Someone 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.