Video: Hair care


Key Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Products


After talking to other naturals about hair products, I have found out that it is important to always read labels. Yet, what I didn’t know was what ingredients to steer from other than the two that are commonly talked about–sulfate and alcohol. I was sure that those were not the only culprits, so  I decided to do further research. The following are some other common  ingredients to avoid:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfates/Sodium laureth Sulfates ( SLS/SLES)
  • Parabens ( methyl, paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben)
  • Propylene glycol
  • 1 &4 Dioxane
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Acrylamide
  • Formaladehyde
  • Resorcinol
  • Paraffin
  • Phthalates

( “Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding,” pg.174)

Some common items that nourish natural hair

Its amazing how many natural oils, herbs and plants that can be used to  care for natural hair. No need for the fake chemicals

  • Promotes hair growth: Avocado oil, Rosemary, Sage, Basil
  • Hair Moisturizers: Shea butter, Castor oil, Cocoa butter, Extra virgin olive oil
  • Hair Softeners: Papaya, Grapeseed oil, jojoba oil, Lavender
  • Scalp soothers: Jasmine, Almond oil, Carrot oil, Chamomile

( “Milady standard Natural Hair Care And Braiding,”pg.176)

Key Natural Hair Terms

As you familiarize yourself with natural hair care it is important to become accustomed with key terms. According to Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding ( pg. 85), the following are trending terms to become familiar with:

  • Big Chop ( BC): “Cutti20161012_124714ng treated hair”
  • Co-Wash: “To use conditioner to shampoo hair”
  • Cones: “silicones; not water soluble”
  • DT or DC: “Deep treatment or deep conditioner applied over an extended period of time or period of time with dry heat or moist stream heat”
  • Dusting: “a very fine trim; can range from .25 inch (0.6 cm) or less, meaning as little hair possible, so it resembles dust on the floor”
  • No Poo: “No shampooing, use conditioner to shampoo–Co-washing”
  • Plopping: “Quick-dry method for curly hair using paper towel or T-shirt”
  • SLS: “Sodium laurel sulfate; surfactants, cleansing agent, and detergent that can be irritating, toxic, and drying to hair and scalp”
  • TNC: “Twist and curl, double-strand twist, and rod or flex set”
  • TWA: “Teeny weeny afro”
  • Wash-n-Go: “A co wash following a leave-in conditioner, and texture enhancer; hand style, air dry or diffuse”
  • Twist-out: “Double-strand twist set that is dried, opened, and styled”
  • Hair typing system: “General classification of hair textures for social media communication and product selection. Hair typing or classification is often with numerical hierarchy, from 1-4 or 1-8. This system describes natural hair textures based on the wave/curl/coil patterns, elasticity, porosity and density.”
  • CBL: “Hair length reference, meaning collarbone length”
  • PJ: “Product junkies, a person who continually buys hair products, looking for a magic potion that will enhance hair texture”


Natural Hair Care Tips

I ran into the library this week to look for some movies, then it hit me. There are books about every topic, and especially with the popularity of re-embracing natural hair, I’m sure I can find some books about natural hair care.  One of the books, “better than good hair” by Nikki Walton, was both informational and testimonial and wanted to share some key points that stuck out to me.

  •  My stylist knows my relaxed hair texture and my natural, and one of the points made in Nikki Walton’s book was preparing a list of questions when consulting a hairstylist who is knowledgable about natural hair.
    • ( Marie Simone shared this list on pg.16&17)
      • What is my hair texture?
      • Do I have dry or oily hair?
      • Do I have coarse, medium, or fine hair?
      • Does my hair absorb moisture?
      • What is my curl pattern?
        • Do I have multiple curl patterns throughout my hair?
      • What style will work best for me?
      • How do I maintain my hair?
  • Personally, trying to figure out what products are best for my hair is very frustrating. Nikki Walton suggests five organic products to use and some of their benefits
    • ( pg.79-80)
      • Shea Butter: moisterizes and softens hair; reduces frizz; helps protect against damage from weather conditions, clumps curls
      • Aloe Vera: heat damage protector; defines curls; helpful when detaglingling hair; promotes hair shine; provides light hold
      • Jojoba extract: repairs dry and damaged hair, shine and softness; reduces frizz, clumps curls
      • Extra Virgin Olive Oil:  seals and softens hair, so it can be used as a pre-shampoo and deep conditioner
      • Honey: has anitbactirial properties; retains moister, so its a good additive for conditioners and deep conditioners
  • Not properly detagling your hair can cause breakage. I have past experinces of improperly combing out my hair after washing it. Nikki Walton provides three detagling methods to try
    • (pg. 95-96)
      • Sink/Mirror Detagling: add oil to your hair–olive for example
        • Part hair into 4-6 sections
        • Finger through one section of your hair at a time starting from ends to roots. You may use a big tooth comb or paddle brush
        • Twist each section after you have detangeld it
        • Wash hair while in twist or carefully do so after untwisiting hair
      • Shower Detangling
        • After soaking hair, part it into 2 sections
        • Wash one section of hair at a time
        • Wet hair evenly all over
        • Detangle each section from ends to roots while water runs on hair using fingers, shower comb or a detangling comb
      • Damp Detangling
        • Spray dry hair with water then apply some conditioner or moisturizing butter
        • Part hair into 4-8 sections
        • Detangle one section at a time from ends to roots with fingers, a big tooth comb or paddle brush
        • Retwist section once detangled
        • Wash hair while in twist or carefully do so after untwisiting hair