HAIR DANGER

I use to think that natural hair was by nature strong and did not require much attention

or any kind of structured maintenance. WRONG!! Textured hair is brittle, tends to get

very dry and is quite fragile. So you've guessed it, BLACK hair must be handled with

care and regular maintenance. So you might be asking what hair care products must I

use to get my hair healthy or to maintain the healthy hair I already have.

You might not want to hear this but healthy hair begins with good nutrition. I mean a

healthy balanced diet, regular exercise, supplements and a healthy dose of water

(1 oz. for every 2 pounds of body weight). If you are incorporating all these things, then

adding healthy hair care products is icing on the cake.

 

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, at any given time 90% of our hair

is​ in a growth phase that lasts about two to six years. Our hair normally grows about 1/2

inch per month but this growth is eroded if our hair is damaged and is constantly breaking. Improper grooming and wrong hair care products can stiffel hair growth.Natural hair works best with natural ingredients and water soluble products that stimulate healthy growth. Don't take the one size fits all approach but experiment with different products and find what’s best for your hair type. Avoid silicone, oil and petroleum based products. If you want to grow your hair moisturize regularly and handle your hair with care. ​

READ THE LABELS ON YOUR SKIN CARE PRODUCTS!!

 

Here's why:

 

Petroleum

a. Clogs the pores

b. Leads to irritation and follicle damage​

c. Cause accelerated aging to the brain and the defense systems including the blood brain barrier and immune system as well as

    altering critical hormones necessary for behavioral development​

d. Causes adult and child cancers, numerous neurological disorders, immune system weakening, autoimmune disorders, asthma,

    allergies, infertility, miscarriage, and child behavior disorders including learning disabilities, mental retardation, hyperactivity

    ADHD (attention deficit disorders) as well as altering hormones essential for maintaining healthy bodily processes. For

    additional info see http://www.chem-tox.com/

Petrolatum (AKA Petroleum Jelly)

a. A byproduct of petroleum

b. Found in breast tumors, suffocation of the skin, premature aging and aggravated acne.

c. Found in one of every 14 products as well as 15% of lipsticks and 40% of baby lotions and oils.

d. Banned in the EU since 2004 due to the carcinogenic contamination found in products containing petrolatum.

 

Silicone

a. Coats the hair fiber and prevents moisture penetration, trapping anything beneath it, and does not allow the skin to breathe.

b. Recent studies have indicated that prolonged exposure of the skin to sweat, by occlusion, causes skin irritation.

c. Non-biodegradable, causing negative environmental impact.

Mineral Oil

a. A byproduct when gasoline is distilled from crude oil and coats the skin like plastic, clogging the pores and interferes with the

    skin's ability to eliminate toxins, promoting acne and other disorders.

 

Parabens

These mimic, disrupt or block the actions of your hormones and interfere with your body’s hormonal pathways. Parabens are used as inhibitors of microbial growth and to extend shelf life of products. They are widely used even though they are known to be toxic and have caused many allergic reactions and skin rashes.


Propylene Glycol

a. A petroleum derivative found in engine coolants and antifreeze, airplane de-icers, tire sealants, rubber cleaners, polyurethane

    cushions, paints, adhesives, enamels and varnishes, and in many products as a solvent or surfactant.

b. Considered so toxic that it requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing and goggles and to dispose of any PG solutions by

    burying them in the ground.

c. Penetrates the skin very quickly so  the EPA warns against skin contact to prevent consequences such as brain, liver, and kidney

    abnormalities. ​

d. Acts as a penetration enhancer (allowing other potentially toxic ingredients to slip into your bloodstream).

e. It goes by a number of different names including sodium lauryl sulfate, sodium laureth sulfate, ammonium laurel sulfate, sodium

   dodecylsulfate, sulfuric acid, sodium salt sulfuric acid, A12-00356, ​​Akyposal SDS, Aquarex ME, and Aquarex methyl.​

f. It penetrates the skin and can weaken protein and cellular structure.

Antibacterials

The overuse of antibacteria makes your body more susceptible to germs that cause diseases such as E. coli and salmonella.

Dioxane-L

​Linked to breast cancer in rodents

Diethanolamine (DEA)

Research has shown that this blocks the absorption of the nutrient choline, which is critical for brain development.


Monosodium Glutamate (MSG)

Often secrety hidden and referred to as amino acids, yeast extract, naiad, glutamic acid or glutamates.

 

​Sodium Lauryl Sulfate​

Used in car washes, garage floor cleaners and engine degreasers - and in 90% of products that foam. This causes dryness and rritation. These products include body wash, shampoo, bar soap, toothpaste and mouthwash.

 

 

Cleanse- Wash your skin thoroughly on a daily basis to remove the dirt, debris,

pollutants, and perspiration that has accumulated. Avoid bar soaps as they

tend to dry out the skin. Consider a creamy cleanser for dry skin or a clear

cleanser for oily skin.  For normal to oily skin wash with a gentle cleanser. After

you have found a cleanser that works well with your skin type stick to it as much

as possible. If you have dry or sensitive skin, use only warm water to wash your

skin and use a mild natural cleanser every few days. Brushing your teeth before

washing your face is a good practice because toothpaste residue can irritate

sensitive facial skin. Be careful though, not to cleanse too often and remember

to wash at night before going to bed. Most women prefer the water method:

Use warm water to loosen dirt and clogged pores. Use a dime-sized bit of

cleanser, and then rinse with cool or lukewarm water. You'll also want to take

off your makeup with a proper makeup remover.
In the morning, a splash of lukewarm water is all you need (we find it's great for removing excess oils from your nightly moisturizing). Never wash your face with hot or cold water (both can cause broken capillaries). Also be careful about over cleansing skin, see signs you are over cleansing your skin.

 

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Exfoliate- This is a great part of any good skin care routine because the results are immediate when done properly. Most people skip this step in their weekly skincare routine. Scrubs work by removing the top layer of dead skin cells that tend to dull your complexion. Make sure you use a gentle scrub with tiny grains. Big grains in cheap scrubs can tear skin and cause more harm than good. Where the skin is not exfoliated on a daily or weekly basis, dead skin cells build up causing your skin to look dull and older. Some experts recommend exfoliating in the morning, since the skin repairs itself at night, when the dead skin cells can be scrubbed away.

 For best results scrub once or twice a week, rubbing in a circular motion for 30 sec. then rinse with lukewarm water. Proper exfoliation means that your foundation will smooth out more cleanly and your moisturizer will soak in more completely.

 

Moisturize- Unless you have very oily skin it is important that you moisturize every day to keep your skin hydrated and healthy. Your skin needs moisturizer all year long as both the indoor winter heat, and summer sun can be equally damaging to your skin.​


Protect- Use a natural sunscreen when possible, regardless of whether or not you plan on spending much time in the sun. Our skin needs sunlight every day but over exposure can have adverse effects. Experts recommend a natural sunscreen or a moisturizer that contains sunscreen with at least an SPF of 15, every day. The sun’s most beneficial rays occur at sunrise and sunset. The skincare experts agree that sunscreen is the most important part of any skincare regimen. 

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