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Mineral Oil For Hair : Good Or Bad?

Dr. Shireen Singh
Medically Reviewed By:

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS.

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Mineral oil is derived from the chemical process of distillation. After this process is complete the end product is considered stable or in layman terms a harmless compound which is safe for human use and consumption.

Mineral oil is a key ingredient in multiple industries like cosmetic, petrochemical, pharma, etc. It is odorless, tasteless and transparent, which in a symbolic way gives it the image of being a pure & safe chemical. But is it good when it comes to haircare? Before you go ahead and add mineral oil as one of the hair care products in your haircare routine, do give this blog a read!

What Are Mineral Oils?

Mineral Oils

Also known as liquid paraffin, mineral oil is often advertised as an oil for hair growth and hair fall control. However, there is no such evidence that supports the claim. Is it really the best hair oil? Let us go over mineral oil in further detail. 

Also Read : Hair Growth And Hair Fall - Stages, Causes & More

Distillation is the process of boiling anything to separate chemicals from a mixture. Because each chemical has a distinct boiling point, it is first transformed into steam, then separated, and finally cooled to separate the chemical. The light mineral oil that we obtain is extensively utilized in hair and skin care products. It is used as a lubricant and preservative in creams, and as a moisturizing agent in haircare.

Mineral oil has numerous applications in the pharmaceutical and food industries. Mineral oils have several industrial applications, but their use in consumer products is controversial due to potential health dangers such as skin irritation and respiratory difficulties. But is it actually good for controlling hair damage? Let’s find out!

Are Mineral Oils Good For Your Hair?

Hair Care

Hair oil has long been recommended as the ideal treatment for hair-related problems in South Asian or desi culture. Because it aids in moisturizing effects and also adds shine to one's hair, mineral oil is frequently used in haircare products. But mineral oil can weigh down your hair and make it extremely greasy. Not only may applying hair oil cause very clogged pores or extremely dry hair, but it can also seriously affect the natural process of hair lubrication. Excessive sebum production is another serious problem that can result in scalp infections and even hair loss.

But all of this is somewhat subjective and depends on a number of variables, including the type of water (hard or soft), personal hygiene routines, dietary habits, and genetics, as some people may experience several allergic reactions to the mineral oil, which may result in scalp problems. The next concern is whether mineral oil should be used, and as previously noted, the answer is disputed.

Also Read : Scalp Care Is The New Skincare: Here's Some Inspo To Take Scalp Care Seriously!

Reading labels to discover which substances are best for your hair and scalp type, taking into account the local weather would be a good idea. But it's not all bad; some people have reported improved hair quality and even hair regrowth after using mineral oil, according to the argument that it promotes blood flow to the hair roots and rejuvenates the hair cuticles, both of which promote hair growth. Mineral oil is also said to help with frizzy ends, hair moisture, and shine. So, mineral oil in your haircare routine may not be such a bad choice but look out for the hair damage it might bring in. 

Does Mineral Oil Help With Hair Damage?

Hair Care Damage

When dealing with damaged hair it is necessary to take into account all the various factors like type of water (hard or soft), personal hygiene routines, dietary habits, and genetics and cause of hair issue. The best course of action is to speak with dermatologists and hair specialists to develop a routine that is specific to your hair's requirements. That way you’ll have a custom, tailor-made plan that will help you in the long term.

In this blog we have learned about how mineral oils help us but at the same time we also learned about the potential damage they can bring forth on our hair. We hope that you were able to learn something new about mineral hair oil as a potential product you can include in your haircare routine

Also Read : Build A Basic Hair Care Routine: Why, How & Must Have Products!


About Doctor :

Dr. Shireen Singh

Dr. Shireen Singh, MBBS, MD Dermatology, is a trusted dermatologist with over 8 years of specialized experience. Passionate about empowering individuals to achieve their hair and skin care goals, she combines cutting-edge technologies with personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual's needs. She's dedicated to helping you achieve vibrant hair and glowing skin. Dr. Shireen loves research and is here to share her expertise for your health and happiness.



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