coconut oil vs mineral oil

hippychichippychic Posts: 4,673Registered Users Curl Neophyte
I thought this article was very interesting:

Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.

Previously published results showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its odorlessness at ambient temperature. As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094

So if companies know that mineral oil doesn't yield favorable results (cough miss jessies, cough, cough), why do they market it at such outrageous prices? How about all that corn oil (cough carols daughter, cough, cough)?

I've also read that coconut, olive avocado oils are able to penetrate the hair shaft.
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  • lashon20lashon20 Posts: 1,150Registered Users
    Thanks for the link. I remember reading on the natural haven blog about coconut oil replacing protein in the hair or something like that.
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  • coilynappcoilynapp Posts: 4,233Registered Users
    hippychic wrote: »
    I thought this article was very interesting:

    Effect of mineral oil, sunflower oil, and coconut oil on prevention of hair damage.

    Previously published results showed that both in vitro and in vivo coconut oil (CNO) treatments prevented combing damage of various hair types. Using the same methodology, an attempt was made to study the properties of mineral oil and sunflower oil on hair. Mineral oil (MO) was selected because it is extensively used in hair oil formulations in India, because it is non-greasy in nature, and because it is cheaper than vegetable oils like coconut and sunflower oils. The study was extended to sunflower oil (SFO) because it is the second most utilized base oil in the hair oil industry on account of its non-freezing property and its odorlessness at ambient temperature. As the aim was to cover different treatments, and the effect of these treatments on various hair types using the above oils, the number of experiments to be conducted was a very high number and a technique termed as the Taguchi Design of Experimentation was used. The findings clearly indicate the strong impact that coconut oil application has to hair as compared to application of both sunflower and mineral oils. Among three oils, coconut oil was the only oil found to reduce the protein loss remarkably for both undamaged and damaged hair when used as a pre-wash and post-wash grooming product. Both sunflower and mineral oils do not help at all in reducing the protein loss from hair. This difference in results could arise from the composition of each of these oils. Coconut oil, being a triglyceride of lauric acid (principal fatty acid), has a high affinity for hair proteins and, because of its low molecular weight and straight linear chain, is able to penetrate inside the hair shaft. Mineral oil, being a hydrocarbon, has no affinity for proteins and therefore is not able to penetrate and yield better results. In the case of sunflower oil, although it is a triglyceride of linoleic acid, because of its bulky structure due to the presence of double bonds, it does not penetrate the fiber, consequently resulting in no favorable impact on protein loss.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12715094

    So if companies know that mineral oil doesn't yield favorable results (cough miss jessies, cough, cough), why do they market it at such outrageous prices? How about all that corn oil (cough carols daughter, cough, cough)?

    I've also read that coconut, olive avocado oils are able to penetrate the hair shaft.

    And that is why I don't use mj or cd. I tried both, but all that mineral and corn oil just sat on my hair and I had a dry mess up there. No mineral oil for me, no matter how many raves there are about the product.

    I :love4: coconut and avocado oils
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  • mochalatta408mochalatta408 Posts: 214Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Yay, I knew coconut oil would kill it in this competition! I've never tried sunflower oil but I know mineral oil is my enemy straight up...
    3c/4a, thick cottony/silky little spiral curls. Loves moisture, hates cones...www.beijaflornaturals.com

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