I am often asked what I use on my hair, and lately I've mentioned how I've solved my excessive breakage issue; Hair grease.
Because Hair grease is on the list of products that are bad for hair I am asked a lot of questions which I happily answer. I decided to post some of those questions here with my answers.
What kind of hair grease do you use?
So far I've only used Softee. I've tried the Softee Castor oil, the Coconut, the Mango Butter, and I've recently purchased Softee Herbal Grow. I like the Mango Butter the best because it adds extra softness to my hair.
(Ingredients- petrolatum, shea butter, mango butter, coconut oil, fragance, yellow 11, red 17)
What does hair grease do for your hair?
Hair grease helps my hair retain moisture so it does not break, it adds shine, and helps my twist-outs hold texture and definition.
How do you use it? Do you put it on your hair or do you oil your scalp?
I only use it on my hair, I do not oil my scalp with it. I wash and condition my hair, put in my leave in and twist my hair. When my hair is about 80% dry I moisturize each section of hair first with a water based moisturizer (that has no petroleum or mineral oil) then I seal with the hair grease.
Hair grease is bad for hair, why don't you use an essential oil like coconut oil or castor oil instead?
I use hair grease because it is the only oil that helps my hair retain moisture. I've tried those other oils and then some, but they didn't work for me like hair grease does. I haven't had any negative effects from hair grease so far as I have had with certain essential oils.
I thought the bad ingredients in hair grease made hair dry which causes breakage?
The petroleum and or mineral oil in hair grease can cause breakage IF hair grease is all that is used on the hair. Petroleum and mineral oil block out moisture temporarily which can cause breakage if used improperly. A moisturizing product has to be used before pomades and grease is used. Hair grease is NOT a moisturizer, it's a sealant.
What do you mean temporarily block moisture? I heard that hair grease coats the hair and causes build up that cannot be removed unless a harsh sulfate shampoo is used.
Nothing last forever. If you ever had your hair pressed in the past you remember that after a day or so humidity and sweat would cause your pressed hair to start to shrink and revert back. That would happen because of moisture. If hair grease blocked out moisture totally then hair would not swell and revert back. As a child my pressed hair would not last more than two days. Even now when my hair is stretched, it swells and shrinks whenever any kind of moisture comes in contact.
Currently I do not use sulfate shampoos. ACV clarifies my hair just fine. So far I have not had build up from using hair grease.
I read that hair grease clogs pores which blocks up the hair follicles, causing scalp acne and hair to fall out.
I do know from experience that if hair grease is used without moisturizer that it can cause breakage, but I don't know about it causing hair to fall out, not to say it's not possible since everyone's hair is different. Some people may have negative effects from grease but this can also be said about other products as well. I don't use it on my scalp so I haven't had that effect, though I have had clogged pores and painful acne from other oils. So far no face acne either, though other oils have caused that too.
I have very porous hair and my hair is always dry, should I use hair grease too?
I don't tend to give hair or skin advice because everyone is different. I would suggest you try other oils first, such as shea butter to see if that will work. If you want to try hair grease give it a shot to see how it works in your hair but remember to moisturize hair very well BEFORE you use it. And pay attention to how your hair responds to it. My hair likes it but I have to use protein more often or my hair will suffer a moisture overload.
My Experience- I honestly don't find hair grease to be bad. In the past I did suffer breakage because I didn't use moisture first, but so far it has helped my hair greatly. Everyone's experience will be different with ANY product, this is one of the reasons why some people love it hair grease and some simply cannot use it... It's true for different hair types it can be too heavy or greasy in their hair. So far for me it's been just what I needed, until I find something that works better.
It is important that we research the "what's" and "how's" when trying to decided if something is right for us.