Before you cuss! Just hear us out. Our friends over at BlackDoctors.org have asked professionals, and the results are in. Are these oils really bad for your hair? See the results of their interviews with the professionals below! (via BlackDoctors.org)
1. They’re heavy.
In the realm of oils and butters coconut and shea are among the heaviest. They are so heavy, in fact, that they can create a barrier between your hair shaft and water. Aeleise says, “Shea butter and coconut oil used the way most consumers do suffocates the hair and scalp. Moisture = water. Oil= sealant. If you don’t clarify the oil layer off of the hair and allow water to get into the cuticle you’re moisturizing dry hair.”
2. They lead to dry hair.
I’m sure you think that sheen from your oil/butter you see on your hair gives you the impression that it’s moisturized. However, according to Aeleise, “Water evaporates in 4-7 days from hair so adding coconut oil or shea butter to dry hair then co-washing or using weaker sulfate- free shampoos contributes to the experience of dry hair.”
3. They cause frizz.
When hair is shampooed and sealed with either coconut oil or shea the hair is blocked from absorbing any moisture from the atmosphere. According to Aeleise, “Anything on top of that already closed cuticle seals water in and out.” In the case of coconut oil and shea butter, we are sealing water out of the hair, thus not allowing it to gain entrance to our hair strands.
She further goes on to explain, “Once the water stored in the hair evaporates [after] 4-7 days, the hair reaches out to the atmosphere for water (e.g. dry, rough, frizzy hair).”
4. They do not moisturize the hair.
Water=Moisture. Oil=Sealent. “There’s no need for oils (natural or petroleum based) on the hair but for sealing or lubrication. A healthy scalp contains sebaceous glands that provide a protective layer for the scalp skin. Light oils that form a protective barrier around the hair strand are fine. What’s not okay is an absorbed oil (coconut oil and shea butter) that blocks water out of the hair strand.”
5. You’re using way too much.
You got coconut oil everywhere…it’s on your shirt, in your eye (and it’s burning!), on your man. In fact, you could caress your hands through your hair and still use it to moisturize your entire body. It isn’t necessary for your favorite shirt, eyes or man to suffer through your coconut oil abuse.
6. They’re not water soluble.
Aeleise suggests, “alternative ingredients like aloe vera, marshmallow root, jojoba oil, almond oil, etc. that are water soluble or able to be easily removed with a light cleanser serve the hair better. Also, a properly formulated lower ph conditioner does the job of closing the cuticle down over the water therefore sealing.”
7. They cause build up.
So you’re an avid user of coconut oil/shea butter and you use it religiously. Not only do you think this is the holy grail to your hair regimen, you’re also pretty insistent about using sulfate-free shampoos. Often a sulfate-free shampoo or co-wash doesn’t include surfactants that are strong enough to remove the buildup. You repeat the process over and over again without clarifying and soon enough end up with permanently dry hair. Aleise advises that reducing or eliminating the use of coconut oil and shea butter eliminates the need for harsh shampoos.
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