Before I went natural, I wore extensions all the time and did not really take care of my hair, so I cannot give any reviews on products with mineral oil. The first thing I heard from the natural hair community when I went that route was "STAY AWAY FROM MINERAL OIL". And honestly, that's exactly what I did!!!.
I am now interested in seeking real, existent actual information about products and natural hair care. I think we should do more research about information on hair care and products and not go by just what everyone is saying.
So from researching, I was amazed at my findings!!!! It turned out that the "horrendous, dire and dreadful" mineral oil is hunky-dory. It is not so bad as depicted. You know why?
I went to the Journal of Cosmetics Science website and read about the findings of an experiment done comparing Coconut Oil and Mineral Oil. The result? While mineral oil does not penetrate the cortex of the hair, due to it's lack of natural attraction to protein, (Journal of Cosmetic Science pg 169-184,2001) and blocking water out, it does decrease the condition hygral fatigue.
Hygral Fatigue is a condition that hair goes through when it swells and deswells with water. Hair becomes weaker through this process causing damage, which can become worse when hair is being detangled and styled wet
So in essence, mineral oil does somewhat protect the hair from porosity.
Why I still would not use it even after my research: Mineral Oil does prevent water from getting into the hair shaft of dry hair (my hair type, kinky coily, is pretty dry and needs moisture). Also, even though it does help with porosity, Coconut Oil is far better in that, it does penetrate the hair offering conditioning benefits and better protection from hygral fatigue.
Some Coilies have testified to using mineral oil and experiencing no untoward effects on their hair, while some just keep it at bay.
So Bellas, what is your take on this? Have you used Mineral Oil? Does it promote the well being of your hair? Or would you rather not use it and why?