How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair
Does your hair damage easily, struggle to grow or lack shine? If this is the case, using Vaseline for your hair might be the solution to any or all of these problems. Not only is Vaseline readily available, but it’s also cheap! Vaseline, also referred to as petroleum jelly, has been utilized by humans for over 150 years. While originally used to protect cuts and burns or as a household lubricant, it has been found to have many other uses, especially in beauty therapy.
For more about how to use Vaseline for hair growth and healthy hair, keep reading oneHOWTO.
Is Vaseline good for your hair?
The first thing we can say is that everyone's hair is different. Not only in length, but in texture, strength and body. For this reason, the best care for your hair is that which is catered to the individual.
However, there are some general guidelines which apply to hair how hair typically behaves. The reason hair splits and breaks is usually due to dryness. Dry hair gives your locks an unhealthy appearance, making hair more prone to damage and split ends. Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay healthy and maintaining nourished hair takes effort.
If you have naturally greasy or healthy looking shiny hair, we recommend that you avoid using Vaseline. In these cases, it can make your hair look greasier. On the other hand, if you have dry or damaged hair, Vaseline can be a great option for you. Not only does Vaseline prevent split ends but it can also help hair growth. Even if your hair is shiny, Vaseline will still likely protect it, it will just likely result in a greasy look.
Many do, wonder if petroleum jelly bad for your hair. In some circumstances, it can be. By adding too much Vaseline to your hair, you may cause clogging and prevent natural moisture. In addition, it can also result in an allergic reaction. For this reason, as with hair dye or any product you use on your hair, you should test it first on a small patch of skin. If you notice a reaction, avoid the use of the product.
some people also wonder if Vaseline is good for natural or afro-textured hair. This is down to the user and the individual. The benefits and disadvantages of Vaseline can apply to all hair types, but there are exceptions for individuals.
For more, we suggest taking a look at our article where we look at the best beauty tips using Vaseline.
Uses of Vaseline on hair
If you have tested for Vaseline safety, then you will want to know the different ways you can use Vaseline on your hair. The effectiveness of these tricks will depend on how your hair responds, but we will be able to help you understand what you might expect. Uses of Vaseline on hair include:
- Fixing split ends
- Hair growth
- Avoiding hair loss
- Hair styling
- Lice treatment
To see these different Vaseline hair treatments in more detail in the sections below.
Vaseline to fix split ends
When applying Vaseline to split ends, a little goes a long way. Split ends, scientifically known as trichoptilosis, can make it harder for your hair to grow as the ends of the hair literally split or break apart. Split ends are often caused by over-washing, sun or cold exposure, abrasive treatments and curling or straightening irons.
If you’re wondering how to use Vaseline for hair growth due to split ends, we recommend applying a small amount of Vaseline on the tips of your hair daily. Vaseline will act to lock-in moisture and nourish your hair, but applying too much Vaseline to your hair can make it look greasy. Be careful with how much Vaseline you use on your hair.
For more about split ends, we recommend taking a look at our article where we discuss how to make homemade hair masks for split ends.
Vaseline for hair growth
If you are having problems with hair growth, or are even experiencing hair loss, it can be very troubling. We are often emotionally linked to the state of our hair. It causes us to look to any solution, even ones which seem to good to be true.
Unfortunately, this may be the case with Vaseline. There is little evidence to support it as a miracle hair regrowth treatment. However, if you apply a little to your hair at the root, it can help strengthen the hair and to keep it in good condition. For these reasons, it might help encourage growth. Be careful not to run it through all of your hair and wash afterwards with a quality shampoo and conditioner.
For more information to help bring body back to your hair, read our article on how to stimulate hair growth.
Vaseline for hair loss
If you’re looking for an complete hair treatment to tackle hair loss and protect your hair, we recommend applying Vaseline to your hair once a week. We recommend applying this treatment if you need general hair strengthening. The best time to apply Vaseline to your hair, in the case, is before bed.
Applying Vaseline before bed will give the product time to penetrate the scalp and hair adequately. All you have to do is rub a little onto your scalp and cover with a clean and dry shower cap, to avoid dirtying your pillow cases. If you don’t have a shower cap, you can opt for wrapping your hair in a clean towel.
Remember you can also make your Vaseline at home if you want to avoid the chemicals in a commercial product. This is also a great option when trying to avoid chemical petroleum jelly, which can be harmful to hair.
Vaseline for hair styling
If you notice that the Vaseline is leaving you with greasy hair, wash your hair in the morning with your normal shampoo and make sure to rinse it well with water. If you notice that your hair is still greasy: add a teaspoonful of baking soda to your shampoo bottle. Baking soda (also known as bicarbonate of soda) can help extract additional grease in hair. If this baking soda still doesn't work, opt for a little cornstarch instead.
We can also use a Vaseline hair mask to help protect our hair. We just need to be sure we wash the hair mask out thoroughly with quality product afterwards.
For more about how to have healthier hair, we recommend reading our article where we discuss how to strengthen hair naturally.
Vaseline for eyelashes
Do you want longer and thicker eyelashes? If so, you can apply a little Vaseline in order to stimulate eyelash growth. Put some Vaseline on a cotton bud and run it over your eyelashes. You can also do this with a clean mascara wand to avoid getting fibers caught in your eye. Apply treatment nightly for a couple of weeks to notice a change.
For more tips and tricks on how to use Vaseline for eyelash growth, read our following articles where we discuss how to use Vaseline instead of mascara or learn how to grow thicker eyebrows with Vaseline.
Vaseline for lice
Are you looking to get rid of lice naturally? Vaseline saves the day again! If applied correctly, Vaseline will suffocate or smother lice, killing their presence entirely. It is not harsh like some treatments for hair lice, but instead provides a natural way to get rid of hair lice without causing damage to the hair through harsh chemicals. In fact, it might even strengthen the hair once the lice have gone.
We need to apply the Vaseline in a particular way to get rid of lice. Read our article on how to use Vaseline to get rid of lice to use it safely and effectively.
Is Vaseline on the scalp bad?
Although Vaseline can be a great way to improve your hair, some people worry about the effect it will have on the scalp. This is because, as with other parts of our skin, the Vaseline might clog pores in a similar way.
This helps us to understand that Vaseline on your scalp will affect people differently according to their skin quality. If your scalp skin is dry, then petroleum jelly can work as an emollient to help protect against the elements which dry it out. If your scalp is not dry, then the Vaseline might not be very beneficial.
However, this doesn't mean it won't be good on your hair. If you don't have a dry scalp, you can simply put the Vaseline closer to the tip of the hair and avoid going down to the root. Also, for everyone using Vaseline on their hair, a little usually goes a long way. Use sparingly or in increments.
To know more about different uses of petroleum jelly, check out our article on how to use Vaseline on puffy eyes.
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- If you notice your hair looks dull with Vaseline, which can frequently happen with afro or very curly hair, try other methods such as shea butter or grapeseed oil.
- Try Vaseline out on a small portion of your skin beforehand to make sure it doesn't create an allergic reaction.