The Top Three Haircare Product Ingredients I Avoid and Why
I am writing this article from a personal standpoint. Of course, not all readers will agree with me. We all have different hair textures and will avoid certain haircare product ingredients for varying reasons.
What I am talking about here is daily haircare- the use of pomades or moisturizers while combing the hair. I am not speaking about shampoos and conditioners.
The top three haircare product ingredients that I avoid are petroletum, cetearyl alcohol or cetyl alcohol or any other derivative of alcohol, and water, yes, water.
From the perspective of someone with naturally curly hair, I do not use water based products in daily haircare unless I am planning to keep my hair curly that day. For the best in haircare, alternate shampooing and conditioning your hair with ONLY conditioning it.
1. Alcohol Derivatives
The ingredients in shampoos and conditioners do typically contain alcohol derivatives which can be very drying to the hair and cause it to become brittle as they strip away the natural oils. This allowance that I make for the alcohol derivatives when I am washing my hair encourages me to avoid those derivatives in other instances. For example, I avoid hairspray. The holding power is not worth the extreme dryness that I feel in my hair later on.
The reason I avoid the use of petrolatum on my hair is pretty simple. I want to avoid buildup and a weighed down feeling on my hair. At first, we might be tempted to use petrolatum based products for control and taming frizzies but it takes away from my hair's softness and feels sticky.
Now, here's the big one. Can you believe it is even on the list? Well, here's why: If you have curly hair and want to straighten it with a blow dryer and flat iron after washing, take my advice. Only use a water based product immediately after you rinse out your conditioner or apply a leave-in conditioner. Use your favorite heat protection liquid moisturizer. From the time you turn on your blowdryer and begin drying your hair, do not apply water based product again. After your hair is dry and straight, avoid water based products until it is time for you to wash your hair with shampoo and/or conditioner again. If you wash and groom your hair in the morning, find it a bit dry by midday and crave replenishing it with some hair lotion, do not used water based lotion if you have straightened the hair. This will only create frizz.
(Please note that I am referring specifically to African American natural hair that has been straightened with a pressing comb or flat iron. I am not referring to chemically relaxed hair. A water based moisturizer will be best for chemically relaxed hair and will not affect the straightening negatively.) Nevertheless, individuals of all ethnicities, not just of African descent can relate to these tips if you have very curly or coily hair that you want to temporarily straighten and maintain the straightened look for a longer period of time before the hair reverts back to curly from too much exposure to moisture.)
In fact, in this instance, you only want to use a product that repels water.
Now that you've read all this, you probably find it boggling that many hair pomades contain petrolatum as the very first ingredient and many hair moisturizing lotions contain water as the very first ingredient. When an ingredient is listed first on a label, the product contains that ingredient more than any other.
So this does not seem to leave you many options does it? What are you supposed to use to care for your hair?
Well, for daily hair maintenance between washes, I prefer hair oils. Look out for my upcoming hub on the oils I recommend most for hair and skin too! Thanks for reading.