The use of Petroleum has historically been used to add shine, and because normally when used on skin it softens and smoothens it. Giving the belief that it was to also do the same on hair, and this is not true........I know it is difficult to believe this especially if you have used these products most of your life but, the changes you can and will see on your hair if you stay clear of products with Petroleum! Definition of Petroleum found on Wikipedia :Petroleum jelly is a semi-solid mixture of hydrocarbons, having a melting-point usually within a few degrees of human body temperature, which is approximately 37 °C (99 °F). It is flammable only when heated to liquid, then the fumes will light, not the liquid itself, so a wick material like leaves, bark, or small twigs is needed to light petroleum jelly. It is colorless, or of a pale yellow color (when not highly distilled), translucent, and devoid of taste and smell when pure. It does not oxidize on exposure to the air and is not readily acted on by chemical reagents. It is insoluble in water. It is soluble in dichloromethane, chloroform, benzene, diethyl ether, carbon disulfide and oil of turpentine 1.Petroleum contains Mineral oil that actually accumulates on the scalp and this blocks the hair follicles, slowing hair growth. If it builds up on the hair itself, it attracts and holds dirt and residue, which make the hair appear dull and unhealthy.You can see this build up when you was your hair the amount of dirt that is accumulated can often be seen washing out . 2.Petroleum is a natural extract from Crude Oil yes the oil used in cars etc and for this reason it does not have a lot of vitamin or necessary components that your hair needs .Mineral oil found in Petroleum does not penetrate the hair shaft it only coats the hair and serves as a temporary "solution" for making the hair look slick and shiny.3.Because it blocks the hair's surface, moisture cannot penetrate into the hair and with continued use the hair will eventually dry out, making it more prone to breakage and damage.SOME SOLUTIONS:Use products with a base of natural plant oils such as; Coconut oil, Amla oil, Argan oil, Rosehip seed oil, Aloe Vera, Olive oil, Vitamin E oil, Grape seed oil, Broccoli seed oil, Carrot oil and, Castor oil. Using these oils raw also gives similar benefits, but if you can get a product blended with these great! If not add them to it, and or make your own. You will start to see the benefits of these solutions within time. Remember consistency is the #K E Y .. .. ^_~Benefits Helps prevent shredding and breaking Excellent for natural, relaxed, pressed or color-treated hairFor weak, damaged hair Offers shineExtra Softness Manageable Does not leave a residuePrevents/Reduces slip ends Promotes hair growth Allows hair to breath. Hope this helps(: