When I had a relaxer, I didn’t care what I put in my hair as long as it did what the bottle claimed. “Red flag” ingredients were common in both my expensive and inexpensive product hauls. However, when I went natural, I began researching ingredients in order to find things that not only made my hair look good, but were also good for hair health. I learned that there were no real benefits, and even some cautions, with the above ingredients, so I cut them all out of my regimen unless I really loved a product. After all, many natural companies charge the same as salon products, so what did I have to lose?
My product junkie behavior grew exponentially, and as I look at my bathroom cabinet today, I am overwhelmed. When was the last time I was able to stroll into the drugstore and pick up some conditioner or gel? I can’t even remember; my trips to the beauty supply store now take forever, as I read through entire ingredients lists to look for one product that does not contain the ingredients I now shun. I buy most of my products online and often pay a hearty shipping and handling fee (sometimes up to $15), all because I feel as if I need products with lovely sounding names like kokum butter, burdock root, henna, amla, rosemary…trust me, I could go on. But in all honestly, who really did a thorough research study to conclude these ingredients actually benefit hair? Who is absolutely positive that my $20 conditioner is so much better than a drugstore brand? These are the things I often ponder. At the same time, I think my hair is growing out nicely, but who is to say that isn’t due to a healthy diet and good hair care?
In conclusion, I encourage you to listen to your hair above all else when choosing products. You may not need that $50 conditioner to get the deep treatment you need. Make sure your money is well spent and you hair is happy; everything else is just marketing.