Okay, so as many of you all know, I'm a mostly homemade, organic type of natural. However, for those of you who are PJ's or just don't have the time to invest in making your own products here are a few tips to choosing products that benefit your hair. Now, please, remember that no one product or products are going to work for everyone. Your hair, just like you, is completely unique! This is just meant to be a starting point and I'd suggest you go for the cheaper products and slowly work your way up the price points. No point in investing $40 in a conditioner that doesn't work the way you want, especially where there may be a $5 option.
Anywho, enough of my blabbing here's the tips:
1. Read ALL product labels.
2. Pay close attention to the first five ingredients! These are what the product is mostly comprised of. Companies are required to list ingredients in descending order. This is especially important when looking for a shampoo, conditioner, or leave-in conditioner.
3. Give your product at least 3 months before you ditch it.
4. If you can't pronounce the ingredient, chances are it's not good for you or unnecessary.
5. Avoid alcohols, petroleum based products (this includes mineral oil as it is a derivitive of petroleum), anything that doesn't list water in the first 5, Pilyethylene Glycol (PEG), Propylene Glycol, DEA, MEA, TEA, Cholrine, FD & C Color Pigments, and Fragrance just to name a few. Not only are many of these products detrimental to the health of your hair but some of them are downright harmful to your HEALTH!
My last tip is the MOST important of all:
DO WHAT FEELS RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR HAIR! Listen to those curls because they are the best guide you will ever have!