I recently picked up a new mosturiser called S-Curl No Drip Activator Moisturiser after carefully reviewing the ingredients of my previous moisturiser (Elasta QP Recovery Anti Breakage Oil Moisturiser) and finding that it contained Mineral Oil... Paraffinum Liquidium to be exact.
Now, this whole debate about whether mineral oil is good for the hair tends to be slightly one sided with the main argument being that its bad for the hair and products which contain it should be avoided in your hair journey. Products containing mineral oil supposedly give the illusion of moisturised, shiny hair but in fact it just sits on top of your hair preventing moisture getting in. However there have been many people who have had no problem achieving healthy hair using products which contain mineral oil, and so it may depend on the individual and their hair care practices.
Anyway i thought it was time i looked for a new moisturiser so i could review for myself the differences, if any, between mineral oil free and mineral oiled products. After reading various reviews i decided to go with S-Curl. I picked it up for £2.49 at my local hair shop. As described on the bottle, it's great for "curls, waves and natural hair". As well as being mineral oil free, it also contains Glycerine (the 2nd ingredient) which is a humectant, meaning that it draws moisture from the air to your hair to prevent dryness.
It comes with a pump and the instructions advise that you pump it straight onto your hair and massage it in. Personally i'd feel like that was too much product on my hair, and so when moisturising and sealing i squeeze out two pumpfuls into my hand and apply to my sectioned hair in that way.
It has a nice aroma and the consistency resembles a light, creamy texture. My hair doesn't feel weighed down at all when i use it. I've noticed that since using it my hair doesn't get as greasy as it used to between wash days, which is great. My hair also feels noticeably softer, to the point where i cant stop touching it lol. Its a big thumbs up for me.
I'm trying to avoid becoming a product junkie and so i will keep this in my regimen as the ingredients seem fine and the results are good. I've been using S-Curl for about 2-3 weeks now but i didn't want to give you a review until i'd tested it out properly.
As for my Elasta QP moisturiser; it's currently sitting on my shelf gathering dust lol.
Have any of you guys tried S-Curl? And, what are your feelings towards Mineral Oil, if any?