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Understanding Silicones- Natural Hair

By Curly Nikki 29 Comments

 via Good Hair Diaries  Silicones are ingredients in many hair conditioners, shampoos, and hair gel products. They usually have hard to pronounce names like phenyltrimethicones or amodimethicones. Too make things easier, just remember that most ingredients ending in “cone”, “col”, “conol” or “zane” are more than likely a silicone. Silicones will produce a  build-up on the hair and scalp because they are often not water-soluble. This is why…

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The Best Vitamin for Natural Hair Growth?

By Curly Nikki 10 Comments

by Tonya McKay There is no mistaking the current trend in the cosmetics industry to incorporate vitamins and plant derivatives into formulations in order to advertise products as healthy, natural, green, sustainable or possessing anti-aging properties. One popular claim suggests using vitamin C for hair growth. As an essential nutrient for health, vitamin C takes part in many cellular processes…

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Zwitterionic Surfactants: A Milder Alternative?

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  by Tonya McKay of NaturallyCurly In recent months, we have taken an in-depth look at the structure and properties of cationic and nonionic surfactants. Another interesting category of surfactants used in both hair and skin care are the zwitterionic ones, those that naturally have two charges on the molecule, both positive and negative. These are attractive to the formulator…

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The Science Behind Using Panthenol in Hair Products

By Curly Nikki 9 Comments

by Tonya Mckay of NaturallyCurly Panthenol is a popular ingredient for both skin and hair care products. Hair care products that use this ingredient are said to have enhanced moisturization effects and add thickness or body to the hair. Proctor and Gamble has built their entire Pantene Pro-V line of products to capitalize on the properties of this ingredient. There…

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Using Olive Oil for Natural Hair Health

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by Samantha Berley via What You Might Not Have Known It’s a well known fact that, olive oil can be a fantastic conditioner for hair but there are many other things about this essential oil that make it a great go-to for hair care. Olive oil is one of the top emollients that is known to penetrate the hair better…

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What’s the Best Way to Apply Coconut Oil?

By Curly Nikki 45 Comments

via the beautybrains– CYW says…Is using coconut oil as a pre-poo or a leave in after shampoo/cond going to benefit my hair the most? The Right Brain responds: We’ve blogged before about how coconut oil is effective at treating hair damage. That’s because it’s one of the relatively few oils that are able to penetrate deep into the hair. Coconut…

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Why Is Sodium Hydroxide In My Conditioner?

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via The Beauty Brains Fitz is furious…Why is sodium hydroxide in my Herbal Essences conditioner? Will it take my hair out? YIKES!!! The Right Brain responds: You can rest easy, Fitz. Herbal Essences won’t cause you to lose any hair (unless you’re pulling your hair out after trying to figure out all their overly cutesy names.) Sodium hydroxide is safe…

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Reasons I’m Hooked On “The Shea”

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Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics Until a few summers ago, I had not been introduced to the phenomenon known as shea butter. While I had been relaxer free for many years, I was an uninformed natural up until that point. Uninformed about product ingredients, uninformed about proper care, uninformed about the lifestyle in general. Once I stumbled upon the world of…

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Does Mira Oil Really Grow Hair?

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via TheBeautyBrains Fitz asks…Is mira hair oil really worth a try? The Right Brain responds: Before we answer your question, we have a question of our own: What the heck is mira oil?? What is mira oil? It turns out that this oil has been used in India for centuries. Apparently it’s a blend of several natural plant oils. While…

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Product Selection- Question of the Day!

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Tammy Goodson of CurlyChics 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…

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