Crisco on Natural Hair

I had been reading a ton of information about natural heads using Crisco, yes that Crisco, on their hair and getting great results.  After reading about it for months, I finally went out and bought some Crisco.  The ingredients are: Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Palm And Soybean Oils, Mono And Diglycerides, Tbhq And Citric Acid (Antioxidants).  The Crisco did not have an odor and it did not leave my hair greasy feeling at all.

We were traveling to the Dominican Republic with friend for vacation and I decided to experiment with Crisco before we left.  I was a little embarrassed about what I was about to do so I did not tell anyone, I just went into the bathroom a few hours before our trip and braided up my hair, like I would do for my braid out style.  I had been wearing a braid out for 2 days (used Miss Jessie’s Curly Meringue on day 1) and I decided to add Crisco to my damp hair.  I did not think of soaking my hair since we had a flight to catch in about 5 hours.  I slept for a couple of hours and took out my braids my hair on the way to the airport

It was humid in the Dominican Republic but my natural hair miraculously did not puff up into the normal frizz ball. In fact, it was blowing in the wind in DR and it looked pretty amazing if I do say so myself.  I like big hair and my usual humid braid out shrinks up beyond recognition.

Here is my normal braid out in normal conditions (not humid).

Here is my braid out in the Miami humidity.

Here is my braid out in the Dominican Republic, after using Crisco.

A few days into the trip I confessed to my husband that I had used Crisco on my hair.  The best part is he was not shocked and he did not laugh at me at all.  Instead, he told me that his great grandma used lard (animal fat) in her hair when he was a little boy and he always remembered it since her hair was soft and shiny (hard press with a stove top straightening comb).

If you are thinking about trying Crisco, just do it!  You never know what may work.