I think I speak for most [black] women when I say grease was an integral part of our hair care when we were growing up. Our mums and grandmas would slather the stuff on our scalp, edges, hair, face, bodies… and life shiny and good. Then came the crucifixion of our beloved Vaseline (because all petroleum jelly is Vaseline where I come from) by ‘the natural hair community’ for what seemed to be logical reasons, like clogging hair follicles and preventing moisture from penetrating the hair shaft, among other things. And so, being the pro-learning new things and ditching old detrimental practices in favour of positive progression, person I am, I was convinced and determined to stay away from any products containing petrolatum and mineral oil from the very beginning of my natural hair journey.
…Until two weeks ago. I had started to notice the appearance of Blue Magic (pictured above) in a lot of natural hair videos of YouTube and it also got me thinking about how we had always used it and our hair seemed to flourish. I recall my hairdresser, Sis’ Josie, using the green Dax on my hair on my relaxed hair and nothing bad every happened. Curiosity finally got the best of me and, at the potential risk of undoing the hard work of the last four years, I picked up a tub of the blue Blue Magic, and a small tub of Dax Indian Hemp on my last hair shop run. I’ve been using both of them for about a week now, so it’s too early to comment on any changes to the health of my hair, however, what I can say now is, using Blue Magic instead of an oil to seal my hair after moisturizing has left my hair feeling softer and less ‘straw like’ for most of this week. Being heavier than my usual castor oil, it seems to hold on to my hair for much longer, which may, or may not be a good thing. It also makes for really good definition for twist outs, and I wasn’t even trying!
I am still quite hesitant about using any kind of grease on my entire scalp, the same way as I use castor oil, but Dax has made massaging my edges a lot easier and I will continue using it for that and see what happens. Hopefully, I can get my edges to thicken a little bit more. Ultimately, the health of my hair is paramount and if I notice any excessive shedding or breakage, I will be sure to cut this little experiment short
and who cares?!It’s only hair at the end of the day right?! It’s only fair that I give it time and really critique my grease-experience so, I will do an update post on this about three months from now.
If you’ve been using any kind of grease on your natural hair, I’m very interested in how you’ve used it so please, help me out and oh… wish me luck!