Hair colors that are to die for
I can’t help but to notice all of the naturals out there coloring their kinks and curls with chemical dyes. I understand the need for versatility, but not to the extent of where it damages my health and hair.
These dyes are packed with chemicals that are just as harsh as any relaxer, which can leave your natural hair dry, damaged and thinning.
Not to mention, a lot of the ingredients can also lead to cancer, reproductive and development issues, and neurotoxicity.
Here are some of the ingredients you want to watch out for:
Although, I would only recommend using it for making your hair darker or to cover up grays. Another option for gray prevention would be to consume kelp.
Mousse, spray and gel for a ‘killer’ hair style
As a final touch for a lot of our hair dos, we use mousse, hairspray and/or gel. These used to be my favorite go-to products because it allowed my curly styles to last for many hours each day.
I stopped using them when I started my all-natural journey and learned that the chemicals they contain can result to hair thinning and hair loss over time. Similar to how long-term relaxer use can wear your hair thin and dry it out, causing excessive breakage and hair fall.
The ingredients that are the culprits for these issues include:
PEG 40, PEG 32
Polymer & copolymer
Dimethyl ether glycerin
Acrylates/C10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer
Butyl aminoethyl methyl acrylate
And that’s just to name a few. Great alternatives to these products would be to make your own. For instance, you can use aloe vera or flax gel, oils* and butters*, and water mixed with oils* (my favorite).
You don’t have to be the victim of these commercial hair products that give you the quick results you want. Rather than thinking in the present, you have to consider the health of your hair and scalp in the long-term.
If your regimen isn’t contributing to the health of your hair and scalp, then you’re definitely going to pay the price later in the form of balding, dryness and irritation.
Originally posted 2015-05-31 15:00:14.