Every summer I go through this ritual of wanting to change my hairstyle. Sometimes I color it lighter for a Sun-kissed look.
Sometimes I get a funky short haircut, so I can feel cute and sassy.
I’ve done the curly, maintenance-free hair weave, and let me tell you, in 90-degree weather, feeling like you’re about to pass out from heat stroke is a daily occurrence.
Then there have been times when I was just totally disgusted with my look, went to the barbershop and chopped it all off.
Through all of these different changes, one thing remained constant; I needed hair care products for each of the hairstyles.
Over the years of having many styles, I have accumulated a graveyard of hair care products.
You know how you go into your bathroom and find a hangout for the unused product under your sink?
Finding the right products is not always the easiest thing to do. One thing we must keep as a top priority is what’s in the products.
Reading Product Ingredients
The FDA requires that ingredients listed on products should go from the most to the least. In other words, start with whatever ingredient is in the product the most, and list it down to the least.
So if you have natural hair and you straighten it, it’s not wise to use a product whose first ingredient is water. Why? Because it will cause the hair to revert back to its natural state.
If you are looking for your hair to be free bouncy and full of body, you don’t want to use products that contain lanolin or waxes.
Products that are best for your scalp, requires a completely different set of guidelines.
If you’re looking for products to go on your scalp and help with hair growth, it’s best to use products that contain essential oils.
The Benefits of Essential Oils
Essential oils are made from the pulp of plants, basically the blood supply of plants. The reason this is so much better than synthetic materials is that the molecules are smaller and can sink into the human skin.
This is important because the oil can penetrate the skin and go into the papilla of the hair and begin healing.
Also, some essential oils can be very potent, so you want to make sure that the more powerful oils are mixed into carrier oils.
Carrier oils are the ones that you can use directly on the skin like coconut, almond, jojoba, and olive oil.
You don’t want to use the same product for dry scalp as you would with an oily scalp. Dry scalps need moisture and hydration, where oily scalp can use an antiseptic for its drying properties.
Chemically treated hair tends to be drier, so look for products that are made specifically for relaxed or color treated hair that hydrates.
Also, going cheap is not wise. If you spend $3.99 for an eight-ounce size product, the ingredients can’t be of the best quality.
Just think about it. It cost money to make the product, provide the packaging and printing, ship it to the store or distributor and then sell it to you.
All the while all parties are turning a profit. At $3.99, the cost to make it can’t be much, and the product itself not very effective.
The only time I don’t mind using a cheap product is when it’s being used for a weave. Hey, it’s not my hair, and cheap products usually don’t change the feel and look of the hair over an 8 to 12 week period.
So do yourself a favor and do a little research before grabbing for that flashy jar or bottle of hair concoction. Your hair will love you for it.