In the book Hair Story written by Lori Tharps and Ayanna Byrd, there is an extensive look at the history of hair care practices among black Americans.
During the time of slavery, black people no longer had access to palm oil that the natives use to take care of their hair.
So they started to use another cheap oil-based product that was handy for them like bacon grease or the use of home-made butter to soften and condition their hair. They started to prepare it later for straightening, hair growth and make it shine. In the present time, the use of grease still continues to be used among that native black Americans to add shine and hair growth also to protect the hair from the hot comb and lubricate the scalp.
Greasing your hair has been a much-debated topic among the natural hair community. For a few people, it has given wonders by sealing in moisture, helping in hair growth and keeping their hair soft. Also for others, it has not been so good making their hair weighs down or clogged pores and caused breakage.
If you are keen on applying or adding hair grease to your normal hair care regimen try to always apply it after using your regular moisturizer. One more thing that you’ll need to do is being extra vigilant with your shampoo and conditioning routine to prevent the build-up of grease, and try to never apply grease on your scalp.
Tips on how to apply Hair Growth Grease on your hairs
Step 1 - Apply Shampoo and condition
- Since we already know that the use of grease might weigh your hair down and may cause excess buildup on your scalp, so make sure you start with a clean and moisturized scalp.
- Go with your regular hair washing routine before you apply hair grease on your hairs.
- Later make sure you have rinsed your hair thoroughly removing any kind of residue of grease.
Step 2 - Use of microfiber towel to soak up moisture
- After you wash your hair try to squeeze it gently as much as you can with a microfiber towel or an old cloth to remove the excess amount of moisture.
- Try to not be too rough with your hair while you squeeze it since this might end up causing frizz and tangles.
- Don’t use terry cloth towels, since that can cause breakage and hair damage.
Step 3 - Air-dry until it’s slightly damp
- Grease can be utilized best when your hair is still very damp, so try to let your hair air-dry first.
- Grease is also useful to lock in the moisture from your damp locks.
- If you don’t have time, you can quickly blow-dry your hair rather than waiting for air-drying it.
Step 4 - Use of leave-in conditioner or cream moisturizer
- In real, grease by itself doesn’t moisturize your hair contrary to whatever myth you have heard. In fact, it actually acts as a sealant to keep the moisture of your hair locked in.
- Try applying a leave-in conditioner or maybe your favorite cream moisturizer product that you regularly use to your hair.
- Keep in mind to use a water-based moisturizer for better results.
Step 5 - Separate your hair into small sections
- The size of the sections is up to you, but usually, 1 in (2.5 cm) sections will work just fine.
- You can pin your hair up and let down the small sections one at a time, or you can just separate the sections with your fingers as you go along.
Step 6 - Scoop up a minimal amount of grease up with your fingers
- Grease can be very heavy and concentrated. A little goes a long way and it’s very easy to over-apply it. Take a tiny dab on your finger and start to work your way up to while using more when you need it.
- Use gentle fingers and light touch if you have fine and straight hair. as we know excess use of grease might weigh light and fine hair down and also cause breakage.
- Nowadays you can buy hair grease at any beauty supply stores or on online marketing
Step 7 - Spread a light layer of grease over each section
- Smooth up the grease on your hair by lightly pinching the hair in your fingers. Then glide your fingers down the straight lengths to the ends.
- Be warned not to get grease on your scalp. You only need to grease the hair itself, so try to start near the roots, but not directly at the roots themselves.
- Using grease directly to the scalp might result in heavy buildup and heavy lifeless dull locks.
- Work systematically from one side of your head to the other so that you get even coverage.
Step 8 - Follow up with your usual styling product and procedure
- One of the main benefits of hair grease is that it will allow you to create beautiful styles that are is also touchably soft.
- Once you’ve applied your styling product, let your hair finish air-drying or blow dry it, then style it as you normally would.
- The barrier made by grease will prevent your styling product or hair gel from getting too hard and crunchy on your hair.
Step 9 - Remove the grease by using a clarifying shampoo
- Grease can be notoriously clingy and tough to strip from your hair, but the use of clarifying shampoos will help you to do the trick.
- Gently massage a little amount of good clarifying shampoo in your hair lengths and smoothly work your way up to your scalp.
- After having a good scrub, rinse all the shampoo away with lukewarm water as you normally would and use a moisturizing conditioner.
Is greasing your scalp the solution?
We put a lot of emphasis on the scalp when it comes to the use of grease and oil. In addition to all the historical references, use of grease to the scalp comes from the high belief that if your scalp is flaky or dry, adding a bit of grease will cure all the dryness and get rid of your flakes, but this practice can actually make the scalp condition worse.
- Grease might provide a temporary bit of shine or give the appearance where you might fill that the flakes have disappeared, but in fact, the grease can clog your hair follicles or might accumulate on the scalp.
- It can also plaster flakes to your scalp while making the existing scalp condition get worse.
- If you are going through experiencing the symptoms of a flaky scalp or dry scalp, it can be the result of the dysfunction of the sebaceous glands or an imbalance in your scalp’s pH.
- It is important to first consult with someone about the cause of the symptoms and from there you will be given recommendations that can effectively treat the symptoms and give you long term results.
- If you are going to apply something to the scalp to assist in balancing the pH of the scalp for your hair growth you should know how to manage grease in your hair.
How to Manage Grease Hair?
1. To avoid buildup try to shampoo your hair for at least once in a week
- One of the side effects of grease is that it might build up easily and tends to attract a lot more dirt to your hair. Eventually, this leads to clogged pores, hair damage, scalp irritation, and other issues.
- If you work out frequently, you’ll need to wash your hair more often. How much you wash your hair totally depends on how much you usually sweat during workouts.
2. Say no to hair grease on your scalp
- It’s a total myth that you should apply grease to your scalp. Doing so can irritate your skin, block your pores, create buildup, and possibly even prevent hair growth and cause breakage.
- Try applying grease carefully only to the lengths of your hair and not in the roots.
3. Don’t use hair grease if experiencing hair breakage
- Grease isn’t an ideal product for everyone’s hair. It may work great for some people, and for others, it may cause nothing but problems.
- If you notice that your freshly moisturized hair is breaking, it may be due to the heaviness of the grease.
For better hair growth the regular use of slathering oils or greasing the scalp on tight coils or curly strands has historical roots with black Americans.
However, since we have become more knowledgeable about the benefits of essential oils, oiling the scalp has also become a common practice that can be seen among people of all ethnicities who try to maintain a healthy scalp.
What is better for hair growth Grease or Oil?
Although the terms “grease” and “oil” are oftentimes used synonymously, for the purpose of this article I am going to define both of these terms because they will actually represent two of the different categories of hair products.
Grease is a term used to describe heavy pomades that are thick inconsistency.
Whereas oils are relatively lighter than grease and are always produced in a liquid form.
In Grease the typical ingredients found are like mineral oil and petroleum.
Whereas in Oils the ingredients are naturally taken from trees, roots or flowers that can be absorbed into the scalp and hair.