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I’m old school. I believe we all should have at least 1 (well 5 in my case) good traditional hair greases in the product stash at all time. I don’t live a mineral oil-free lifestyle, nor do I believe in the bad reputation it’s been given from those that may not fully understand the ingredient. You can learn about mineral oil in this article. There’s something relaxing about giving and receiving a good scalp massage after the tedious chore of shampooing and conditioning. It almost feels like a reward or a treat for all your hardwork and efforts, a well deserved treat in some ways.
I can think of a quite a few reasons why hair grease should still be in your haircare routine
- It helps prevent a dry flaky scalp by providing a nourishing protective coating
- Frequently scalp stimulation aids in hair growth
- Grease can be used to help you retain length by being used as a sealant
- Helps control frizz and humidity
- Softens hair
- Makes for one of the best lubricants for cutting down friction and tangles when removing braids and weaves
This hair balm has the makeup of a nostalgic hair grease but if you’re looking for a “good grease” this would be the one. Created with a soybean oil, corn oil, and beeswax base it also contains a bunch of other healthy hair ingredients that sure to please and the semi solid texture of the formula makes it easy to apply. the biggest drawback might be the more intense scent of lavender.
Ingredients: Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Beeswax, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond Oil), Butyrospermum Parkil (Shea Butter) Fruit, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Fragrance (Parfum), Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Oil, Annatto Seed
This newcomer has deep roots in the haircare industry. Created from the partnership built with brands such as African Pride and Dr. Miracle’s with her husband, Nene released her own product line which can now be found in Sally’s and Walmart. Gorgeous Gro (G.G.) has a petroleum base and is made with her herbs and botanicals that are comprised of her “secret recipe”. This one is great for thick hair and has a soft floral rosy scent.
Ingredients: Petrolatum, My Secret Recipe (Adansonia Digitata) Baobob Extract, (Citrullus Lanatus) Kalahari Melon Seed Extract, (Theobroma Cacao) Cocoa Extract, (Butyrospermum Parkii) Shea Butter Extract, (Macadamia Ternifolia) Macadamia Nut Extract}, Dimethicone, (Helianthus Annuus) Sunflower Seed Oil, (Simmondsia Chinensis) Jojoba Seed Oil, Methone Glycerin Acetal, Menthoxypropanediol, Isopulegol, Fragrance (Parfum)
Repeat purchases occur more often than you think! I used this product growing up and a few years ago the company got a complete overhaul and new & improved formulas. This grease has a petroleum, soybean oil, mineral oil base and smells like juicy peaches and pears. I have fine hair and finds that it absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave much build up. I also love the packaging and bright coral color of the product itself. I’ve been know to apply this to my hands and elbows.
Ingredients: Petrolatum, Glycine Soja Oil/Soybean Oil, Paraffinum Liquidum/Mineral Oil, Olea Europaea Fruit Oil/Olive Oil, Butyospermum Parkii Fruit/Shea Butter, Persea Gratissima Oil/Avocado Oil, Triticum Vulgare Protein/Wheat Protein, Glycine Soja Protein/Soy Protein, Hydrolyzed Oat Protein, Argania Spinosa Nut Oil/Argan Oil, Cocos Nucifera Oil/Coconut Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein PG-Propyl Silanetriol, Cera Microcrystalline, Paraffin Wax, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, CI 26100/Red 17, CI 47000/ Yellow 11, Sorbitan Monooleate, C12-C15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylparaben, Parfum/Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral, d-Limonene, Hexyl Cinnamal, Lilial, Linalool
This one was recently reviewed and it’s another one we can put in the growth aid category. Another petroleum base grease but this one stands out for it’s strong peppermint and menthol sensation and cooling effect. Although it’s a bit more powerful than Dr. Miracle’s Temple & Nape Gro Balm some may find the tube packaging to be less convenient. I’ve repackaged a tube into a plastic jar and it expires faster, so it is something to consider.
Ingredients: African Shea Butter, Petroleum jelly, Peppermint oil, Lanolin, and Fragrance (that’s what’s listed)
Known as one of the most widely known brands in hair repair (or one of the oppressors depending on how you look at it), Dr. Miracle’s really nailed it when it came to this balm. Created with a mineral oil and glycerin base this hair grease packs a punch when it comes to scalp stimulation because of the heavy amount of menthol. With such a creamy texture it makes it nice and lightweight so it’s great for fine textures. It also has a good amount of emollients and proteins to help keep your hair soft and strong.
Ingredients: Water Deionized (Aqua), Octyldodeceth-20, Paraffinum Liquidum (Mineral Oil),Glycerin, Oleth-2, Oleth-10, Menthol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Panthenol, DMDM Hydantoin, Zea Mays (Corn) Oil, Simethicone, Polysorbate 80, Hydrolyzed SoyProtein, Hydrrolyzed Wheat Protein, Zinc, Ricinoleate, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis(Sweet Almond) Oil, Cetyl Lactate, Acetylated Lanolin Alcohol, Aloe Barbadenesis (Aloe Vera Extract), Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6), Ascorbic Acid (VitaminC), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), Retinyl Palmitate (Vitamin A), Cholecalciferol(Vitamin D), Isopulegol, Menthoxypropanediol, Fragrance, Benzyl Benzoate, Citral,Citronello, d-Limonine, Geraniol, Hexyl Cinnamic, Aldehyde, Lanalool, Caramel, Cl19140, Cl 15510, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, BHA.