Oil Sheen Advice

Relaxed Hair (partial sew in weave)

When my hair was relaxed Oil Sheen was something I always had in stock.  Most of you are probably saying “Amen…I hear that” because you can relate.

Using Oil Sheen added luster and shine to my relaxed hair when it was on the dull side.

If you are an ingredients reader, as I am, then you most likely know that Oil Sheen has a few forbidden ingredients, MINERAL OIL AND/OR PETROLEUM. Aaaaaahhhhh!!!  Not all naturals read labels and not all naturals that read labels care whether forbidden ingredients are present in a product.

This post IS NOT to discourage anyone from using Oil Sheen.
This post IS meant to inform and aid you in using Oil Sheen.

What is Oil Sheen?

Oil sheen is essentially an aerosolized combination of mineral oil and/or petroleum, silicone, (some) natural oils and fragrance. The pump or spray action allows the product to disperse a thin layer of light oil across the hair. It is designed to add sheen and is often used as a finishing spray to polish off a style.

Why does it matter that Oil Sheen has MINERAL OIL AND/OR PETROLEUM in it?

The film that mineral oil and petroleum creates on hair is occlusive which means that it prevents moisture leaving your hair but also prevents moisture getting in which leads to dry hair.

How Can I use Oil Sheen without Damaging my Hair?

Use Oil Sheen in moderation. Limit usage to one or two quick “sprays” every few days.  ALWAYS use a water-based moisturizer first and then follow with a light spray of oil sheen.

If you use mineral oil or petroleum products in your hair, you will have to use a sulphate shampoo to get rid of it because remember, it is blocking moisture from coming in. The problem is, washing your hair with a sulphate shampoo often, will remove your natural hair oils and if your hair is not moisturized properly afterward, this dryness can lead to breakage.

I ONLY Use All Natural Products, How Can I get my Hair to Shine?

I personally do not use Oil Sheen, and I do find that you can get the same benefits from a drop of two of natural oil (Coconut Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil etc.) and the sheen will last a lot longer.

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About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • LaNeshe

    For sheen I like the Carols' Daughter Tui Jojoba and Shea Butter Sheen


    oh Janelly how many useful tips! My hair is curly and I have cut it very short Im so happy now , for me is very practical :)
    Thanks for sharing your secrets with us !! Im following now…

    Maybe you can have the time to visit mine!
    Kisses… amintasfashion

  • Tangled Hair Techs

    Thank you so much for this post on what oil sheen is and is not!!!

    It is a shame that women do not even read the back of the can-they use oil sheen( a flamable aerosol) to remove bonding glue from the scalp. The can clearly states that it should not be sprayed on the scalp.

    Thats why so many women are suffering from balding, scalp disorders, itchy scalps or Alopecia.

    They should be using products that are designed to remove bonding glue like the take down remover cream not oil sheen!

  • nikki d

    even when I was relaxed I wasn't a big fan of oil sheen but its a good styling choice as far as ease to use and cost effectiveness…I personally wasn't found of it

  • JenellyBean

    @LaNeshe – Ive heard many great things about that product as well.

    @Aminta – You are so very welcome sis! Of course I'll visit!

    @Tangled Hair Techs – I hear you sis. Many women, myself included dont read labels for a variety of reasons. For me, i simply didnt know I should and even if I did know I would then have to learn what the ingredients were and did. I doubt i would have done the research. LOL

    @Nikki – thanks for sharing!

  • Terese aRobin

    Thank you!! Really appreciate this post:) i generally use oils especially when my hair is in a free style, tgen its easier to rub on oils. But when my hair is in a protective style, especially a braided updo, rubbing may not be the best thing =frizz. So what natural sheen spray or other solution can i try for maintenance?