The Dos & Do KNOTS of Natural Hair

Many naturalistas have questions on what products they need to use. I’m going to help you all to narrow your search by telling you what ingredients you need to look for so that you won’t waste your money going thru an array of products. While some products may appear natural because they use the word “NATURAL” does not mean that it is. No two products are created equal. Here is a list of the DOs and DO NOTS when it comes to ingredients you should look for and those you should shy away from.

Natural Hair DOs

Products w/natural oils (or purchase them alone from your local natural health store)*

  • coconut
  • carrot seed oil
  • grape seed oil
  • shea butter
  • cocoa butter

Food derived proteins and essential oils *

  • lemon
  • orange
  • geranium
  • lavender
  • vegetable glycerin

Natural Hair Do NOTS (these ingredients are synthetic and prevent moisture from entering the hair shaft)*
Products that contain

  • Parabens (methyl-propyl-, butyl-paraben, etc)
  • Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS or SLES)
  • Petrolatum (Petroleum Jelly)
  • Propylene glycol
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) and Triethalnolamine (TEA)
  • Imidazoldinyl, urea and diazolidinyl urea
  • Silicone
  • Ethxylated ingridients (those starting with PEG- or ending with -ETH

(me with my naturally curly hair)*

READING LABELS CONCERNING HAIR PRODUCTS IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS READING LABELS ON FOOD ITEMS.  PRODUCT KNOWLEDGE IS THE KEY TO HEALTHY HAIR =)

~RAINA 

 

Author: Raina

Raina is a native New Yorker and a licensed cosmetologist for over 12 years. She is a celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist who has worked with everyone from Vivica A. Fox to comedian and actress Sommore. She worked at Cheryl 'Salt' James's ( of the rap duo "Salt & Pepa" ) salon where she honed her skills. Raina is currently working as a hairstylist for "Love and Hip Hop New York.

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