I Went Ahead and Tried the Vicks VapoRub on My Natural Hair. Here’s What Happened.

Hair Care

When I heard that ladies were using Vicks VapoRub to stimulate hair growth, I just had to test it out myself. I had to see what all the hype was about and if you could really get incredible growth after applying it to your scalp.

Lately, my hair has been hidden under a head full of crochet hair. I’ve had my hair in a crochet style since August and plan on keeping it that way until I see fit. However, before my latest install, I decided to apply the generic version of Vicks VapoRub (Walmart’s Equate version) to my scalp and hair line. After I let my hair air dry and picked it out, I applied the ointment. The minute it touched my scalp, I felt the expected cooling sensation. My scalp felt as if it was getting extra air (if that makes sense), as though a cool ocean breeze was running through my hair. I loved the feeling and I could tell that my pores were wide open. I probably should have done a patch test first, but even after sleeping with ointment on my scalp overnight, I had no negative reactions.

Once my new crochet style was put in, I noticed that my scalp felt a lot less itchy. I usually have an itchy scalp for a few days after I get any kind of protective style, but not this time. My scalp truly felt amazing and didn’t smell of Vicks. I know this for a fact because I asked my stylist if she smelled anything strong on my hair and she said no. This means that the smell must have dissipated overnight.

During week 1 of my crochet style.

Almost a week and a half after applying the ointment, I noticed that my scalp was a bit grimy. My scalp was getting dirty a lot sooner than it would have if I didn’t use the Vicks. I always used coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil on my scalp every few days, but that wasn’t what was making my scalp feel dirty. The only difference in my routine was the ointment. It wasn’t awful, but I definitely noticed. I wasn’t too surprised that my scalp was dirty because Vicks has petroleum in it, which in my experience, attracts unwanted dirt and debris. After realizing this, I wanted to wash my scalp, but I didn’t because I still wanted to see if Vicks VapoRub promotes hair growth. If I washed my hair, the water would naturally expose my new growth by swelling my hair and I didn’t want that.

After 3 weeks, I noticed that my new growth appeared to be a lot thicker than what I was used to at that stage.  It looked like my crochet style had been in for 6 weeks, not 3 weeks. I really wasn’t expecting such a drastic difference, but there was no denying it. My cornrows were super visible and the crochet hair looked pushed back.

3 weeks after applying the generic Vicks VapoRub.

Overall, it was exciting to actually see real results from my experiment. I thought the women who reviewed the product were either exaggerating or plain old lying. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that they were telling the truth. Vicks VapoRub can help promote hair growth ya’ll. I’m not sure if I would have had the same results if my hair was loose, but it definitely was a sight to see with my protective style.

Would I try it again? Probably not. I didn’t like the fact that my scalp seemed to attract dirt. I also realized that if I want to extend my hair growth journey, then it’s probably best to just mix up a batch of the active ingredients that are in Vicks VapoRub and call it a day. I’m sure I can get the same results with a concoction that is a lot more natural. Take a look at this recipe that I found below!

DIY: Vicks VapoRub Recipe

  • 12 drops of eucalyptus, rosemary or peppermint
  • 12 drops of lavender or tea tree
  • 12 drops of fir needle, spruce or pine
  • 2 tablespoons of shea butter

In a double boiler (or a stainless steel bowl set in side a pot of boiling water), gently melt shea butter. As soon as it is completely melted, remove it from heat and stir in the essential oils. Transfer the mixture to a container with a tight fitting lid and store in a cool area when not in use.

And there you have it! What do you think of my little adventure?

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