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!!
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The overuse of antibacteria makes your body more susceptible to germs that cause diseases such as E. coli and salmonella.
Linked to breast cancer in rodents
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.