Would You Use Baby Oil in Your Hair Care?

pDGC1-10370058v380Someone was asking about my hair regimen and when I got to the part where I was explaining that I use natural oils in their liquid form rather than hair dresses that have a long list of ingredients the person posed the question: “So baby oil is ok right?”

The way she saw it, is that  it’s liquid so it can be easily absorbed into the hair and it doesn’t usually have a long list of ingredients. When you think about it the question is not so far fetched especially for newbies to healthy hair care. Besides, there are YouTube videos and articles that tell you how to use baby oil in your hair care.

I got to thinking that in times when we are a little strapped for cash and the product haul from six months ago is finally depleted, we often get a bit creative.

This may mean we stretch what we have left by adding oils or whipping up our own fresh batch of conditioner or shampoo from things we have in the pantry, refrigerator or bathroom cupboard.

Baby oil is cheap, we may have some lying around from our last baby shower, we may use it to take off our makeup or rub on to fight frostbite in winter so who’s to say that some haven’t thrown in a spoonful of baby oil while whipping up a hair concoction?

Also I recognize from some threads in hair care forums that even though some in the hair community have changed their approaches with regard to the ingredients they allow in their hair, it might not have occurred to them to check what goes in baby’s hair and some will just use the baby oil for hair.

This is not an article to bash parents or criticize parenting practices. I simply wish to pose the question: “Is baby oil ok for use in the hair?” For all I know, some of you may have wondered about this so let’s examine it a bit.


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About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

About Marsha Buchanan


As a Jamaican girl raised in a devout church family headed by my mother, I have always had my natural hair, no chemical processing. After years of mistreating it , often ignorant of that fact, I began my healthy hair journey in January 2013 in fact, I have seen to it that my entire household falls in line where this is concerned. When I am not poring over some hair blog or forum I spend my time teaching English to rowdy high school students (ok maybe I have some little sweethearts in the mix), mothering the most adorable two year old on this globe, or rushing to meet the deadline for a writing project on Elance. In my spare time I enjoy a stroll along the beach with my doting husband.

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Comments

  1. Calie Cal
    Calie Cal

    Yes I have tried it over 20yrs ago. When there were no natural hair movement. I liked it because it was light on my hair. It wasn’t about being desperate or anything like what some people think. It didn’t do any harm and it smelled good.

    1. Calie Cal
      Calie Cal

      Neither is a lot of things the government allow in your food and we still eat them. If its good for a baby it’s good for me.

      1. cole

        Dag people can be so rude.
        Anyways I’ve never tried it on hair.

    2. Andrea D Brayboy
      Andrea D Brayboy

      That was in my braid spray in the 90s. I know now not to use it but my hair grew out of control while using that stuff.

  2. Charlene Jeffers
    Charlene Jeffers

    Never. Has mineral oil and I’m not fond of the smell. Wouldn’t be gd as a moisturizer for my natural hair because the mineral oil wouldn’t allow it to penetrate my hair.

  3. CoCoo Trina
    CoCoo Trina

    Its not good to use at all. I used on my daughter hair when she was a baby cuz someone said it would be good to use. All my daughter hair came out Lil by Lil I’m still trying to grow her hair back. She six going on seven. Please Ppl don’t use this for hair use coconut oil.

  4. Tiela Lewis
    Tiela Lewis

    Organic coconut oil for me!!! Trust, i have used baby oil in a pinch. I love the smell of it

  5. Cherrelle Mitchel
    Cherrelle Mitchel

    If you use something on your body, you should be able to use it on your hair. If that’s not the case you shouldn’t use it on your skin.

  6. Darlene Waller
    Darlene Waller

    nooooooo! especially NOT J&J products! They are not welcome in this house. Shea Butter is 100 times better in so many ways.

    1. Darlene Waller
      Darlene Waller

      Johnson’s uses so many ingredients that are not needed for skin care… my fam is into stuff like making your own hair/skin products and home remedies. I buy vitamin E and add it to almost everything.

  7. Shea L

    I personally wouldn’t use it. I just don’t see it adding any nutrients or anything to make your hair healthier. I think it’s like using Vaseline or body lotion on your hair (I don’t do it, but I know people who do). It’s good when you have absolutely nothing else to use, but I wouldn’t ever use it on a daily basis.

    XoXo Shea L. ——–> kissmychocolate.com

  8. Charnique Williams Neka
    Charnique Williams Neka

    I use to use it in the past many times when I wore weave to remove glue from my head without pulling out my hair but not for hair growth…washed it after sitting for about 15-20 mins

  9. Andrea Rose Valentine
    Andrea Rose Valentine

    Believe it or not I used to use it for my daughter’s hair and it worked miracles given the fact that she had cradles crap. I used the Johnson and Johnson aloe vera and the cocoa butter one. I think that it actually made her hair grow even more! She’s now 1 with a HEAD FULL OF CURLS! I made it apart of her regimen but now she has way too much hair that it doesn’t do anything as far as moisture goes.

  10. Andrea D Brayboy
    Andrea D Brayboy

    That’s funny. It was the #1 ingredient in EVERYONE’s homemade braid spray in the 90s. I had tons of growth back then. I wouldn’t go that route now but it did me good back then. Lol

  11. Marsha Buchanan Post author

    I’m liking some of the responses here. Some of you have used it and had no problems, while others did and were none too pleased about the results. We all are different and as I said, at the end of the day it comes down to each person’s conviction about the thing.

  12. Annie Brown
    Annie Brown

    Yes. I agree with a lot of these comments I’ve used it for taking weave out an I’ve used it for the smell. not a daily thing tho I just believe everything aint for everybody. if you trying to get your hair to grow you should consider coconut oil,Shea butter,olive oil. Baby oil has mineral oil which is not good for your hear but most products have it in the ingredients. all the j&j oils I’d use for smell good. 1 or maybe 2 out the month. my opinion

  13. Felix Castello
    Felix Castello

    Yes I did back in 70’s. It made my hair soft ,didn’t weight my hair down plus if it was good for Babies it was good for me.

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