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What is Hair Grease And Should You Use It?

This oldie-but-goodie is making a comeback.
Remember back in the day when your momma used that tried-and-true hair grease to keep your natural hair moisturized and slicked down? Well, this old school favorite is making a comeback.

Like all good trends, hair grease is gaining traction again in the natural hair community, but how do you know if it’s actually good for your hair? We know it’s good at moisturizing curly and coily strands, and it’s a go-to for scalp care. But with more research available today, the truth is, hair grease can be beneficial depending on your hair type. There are pros and cons when it comes to including hair grease in your hair and scalp care routine. Keep scrolling for the complete breakdown.

What is hair grease?

In most formulations, hair grease is a blend of petroleum jelly and mineral oil. And while these ingredients help to seal and lock-in moisture, both of these ingredients have been considered potential red flags in the haircare industry for potentially clogging follicles in the scalp. But this doesn’t mean it’s a no-no for all hair types.

Is hair grease good for the hair?

The short answer is maybe. There are a few benefits to including hair grease in your hair and scalp care routine.

It may seal in moisture. Even though hair grease doesn’t add moisture to the hair, it certainly helps moisture from escaping. If you have extremely dry and porous hair, you might find hair grease beneficial. Before applying hair grease, be sure to wash and condition hair as usual. You want to reach for a sulfate-free shampoo like the Goddess Strength Fortifying Shampoo with Castor Oil. This hair cleanser helps to strengthen and restore the hair to help prevent breakage. When applying the hair grease, make sure your hair is damp or wet. This will help your natural hair stay hydrated and soft while you style it.

It may help calm an itchy scalp. It’s no secret that healthy hair starts with a healthy scalp, so a proper scalp care routine is essential for your best locks yet. If your scalp is dry, itchy or flakey, applying grease directly to the scalp may help to reduce irritation. While it won’t cure dandruff and flakiness, it can help reduce the appearance of flakes. Just like when applying hair grease to your hair, you’ll want to make sure your scalp is wet before applying the hair grease.

It may help with length retention. After working hard to grow your tresses longer, you certainly want to keep them as healthy as possible. Since curly hair is prone to dryness, length retention can be harder to maintain. Hair grease may help to protect ends from dryness and breakage since it’s a moisture sealant. Just don’t overuse the hair grease–a little goes a long way.

It may help add sheen and reduce frizz. Whether you’re rocking a twist out or a wash-and-go, adding a bit of hair grease to your strands will help to smooth out unruly hairs and make hair super defined and shiny. Since hair grease tends to be heavy, apply a little bit at a time. Even if you have a whole head of thick, dense hair, a dollop should do the trick. And not to be a broken record, but make sure your strands and scalp are wet before applying hair grease to your style. In case you’re wondering, water and hair grease go together like peanut butter and jelly, salt and pepper, you get the point. And for a lighter frizz-fighting option, try Coco Creme Curl Perfecting Water Coco Mist Spray.

Can hair grease be bad for my hair?

Since no two heads of curls are the same, there’s no straightforward answer. Like all styling products, you’ll want to experiment with hair grease before making it your beloved go-to. Like all hair products, hair grease can create product buildup that leads to dryness and breakage if overused or applied incorrectly. If you’re going to dabble with hair grease, remember less is more. It’s best to apply with small amounts to avoid any damage to the hair strand.

It’s also important to keep up with regular cleansing and conditioning of the hair when using hair grease. Because hair grease sits on top of the hair and scalp, regular shampooing will help you avoid curls from being weighed down from product overuse. The bottom line is, if hair grease works for you continue using it and if it doesn’t try something else.

How do you know if hair grease is good for your hair type?

If your strands are highly porous or you have dry, itchy scalp, hair grease may be a good option for you. High porosity hair can absorb moisture, but it doesn’t keep moisture locked in for long. Hair that is highly porous is prone to frizz, breakage and dryness. Even though most curly hair types will have medium to high porosity, type 4 curls tend to be most porous and would benefit from hair grease the most.

When it comes to scalp care, hair grease may help to reduce itchiness and flakiness. Hair grease can also help to seal moisture into the scalp when you’re wearing a protective style like braids, wigs or weaves. Applying a small amount of hair grease to your scalp can help keep the scalp moisturized in between wash days.

Hair Grease Alternatives

If you’re looking for a gentle alternative to hair grease, try Monoi (Repair + Protect) Multi-Styling Milk for everyday styling, Monoi (Repair + Moisture) Star Strength Moisture Cream for long-lasting moisture, and the Monoi Intense Repair Inner Strength System for strengthening bonds and repairing weak hair.

Want to learn about your hair’s porosity to see if hair grease is for you? Read Your Guide to Types of Hair Porosity and Taking a Hair Porosity Test.

 

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