There are many factors to consider when it comes to product selection, such as consumer recommendation, accessibility and of course, price point. In addition to those criteria, these are things I TRY to adhere to when deciding which products to purchase. The reason I say “try” is there are always exceptions. For example, there are some “non natural” products that my hair loves so I use them, however, I also take extra steps after use (such as more deep conditioning). There are SO many products on the market geared toward natural hair care, which makes it really difficult to choose. Especially when you are like me and want to try everything!!
Below, you’ll find my guide- things I look for as well as things I try to avoid when selecting products. Remember that no two heads are a like!
I SAY YES TO
Oils (Jojoba, Coconut, Olive, Almond, Tea Tree, Argan)
Sodium PCA (humectants)
Peppermint, Lavender and Rosemary (growth stimulation)
Shea Butter (moisturizer)
I SAY NO TO
Sulfates (ex: sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium laureth sulfate)
Isopropyl alcohol (drying agent)
*disclaimer – this is a general guide. There may or may not be exceptions to either list.
A few tips
• Do not try more than two new products at a time
If you want to be able to determine if the product and your hair are a good match, this is a good rule of thumb. It is more difficult to discern if you are simultaneously trying multiple new products.
• Order of Ingredients
The further down on the ingredient list, the smaller the percentage of the ingredient in the product, which of course means the smaller effect it will have on your hair.
• Styling products are extremely important because they stay in your hair longer than any other product. Those that contain synthetic ingredients can build up and dry out your hair over time causing breakage. Ingredients such as petroleum and mineral oil have been known to coat the hair shaft and seal out moisture. They are also believed to attract dust and dirt particles, causing the hair to look dull.