Hi, Curls!

Do you remember using oil sheen during your creamy crack days? Or some of you may be still be using oil sheen? I am coming with some facts about oil sheen, and I will allow you to decide if it is time to let it go.

Oil Sheen has been used faithfully in my household for years, and I thought it was the solve-all for my then extremely dry hair. I have minor problems with dandruff and dry scalp now, but when I had a perm, my hair was extremely dry. Now that I know what oil sheen ingredients are, it may have been the reason for my dryness.

Although every oil sheen is different, they have somewhat the same ingredients in them. The major ingredient is mineral oil. Some also contain alcohol, in which is primarily a drying agent rather than a moisturizing agent.

What exactly is mineral oil?

Mineral oil is an extremely common ingredient in personal care products from moisturizers to makeup foundation to lip balm, and it is also an ingredient in a myriad of hair products. Baby oil, for example, is made entirely of mineral oil. Unfortunately, the use of mineral oil in so many products has more to do with its cost than it’s helpfulness in helping you maintain clear, healthy skin and other effective uses. (Source: livestrong.com)

So what does this mean?

Mineral oil can be effective if used in the correct ways. The problem comes when products with a mineral oil base are used as the primary source of “moisture”. Oil sheen is mistakenly used as the primary source of moisture. Instead, mineral oil is a sealant. It seals in moisture that is already in the hair, which is great if you applied products that give moisture before applying the oil sheen. But if you use the oil sheen only, you aren’t sealing in any moisture but only keeping moisture from entering as well. Oil sheens are acceptable when trying to keep moisture in after applying moisturizing creams, leave-ins, or stylers.

What about alcohol?

Some oil sheens contain alcohol and just like regular alcohol, you have to be careful with its use. Alcohol is mostly used for “drying”. It is famous for first-aid because of its ability to heal and dry scars. In the beauty world, any beauty products containing alcohol can heal pimples. I suggest when considering hair products use the same mentality.

How can I avoid using the wrong oil sheen?

I want you to be more cautious in what products you use. I am not an expert, but I am more experienced with products. Oil sheens are so fast and easy but are they helping the overall health of your hair? I use pure oils on my hair, and I recommend you do as well. You will notice a difference in your hair’s health and ability to hold moisture. My personal favorites are coconut oil and extra virgin olive oil. Both oils can be found at your local grocery store in the baking aisle where the cooking oils are.

By no means am I against anyone who uses oil sheen or have anything against oil sheen, I think it can be beneficial when used correctly. I just choose not to use it myself because I rather reduce the number of products by picking products that have the greatest effectiveness.


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