Oil is important for the care and maintenance of our hair. Mineral oil is a common ingredient found in many hair care products. However, its usefulness has been the subject of much debate.
What is Mineral Oil?
Mineral oil is a lightweight oil that is derived from petroleum.
Mineral oil is used in many personal care products like moisturizers and conditioners. It is also used in the medical field as a laxative and skin protectant, and in the food industry to prevent food from sticking to bakeware and pans.
Mineral Oil in Hair Products
Mineral oil is used in hair care products such as glosses, conditioners, moisturizing creams, and pomades as a moisturizing ingredient.
Because mineral oil is often used to coat and protect the scalp skin and hair, proponents of "natural" hair care products argue that mineral oil blocks out much needed moisture and dries out the skin and hair. Mineral oil supporters cite studies that show while industrial grade mineral oil clogs pores, cosmetic grade mineral oil does not.
Baby oil is often 100% mineral oil.
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