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Antioxidants in Hair Care Products

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by Tonya Mckay Most of us have been recipients of much indoctrination regarding the benefits of antioxidants, both for our health and our appearance. Eat your multi-colored vegetables, drink your freshly-obtained green juice, take your vitamins, and slather on expensive skin creams loaded with these nebulous molecules, and you will be fit, appear young, beautiful, active and healthy, right? With…

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Curly Cocktails: A Beginner’s Guide

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by Tara Lisciandro-Hornich Quick True or False Quiz: Your bathroom houses a LOT of hair care products. When you see a new curly product on the shelf, you HAVE TO buy it. You’re creative. You like options and variations. You have so many products, you could put “CVS” above your bathroom door. If you answered true to three or more…

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Manuka Honey: Benefits for Natural Hair & Skin

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Alex of TheGoodHairBlog uses Manuka Honey in her mixes, so I thought I’d share a piece on its benefits! by NaturallyChelsea  Since the days of the Egyptians, honey has been used extensively for a variety of tasks: cleaning wounds because of its antibacterial property, as a dietary supplement, as a gel for super sleek ‘dos and much more. While your…

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Mongongo Oil: An Exotic Emollient for Natural Hair

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 by Tonya McKay  Mongongo oil has been valued for centuries in Africa and is now gaining popularity in the rest of the world as we become educated about its beneficial qualities. Not only is the fruit extremely nutritious, but the oil has many useful properties as an emollient for both hair and skin. What makes mongongo different from other botanical…

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Um, What Are ‘Active’ Ingredients?- Hair Products

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via TheBeautyBrains Kaja inquires…You often mention “active ingredients” – what are they and which are the “non-active” ingredients? The Left Brain replies: I love this question even though there is no simple, straightforward answer. While other cosmetic chemists may have their own definitions, I like to think that you can break all beauty product ingredients down into five basic categories: *5…

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Skills Notes: Product Ingredients

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by Shelli of Hairscapades  So, I was thinking about how overwhelming it can be when you first discover the online natural hair web-iverse. There is sooooo much information out there and some of it is very technical, while other is anecdotal. And, while the education can be enlightening, it can also cause more issues than remaining ignorant!! Been there ……

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What’s In Your Shampoo?

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  by Tiffany of Live Curly,  Live Free They say “don’t judge a book by its cover,” and a similar thing applies to hair products. Don’t judge a shampoo (or conditioner or gel, etc.) by its bottle. Fancy labels and high price tags don’t necessarily translate to good products. What DOES matter is what’s in those products, so the most…

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Water Soluble Silicones 101

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by Tonya McKay  Silicones have many unique properties that make them a preferred ingredient for hair care product formulators. They form a film on the surface of hair strands which allows them to effectively act as a lubricant between adjacent hair strands and reduce the forces required for detangling hair. Due to their high refractive index, they also impart a…

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