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What, exactly, do I mean by ‘naked hair’? When I talk about ‘naked hair’ to my clients, what I am referring to is hair sans any kind of product: no conditioner, no gel, no curl cream, no pomade, no oil, no nothing. Just your own glorious hair strands, as bare and pristine as the day you were born, and nothing else.
I often have the ‘naked hair’ conversation with my clients during the course of a client consultation for one reason in particular: there are many girls with curls who are still using products with ingredients I don’t consider to be curly-friendly, such as sulfates and non-water soluble silicones. And when I mention my concerns about some of these products to a client, the reaction I sometimes get is, “But I just love how these products make my hair feel! It’s so smooth and super shiny.”
My next question to my client, then, is, “So how does your ‘naked hair’ feel? You know, your hair when you don’t have any product in it?”
Without exception, the response I receive is, “Oh, it’s just terrible. It feels dry and tangled and it’s really bad. I can barely get a comb through it in the shower and if I let it dry without any product, it’s all frizzy and it’s just like straw.”
I bet. And I can tell you there is a reason for that.
What we sometimes don’t realize (and what product manufacturers certainly don’t tell us) is that products loaded with curly-unfriendly ingredients–the products that make your hair feel so ‘good’–are also the products that make it feel so ‘bad.’ When you put a product that is not manufactured for optimal curly hair health onto your strands, the ingredients in it are going to start causing issues like breakage, splitting and dehydration, and you are going to start feeling dry, tangled and unmanageable. The ‘good’ feeling you get from that product is because the product is disguising the very issues it is causing. It creates a dependency in you that leads you to believe that very product is necessary for your hair health and well-being because, well let’s face it, your hair could never be that smooth, healthy and silky without it, now would it?
Wrong, wrong, wrong!
If a product is good for your hair, it will never, ever cause your ‘naked hair’ to feel anything but moisturized, healthy and strong. A product that is good for your hair will not cause dehydration and frizz, it will not cause you to be tangled and unmanageable, and it will certainly never contribute to hair breakage and hair loss. If your ‘naked hair’ can’t and won’t feel good on its own when you are using a particular product, then that product has absolutely no business being in your hair. My ‘naked hair’ is silky, shiny and strong because I use products with healthy, curly-friendly ingredients that deserve to be in my hair, not products that will destroy the foundation of hair health I have worked so hard to create over the past eight years.
Your ‘naked hair’ deserves no less either.
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Great post! Hope to see a part 2 that will list a few items. Thanks!
This is sooo true! I've noticed a change in my hair since becoming very particular about the ingredients in my products. Never going back.
Tiffany could you give a little list of some products that you use. Namely conditoners and styling products.
This article points out something sooooo important! This is what I try to tell my gf's about silicone's and glycol's. They make your hair feel slick and great, but your hair will only be damaged from prolonged use. Every now and again I do the naked hair thing. Or I'll wash and then use something light & natural like shea butter or a bit of coconut oil to seal ends.
This is the only problem I have with ladies who wear perms and/or weaves – of which I've had both. If you wanna rock a cute weave or a perm don't let it ravage your hair! If you would rather DIE than be seen without your weave, or if your permed hair is super thin and won't ever grow past your shoulders because you're always having to cut off damage…. you need to think about nourishing your "naked" hair!! 😉 Peace
I think I experienced this revelation in the shower this morning. I have been trying out a lot of new styles lately, using a lot of product, and I could absolutely tell a difference in my hair. It was turning into one hard mass! LOL
This morning, I clarified and and I am rocking "naked hair" today..not headband…it feels so much better this way 🙂
What products have curl friendly ingredients?
I'd like to pose the same question as Maria re: how can I tell the difference… But this was very insightful and interesting! Definitely something to think about…
Hi Tiffany, thanks for the article. what about if my hair is naturally dry and frizzy? I don't use products that are bad for me, but my hair is naturally coarse and I can't get a comb through it without water and conditioner even if I tried LOL
Anyway with that being said, how can I tell if its frizzy because of product as opposed to be being frizzy/dry because that's how my hair is.