Fighting Frizz: Mineral vs. Coconut Oil

As we enter the humid months we begin to look for anti-humectants or products that can help keep the moisture out.  Excess moisture in the hair results in turning your awesome twist out into big frizzy fro.  Many naturals use oil to help seal their hair, keep the existing moisture in and keeping additional moisture out.  But is it better to use a natural oil like coconut oil or a man made product like mineral oil? 

Pros and Cons of Coconut Oil:
  • Coconut oil is a natural product that can be used on hair, skin and even in cooking.
  • Coconut oil adds shine and seals in moisture.
  • Coconut oil can penetrate the hair shaft to soften hair and aid in strengthening hair from the inside.
Pros and Cons of Mineral Oil:
  • Mineral oil adds high shine and seals in moisture.
  • Mineral oil is long lasting, and remains on the hair until removed through cleansing.
  • Mineral oil coasts the shaft and forms a barrier on top of the hair
Test it Yourself:  
  • Apply coconut oil to the back of your left hand.
  • Apply mineral oil to the back of your right hand.
  • Wait 1 hour for the products to absorb undisturbed.
  • Run your hands under water for 1 minute.
  • Observe the way the product reacts.  Does the water bead, and roll off your hand? Is the area to which the product was applied the same? Has the product absorbed into your skin?
  • Wait another hour and repeat with the water test and observations.
  • Wash your hands with a mild soap.
  • Observe the way the product reacts.  Is the product fully removed from your skin? Did the product wash clean?
So which is better? To determine which is better you need to decide which works best for your regimen.  If you refresh your hair daily I would say choose coconut oil.  If you prefer a longer lasting style that doesn’t require refreshing I would say to choose mineral oil.  If you prefer low poo or no sulfate shampoo, choose coconut oil.  If you don’t mind sulfate shampoo then choose mineral oil.  So the choice is yours, for more information on this topic check out this article from naturallcurly.com.
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