Which Natural Hair Care Products Should I Use?
We’ve all heard the term “Product Junkie,” and in order to avoid become one, it’s important to understand some basics for when selecting natural hair care products. Before proceeding and for those who don’t know what product junkie means, is someone (typically a female) who buys any hair care product they come across or even here about. Due to this frivolous purchasing of hair care products, product junkies are not typically consistent due to their quest for finding the “next best thing.” This can also cause many issues including spending too much money on products and can some times affect relationships but we’ll get into that in another post.
In order to avoid becoming a product junkie, you must learn and understand the basics. First, you must know and understand what types of products you need. Their are four (4) types of products you should have. Your bathroom should contain at least a shampoo, conditioner, moisturizer and oils or butters.
Let’s dive in each a bit deeper…
Shampoos: The point of shampooing is to remove dirt while avoiding stripping your hair of it’s natural oils. This is why it’s very important to avoid shampoos that contain sulfates and harsh chemicals that can dry your hair. Sulfates are very inexpensive detergents used to make shampoo lather. About 90% of shampoos contain some form of sulfate despite their negative effects on the hair and scalp. Sulfates are very aggressive and damage your hair in many ways. They can cause dryness which can lead to damaged hair and scalp. This can lead to scalp irritations, hair breakage and as well as hair loss due to sulfates corroding your hair follicle. This is very common when shampoo is not thoroughly rinsed out of the hair as well.
Conditioner: Conditioning the hair is extremely important as it allows the hair to regain proteins that we lose on a daily. Conditioning helps your hair’s ability to hold moisture and also helps strengthen your hair.
Moisturizer: It’s typically better to use water based moisturizers. You should avoid petroleum based and mineral oil based moisturizers. These ingredients are sealants that coats the hair with grease and prevents the hair follicle from absorbing the moisture as well as essential vitamins and nutrients. Good moisturizers typically contain humectants or aloe. These ingredients allow hair to retain moisture very well.
Oils: Despite some oils having moisturizing capabilities, the true purpose of oils is to seal the moisture in the hair thus lubricating the hair follicle and giving it a nice, healthy and natural shine. Oils help also prevent breakage and dry scalp as most common breakage occurs due to dryness in the scalp and hair follicle.