To grease or not to grease? That is the question…

31 Dec

Did you hear about CurlyNikki’s hair grease experiment? After she wrote this post, hundreds of curlies from far & wide came outta the closet regarding their hair grease usage. The debate about using petroleum-based hair products is a heated one too! Science has proven that hair products containing mineral oil or petrolatum make your hair shiny, but they seal it so effectively that no additional moisture can penetrate the shaft. The only hydration you get is on hairwashing day, after you wash out the grease. Oh & sulfate free shampoos won’t remove all the build up of synthetic & petroleum-based hair products, so your have to use a “regular” shampoo. But the other side of the argument is that our mamas used these products on our hair as babies/children & it looked great. I for one grew up in a Blue Magic household… the vintage glass jar, LOL! Mama washed, greased my scalp & braided my hair EVERY WEEK. My hair was full, long & shiny, so it couldn’t have been all that bad, right?!

Before I transitioned to natural, these were the products in my permtastic arsenal of hair grease: African Pride Miracle Creme Hair Dressing. It smells amazing, but it’s extremely thick (think vaseline), so use it sparingly.

B&B Super Gro Extra Lite is my favorite hair grease. It has a tropical smell & the formula is so light that it melts in your hand, kinda like coconut oil.

And last but not least, KeraCare Dry & Itchy Scalp Glossifier. I used this mentholated hair grease to “manage” my scalp issues. It smells horrible, but feels amazing on a dry or irritated scalp.

My friend Kamisha referred me to 101LadyT’s video of a twist out using Royal Crown Hair Dressing. She had hair porn worthy results! Feast your eyes…

Are you willing to give grease another try? If so, what brand?

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7 Responses to “To grease or not to grease? That is the question…”

  1. pgrip December 31, 2011 at 9:37 am #

    since jumping back into the natural game again, I had read the whole ‘mineral oil debate’ and read curlynikki’s column and wondered why one does not feel that grease/oil on the scalp is not beneficial. its a wear.out to hear that we shouldn’t oil/grease our scalps. our scalps are Dry and sealing in the moisture after a wash (or daily spritzing) is critical to growth for me. and, yes I have some faves: isoplus hair treatment (full head grease, 2x week, lite hand-promotes growth; blue magic (the moisture retention and shine is cray); african royale super g.r.o. (came up on this by accident-smells good, great shine, seals moisture and isn’t greasy-promotes growth) and I hot oil weekly after I rinse my hair. some hair cannot or doesn’t need it…mine does and gets it..finna grease my scalp raaah naah..

    • Sham December 31, 2011 at 9:55 am #

      LOL!

      • M December 31, 2011 at 11:31 am #

        Her twist out looks amazing! I don’t know if I’m ready to jump on the grease bandwagon yet though….My hair gets weighed down easily by a bunch of greasy products… maybe I’ll try it on my ends 🙂 Are you gonna try it sham? When are we gonna see you do a twist out? 🙂

      • Sham January 4, 2012 at 3:56 pm #

        Girl, I greased my scalp on the morning of Dec 31st & ended up washing it on Jan 2nd… LOL! IDK if my scalp likes grease all that much, but I’m down to use it on my ends… Especially since it prevents reversion.

        I’ve been sleeping on the twist out. I attribute it to the cold weather & personal laziness! I am gonna post the pics from my very 1st twist out last spring. I’ve been hiding them from y’all, LOL!

  2. Luvmyskin December 31, 2011 at 2:32 pm #

    I’m not sure I will take the hair grease journey. I use coconut oil for my scalp once a week or jojoba oil (when my scalp itches). Grease has always been something I stayed away from even when I was relaxed because it was too heavy for my hair.

    • Sham January 4, 2012 at 4:18 pm #

      My wig LOVES olive oil! And lately I’ve been using grapeseed oil… so far so good!

  3. Tracy January 16, 2012 at 10:54 am #

    I love Royal Crown hair dressing. It’s the best!

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