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Mineral oil: don't knock it 'til you try it!!

Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
Seriously!! I think this may be an HG for me!!

Who knew?? I put off trying this forever, assuming it was bad news. But after reading some threads on here and some articles online, I thought WTH?

Here's what I realized quickly - when used right, MO is fantastic!! When used RIGHT!!!

Even if you've tried it In products and have had no luck, it may have been the amount of MO, or it in combination with another ingredient. (or another ingredient period and not the MO at all!)

I have long, dense hair that tends to be porous. That porosity made it tough to retain moisture, and keep humidity out.

After showering, I put a generous amount of LI in my hair, (leaving it very wet) then seal with about 3-5 drops of MO mixed with about 5-7 drops of jojoba oil. (sometimes its SM elixir instead.)

Then I use gel over it. I need LESS gel now, I get ZERO frizz, very little frizz on day 2, and can get 2nd or 3rd day hair consistently!!!

I have better curl formation than ever before, I don't get the mid-day droops I always used to get - it's fantastic!!!

I still co-wash, and/or CWC and/or low-poo once or twice a week, clarify every couple weeks - same as always, and no problem with build up.

I've been using it for a little over a week, and i think I'm in love!! Can't wait to see if the trend continues!!

So give it a try if you are having any problems with moisture retention, drooping curls, maybe even frizz!!! Especially if you are porous!!

It's also helped A LOT with them matting underneath at my nape!!!
2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
Seal - MO or Jojoba
DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
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  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    I use MO too. It is as wonderful as you say, but a little goes a long ways.

    I actually use 12 to 15 drops in my porous waist-length 3b hair. It laughs at oils, but MO seems to do the trick without leaving me looking like an oil-slick.
  • CurleeDSTCurleeDST Posts: 467Registered Users
    My hair doesn't mind mineral oil at all.
    I am a 3c/4a with medium/fine strands
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  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    Glad you're having success with MO. I know lots of people at TLHC have success as well. I have tried it as a sole styler a couple times with good results. I never thought of using it like a regular oil to seal along with a styler. I will try it next time I wash. Thanks for sharing.
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Jas76 wrote: »
    It's also helped A LOT with them matting underneath at my nape!!!


    Well those are definitely the magic words for me! Are you just using baby oil or something else?

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  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    I bought a little 4oz bottle of baby oil - but be sure it's JUST mineral oil. Many of them have added things like aloe or vit E - everything I've read says to use pure MO, not one with other stuff mixed in.

    It has helped a LOT with tangles, especially that nasty nape-nest!! I am just sure to give that whole area some extra attention when I seal and it's been SO much better!!

    Yeah, I think my problems in the past were using it on towel dried hair, using too much, or using a mixed baby oil. Those were in my pre-CG days, tho, so maybe mixing it with cones was an issue, too.

    Either way it's been FABULOUS!!! I'm sold! Never thought I would be!!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Still having great success with this and no build up!!

    Let me know if anyone tried it and how it worked for you!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    I just tried this....l'm currently waiting on my hair to dry completely.
    I used SM hair milk as my leave in...about 5 drops each of sweet almond oil and baby oil...scrunched and raked in some FSG mixed with some HESMU. Diffused and waiting for it to dry.....will report back with Results and thoughts.
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    UPDATE:
    I scrunched out the scrunch and my hair looks AWESOME!! So sooooooftt and shiny!!! I will have to see how it holds up the rest of the day. I'm really hoping it holds up because I love how it turned out!!!!! I will try and take a picture.......be back.

    ETA: lighting is not very good but you can get an idea of how shiny it is..my hair is actually much darker in person.
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  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    ^^ Very NICE!! I keep thinking of buying a jar of Dax and seeing if my hair likes it. :)


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  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    UPDATE:
    I scrunched out the scrunch and my hair looks AWESOME!! So sooooooftt and shiny!!! I will have to see how it holds up the rest of the day. I'm really hoping it holds up because I love how it turned out!!!!! I will try and take a picture.......be back.

    ETA: lighting is not very good but you can get an idea of how shiny it is..my hair is actually much darker in person.
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    YAAAYY!!!

    So glad it worked!! Looks beautiful!!!

    I'm all out of FSG - Hoping to make a new batch this week and try it out with the MO!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    Thank you!! I'm going to try it out with other oils and gels. Thanks for sharing!!! I'm going to write down every combo to see which I like best. I can't believe this looks as good or better than using several expensive products!! I have several oils I can try out. I will report back after continued use.
  • CurlyCutie1394CurlyCutie1394 Posts: 348Registered Users
    Mineral oil is grey on my hair but if it gets on my scalp it doesn't go so well
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Lol!! I'm glad to have helped! I know I thought "this is going to be a disaster" right before using it, but it turned out great!!

    Today I'm a little limp, but I co-washed today when I should have low-pooed. And now that the dryness is so much better, I have to watch that I don't OC! I think I over-did the oils this time. Not the MO, but I wasn't paying attention and had added EVCO to my LI. Then I added jojoba oil (probably a couple more drops than necessary anyhow) with my MO - too much! Haha! Curls are still nice, but a little weighed down. I should have skipped the jojoba oil since I used the EVCO - like I said, I wasn't paying attention! Lol!

    So I'll low-poo tomorrow (and possible PT - it's been a while!), and I'm sure it will be back to normal.

    I can't wait to try this with FSG!!!

    Let me know how your combo experimenting goes!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • LauraWolfhartLauraWolfhart Posts: 57Registered Users
    I haven't had much luck with mineral oil. But Argan oil has been a HUGE benefit to my curls, I'm currently using Pro Naturals Moroccan Argan Oil. It's a spray so it's light instead of greasy (as you would assume) and it's supposed to combine all of the benefits of olive oil, castor oil, almond oil and a whole load of other natural oils. Plus it's full of vitamin C, F, E and A. I'm practically obsessed with the stuff, especially as it's also a heat protectant which is great because I sometimes straighten my hair for a change.

    So if any curly haired gal has frizzy or damaged hair then try argan oil!!
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    See, argan oils that I have found had a lot of cones in them, so I've never tried it. They were also REALLY expensive, so I've always gone with jojoba, EVOO, EVCO, and SM's elixir. Burt's Bees makes a baby oil that has a lot of good natural oils in it - been wanting to try it!

    And I was worried about the MO. I hadn't liked some products that had it in it, etc. But everything I read told me I had been using it wrong, an that it "should" be good for me. And low and behold, after following the instructions, I had great results!

    I don't use it EVERY day, but I pretty much always use some sort of oil. I'll tell you what - it completely KILLS any other oil when it comes to sealing!!! Nothing else has been like it! Keeps the moisture in my hair, and keeps the excess moisture from humidity out!!

    And my nape is no longer a huge tragedy!!

    Now, by day 3 my hair is starting to dry out, but compared to how my hair used to be rather dry by the morning of day 2 - I'll take it!

    Still want to try Argan oil... Maybe I still will someday! It's just so expensive!!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    Here's an informative Article about mineral oil, towards the middle. There's is also more info in newer posts. I believe she also mentions that MO sometimes doesn't work for people because of formulation.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Yes, from what I've read it has to be ONLY MO. A baby oil with added vitamin E, aloe, lanolin, or something else like that may not work as well.

    Mine isn't fragrance free, so I dont know if scents are an issue at all, but I've not noticed any problem.

    There are several articles here that talk about MO. One was just published in April of this year and is based off of new studies. I think it was called "Has mineral oil gotten a bad rap?" or something like that. It was the one that convinced me to try it!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Whoops! That was NOT article I was referring to, though it's a good one as well.

    This is the recent one that convinced me! http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curly-hair-care-methods/coily-manifesto/using-mineral-oil-for-hair
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    If its cosmetic grade mineral, it should not clog your pores is what I've read. The regular mineral oil (sold as a laxative) may be too thick. You can find the food grade kind for cutting boards and such...I believe it's a lighter one. The baby oil I have is only mineral oil and fragrance.
  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    I'm still liking MO! I can use it with other oils and get awesome results. Anyone else?
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    I've been using mineral oil for a few months now- loving it!

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  • SpiralSpunkSpiralSpunk Posts: 243Registered Users
    Do you have to shampoo MO out, or has anyone who is no-poo had success with it?

    EDIT: I read the article and it says it can be removed with sulphate-free shampoo or even conditioner-only when used in small amounts. Hmm I'm actually gonna try it although I'm nervous because I've been avoiding it for so long.
  • anonymous_22139anonymous_22139 Posts: 659Registered Users
    Do you have to shampoo MO out, or has anyone who is no-poo had success with it?

    EDIT: I read the article and it says it can be removed with sulphate-free shampoo or even conditioner-only when used in small amounts. Hmm I'm actually gonna try it although I'm nervous because I've been avoiding it for so long.

    I've been using MO all summer. I only CO wash and I don't have any buildup at all.

    I think part of the reason that many think MO is the devil is because it is often used as an ingredient along with lanolin, and wax in products. How would you know what is causing build-up? Would it be lanolin, wax, or mineral oil? - so people just starting avoiding all those perceived bad products.

    I can use a small amount - about 12 drops (actually, I'm using 18 now) on my waist length hair, and it does the trick of moisturizing and smoothing very well, and it also comes out cleanly with CO wash. Trust me, you won't suffer any ill effects, and you just might like it.
  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    Still loving it!!! Still my HG! It completely changed my hair and made me love my curls! They are so much more predictable now, too!

    I co-wash some, low poo some, and once in a while clarify with a low sulfate poo - but even when I co-wash, no build up. (and when I low poo, it's typically mainly my roots.)

    In small amounts and on very wet hair - there's no problem for me at all!
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
  • PassionsmosaicPassionsmosaic Posts: 5Registered Users
    Funny enough I have been the biggest Anti-MO Naptural for the past 2 out of the 4 years I've been natural but just yesterday I found out that due to my hairs low porosity I should probably lessen up the grip on my obsession with olive and castor oil and incorporate more Mineral oil. So for the first time in the near future I will be giving it a try! Im hoping for the best. Wish me luck!
  • Corrina777Corrina777 Posts: 3,193Registered Users
    Yes- I've had no issues with co-washing with MO in my hair. And it's the only thing that keeps the hair at the nape of my neck from becoming a tangled mess by the end of 4 hour karate classes.

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    LI: SS Repairing Protein Treatment, CHS Silk Leave-In
    STYLE: Re:Coil, Curl Keeper, Deva Ultra Defining Gel, Curls Rock Amplifier,Sweet Curls Elixirs Okra Gel and Hard Hold Gel, SS Curl Enhancing Jelly and Firm Hold Gel
  • BlackAngelPlayahBlackAngelPlayah Posts: 1,419Registered Users
    I'm still not using MO, but I do plan on giving it a shot in the near future. I know Vaseline is a NO for my hair!! LoL!


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  • CurlsnswirlsCurlsnswirls Posts: 865Registered Users
    What's everyone's favorite combo or products to use with MO? I finally got my hands on some Argan oil and I'm going to use a mix of the Argan and MO tonight when I wash. :icon_smile:
  • itsKelCeeEeeitsKelCeeEee Posts: 1,084Registered Users
    Oh I bangs with the mineral oil. I love it.
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  • Jas76Jas76 Posts: 2,283Registered Users
    What's everyone's favorite combo or products to use with MO? I finally got my hands on some Argan oil and I'm going to use a mix of the Argan and MO tonight when I wash. :icon_smile:

    I leave my hair almost dripping wet, put in my LI (usually SMR cond, sometimes GVPCB, and even sometimes others), then I take a little more LI and mix it with some oil (often jojoba) and the. The few drops of MO. I apply that to my nape section, then go back and apply it to my ends and scrunch upward.

    Then I go through my usual styling routine - LALS or LALPS, scrunch like mad, t-shirt scrunch (of MF towel scrunch) out the excess water, then apply a tiny bit of hard hold gel (sometimes mixed with a little more oil - maybe a squirt of SM elixir), then plop.
    2c/3a/3b, Fine/med, Dense, high porous, & normal elas.

    Lo-poo - Renpure Keratin, SMR, Giovanni SaS
    clarifying - mix Johnson's H2T with low poo
    Co-wash - Suave Nats. clar. or coco.
    RO - GVPCB, Ion Eff. Care, TN.
    LI - SMR, Cure Care, or RO
    Seal - MO or Jojoba
    DT - + honey, ACV, & EVOO to SM masque & GVPCB
    PT - Gelatin!, CNPF
    Styling - FSG, AIF, BRHG, LALS/PS, GF curl spray gel, SM Souffle/Smoothie, LOOB
    Oils - MO!, EVOO, jojoba, GSO, SM Elixer, EVCO, VO5 Hairdressing
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