A surprising trend is on the rise among Black women when it comes to their hair.
Several ladies are singing the praises of Vicks VapoRub as a miracle product for growth and strengthening across the internet. YouTube’s Black hair community is breaking down just why the touted beauty buy is such a huge deal.
“It was very good and I can definitely see the work, the fix on my head,” said a YouTube vlogger who goes by the name of The Sophie Show. “I advise for people to try it and see what it does.”
Vicks ingredients Menthol, camphor and eucalyptus oils help to stimulate hair growth, Sophie wrote on YouTube. Menthol is a compound for clearing pores of irritants, and eucalyptus and camphor are both essential oils that stimulate the hair follicles and improve circulation.
Black women, both with relaxed and natural hair, have jumped on the Vicks bandwagon because of those ingredients. Some women, however, are skeptical about Vicks.
“Because Vicks has petroleum in it, this is one product women don’t want to put on their hair, ” vlogger Kimera Yvonne wrote, despite not having a problem with petroleum.
The debate has many women wondering if the product really works for growth and strengthening. One doctor warned that Vicks can have harmful effects.
“While Vicks VapoRub is generally safe, a brief look at the ingredients list several oils that could potentially cause allergic or irritant skin reactions as with any topically applied product,” said Dr. Carlos Charles, a New York City-based dermatologist who specializes in working with people of color, to ESSENCE.