Let’s start with the following questions. Do you struggle to grow your hair? Does your hair damage easily? Or do you lack shine on your hair?
Well, if you answered yes to any of the questions, it might be time to try a little unconventional method, which is using Vaseline for hair.
Now, before we go into the nitty-gritty, we must say that Vaseline is a double edged sword.
On one hand, it is cheap and readily available.
But on the other hand, you might make your hair greasy and have hard time getting Vaseline out of your hair.
If you didn’t know, Vaseline is the brand name for petroleum jelly.
Vaseline is actually a by-product from petroleum extraction, and has been used by humans for more than a hundred years.
At the beginning, petroleum jelly was used to protect cuts and burns, but now it is a household lubricant, and finds many other usages for beauty treatments.
There are a lot of different opinions regarding Vaseline for hair.
And not just for hair, but also for eyebrows and eyelashes growth.
The key ingredient in Vaseline is mineral oil mixed with petroleum oils.
Vaseline can be used for hair growth, but also for styling. It’s also useful to prevent chemicals from getting in your eyes when treating your hair with the Macujo method.
Bear in mind, overuse can make it challenging to remove it.
Benefits of Vaseline
One of the big benefits of Vaseline is moisture.
One of the reasons why your hair splits and breaks is dryness.
In other words, your hair is dry, and that makes it look unhealthy.
A dry hair is also prone to damage and split ends.
Same as your skin, your hair needs moisture in order to stay healthy.
Now, if you have naturally greasy or healthy looking shiny hair, odds are you do not need any Vaseline for hair care.
However, if you have dry or damaged hair, it might be time to consider other shampoos or Vaseline as a beauty product and regimen. Whilst shampoos can specifically, treat dry scalp and other ailments, Vaseline can also do the same thing
Vaseline helps you moisture and nourish your hair.
Vaseline will create a layer around your hair, keeping moisture inside, which is great for the health of your hair.
A side effect reaction is that you might make your hair even drier.
In some cases, using Vaseline for hair has caused an allergic reaction.
Same as with hair dye and any other hair product, it is best that you test it first on a small patch of skin or scalp.
How to use Vaseline for hair?
The most important thing about using Vaseline for hair is quantity.
As in, when you use Vaseline, small amounts are very effective in managing your hair, treating dry scalp issues, and locking in moisture.
However, if you use larger amounts, you might have troubles getting Vaseline out of your hair.
You want to use Vaseline sparingly, as in once per week, or something similar.
It is very difficult to wash out.
You can use petroleum jelly to reduce scaling and itching associated with dandruff.
For this remedy, you need to condition the scalp with Vaseline before shampooing.
Massage it gently into your scalp before a shower, and then wash with shampoo.
If you need to use it as a mask, apply it around the hairline when dyeing your hair.
This will protect against harmful hair dyeing, perming, and straightening chemicals.
A small dab of Vaseline can also be used as a styling gel.
Smear a tiny bit on your hands, and then use it to style your hair for a choppy look.
Vaseline for split ends
If you want to avoid split ends, you need to use just a small amount of Vaseline.
These split ends can make it harder for your hair to grow again.
The ends literally split or break apart.
Often, this is a result due to over washing and exposure to certain elements.
Using curling irons often will also cause split ends and breaks.
You can use the treatment daily, but you only need to apply a small amount of petroleum jelly.
Apply it only on the tips of your hair.
Vaseline for hair growth
One of the biggest reasons people opt for using Vaseline for hair is growing their hair.
Apply small amounts of Vaseline to the scalp to promote hair growth.
Make sure to massage the scalp area to encourage and promote stronger roots.
This treatment will also prevent hair loss.
Put petroleum jelly just on your finger tips and carefully massage the roots.
Don’t run it through the length of your hair.
How to prevent greasiness?
As mentioned previously, there are some risks when using Vaseline.
Most importantly, using too much can make your hair greasy.
Vaseline is difficult to get off your hair if you put a great deal of it.
The key to styling and not damaging your hair is not to pull it.
You should not be rough with Vaseline.
You should not be brushing it or drying it with a towel.
And if you notice petroleum jelly is leaving you with a greasy hair and a dirty look, wash your hair in the morning with your normal shampoo.
Rinse it with an abundance of water.
If Vaseline still doesn’t leave your hair, call in another friend.
Add a teaspoonful of baking soda to your shampoo bottle, and use it to wash your hair.
Vaseline will completely wash away, leaving your hair clean and perfect.
Written by Ester K. is a content writer at Kemistri and a sales and Public Relations (PR nerd), obsessed with research, sleeping in as much as possible, and listening to podcasts. When I am not at home with my fam I enjoy long walks through the beautiful city of Jerusalem.