Baby oil is a human-made mineral oil. Like petroleum jelly, baby oil is made from a by product that’s leftover when oil is refined. Baby oil is further refined until it’s safe for skin care and other beauty uses. It is made to be a mild formula that won’t cause an allergic skin reaction in most people. Baby oil doesn’t contain harmful chemicals like parabens, phthalates, dyes, and scents. It’s clinically proven to be safe for use on babies. So, if you want to apply it to your hair, it’s safe to do so.

Here are benefits of baby oil on our hair
1. Moisturizes hair
Baby oil makes a barrier on the skin. This prevents moisture loss by evaporation. Similarly, using baby oil on your hair seals each cuticle.
This locks in natural moisture when you’re drying and styling your hair. It also helps to protect moisture loss from your hair due to wind and sun damage.
2. Soothes a dry scalp
A dry scalp can be flaky and lead to dandruff. This can damage hair roots and slow hair growth. A healthy scalp helps give you stronger, smoother, and healthier-looking hair.
Moisturizing the scalp helps to prevent dryness and flakes. Baby oils stay on the skin longer than other moisturizers.

3. Treats scalp problems
Baby oil and other mineral oils may be good options to treat scalp problems in babies, like cradle cap. This scalp irritation is similar to dandruff.Massage baby oil into your baby’s scalp to help loosen and remove dry, scaly skin. Similarly, baby oil may help prevent and get rid of dandruff in children and adults.
4. Makes stronger hair
Hair has lots of tiny holes in it. This means hair can absorb a lot of water. This makes each
hair strand swell and lead to weaker, damaged hair. Stretching or pulling the hair and using chemical treatments like hair dye also damages hair.
5. Gets rid of lice
Baby oil can help treat head lice in adults and children. Cover the scalp and hair from roots to tips with baby oil. Leave on for at least 8 hours before washing out. Baby oil helps to get rid of lice and lice eggs. It’s most effective when combined with a chemical specific
for treatment of head lice.

By Firdausi Musa Dantsoho