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Does Vaseline + Your Natural Hair=A Hot Mess or A Blessing in Disguised?

As a natural hair care enthusiast, I've stumbled upon several exciting and questionable natural hair trends on social media. The natural hair trend that caught my attention was when I saw people use Vaseline to define their curl patterns. When I first came across this natural hair trend, my initial reaction was that these people had lost their minds for putting Vaseline on their hair. The only memorable experience that I can remember using Vaseline is when my mom slapped it on my face before going to school as a child. But, to use it on my hair, I was flabbergasted by the idea. But, I was still too curious to ignore, and I was interested in seeing the results. So, I decided to watch YouTube videos, which led me to research whether Vaseline is suitable for natural hair? If it does help define your curl pattern?

Now, here's the tea. According to Healthline, Vaseline is a petroleum jelly, which is ultimately a mixture of mineral oils that forms a semisolid jelly-like substance. Petroleum jelly is beneficial in many ways because the leading ingredient petroleum helps to seal your skin with a water-protective barrier, helping your skin heal and retain moisture. I bet you are wondering, how does that information relate to your hair and your scalp? Here's the thing, the Vaseline technique is a hit or a miss meaning that it can positively or negatively affect your natural hair.




The protective layer it creates from the main ingredient can lock in moisture from moisturizing products.  

Vaseline is not a moisturizer and washing it out can be a pain.


It can give people shiny hair for some days


It may be too heavy for thin or fine hair

Can help defines curl patterns


The main ingredient in the product, petroleum, which contains mineral oils that can clog the pore on your scalp and prevent your hair from breathing.

Clogged pores are a big NO-NO for your natural hair because it prevents your natural hair from growing.

It can also protect your hair from split ends.


Minerals will compel any moisture trying to reach your strands, leading to drying out your hair and making it more prone to breaks and damages.

Vaseline works well as a styling gel to reduce frizz.


Petroleum jelly is extracted from crude oil. It is not a healthy mineral that contains any vitamins that are essential for your natural hair.

Despite all the benefits, I could not risk testing whether Vaseline works on my natural hair because I am overprotective of my hair, and I do not want to risk damaging it. But, if you are more spontaneous and curious to try it for yourself or to include petroleum in your hair routine, then, by all means, go ahead. Before you do, please, be mindful of the risk and DO YOUR RESEARCH. Note that it can benefit some, while it can be a negative experience for others.

Lastly, thank God for Black Youtubers' who share their natural hair content with us and do these kinds of trendy hair tricks so that we do not have to. We see, love, and appreciate you guys! Check out a talented beauty & lifestyle Youtuber, Queeny Kaay, who tried the Vaseline experiment on her 4C hair on her channel. Please feel free to subscribe to her channel for more relatable content.

Stay tuned for many more articles concerning natural hair and skincare.
Bye Bye for now!

Sources : 

 “Everything to Know About Mineral Oil, Vaseline and Hair Care” -  BlackHair Kitchen

"Vaseline- Why Petroleum Based -Products Should Be Avoided" by Little Green Dot.


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