5 Hair Oils to Avoid
It seems like every year there’s a new hair oil that’s touted as essential for lovely locks. It’s confusing and some of those oils can actually damage hair. There are some types of oils that you should avoid, no matter what you’ve read online.
Bear in mind that in ancient times, people used items with which they were familiar and that lore was passed down through the ages. That doesn’t mean those practices were healthy. Today, you’ll see many of those “ancient secrets” being marketed for hair, even if they aren’t necessarily good for you. Consult with your stylist before using home remedies or products containing these oils.
Despite claims to the contrary, there’s no proof that the oil prevents hair loss or promotes growth. It can be harsh on the scalp.
There’s little evidence that castor oil supports hair growth. However, it can cause hair felting, a rare scalp disorder in which hair becomes twisted and matted like a bird’s nest.
The oil has routinely been used as a home treatment to lighten and brighten hair, but dermatologists advise against it. Lemon juice is highly acidic and shrinks the hair shaft. For those with thin hair, it will make tresses appear dry, brittle and even thinner.
Once only available abroad, it was in high demand. The oil is often hidden as petroleum or white petroleum, along with paraffin, paraffin wax or liquid paraffin. When applied to hair, it results in build-up on strands that flatten locks and make them look dull. It also builds up on the scalp and can cause inflammation of hair follicles, a condition called folliculitis, that can be itchy, tender and sore.
The oil can be beneficial for hair, but not if your locks are straight or fine. It weighs strands down, can clog pores resulting in acne, and make hair look greasy and in need of a wash.
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