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    Is it good to oil hair?

    Dr. DraelosHair oiling is not a new concept. Oil is commonly applied to the hair of men in India and the Middle East. Hair oil is also a mainstay in the haircare of ethnic populations in the United States, especially African American men and women. The oil is used to more efficiently transfer heat from a straightening iron to the hair shafts in women who use heat to straighten their hair. Hair oil can also be used to relax the curl and frizz in kinky hair and to smooth frizzy straight hair.

    Hair oil usually combines a rare oil, such as argan oil, with a variety of vegetable oils. The only vegetable oil of concern is olive oil, as it can be a comedogen. Hair oil is excellent for improving the cosmetic value of frizzy dyed hair. Apply a dime-sized amount in the palm and rub the palms together to obtain a thin coating. Pull the hair straight by pulling through the palms and coating the hair. This will add shine and decrease static electricity improving hair manageability.

    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D.
    Zoe Diana Draelos, M.D., is a consulting professor of dermatology, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, N.C. She is investigator, ...


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