Mineral oil is an odourless and colourless liquid created as a by-product of making gasoline. It’s commonly added to as a moisturizing agent in skincare and hair care products because it’s cheap to manufacture.
Mineral oil may negatively affect your health according to the many articles on the internet. However, there’s no evidence that it’s unsafe and mineral oil is FDA-approved for topical use in cosmetics. According to the researchers, mineral oil is safe to use. Mineral oil used in an occupational setting may increase your risk of developing cancer.
People whose jobs regularly expose them to mineral oil are at a higher risk for developing nonmelanoma skin cancer,
according to the National Cancer Institute. However, the mineral oil in cosmetics is highly purified and doesn’t have the same health risks, unlike the type of mineral oil, such workers are exposed to. We’re going to look at mineral oil’s potential benefits for your hair.
Mineral Oil Uses and Benefits for Hair
On mineral oil, most of the research examines potential benefits for skin health. According to the researchers, its benefits is limited for improving your hair health.
Does mineral oil reduce hair damage?
Meaning they repel water, oils used in hair care products are hydrophobic. Applying mineral oil to your hair may minimize swelling and reduce the amount of water your hair absorbs. Repeated drying and swelling can damage your hair.
Try applying about a tablespoon of mineral oil to your hair and combing it through if you want to see whether mineral oil benefits your hair.
Shampoo it out after about 10 minutes.
To limit this application to a maximum of twice per week.
Does mineral oil reduce tangles and fizziness?
Mineral oil may help moisturize your skin, according to the researcher. Some people think by creating a barrier it may also help moisture your hair on the surface of your hair that water can’t penetrate.
Applying mineral oil to your hair may help prevent your hair from breaking by acting as a lubricant and help to reduce tangles. Anecdotally, some people also claim that by reducing dryness it helps them prevent fizziness.
Does mineral oil treat dandruff?
By keeping your scalp moist mineral oil may help with dandruff.
Try applying mineral oil to your scalp and leaving it on for an hour to reduce dandruff. You can then wash the oil out with shampoo and brush out your hair.
Does mineral oil kill head lice?
The effect of a mineral oil shampoo to a pyrethroid-based pesticide traditionally used to treat head lice according to a study in 2016. The researchers found that with fewer potential side effects mineral oil could be an effective alternative.
Saturate your hair with the oil and wrap your head in a towel overnight to use mineral oil to kill lice.
You may want to try this treatment again after a week but one treatment may be enough to kill the lice.
Does mineral oil increase hair growth?
There’s no evidence to support this claim but some people claim that mineral oil may increase hair growth.