Though older generations did it first, TikTok recently brought Vaseline back into the spotlight. Of course, the trend has a name: hair sluggingwhich consists of applying an occlusive agent (Vaseline or an oil), covering it with a thick sock overnight, and rinsing the next morning.
Vaseline is a mixture of natural waxes and mineral oils derived from petroleum and its use is dermatological. According to Unilever, the company that makes it, this product creates a protective barrier on the skin, sealing in existing moisture to repair it and relieve dryness.
It has multiple uses for skin care, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD). These range from helping heal small wounds to relieving dry skin and improving nail health.
But what is Vaseline for hair and how is it used? Keep reading and find out.
What happens if I put Vaseline in my hair?
Vaseline is an occlusive substance, that is, it blocks the loss of water through the skin and hair. Hair damage increases when hair is dry, which happens when the natural oils that coat the cuticle are stripped or not replenished after shampooing, for example.
Vaseline can act as a substitute, protecting hair from water loss and friction. Research indicates that Vaseline is 170 times more effective than olive oil in preventing moisture loss in the skin, and is expected to act similarly on hair.
In addition, its creamy, heavy and greasy texture makes it a styling product that many turn to. It also helps to hide the split ends!
For its part, to prevent dye spots on the skin When you color your hair at home, coat your forehead and hairline with a rich layer of Vaseline. It will prevent your skin from absorbing the pigment.
Editor’s tip: For a spot treatment, replace petroleum jelly with Dove Complete Reconstruction Daily Super Moisturizer. Designed for the care of damaged hair prone to breakage, it provides immediate repair and helps prevent damage due to external factors and dryness from coming back!
Make a Vaseline hair mask!
Vaseline and coconut oil for hair
- 1 tablespoon of coconut oil.
- 1 tablespoon of Vaseline.
Mix the ingredients and apply to dry hair, avoiding the roots and emphasizing the ends. Then, collect your hair in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let sit for at least 30 minutes (or, if you prefer, overnight) and wash very well.
Vaseline and olive oil for hair
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
- 1 tablespoon of Vaseline.
Mix the ingredients and apply to dry hair, avoiding the roots and emphasizing the ends. Then, collect your hair in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let stand 30 minutes (or, if you prefer, all night) and wash very well.
Vaseline and castor oil for hair
Mix all the ingredients and apply to dry hair, avoiding the roots and emphasizing the ends. Then, collect your hair in a bun and cover it with a shower cap. Let stand 30 minutes (or, if you prefer, all night) and wash very well.
Editor’s tip: You can complement this mask with moisturizing products such as Sedal Coffee and Castor Oil combing creamfree of parabens and formulated with ingredients of natural origin.
How long is Vaseline left on the hair?
You can leave the Vaseline on all day or night, until your next wash! Now, although it will not damage your hair, it is important to remove it correctly by deep cleaning with warm water, since it is quite sticky. To do this, use the shampoo and the TRESemmé Detox Hydration Conditionerwhich purify, balance hydration and replenish shine.
Vaseline: other benefits for hair
In addition to being a substance that helps retain moisture, preventing hair from drying out and breaking, Vaseline has many other benefits for hair. Take note!
Vaseline for hair growth
There is no scientific evidence to support this popular belief. Vaseline seals in moisture, which in turn makes hair less prone to breakage, but won’t make it grow faster. Of course, by protecting it against breakage, it will grow strong and healthy.
Vaseline for hair with frizz
He frizz It occurs when hair is dry, which causes the cuticles to open, allowing moisture from the hair to escape and moisture from the environment to enter. In turn, this causes the strand to swell and change shape, that is, it becomes frizzy. While Vaseline does not have moisturizing properties, the protective layer it creates can lock in the moisture provided by moisturizing products, thus preventing breakage. frizz.
Vaseline for the beard
Apply a light coat of Vaseline to your beard if you feel it is dry and frizzy. Of course, take into account that applying it to oily or acne-prone skin could clog the pores and cause damage to the skin. If this is your case, better avoid it.
Vaseline for curly hair
Curls are more prone to frizz because they’re naturally drier, so they could definitely benefit from Vaseline’s occlusive properties.
Vaseline to iron hair
Vaseline for hair styling
Some people find that a small amount of Vaseline works well to set the style and reduce flyaways. frizzalthough it may be too heavy for thin or oily hair.
How to comb your hair with Vaseline?
- Apply as if it were mousse or gel. Use solid petroleum jelly for hair if you’ve run out of your favorite styling product. Spread a dime-sized amount of product over fingers and palms. Then apply to hair and style as usual. It will give you a light shine and a bit of hold.
- Use it to appease unruly hairs. Apply a drop of Vaseline to frizzy and unruly hair to keep it under control. This is particularly helpful in humid climates which tend to make flyaways and frizz more difficult to tame.
- Conceals open ends. Start with a pea-sized amount and rub the Vaseline into the split ends of your hair to hide them (note, it won’t repair them). Take more product as needed to cover all ends.
Is Vaseline bad for hair?
Some people caution against applying it to the scalp, arguing that it can create a breeding ground for bacteria or even block hair follicles, but there is still no evidence to back up these claims.
According to the Vaseline website, the brand that has been marketing Vaseline Jelly for 150 years, this product is non-comedogenic, meaning it does not clog pores.
However, just like with dye or any product that comes into contact with your skin, you should do an allergy test. If you notice an unfavorable reaction, avoid using the product.
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