I could remember as a young child being woken up at 6:00 every school morning to get my hair combed for school, and my mom would grab hair clips, barretts, comb, and yep the blue magic hair grease. My curls flourished then, and my hair routine was kept to the minimum of styling once per day and washed once per week. Now the question that I want to address is ‘does grease grow black hair’, because there have been questions about whether or not the product contributes to long and healthy hair since we have been using this product for decades with good results.
The main reason for this debate of whether or not grease is good for our natural hair is because many of us have experienced healthy hair when grease was used on our curls as children, and in the natural hair community it is a like a natural hair rule not to use grease on our hair because of the petroleum and the potential of clogging our scalp. So does grease grow black? Let’s Find out.
Blue Magic, Dax, Royal Crown, Scalp Conditioner, vaseline, or just plain ole hair grease is a staple in the average afro-textured hair woman’s regimen as a child. Hair grease is made of primarily petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, or petrolatum, and these ingredients are not absorbed by the hair or scalp which may make them detrimental to length/moisture retention if not used properly. They create a barrier between the hair and moisture which causes the hair to become dry, brittle, and break.
If you think about it, petroleum-based products are mainly used to protect skin bruises, cuts, etc to facilitate healing because it creates an impenetrable barrier to keep out bacteria, dust, etc that could possibly irritate the wound and prolonged the healing process. When grease is applied to the hair nothing gets in and nothing gets out, so the problem occurs when it is applied to the hair before moisture is added.
Grease works great for many women; as a matter of fact it is a great sealant if you have high porous hair. Women with high porosity hair struggle with maintaining moisture in their curls as their hair is notorious in giving up moisture just as quickly as it receives it. Therefore correctly using grease can be effective in stepping up your moisture game.
How to Use Grease
I personally do not use grease in my regimen, but if used correctly it can be an asset. It is also a more affordable option to many hair care products that are formulated for natural hair, and like I mention if used properly is great. Here are a few steps in which you can use grease effectively:
- Properly moisturize your hair first: This is the most important step because petroleum/oil based products create a barrier on the hair that prevents moisture from getting through. My favorite moisturizer is WATER. “”I put that *h*t on everythang!!!!!””” lol.. I mist my hair with water, add my cream, then oil ( you can add grease in this step) to seal it in. You can use the L.C.O, L.O.C, R.A.T, or C.A.T methods, I don’t care, but moisture should be the very first step.
- Use it only as a sealant: Use grease only as a sealant, and this should be the last step of the moisturizing process.
- Apply only to your hair shaft: I remember when my mom use to apply grease everywhere, my forehead, my face, my brain, but it is important not to apply to your scalp as it may cause clogging of the pores.
- Wash your hair at least once per week: Grease build up is no ordinary build up because lanolin and petroleum are not going to leave your hair easily. Shampoo your hair often to remove build-up, and follow-up with a moisturizing conditioner.
- Do not over do it: You know how they encourage dime size ladies, well you want to follow that rule with grease! Try not to put too much on your hair at once or even use it too often. Sealing your hair with grease will last a few days, so keep it to a maximum of 2-3x per week for best results.
My Personal Thoughts
So does grease grow black hair?
I don’t think that this is the right question to ask because while topical products help in maintaining the hair that has already grown they don’t do much in terms of growing the hair faster or healthier. Hair growth and hair growth rate are affected by genetics, health, diet, and exercise, and while hair products are crucial in length retention they aren’t directly proportional to hair growth.
Why? Your hair can be growing but you may not see length because it is breaking off just as fast as it is growing. I may have a faster hair growth rate than suzie, but suzie may retain more length than I do because my hair breaks faster and more often than suzie.
So I believe that the right question should be if grease aid in length retention. If it is used properly grease can aid in retaining length and eventually longer hair. If not it can result in dry, brittle, broken hair.
Personally I think that my hair grew so much as a child because it wasn’t manipulated as much as it is now. We try new hair styles every few days and we play in our hair more now thus resulting in over manipulation, more breakage, and less retention.
What do you think? Does grease grow black hair?
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