First things first! Take a look in your product stash and choose your favourite shampoo and conditioner. If you can see words that are similar to Sulphate, Silicone, Paraben, Mineral Oil and Petroleum then these ingredients are not a curly girls best friend.
Using harsh ingredients on our hair will only harm your tresses in the long run.
Sulphate based products may leave your hair feeling squeaky clean, but these products with can be drying and stripping on our hair. It is a lathering agent that can strip your hair of its moisture and natural oils and proteins, making your tresses dry, brittle and can cause scalp irritation. Using a sulphate shampoo once a month is OK to really cleanse and get rid of any build up on you hair and start your hair regime fresh for the month. Pre – shampooing before washing your hair will give you that extra layer of protection, preserving moisture and not drying out your hair.
Silicone based products do give great slip, allowing us to detangle easily and make our hair shiny, but over time can be damaging to your hair. It can create a barrier over your hair not allowing any moisture to penetrate the hair shaft. Eventually creating product build up.
Many studies have shown products that contain Parabens don’t have a direct effect on us but again over time could be damaging to our hair and skin. It is a preservative that makes our hair and beauty products last longer. Products on the shelves containing Parabens only have a small percentage which we are still able to use.
Both of these ingredients are similar in a way. They are both heavy ingredients that tend to create a barrier overtime, sitting on top of our hair strands. In time, products will not be able to penetrate our hair, which can then lead to product build up.
TIP: In the ingredients section of your favourite hair products, items at the very top are the most concentrated. Meaning the product contains more of theses ingredients. For example: if the first ingredient is water, then the product is highly made with water. If Olive Oil is the last or few to last ingredients, then there is very little Olive Oil.
I guess the common theme is product build up. Certain hairs types are not affected by certain ingredients but that is what makes us all unique. Our hair journeys are all about trial and error and seeing what products and ingredients work well for your hair.