The hair on your head only grows around six inches a year. Those who don’t want to wait usually search for a hair growth elixir. Vaseline crops up quite a lot — both for the hair on your head and your lashes and eyebrows. The theory behind this is simple. While Vaseline doesn’t have any moisturizing properties, the protective layer it creates can lock in moisture from moisturizing products. This might make your hair less prone to breakage.
Some claim that Vaseline can also be an easy way to combat scalp dryness, and there may be some truth to this. The American Academy of Family Physicians recommends using Vaseline to manage cradle cap in infants. Others find that a small amount of Vaseline works well as a styling gel to reduce frizz, but it may be too heavy for thin or fine hair.
Even though there’s no research to support hair growth, you may want to try putting a tiny amount of Vaseline on your finger — aim for no bigger than the size of a pea. Gently massage Vaseline into your scalp. Do this process once per week. You can also try applying a small amount onto the ends of your hair each day to potentially prevent breakage. Some people swear by Vaseline hair masks for healthier looking locks. You can try applying Vaseline and leaving on overnight or for just a few hours. Alternatively, you can try applying Vaseline over your favorite moisturizing hair mask. Vaseline’s protective properties may help to lock in moisture from the treatment. If opting for an overnight mask, don’t forget to cover your head with something like a shower cap to avoid staining your sheets.
For eyebrows, apply a very small amount — think smaller than a grain of rice — a couple of times a day. Vaseline can also be applied to eyelashes before bed. Use your finger or a cotton swab and go from the root outwards. Be sure to keep petroleum jelly out of your eyes. If it does enter your eye, flush it out with warm water.
To combat flakiness, try massaging a small amount of Vaseline into your scalp before rinsing with shampoo.
When you do want to remove Vaseline from your hair, shampoo is your best bet. You may need to wash your hair with warm water several times to get rid of the greasy feeling. If your usual shampoo formula doesn’t seem to be having much effect, try adding a teaspoon of baking soda.