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The Right and Wrong Way to Use Glycerin for Hair

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by Tonya McKay It seems that naturally curly folks have a love/hate relationship with glycerin. There is a lot of information, and misinformation, about this seemingly simple substance. I thought I’d shed some light on the chemical makeup of glycerin and how it affects curly hair specifically. Read On!>>> Benefits of Glycerin: Glycerin is an alcohol, known also by the…

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Ingredients for the Slip Addicted Natural

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by Christina Patrice Are you addicted to slip? You know…slip! Our hair tends to be dry and the older it gets–or further from wash day–the dryer it gets. Curly or coily hair tends to curl or coil around itself and create tangles or knots (yes, knots) when dry. Many of us are always on the hunt for products that will…

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Common Hair Conditioner Ingredients

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I received a few questions yesterday about ingredients in conditioners, especially alcohols.  Remember alcohols like Cetearyl, Cetyl and Stearyl are fatty and act as softeners or emollients.  They‘re not drying like SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, Alcohol denat, Propanol, Propyl alcohol and Isopropyl alcohol. Check out this re-post for clarification!    By Tonya McKay Most of us with curly hair are pretty well-versed…

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How Do Hair Conditioners Work?

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via TheBeautyBrains-  What are hair conditioners supposed to do? Remember that hair is dead! It’s a common misconception that hair can be healthy. Hair can be no more healthy than a shoe lace, a cotton blouse, or any other non-living fiber. The hair on your head is not living tissue. It is dead, keratinized protein. Hair cannot be healthy. Of…

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Cosmetic Chemistry 101- Common Hair and Skin Care Ingredients

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via TheBeautyBrains– This article on cosmetic science is primarily intended to benefit anyone interested in chemist careers (or aspiring mixtresses) but hopefully the general natural hair community will find this information useful as well! Surfactants It is amazing how little time is devoted to surfactants in college when you consider the importance they play in so many industries. What are…

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Apple Cider Vinegar and Natural Hair Care

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by Tonya Mckay  Vinegar has been used as a health and beauty aid for thousands of years to brighten skin, soften hair and improve health. Now, as with all things natural, simple, cheap, and “green,” it is experiencing resurgence in its popularity as consumers become more conscious of the effects products may have on their health and on the environment….

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Ingredients Commonly Found in Hair Products

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Compiled by Tonya McKay This is a dynamic list; I’ll update and amend as necessary. CN Says: -Grab your favorite bottle of conditioner or styler… I’ll wait.   -Flip it over to review the ingredients. -Do a ‘ctrl +f” (or control + find, or a command + f, or the like) and type in the ingredients that are too long to…

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Magnesium Sulfate- Curly Friend or Foe

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by Tonya McKay What is Magnesium sulfate? Magnesium sulfate is an ingredient often touted as a natural curl booster or curl activator for hair. It is typically used in leave-in conditioners and curl enhancers, both commercially available and homemade, and it is applied via a spray-on delivery method. Many people have noted that their hair often responds remarkably well to…

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