Ingredients to be aware of in your products

These are ingredients you ought to stay away from if you have natural, black people hair.

These are ingredients you ought to stay away from if you have natural, black people hair.

1) MINERAL OIL:
Found in most common hair lotions, hair sprays and hair ‘foods’
Mineral oil is a liquid by product of petroleum. It clogs the pore and accumulates on the hair shaft attracting dirt. Mineral oil cannot be washed off by water alone. It requires regular sulfate based shampooing. (We will discuss sulfates later on).

2) PETROLEUM
Found in most common hair lotions and hair ‘foods’. Also know as petrolatum,soft paraffin and white paraffin.
Petroleum is a semi-solid translucent jelly. Just like mineral oil, petroleum is NOT a moisturizer but a barrier, clogging up the pores and accumulating on the hair shaft. It requires sulfate based shampooing to wash it off.

3) SULFATES
Found in most shampoos.
Sulfates are strong artificial chemicals that strip the scalp and hair off its natural oils causing the scalp to over produce oils. This creates a viscous cycle wherein you need more shampoo to remove excess oils. It disrupts the hair ability to naturally regulate a healthy oil balance. The scalp will gradually return to its natural state if you stop using shampoos without sulfate.

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