All of us curlies have different hair types and textures, so we use different products to satisfy what our hair needs.
Despite us having to use different products, there are certain ingredients that should be avoided across the board, no matter your hair's density, type, and porosity. These consists of harsh chemicals that are sometimes added to hair products for preservation, scent, or coloring.
In this post you will learn about 3 ingredients you should ALWAYS avoid when searching for hair care.
Parabens is a chemical often used in hair products that actually acts as a hormone once it enters our body. If you have ever had to deal with hormone imbalance you do not want to use products with parabens. These parabens can travel inside your body, from your hair, and tell your body to do other things.
Parabens tend to stay in our body and our body will then absorb this chemical into our body. They are used to preserve products and avoid molding to increase shelf life. This is why a lot of hair products can lasts for months, even years when this chemical is present.
Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Heptylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Benzylparaben
The tricky part is that parabens are specifically used in products with high water contents, so it is hard to avoid them because we are expected to stick to water based products for our curly hair. We love our Mango Moringa Moisture Max line because we have achieved water based products that do not include this harsh ingredient.
It has not been proven, but parabens are linked to breast cancer in women and reproductive issues.
Remember to always check ALL of the ingredients for your hair and body care products before using them, as too many parabens can have consequences internally.
Sulfates should always be avoided because they are cheap cleaning agents that strip the hair although they really clean it. The issue is that it strips your hair of its natural oils and can leave your hair dry and brittle after shampooing.
There are many alternatives to washing and cleaning your hair, so you can always find products without this harsh ingredient. Our Mango Moringa Moisture Max Shampoo is the perfect shampoo because it cleanses your hair thoroughly and does not include any sulfates.
Ingredient #3: Silicones
Silicones are made of petroleum which is essentially plastic. It is used to cover and coat your hair and make your hair heat resistant.
It can protect your hair overtime, but you have to be sure to cleanse it out of your hair so that it does not buildup.
Product build up can lead to less hydration and your hair looking dull and unhealthy. The buildup of too much silicone will cause you to have to use a sulfate shampoo to cleanse it out, which you don't want to do.
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