Here are some tips and tricks on how to shop for curly hair products.
So if you are like most people, you go to the store and stand in the hair product aisle staring at the vast array of shampoos, conditioners, gels etc., you pick up products, read them and put them back because you can’t decide what to get! We have all been there! In fact if you’re like most curly girls when you open up your bathroom cabinet it’s filled to the brim with all kinds of products, each promising great results but in reality offering little to no success in taming your curly mane.
We can help you narrow down your choices. Now that many companies are jumping on the latest trend or the “curly hair bandwagon” there are more choices, however not all of them are good. Companies like L’Oreal or TRESemmé for example, excel in products for straight hair however, now that curly hair is a latest trend, those companies are looking to expand their customer reach by offering products for curly hair. Here’s where you need to be careful. Although those beloved lines have been around forever and we have come to know and trust them we forget one thing – they only really know straight hair. You wouldn’t trust your doctor to give you makeup tips – of course not! So the first step in selecting the right curly hair product for you is to research the company and ask yourself these questions:
1. Is this company solely for curly hair?
2. Who is the founder of the company and do they themselves have curly hair?
Then, the next step is to the read the label on the back of the bottle. Make sure you don’t see any of the following…
Dimethicone- It’s a man-made silicon oil. It is not water soluble and, can dry out the hair and skin. Dimethicone traps everything under it including sebum, bacteria and impurities – GROSS! It is also a non-biodegradable chemical. Prolonged exposure to dimethicones can cause skin irritations meaning they are not good for people with sensitive skin.
Sulfates – these are harsh surfactants that can strip the hair and skin of its natural oils. It can also cause damage to the cuticle of the hair making it appear dull, dry and washed out. Sulfates are also linked to damaging of the hair follicle which may cause hair loss and/or every curly girl’s nightmare – the dreaded FRIZZ!
Parabens – Used to prevent the growth of Microbes however, Parabens can be absorbed through the skin, blood and digestive system. Parabens are known to cause cancer and, disrupt hormone function (which is linked to increased risk of breast cancer) Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. So the bottom line with these ingredients is stay away!
These are a few things to watch out for. I suggest you do your research! You would not eat food out of the garbage so don’t put garbage on your hair and skin.