Q: Would you ever consider doing an “ingredient review”? For example, ingredients that you love, hate, what to clear up misconceptions about, look for in products, or that have specfic uses regarding your own hair?
A: No, because ingredients I love may not work for other people, and it’s not like a review where I can tell people that the product may work better for them if they are seeking xyz from a product (because the purpose of an ingredient is not as flexible as a product, they are usually added to a product for a specific purpose). A lot of the time…it’s as simple as, “My hair loves x, but hates y. I’m not sure why.” Hair is bratty, and you’ll never know what your hair really needs unless you experiment with different things. Sincerely, I want people to become more autonomous with their hair and notice trends in their hair’s performance for themselves. It is not difficult to do an ingredients search and find what ingredients are meant to do or notice similar ingredients lists in products you love or hate. As I played with products at the beginning of my hair journey, I noticed that products with certain ingredients were always the ones I was adding to my HG list, and I began comparing formulations to see what they had in common. Now, when I select products, I usually pick ones that have a similar formulation (unless I am just picking stuff on a whim or because I really want to try it). I cannot stress it enough – people need to learn their own hair. There are several posts on my blog and across the internet that talk about ingredients (I know I have them on aloe vera and glycerin). I cannot tell people what to look for in products outside of the basic categories of water (for me), a moisturizer (in addition to water), sealer, protein (if you need it), cleanser (if applicable), etc. Please remember that I am not a chemist of any kind, I just love hair and learning about it. I encourage others to do the same.