1. I was just looking at your website and reading your hair tips. You said that you do not recommend using hair grease on the scalp? What do you recommend for the hair/scalp?

Nothing goes on the scalp. The sebaceous glands take care of the scalp. It does not need us to help it. It is the oldest hair we need to focus on, the ends.

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2. I usually oil my hair when it is wet to keep down the dandruff. Will the dew still work if there is oil on the hair?

Although you said "oil the hair" I think you meant oil your scalp. When you get my book you will understand that oiling your scalp is one of the reasons you may have dandruff in the first place! Hair grease generally contains petroleum or mineral oil which coats like liquid saran wrap by blocking the pores. So what ever moisture is inside will stay for a while but it prevents other moisture from getting in. The scalp does not need your help, the sebaceous glands provide all the oil your scalp needs.

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3. I feel that though our scalps and skin produce sebum, this may not be sufficient (why else do we need to moisturise our skin with vaseline, coca butter etc, it does feel pretty dry without it!). to prescribe no oils for the scalp may not be suitable for everybody, i think. my skin feels esp. dry after a shower/bath, so isn't the scalp especially in need of oil after washes and retouches?? For various reason eg. environmental conditions, genetics, diet etc. some people tend to have NATURALLY oily/dry skin, yes?

Your skin is not covered up by thousands of hairs so it will naturally dry out because of what we do to it and expose it to. (bar soap is alkaline while shampoo is acid. If you washed your skin in a less alkaline product you skin would not dry out so easily either.) The scalp is covered and added grease and oils inhibits the natural function of the glands. Build ups are caused by putting things on the scalp. The glands are producing and you are trying to assist them. They dont need your oil help. It takes care of itself. That is the reason we have so much dandruff. Putting oil on you scalp is not a requirement.

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4. I have read so much about how petroleum products and mineral oil are bad for the hair and actually make it dry and moisture repellent. i really feel if these products are put in moisturised hair (eg. just after a wash and deep conditioned, leave in conditioned, 'water'-moisturised state) the water is more likely to be RETAINED in the hair shaft and keep it moist for longer (perhaps till next wash 3/4 days later). i have experienced this with my own hair lately. Am i doing long-term damage with the petroleum and mineral oil, do you think?

Oil products like petroleum and mineral oil dont hurt the hair but are terrible on the scalp. They can cause the scalp to have buildups and flaking much like dandruff. You are NOT causing damage to your hair by using them except that they lock moisture of the hair. I would not use them and I dont advise others to use them either.

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5. I'm a teenage boy and I tried to grow out my hair but it stay the same length for the longest and it wont grow I don't know if u can help but if u can e mail me what type of grease to use or what should I do.

Hair is hair. It does not matter if you are male or female. Read my book for suggestions for keeping your hair on your head and from breaking. This is the focus of the book. Grease is NEVER used.

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6. Hi Cathy received your products on saturday my daughter and I used them on saturday and our hair feel so much differen't already. Don't see as much hair falling. I love it. Our hair is very soft. I would like to know what you recommend to use as a oil sheen. I will be sending in another order soon, but for the larger size. I am so glad I read your book.

No oil sheen, choose hair polish. It is a cuticle smoother and is not greasy.

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7. If products like petrolatum and mineral oil are lubricants instead of moisturizers, are other oils (such as olive, canola, wheat germ, sweet almond, safflower, castor, sesame, jojoba, emu, peppermint, evening of primrose, coconut ) lubricants as well? And if so, are they bad for black hair since lubricants do not penetrate the hair?

ALL oil is a lubricant. Bad for the hair, not necessarily. Bad when put on the scalp - ABSOLUTELY! The two that I know dont penetrate are mineral oil and petroleum.

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8. I've noticed that my hair looks shiny with the use of petroleum based products, but they leave my hair greasy, and I don't like that. Also, I've recieved comments that my hair looks fake now. I guess that's a compliment!! THANKS!!!

Avoid the petroleum products - just laying grease on your hair provides no benefit. Get a hair polish and I think you will be much happier.

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9. Do hot oil treatments provide any benefits?

Yes, they lubricate the hair when the hair shaft is swelled with heat.

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10. When i needed the extra oil because here in new york the weather is so cold, i opted for one and my hair looked amazing afterward. however, i read in the book "andre talks hair." that hot oils cannot moisturize b/c oil and water dont' mix. What's up with that?

Oils are not supposed to moisturize, they lubricate! One of the biggest misconceptions we have as black people because we lived in the hair grease era.

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11. What is the purpose of having a hot oil treatment?

To lubricate our dry hair (remember to preserve something dead, you need to keep it soft)

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12. When my hair needs that extra oil in the cold winters of NY, what should I do?

Dont blame the environment. If a hot oil treatment works for you by all means do it. I too need extra oil at times. A good creme moisturizer without protein (UBH Lotion creme) will provide the oils you feel your hair needs.

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13. Do you do separate hot oil treatments?

Not alone, only when I deep condition with my UBH conditioner. The oils are in the conditioner just for that purpose.

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14. If the package label of a hot oil says it moisturizes, is that another gimmick?

Gimmick NO. Mislabled package, Yes. Oil is a lubricant, not a moisturizer.

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