If you want healthy hair, If you want to actually see your hair grow, If you want to make sure that your hair is not dry and brittle, Keep these 6 Rules in Mind!
Rule #1: Avoid Bad Hair Product Ingredients: Many commercially available hair care products denoted for African American or ethnic hair use harmful ingredients. Be certain to check the ingredients in your hair care products. Some ingrediants are awful for ethnic or African American hair, not only affecting African American and Ethnic hair’s health, true texture, and hair growth, but also harmful to the body. (Look at the tabs above to see what ingrediants are harmful to our hair)
Rule #2: Avoid Hair Coloring, Rinses, and Dyes. Look on the pack of the ingredient label and check for FD & C Colors. Many individuals with African American or Ethnic hair experience scalp irritation due to these. If you have an irritated scalp ,your hair will not grow long or remain healthy.
Rule #3: Avoid Hair Products with Synthetic Fragrances: Unless natural fragrance, created by items such as essential oils and seasonings, fragrances can include up to 4,000 additional ingredients, specifically more Propylene Glycol that is harmful and damaging to African American or Ethnic hair care. Fragrance can lead to headaches, dizziness, rashes, skin discoloration, violent coughing, and vomiting.
Rule #4: Avoid Products with Chemical Preservatives: Nearly all brands of Black/ African American and Ethnic Skin and Hair Care Products contain hair and health harmful toxins, especially parabens that are used to extend products’ shelf lives. While these companies make huge profits, it is at the expense of your hair and health being exposed to cancer causing elements, such as formaldehyde or formaldehyde-donors. According to the Mayo clinic, formaldehyde can irritate the respiratory system, cause skin reactions and trigger heart palpitations.
Rule #5: Abandon your typical beauty supply store or drugstore. Curly or ethnic hair needs natural hair care products because the sulfates, chemicals, alcohols, and silicones in 99% of hair care products have a moisture stripping effect. Ethnic hair needs moisture to grow, become strong, and stay manageable. Without moisture your hair will become dry and damaged. Try Curls Moisturizer (a great all natural) or Carol's Daughter Shampoos (a quality synthetic shampoo).
Rule #6 Only purchase all natural hair care products tailored for your hair type. Visit your local health foods store or find great hair care product for purchase online.
The hair care industry is finally seeing the light and making hair care products that truly work for ethnic hair. I highly recommend Miss Jessie's, Carol's Daughter, and Curls Products. Their products have received great ratings in the U.S. Most shampoos and conditioners are all natural and contain natural oils like jojoba, shea, avocado, sunflower, coconut, olive, wheat germ, etc. The next best option is Aubrey Organics and Burt Bees. Although not made specifically for African American or Ethnic hair, Aubrey Organics’ products are 100% natural and contain many natural oils. (http://www.aubreyorganics.com/). You may also try Ojon, sold at Sephora. Although their products do contain some of the ingredients above, they are superior to traditional drug-store products.