How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair

By Mary Smith. Updated: July 10, 2017
How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair

Does your hair damage easily, struggle to grow or lack shine? oneHOWTO proposes this foolproof trick to achieve healthy and beautiful hair: using Vaseline on your hair! Cheap and readily available, Vaseline is a brand name for petroleum jelly. This was discovered as a by product from petroleum extraction, but has been used by humans for almost a hundred and fifty years. It was originally used as a way to protect cuts and burns, but has also been used as a household lubricant. The key to using Vaseline on your hair is to be sparing, but we have the helpful tips to tell you everything you need to know about how to use Vaseline on your hair. With a little care, Vaseline can give you shiny, damage free hair with little cost.

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Benefits of using Vaseline on hair

The reason your hair splits and breaks is most likely because it is dry. Dry hair gives it an unhealthy appearance and makes hair prone to damage and split ends. Just like your skin, your hair needs moisture to stay healthy. Good hair care takes consideration. If you have naturally greasy or healthy looking shiny hair, you probably don't need Vaseline for hair care. You might just be quite lucky. If you have dry or damaged hair, them Vaseline might be a good option. You may want to use Vaseline if you need to to hydrate and nourish your hair, prevent split ends and enable stronger hair growth.

At oneHOWTO we can show you the best beauty tips with Vaseline with this insightful article. However, whatever type of hair you have, you should take into account that there are also some downsides to using Vaseline for hair.

If applying Vaseline on dry hair, you are preventing it from getting any moisture due to pore clogging. Therefore, it can make your hair even drier. Moreover, it can create an allergic reaction to some people when applied to the scalp. Like hair dye or most any product you use on your hair, you should test it first on a small patch of skin or scalp. This way, if it reacts with your skin, it will be limited to only a small area. If you want to use Vaseline because you are worried about dandruff, then it's always best to be careful. You don't want to create more dandruff by drying out your scalp further.

How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair - Benefits of using Vaseline on hair

Vaseline on hair for split ends

When applying Vaseline to your hair to avoid split ends, remember that a small amount is enough. Split ends, scientifically known as trichoptilosis, can make it harder for your hair to grow again. The ends of the hair literally split or break apart. It is often because over washing, exposure to the elements or wear from treatments such as the use of curling irons leads to the protective oils in our hair not being enough. Putting Vaseline on your hair for split ends can help rebuild this barrier and prevent split ends. Remember this tip, especially if using daily: you only need to apply a small amount of Vaseline and only to the tips of your hair. This will lock-in moisture and nourish your hair. Applying too much Vaseline to your hair will give it an unwanted greasy look, so make sure to keep the quantity low. An easy way to remember this tip is that you use a little on your finger tips for your hair tips.

Vaseline on hair for hair growth

If your problem is that you have problems with hair growth, you can apply small amounts of Vaseline to the scalp. To use Vaseline to promote hair growth, softly massage the scalp area to encourage and promote stronger roots and prevent hair loss. As you don't want Vaseline to make your hair look greasy, just put a little on your finger tips and carefully massage into the roots. Don't run it through the length of your hair as this will not affect hair growth in any meaningful way. Follow by washing your hair with a quality shampoo and conditioner. This way Vaseline will strengthen the roots without making the rest of your hair lank and greasy.

How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair - Vaseline on hair for hair growth

How to apply Vaseline on hair

If you want a more general hair treatment for protection, you can apply Vaseline to your hair once a week. We recommend this treatment only if you need general strengthening of the hair. The best time to apply Vaseline to the hair in this case is before bed. This way you will allow the product time to penetrate adequately into the scalp and the hair in general. Simply rub a little on your fingertips and rub into the scalp as described before. However, you do not want to Vaseline to damage your pillowcases, so it is advised to put a clean, dry shower cap over your hair before you go to sleep. If you do not have a shower cap, you can wrap a clean towel which you don't mind getting a little dirty around your pillows. This is not the best method as t might wriggle off during the night, but it's better than nothing.

Remember you can also make your Vaseline at home if you want to avoid the chemicals in the commercial product. This is to avoid some of the potential qualities you want to avoid in petroleum extracts like petroleum jelly.

Prevent greasyness when using Vaseline

If you notice the Vaseline is leaving you with greasy hair and a dirty look, simply wash your hair in the morning with your normal shampoo. Then ensure to rinse it with an abundance of water. If the Vaseline is not removed and you still notice your hair is greasy take note of this trick: add a teaspoonful of baking soda to your shampoo bottle. You will see that the Vaseline completely washes away leaving your hair clean and perfect. This is because the baking soda (sometimes known as bicarbonate of soda) will help extract it from your hair. If baking soda doesn't work, you can try a little cornstarch to remove the Vaseline. Also known as cornflour, it is not to be confused with maize flour which won't do much at all.

Another great cheap, natural way to get healthier-looking hair is by using Cassia, discover how to do it in our tutorial.

How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair - Prevent greasyness when using Vaseline

Extra tip: Eyelash growth

Another tip: if you want your eyelashes to grow strong and healthy, you can also apply a little Vaseline in order to stimulate their growth. You can place the Vaseline on a cotton bud and run it over your eyelashes. Cotton buds, however, run the risk of getting some fibers in your eye. A better way would be to clean a mascara wand thoroughly with an alcohol solution and put a little of the Vaseline on it. You can apply the Vaseline in a similar way to how you would apply mascara. Use this treatment every night, for a couple of weeks and you will notice the change. Like the other Vaseline treatments for hair care, a little goes a long way so use sparingly.

If you want to know more tricks, check out our article on how to use Vaseline instead of mascara or learn how to grow thicker eyebrows with Vaseline.

How to Use Vaseline on Your Hair - Extra tip: Eyelash growth

Vaseline to get rid of lice

Although it is mostly children who get lice, grown men and women an also get them too. If you don't want to use any chemical products, using Vaseline is a great way to get rid of lice. If applied correctly, Vaseline will suffocate or smother lice, so you won't have to worry about this nasty infestation any longer.

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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.

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i have vaseline use to hair weekly 2 times. what about your suggestion
OneHowTo Editor
Not sure about the question Vijay, can you clarify?
Do you nessasarely need to wash the vaseline out of your hair
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Kennedy,

You don't have to wash it out, but it will mean you hair will look quite greasy. If this is part of the look you're going for, then no problem! Otherwise, we'd recommend washing it out.
Personally, my hair loves vaseline and so does my body. This is so old school, been using vaseline in my hair since the late 50's. I stopped it when I got "caught up" in the "only use natural products" phase started on the internet for us natural ladies. Waste of money and so much dry hair later. A light bulb went off as I finally got common sense knocked back into me on one very dry brittle hair day and when I could not afford those expensive products anymore. I remembered what use to make my hair grow and stay moisturized, grease, and water! My hair has been flourishing like it did back in the day. Vaseline not only saves you money but time also, and you can find it cheap anywhere. It does wash out, I wash my hair with Colloidal Oatmeal (make your own, save money) or hair conditioner or a clarifying shampoo. Also, Vaseline does not clog the pores, the molecules are too large, but I do understand that some can be allergic to it or just don't like it at all.

Thanks for the wonderful article.
I want to make my own haifood to sell, what can I use?
Do i need to mix with any oil or lubricants before applying on my hair?
OneHowTo Editor
No, just apply a very small amount on the tips, no need for any extra ingredients
DO NOT USE THIS!! Vaseline is NOT water soluble so it just sticks to your hair. I tried this the other day on my ends and I washed it 3 times with shampoo and it isn't come out. I then tried body soap (as it cleanses the scalp more) and that didn't work! I tried the baking soda and that didn't either! I ended up having to use washing up liquid which has no damaged my hair! So turns out my hair was healthier before using the Vaseline.
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Jasmine. You are not meant to get the Vaseline out of the hair. As it states in the article, you should always only use a small amount, no matter why you are using it.
Jasmine you are NOT supposed to mix water and Vaseline try it on your hands put Vaseline on them then try to wash it
so if i use vaseline on my hair , dont wash it ? just leave it in ?
OneHowTo Editor
It is not recommended or your whole hair will look greasy.
Hope this helps
Im using vaseline in my hair ones in a week..probbaly I mixed it with avocado oil and coconut oil!!and also in my eyelashes!!! ..guest what its so perfect!!! I notice that its really work!!!. Its perfect if u have a problem in your eyelashes and your hair!!!!!!i forgot vaseline petroleum jelly is really good in your foot..especially if u have a dry foots!?? ....for girls out there dont waste your money!!! Just try it and you will see!! Just be patient to see the result

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