6 Benefits & Risks of Baby Oil For Your Hair

Baby oil is derived from mineral oil and is further refined to be used on the sensitive skin of the baby. This oil is dermatologist tested and hypoallergenic and is clinically proven to be safe to be used by the babies.

Baby oil does not contain harmful chemicals and parabens, dyes and scents.

The product is also used by adults for their skin and hair care.

How To Use Baby Oil?

Pour 2- 4 tablespoons of baby oil in a glass bowl and warm it slightly.

Gently massage the oil into the scalp and spread it all through the hair. Cover the ends with the leftover oil.

Leave the oil overnight. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and make sure all is removed. Apply a conditioner.

Benefits of Baby Oil For Hair

Benefits of Baby Oil For Hair

Following are the benefits of baby oil on the adult hair and scalp:

Moisturizes Dry Hair

Baby oil helps in moisturizing dry and brittle hair. A small amount of it is enough for the hair care routine as too much of it might weigh down the hair making them greasy and heavy.

It moisturizes the hair by evaporation. It also makes a barrier on the skin. Using baby oil on hair seals the cuticles preventing split ends.

It also locks in natural moisture when drying and styling hair.

Baby oil is also known to protect the hair from dry wind and the sun’s heat.

Soothes Dry Scalp

Dry scalp can be a bit of trouble as it leads to flakiness and dandruff. This can stunt hair growth.

A healthy scalp helps the hair to grow stronger, smoother, and healthy-looking.

Baby oil moisturizes the scalp preventing dryness and flakes. It stays on the scalp longer than other moisturizers.

You can condition the hair and scalp with baby oil before washing and witness the soft and lustrous hair and a healthy scalp.

Baby Oil Can Help Treat Scalp Problems

Mineral oils can be a good option to treat scalp problems. Baby oil helps treat a scalp condition called cradle cap in infants. This scalp condition is similar to dandruff.

It can be used by children and adults to prevent or get rid of dandruff.

Hair Strengthening Benefits of Baby Oil

Hair has lots of tiny holes in it, through which it can absorb a lot of water. This can make hair strand to swell, go weak and get damaged.

Using chemical treatment on hair or stretching or pulling hair or using hair dyes can also damage the hair.

If you use baby oil pre-treatment or before shampooing, they turn less porous.

This will make them absorb less water preventing breaking, tangling and getting frizzy.

Smoothens Hair

Baby oil can be applied on freshly washed hair to keep it smooth. It closes hair cuticles and prevents the damage caused by blow-drying or other styling tools.

Applying baby oil to hair post-shower, make it look smooth, shiny and less frizzy.

Benefits of Baby Oil in Getting Rid Of Lice

Baby oil can also be used to treat lice in children and in adults. It can be applied all over the scalp and hair and left for about 8 hours before washing off.

It helps in getting rid of lice and lice eggs and proves to be more effective in using with a chemical, specific for lice treatment.

The Risks Associated With The Use Of Baby Oil

Baby oil like other oils can block the pores and lead to acne in the hairline or forehead.

Also using an excess quantity of baby oil can leave the hair greasy and oily.

Baby oil should be washed with plenty of shampoo and make sure it is totally removed from the hair and scalp. There might be a need to wash the hair twice.

If using it after hair wash make sure you just apply 2-3 drops of it.

Baby oil is a mineral oil made from petroleum and is prepared by the manufacturers after extensive testing. It is safe to be used by babies, children, and adults. It might cause an allergic reaction in those with very sensitive skin. Therefore it is suggested to go for a patch test before applying it all over the scalp.

Not much research has been done to prove its effectiveness, yet. For hair, this oil is a moisturizer and leaves the hair look and feel shiny and soft.

Team PainAssist
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Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Team PainAssist, Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:May 10, 2020

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