Hair Journey

A Natural Throwback

Hey Curly Naturals,


Lets take a walk together near the ocean shore, hand in hand you and I.

– Cherish Kool& the gang (Canva)

Over the past few years the Natural hair community has boomed not only in the movement but also by how much products we now have on offer to us. It might be hard to believe (especially if you are fairly new on your journey) but there was a time where options were far and few between and you just had to make do with whatever was on the shelf. I remember I always envied and so wished that I would one day be able to hold a Shea Moisture Curl enhancing Smoothie in my hand (I have and sadly I haven’t found a way where it is compatible with my hair). I decided to take a trip down memory lane to see how far we have come along in the South African Natural hair movement.

(also sorry in advance for the hazy pics this was almost 6 years ago and I was using a Black Berry)

 

 


Tresemme Naturals 

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An unintentional #TBT I wasn't going to post, anything besides a story or 2 but this morning, like on this week's wash day I got reminded why this discontinued range was my fave: *All the slip *Detangle is a breeze *Lightweight *And I used it as a leave in (even though it wasn't meant to be one 😋) This was one of the first products I latched onto when I went natural so much so that I would even stockpile it. Tresemme really done us wrong with the thick gloopy Botaniques that replaced Tresemme Naturals. I still get to reminisce about this good range because this bottle is practically full and it only comes out when desperate times call for desperate measures. #Conditioner #TresemmeNaturals #oldbutgoody #naturalhair #3C #curlyhair

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This was the staple and existence of my natural hair journey, I used it as a normal rinse out conditioner, a leave in conditioner and a co-wash. I was very gutted when I found out that the range was being discontinued, I know I am not alone though based on the reaction that I got from one of my Instagram posts. Needless to say Tresemme Botaniques does not come close to this range.


Dr Miracles Curl Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This range was one of the first complete ranges that I could find in South Africa. The range was uncomplicated, reasonably priced for the quality it offered (compared to the prices of the products that we have available in SA today). My 2 favorite products are the Weightless Moisturizing Cream and the Curl Cream, the Curl cream gave my hair a soft definition, made my hair feel soft and moisturized. The Weightless moisturizing cream was a gem who’s true potential I only started discovering when my hair was longer and sadly just before the range got discontinued, this cream is a Low Porosity Naturals’ dream, it gives the right amount of moisture without weighing hair down and it was a dream to use when I do the LOC method. I still have a treasured stash and only use it occasionally use it as a treat. 


Twisted Sista

 

 

 

 

 

 

You are probably wondering why this range is featured since its still alive and kicking on the shelves. So here is the store.. Twisted Sista arrived on the scene I found this revolutionary since I did not think that there would be Natural hair ranges available in SA (this was about 2014-2015 Clicks was already gearing itself towards the Natural hair industry back then already) my thank you email reached a buyer or representative of Twisted Sista and I was able to get the full range. Since then the range has redone its packaging and added more products to its line.

Easy Waves

Easy Waves banded pack; Curl activator and Oil Sheen Conditioner *image courtesy: easy-waves.co.za

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


I am LoLing hard on this one. I thought that I had a find on my hands when I discovered the Easy Waves banded pack, the catch was that I did not know how to use it… and to this day I still don’t (If you do know how to use it please comment below). The banded pack is a duo of 2 products that consists of a Curl activating spray, both products heavily feature Glycerin and whenever I used it I felt like an Olie ball. Easy Waves have since been extended its range to gels, stylers and waxes. 


ORS Curl Pudding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So before ORS decided that they were going to be all fancy, re-brand themselves and add products suited for Natural hair there was this little gem I found. (their products have always been go though even before ORS Curls Unleashed)
Both my mother and I used it at the beginning of our journey’s and it was our stylers before all the other brands saturated the Market. The Curls Pudding came in 2 variants, one was in a green tub for adults that was green in color and had a lighter consistency than the kiddie version and had a thicker consistency that I loved. The consistency for both were very much like the puddings, creams and butters we use today(gosh it makes it sound like this was 15 years ago) 


Do you have any favourite products that have been discontinued or slightly changed? 

 

SACG 😉

*Feature image by Zack Minor on Unsplash
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Curly Education 101

Double Duty Products

Hey Curly Naturals,

As Naturals, expensive products are synonymous with our journey. That is why I like double duty products, I remember before Tresemme Naturals got discontinued, my hair regime(n) practically revolved around the beloved conditioner. I used it as a rinse out conditioner, a leave in and when I was lazy a co-wash, but I digress..

So you might ask what is a double duty product? Double duty products are products that serve 2 or more functions/ duties in one product. I have found that not only do they save time and money but with Cape Town’s water shortage they also save water.

 

Design Essential Leave in Detangling Conditioner

Design Essentials Leave in Detangling Conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So not only does this conditioner make de tangling easier you also don’t have to rinse it out afterwards (see I told you they save water 🙂 )

My experience was not “out of this world, oh my word I need to buy it now”, it did have a decent amount of slip but it wasn’t as moisturizing. I am not going to rule it out completely because it was only a sample sachet that I used so until I find the coins (damn this range is expensive!!!) to actually buy a full ass bottle I’ll reserve my final verdict for that day.

Afrobotanics Deep penetrating moisturising conditioner.

Afrobotanics Deep penetrating moisturizing conditioner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While I don’t really regard this as a true double duty product, by my definition it can serve 2 functions so why not? This conditioner can be used as both a normal rinse out conditioner or as a deep conditioner (my main use). I fell inlove with this product just based on the ingredients, its one of those good quality reasonably priced products. Because I do see this product as an investment I rarely use as a rinse out conditioner but if you wanted to the option is there for you to.

Click on the FB post to get to the review I done on Magical Messy Me’s blog.

 

Twisted Sista Leave in/ Deep conditioner

This little gem I discovered in a prize I won at the MHS 2018, I was very excited to find and use it. From the research that I have done this product is only available in sachet form and gives you about 2 uses my hair is a few millimetres past bra strap length in and it covered my hair adequately. Unlike other Double duty products this one cannot be used as a 2 in 1, it does require you to rinse it out  this I only found out afterwards….

You can either use it as a deep conditioner and then rinse it out or use as a leave in conditioner.(much like the Afrobotanics conditioner ⬆️)

Aunt Jackie’s Girls Super Duper Softening Conditioner Soft & Sassy

Girls Super Duper Softening Conditioner Soft & Sassy via Clicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This product I found very early on in my journey. Unlike the other products that I have mentioned in the blog mostly have 2 functions but this one… this one.. baybay!! This one has 3 functions I’m not pulling this out of thin air, it clearly states on the jar that you can use it as a co-wash, leave in and deep conditioner. So yes this is a complete money and time saver heck you can do your whole wash day using this product. My personal experience when I used this product wasn’t that great I remember that using it as a deep conditioner was lightweight it didn’t pack a punch in the moisture replenishment department and was pretty much  Meh.. Although I might just buy it again because of this blog post.

Cantu Leave-in Conditioning repair cream 

 

Cantu Leave in Conditoning repair cream image via za.carethy.net

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I saved the best for last.
When Cantu launched in South Africa this was one of the first products I tried in their range and also one that I saw was featured quiet a bit (good job on their marketing)
This all rounder has become a staple in hair regime(n) and my stash, I accumulate my Clicks Club points to make it easier on my pocket. I use it as a deep conditioner, once my DC session is done I continue with my LOC method, without rinsing out

You can use this product a s styler, a deep conditioner and a leave in. This product is what got me through the dreaded Cape Town drought.

 

I have always been a fan of double duty products because they are economical, time saving and in some cases use less water.

Have you ever heard of Double duty products, do you use them and what are your takes?

SACG 😉

Curly Education 101

I found PEGs in my hair products!

Hey Curly Naturals,


So, S.O and I were arguing about my favourite Foot soak and had the audacity to question the integrity of the ingredients in it, since he knows that I am an avid label reader. Upon further inspection I saw PEG-40 Shea Butter listed as one of the ingredients. Now I was happy about the fact that my lovely foot soak contained natural shea butter but… that little PEG word really bothered me. This wasn’t the first time that I had seen this word before and me being the ingredient sleuth I decided to investigate.

What is a PEG?

PEG is short for Polyethylene Glycol
What does it do?It moisturizes/softensIt keeps products stabil (especially when its an emulsifier)It enhances the penetration of the other ingredients

Common ingredients that I have found in Natural hair products

  • PEG40 hydrogenated Castor oil
  • PEG 40 Stearate
  • PEG 50 Shea butter


PEG isn’t just one chemical or ingredient but rather a mixture or class of Polymers.You will most likely always notice “PEG” followed by a number, this number represents the molecular weight of the compound. The lower the molecular weight/ number, the easier it is for the compound to penetrate your skin.

Safety?

Through my research I got some conflicting answers, some articles noted that PEGs are safe (non-toxic was the word that was used) and a certain type of PEG called PEG3350 is actually found in laxative. Other articles and sites that I have come across have stated that although the permeability of a product is achieved the chemicals that are found in PEG are harmful and this can lead to one being exposed to more disease. 


My take

Since I noticed this ingredient (even before doing research for this blog post) I have always erred on the side of caution. A chemical ingredient attached to a natural ingredient surely cannot be considered an all natural ingredient so when I do see this ingredient I know that its the marketeers trying to convince me that this is a good product. 

Lettuce in my head

How to achieve your goals in 2019

Hey Curly Naturals

The Food has been eaten, gifts exhcanged, time well spent with famiyl and friend before you know it you find yourself counting down the New Year, you are grateful to see another year but then it dawns on you… Resolutions… “How will I achieve them, will they actually get done this year?”

I have goals that I want to achieve this year (yes goals not resolutions, I don’t relate well with this “resolution” word)

If you are like me and have things you want to achieve but the idea of making resolutions put you off I have 4 tips on how you can make things happen.

Break it down

I heard about this a few years ago and it really appealed to me. While the traditional New Year’s resolution give you the whole year to complete your said goals, this method

Breaking down your goals into smaller, manageable and more achievable steps makes it less daunting. Depending on your goal you can either break it down to by using phases, steps or use one of the other tips in conjunction with one another. You are able to track your progress and celebrate small milestones ,which in turn keeps you motivated to do more.

Setting a deadline

If your goal is a once off thing or you have something small that you want to get done, setting a deadline can be another way to tackle your goal. e.g getting your learners or completing an online course. Once you are done you can tackle the next goal , either big or small, on your list.

Dedicating a day,week, month or a custom time period to a specific goal.

The idea behind this one is is,that you solely commit your focus to one goal and cancel out the noise or distractions of anything else. Once the week or month has ended you track your progress, recommit and work out a new plan of action. For example . weekends I have some free time on my hands so I set some time aside about an hour or so and dedicate that to the course that I am doing, Ialso set a goal about how many tasks I want completed in a module. I done this for the whole of 2018 and now I only have 2 modules to complete before the “big exam.

As the saying goes you eat an elephant bit by bit.

An accountability buddy.

This was something that SO actually brought to the table.

If you and friend/loved one/colleague have goals to achieve but they aren’t related at all you can hold one another accountable by setting a date (tip 3) and then working on your goal, after the said period of time has passed you then present your progress or completed goal to one another. I found that this really helped me to complete some of my hobby projects that I start and then stop.

You can even use all 4 tips in combination with one another e.g you can break down a big goal,dedicate a time period and then set a deadline to complete a certain phase or dedicating a certain amount of time to a task and then breaking it down to manageable tasks daily,weekly or monthly and then presenting your progress to your accountability buddy.

4 tips should help you gain focus, keep you accountable, help you to track your progress. This should also help you create a strategy for your goals and have a different strategy for your goals depending on the size of it.

May your resolutions be resolved and your 2019 goals smashed.

SACG 😉

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2018 in Review…

Hey Curly Naturals,

I was pondering whether to post this and break my unintentional “Life happens” hiatus and whether to do it on social media or on my blog, the urge was too strong not to post so here I am typing this blog post and here you are reading it.

There has been a noticeable absence on my blog, 2018 threw me some unexpected curve balls and then took me on a Ratanga Anaconda Roller coaster ride towards the end of it. 

Changes

there were many changes this year, it first started with my planned, well prepared move in April. I was ok with this and all that I wanted to do was get it over and done with and then move on with life which I did…

I wasn’t very happy at my previous job, it took a lot out of me, it was stressful and not a very conducive place for my mental well-being. A new job came unexpectedly, but it was a silent prayer and desired that was answered. By moving out of a job that I felt was no longer serving me felt like I was taking charge of my life. I done a lot of introspection, I became very honest with myself about why I wanted to leave, I even took pen to paper and wrote down all my reasons for leaving. Some were practical others concerned my well-being, it was very sobering to be this honest with myself, ,questioning myself and to make sure that I wasn’t merely running away. It was as if I was holding myself accountable and grounding myself before making a big decision. I felt like this was one of the first steps in my personal growth this year (little did I know there was more to come)

My second move took me completely by surprise, it took a whole lot out of me and required me to step up in ways that I haven’t before. I was given a mere 2 weeks to move out and this after one month starting a new job. I was going to take the alternative offer provided to me but with some pro activeness and divine intervention I am now in a better living space.

I spoke to fellow Natural Nadia and her words to me were “I’m glad you finding better options and putting yourself in a better phase” I found this rather profound, while I thought I was just dealing with punches and life happening to me, all the changes that have taken place actually made life better. If someone else can see it then I must be moving in the right direction.

After reviewing the year I look back with gratitude for all the lessons I have learned, the better space I am in and especially my personal growth.

2018 you have kicked my butt, I stood strong and therefore 2019 you have some goals waiting to be achieved.

SACG 😉

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DIY Body Oil

Hey Curly Naturals,

There has been a pop of body oils lately. Since I have made and sold lip balms, Shea butter whips and once even accidentally made massage bars. I thought I should try my hand at making my own with ingredients that I already have.

A few years ago I started falling in love with essential oils and ever since then have been using them on a regular basis. My first essential oil that I started using wasLavender essential oil from Lavender essential oil I went to Tea tree oil and when making lip balms my favourite essential oils are Lemon grass, Peppermint (it gives you lips a nice tingle) and Sweet Orange. I recently discovered Geranium when I received a body butter sample and went on an essential oil hunt to get my hands on it, I just love the smell and it relaxes me.

I have many empty essential oil jars that I have kept since I figured that they may be valuable in the future (it is glass after) and with being a natural we always have some sort of oil lying around somewhere, instead of just using it for our hair why not cover ourselves from head to toe with this goodness.

What you will need:

  • Glass jar with a dropper or reuse an old essential oil bottle.

The essential oil jar on the right is the one that I used. As you can see the dropper can be removed so that you can not only clean but also pour your oils in the bottle. The Amber glass jar with the pippette is the neem oil I bought a while ago, you can buy them empty, the image was jist for reference.

  • A massage/Carrier oil ( this will serve as the base of your body oil.) I used Grape seed oil and Sweet Almond oil.

    Carrier oils

 

  • Essential oil of your choice. Specifically for my DIY I used Geranium oil, Neroli and Lemon Grass essential oil.Since I used a blend of oils overtime they blended and transformed into a unique scent that I did not expect. So if you want something really unique choosing your favourite essential oils will result in your own unique blend.

 

How to:

  • Before starting I cleaned my old essential oil jar and left it to air dry. If you are using a jar that you bought I would advise that you clean it as well.
  • Add your base oil into your glass jar. Or equal parts of the 2 massage oils you are using.
  • Add 15-20 drops of your essential oils.
  • Shake well and apply as your daily moisturiser or when needed

I like using essential oils at night as part of my bedtime routine and then plain coconut oil in the morning (weather permitting). I have abandoned buying and using store bought lotions about 3 years ago. Not only is it forgiving to my pocket but also great for my skin. If you do have essential oil but no container to make your own body oil add a drop or 2 in your hand when you do moisturise your body.

SACG 😉

Curly Education 101

How to create a natural hair regime(n)

Hey Curly Naturals,

I have been gone for a beat but I am working diligently on getting back into posting regularly. The last 3 weeks have been so hectic, especially last week before I got to get a real break and just breath for a moment.

But back to the post….

I was initially going to share my hair regime(n) but decided against it because I thought it would not be much help. Instead I decided that I will help you build your own hair regime(n), this is just a rough lay out and it can be tweaked to your likes, dislikes and personal preferences. There is no hard and fast rule but one thing that is key is consistency, I have found that consistency is what helped me in my hair journey, especially in the beginning stages.

I remember when I went natural I did not know where to start and so every week I just washed, conditioned and deep conditioned these are 3 steps are the back bone of a natural hair regime(n). I done these 3 steps diligently and then tweaked, added and removed as I continued in my journey

Daily:

Make sure that your hair is adequately moisturized by using a hair spritzer , you can either opt for a diy homemade one or a store bought one from your favourite hair care brand.

Weekly:

I think this is the part where most naturals struggle they do not know where to start or what to do. It is as easy as 1,2,3 yes only 3 essential steps:

Wash/Cleanse:

Making sure your scalp is cleansed to avoid product build up and promote growth.

You can opt for a sulphate free cleanser or choose to co-wash.

Conditioning:

We all know that our hair leans towards the dry side therefore conditioning is important to restore moisture back into your hair. A conditioner with slip also makes detangling easier, prevents hair shedding which in turn helps to retain length (I mean who does not want to be #hairgoals)

I have to add though that this step is completely optional. I personally like doing this step so that I am able to detangle my hair before I put on my deep conditioner and maximize on my hair being under a cap.

Deep conditioning:

I believe deep contioning is a very ,very important part of a Natural hair regime(n) I do this without fail every wash day.

A deep conditoning session fully restores moisture back into your hair.

Styling/ LOCing it in:

When I was at my wits end on how to retain moisture I came across the LOC method. The LOC method is a 3 step system where you apply products in a certain sequence to retain as much moisture as possible. The O and C can be swapped around to suit your preferences or change the outcome of your wash and go, however you will have to moisturize your hair with either water or a leave in conditioner (on wet hair of course)

L = Liquid/water or leave in conditioner

(I personally opt for a light -weight leave in conditioner being low-porous and all)

O = Oil (I like using my trusted Grapeseed oil)

C = Cream This is usually the styling product that you are going to use to style your hair and make a bomb twist out or something like that. It does not have to be a cream though, you can choose butters, gel or puddings.

Monthly:

Every month (or so) I like clarifying my hair. Being a low-porous girl means that I am prone to product build up which can weigh my hair down.

The ratio of ACV to water that I use is 15 ml ACV in 250 ml water (For every 250 ml of water that I add, I just add another 15ml of ACV) . After shampooing I clarify my hair, I leave the mixture in for a few minutes by gently massaging my hair and scalp with the mixture and then rinse with clean water.

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Reasons why Clarifying your hair is good for you?

  • It remove build up
  • alkalinses your hair by restoring the PH of your hair.
  • Leaves it soft and shiny

And that Curly Naturals is how you create your hair regime(n) as I said you can tweak it to your needs.

How did you go about building your hair regime(n).

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Natural Hair & Interviews

Hey Curly Naturals,

It goes without saying that this Natural hair journey has its highs and lows, ups and downs, I am about to pull my hair out of my scalp moments. Your whole life adjusts, some things you didn’t think would need adjusting or thinking about all of a sudden leaves you with sleepless nights.

After going natural and going to an interview with my head of curls I did not give much thought as to how my hair should be styled or not for an interview.

This was pretty much me when I went to interviews. My curls featured but they weren’t as overwhelming then as they are now.

I went to 2 interviews a few weeks ago and realized that I have not shared my experiences on how I style hair or the approach I take when it comes to going to interviews.

Rookie:

The very first time I went for an interview I had my hair in a puff, I did not give it much thought , I was just so worried about the actual interview (which was at short notice) that my hair was the last thing on my mind. I ended up getting the vacancy and on my first day wore it in finger coils with the front parts neatly tied to the back with hair pins. That’s when I learned that finger coils were a winner.

Part 2:

My second experience, I wore my hair in an afro neatly tucked away, With both the experiences I knew well in advance about the interview so I could prep. I wore my hair in a wash and go with a side parting and the fronts neatly tucked away with hair pins (this was before I fell in love with protective styling). Both were on day 1 hair so it was everything that day 1 hair is ; cute, glossy, no volume at all and lets not forget fresh, it smelled like flowers.

Below are 3 pictures with variations, I think that this is super easy because whatever mess your hair is in you can always just spritz it and then tuck it away.

A fresh wash and go pinned back…

An old twist out can easily be be turned into a defined twist out and pinned back…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Getting the hang of it.

By the time I had to go for another interview and knew in advance. I already knew that I would be doing finger coils. I style my hair in finger coils, they were all bouncy and shiny and I aced the interview. I find that finger coils are easy to do and they style really nicely as well as staying until my next wash day.

 

Protect it:

In my recent experiences my hair was already in protective styling and looked neat and professional. I tried making it look cute (like one of the above pictures) but it was starting to look like a mess and I was running late so I just spritzed my hair with my home made hair spritzer and tied it up in the original style. After all if its not broken do not fix it.

I do find that protective styling by default already provides you with a neat, fuss free, no worry option.

I actually showed a picture of my hair in its natural state asking if I am allowed to wear it like that from time to time and I was told by the owner of the business that it would be fine. I was not successful not that I think my hair had any bearing on the outcome but I did do it as a test to see what the response would be.

My final words:

I know that looking for a new job can be really daunting and adding what to do with your hair can make a already stressful situation even more stressful. Go with your gut. My modus operandi is to at least show my hair in its natural form in some way or another, that is why a pinned back fro and finger coils are my go to if I can and I have enough time.

I know that I am not the only one facing this hurdle, how do you style your natural hair for interviews? Have you ever had issues with your natural hair in your work place.

SACG 😉

*Featured image: Photo by rawpixel.com from Pexels

 

Curly Education 101

{Homemade} Hair Spritzer

Hey Curly Naturals!

Since my natural hair journey I have had a thing for hair spritzers. I have had a love/hate relationship with it, I always wanted one but never seemed to find one that works for me and the formulas I did dabble with weighed down my low-porous mane.

That was until recently, when I finally found a formula that works for me (that you can of course adjust for your own hair needs, preferences like and dislikes).

 

The formula is water based, previous formulas were alwasys a mixture of other products or contained a lot of conditioner.

The Basic Formula

  • Water and/or Aloe water/juice/gel (for my spritzer I used boiled water that was cooled down and Sugar free Aloe Water
  • Oil ( again your choice I used grapeseed oil and added a few drops of My Natural hair strengthening oil
  • Glycerine (a humectant)
  • Essential Oil (any one or more of your favourites I personally like Lemongrass and sweet orange

Method:

  • I mix equal amounts of water and Aloe water until my spray bottle is 2/3.
  • *(Give it a good mix to blend the 2 ingredients well, this I do this each time after I add ingredients)
  • I then add my choice of oils (Grapeseed, Avocado, sweet almond oil and Jamaica black castor oil)
  • *
  • 1 teaspoon of glycerin
  • *
  • 10 drops of one or more of my essential oils or until I am satisfied with the smell.
  • I give it a final good shake too incorporate it well and voila! There I my diy home-made customized hair spritzer.

As I mentioned earlier in the post, you can customize it I know some naturals really like using conditioner I would suggest adding it at the beginning of the mixture with your water.

If you are using butters such as shea butter or coconut oil you can slightly warm it and add it at the beginning of your mixture to incorporate well and form the base of your hair spritzer. This tip I got from another natural that loves adding thick butters and oils to her through her hair spritzer.

Do you make your own Hair spritzer what are your tips or do you prefer store bought hair spritzers?

SACG 😉

*Blog Featured image 

 

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What are in your products?

Hey Curly Naturals,

In this blog post I want to share my list of top 3 ingredients that I look out for in products.

At the beginning of my natural hair journey the buzzword and ingredient to look out for in your products were sulphates and Parabens. An article on Curly Nikki taught me how to decipher the ingredients in my cosmetics or personal hygiene products. Going forward my product purchases were a bit more mindful.

A few months ago on Social media I noticed that many naturals were raving about a natural hair product that was not only reasonably priced but it gave great results. I was very interested in the product and decided to try it… that was until I actually had the product in my hand and I was reading the ingredient list I was very surprised to find out that it contained a paraben and that so many naturals were happy to buy it despite that it may put you are risk for cancer. I even commented on the fact that it does contain parabens and that it may be harmful I was met with ignorance. That is why I decided to write this blog post to educate other naturals.

Parabens

What are Parabens?

Parabens are preservatives that are added to cosmetics so that they do not go rancid.

Why are they bad for you?

Parabens are endocrine disruptors which means they interfere with endocrine or hormone systems when they are present in your body at certain doses. Simply put Parabens mimic estrogen levels in your body which can make you at risk for certain types of cancers.

Other names for parabens are:

  • Methyl paraben,
  • propyl paraben,
  • isobutyl paraben,
  • ethylparaben.

Be on the look out for these when you read the label of a product.

Phthalates:

I first noticed this ingredient on product labels that indicated it is “Phthalates free” I was very aware of Parabens but what was Phthalates?

Firstly its pronounced “thah-lates”

What are Phthalates?

Phthalates are plasticizers that are used to make plastic more flexible or soften them . So if you have had a bottle of shampoo for a while and the bottle feels hard that is because the Phthalates in the plastic have most likely leaked out of the bottle into your product, thus not making it safe to use.

Phthalates are harmful because they are suspected to be endocrin disruptors, they disrupt hormone function and cause cancer. This ingrdient has been linked to Asthma as well as affecting human development and reproductive systems, neurodevelopmental issues, The Autism spectrum and breast cancer.

There is one Phthalate,di-n-butyl phthalate, that when present in high levels in the body can cause either reproductive issues and developments in humans. The same goes for, di(2-ethylhexyl) phthalate, that may have male reproductive development.

Common names for Phthalates are:

  • DBP (dibutyl phthalate)
  • DNOP (di-n-octyl phthalate)
  • DiNP (diisononyl phthalate)
  • DEP (diethyl phthalate)
  • BBzP (benzyl butyl phthalate)
  • DEHP (di 2-ethylhexl phthalate)
  • DiDP (diisodecyl phthalate)
  • DnHP (di-n-hexyl phthalate)
  • DMP (dimethyl phthalate)
  • DnOP (di-n-octylphthalate)
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) is another plasticizer.

 

Mineral:

Mineral oil is a by product of Petroleum production and is also known as Paraffinum Liquidium.

It appears to moisturize your skin but all that it actually does is create a barrier on your skin. It basically traps your skin. So if your skin is dry and you use Mineral Oil (Petroleum Jelly or baby oil) you are basically just trapping in dryness. It also does not actually moisturize your skin.

Because mineral oil creates a barrier and basically traps whatever is underneath it, it is considered a comedogenic; it clogs pores causing acne and blackheads.

Baby oil is nothing but scented mineral oil, yet it is advertised as something that is good for babies!!

I have found that some natural hair products contain Mineral oil, this really gets on my nerves because as a natural I want to be sure that whatever I put on my hair will actually moisturize it, not appear to moisturize it.

Final word:

Being aware of what are in your products is not just to be a “know it all” but to prevent yourself from being in contact with chemicals or ingredients that might pose a risk to your health and adversely affect you. It all starts with education, if you are uncertain or curious about a certain ingredient in your products (be it natural hair or any personal hygiene product) Google is your friend. Research and find out in that way you will know whether to avoid it or not and it will make you wiser for future purchases.

I really hope that this post has been insightful and that it will make you more mindful of how you choose your products, not just for the Curl pop but also keeping your health in mind.

SACG 😉