5 Things You Need to Learn Before You Buy Products for Your Natural Hair
When I first decided to go natural choosing products involved me simply choosing whatever was on special or sale. But in the last 6 months of adapting the 30dayhairdetox principals into my haircare routine I have a much
better understanding of what’s important in finding suitable products that will help with moisture retention, manageability and styling.
So what do you need to know before heading out to stock up on your hair care needs?
1.Learn to Read Labels
When I first went natural EVERYwhere I looked there was information encouraging naturals to avoid silicones. But the truth of the matter there are 2 types of silicones…water soluble silicones and hydrophobic silicones (water hating silicones). If you choose to use products that contain water soluble silicones it’s best to use products such as Dimethicone copolyol,DEA PG-Propyl PEG/PPG-18/21 Dimethicone,
Dimethicone PEG-8 Phosphate,Dimethicone-PG Diethylmonium Chloride,
Hydrolyzed Silk PG-Propyl Methylsilanediol Crosspolymer, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein Hydroxypropyl Polysiloxane, Hydrolyzed Wheat protein/hydroxypropyl polysiloxane and cystine/silicone co-polymers just to name a few.
In addition to water soluble silicones naturals should be on the look out for products that list botanically based ingredients. Ingredients like marshmallow root, aloe, nettle and horsetail.
Lastly Natural’s should avoid products that contain either coconut oil, castor oil and shea butter within the 1st five ingredients listed on the label. These items are not only really hard to remove from the hair but they also prevent natural’s from achieving and maximizing their moisture potential.
2. Learn Proper Cleansing and Conditioning
Your like “Girl Bye!, there is absolutely nothing wrong with my cleansing and conditioning routine. Well I’m here to tell you that if dryness is one of your major issues and you spend all day washing your hair it’s because your cleansing and conditioning game ain’t strong. Cleansing requires regular(based on your hair’s needs) clarifying shampoo sessions followed up with a hydrating shampoo. Clarifying shampoos contain surfactants and surfactants are needed to remove heavy oil, butter and build-up associated with hard water and environmental debris. Shampoo opens the cuticles while letting water into that hair so that it can be properly hydrated.
Conditioning involves using either a regular conditioner or deep conditioner to seal your cuticles close so that your hair can retain the newly acquired moisture absorbed during the the cleansing step.
3.Learn Your Hair’s Porosity
Ahhhh…porosity….the newest trend and buzz word in the natural hair community. According to the Pivot Point Cosmetology Text Book “Porosity refers to the ability of the hair to absorb moisture, liquids or chemicals.” Your hair’s porosity will have a huge impact on the products you use and how you distribute those products in your hair.
So how do you determine your hair’s porosity?
Co-Founder of the 30dayhairdetox and Natural Stylist Aeleise J. believes that the best way to determine an individuals porosity is to thoroughly cleanse the hair with a clarifying shampoo. Clarifying the hair allows you to throughly remove all the oil, butter dirt and build up from the hair. In turn it then allows you to see how well the hair accepts moisture and how long it takes the hair to dry when it does not have any product on it.
Aeleise stresses that” porosity is not a barrier to having hydrated and moisturizecd hair it’s just one of the unique elements in your hair’s texture when it comes to choosing shampoos, conditioners and styling products.”
4. Learn You Hair’s Density
Density is the amount of follicles you have per square inch. For the most part your hair’s density will impact how much product you will actually use when shampooing, conditioning and styling your hair.
Another thing to note about density is that it’s possible to have high density and fine hair and fine density with coarse hair it’s even possible to posses multiple densities just like it is to have multiple curl textures or multiple porosities.
5. Learn Your Hair’s Surface Texture
According to the Pivot Point Cosmetology Text Book “hair texture refers to the surface appearance, feel of the hair as well as the diameter of the hair strand itself. Texture can be described as either inactivate (having a smooth and unbroken surface) or activate (having a rough surface). It can also be described as fine, medium or coarse(referring to the hair’s diameter).”
Understanding your hair’s surface texture will help you to master the application of products , how much product you apply and if you decide to use products that have a liquidly or creamy consistency.
Wanna learn more? Join Aeleise (hairloveart) and I (chocolatecurlbeauty) over on Periscope where we talk about application, technique and products. You can also subscribe to the 30dayhairdetox.com where we delve more into this topic.