Knowing what I know now, I went through all my hair products and their ingredients. Then went to the store to find products that I researched would be good for my hair. Here’s what I found out:
THE HAIR CARE AISLE IS LITERALLY OUT TO GET US.
Let me explain.
1. About 95% of the ingredients were the same in the natural, or “Ethnic Hair” as my local Wal-Mart likes to call it, section. I read the back of almost everything in that aisle. Minus a select few products, they all have the same main ingredients in them. On top of that, probably about 99% of the “Ethnic Hair” products had the same ingredients as the white hair products.
So that means the stuff that’s in their hair bottles
Is being sold to us, but with her face on it
(Not really, cause I’ve never seen B endorse a natural hair product. BUT YOU GET THE POINT.)
And that’s why they leave us high and dry. Looking crazy.
2. The labels will surely have you fooled. Moisturizing Creme! Souffle of Hydration! Olive Oil infused! Now with Shea Butter(but it’s actually the 12th ingredient on the list hidden like fine print)! Strengthening conditioner! Protein jelly! Ointment of the good hair gawds! Hair companies are great at their job: Marketing, advertising, and selling us stuff. They’re good at convincing us that their particular product will be the “miracle worker”. They just haven’t gotten around to, you know, actually creating the product they’ve advertised.
3. You have to know your hair before you even think about going to buy a product. Your favorite YouTuber’s hair may have the same curl pattern, the same length, the same look as your hair, BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN IT WILL WORK FOR YOU. There are so many things other than curl pattern that determine how a product will work with our hair. Punk the mess out of your hair. Put it in some crazy situations and see how it responds. Naturally curly has a great chart if you want to begin learning more about your hair.
4. You have to know what the ingredients do. These products will have you fooled if you just look at the front of them, but naturals aren’t falling for that. We’re getting smarter everyday. We’re not easily duped by a pretty package. Companies are having to keep up with us and our knowledge, so they’re getting smarter too. Not only is the front of the bottle an advertisement, the back is as well. The first ingredient for most of the products in the “ethnic” section was every naturals favorite: WATER. “Omg! Water is the main ingredient, it must be good for my hair!” No. Great, there’s water in there, but that doesn’t say much. The next few ingredients after water will tell you what’s up. Amino acids/proteins, sulfates, heavy oils, and a lot of others are big no-no’s for my hair and they were usually the next ingredients listed. All along we’ve been side-eyeing silicones and mineral oil, when every other ingredient was entirely wrong for our hair type. I got frustrated in that aisle. I felt like I had been lied to all my life. It was the ultimate hair betrayal.
5. Even if you get the product with all the right ingredients, it still may fail. I read everywhere that Jojoba oil would be the bomb diggity for my hair, and maybe it will be. I’m not writing it off completely because I didn’t buy a purely jojoba oil product. Jojoba oil was its main ingredient, but it was mixed with a ton of other oils. That stuff was heavy, and I don’t need any heavy sealing oil, my hair seals perfectly on it’s own. It was just going to sit on my hair and make it greasy. Now I know I can’t use it as an everyday moisturizer, but maybe I can use it in a deep conditioning treatment. Either way, it’s a win cause I learned from it.
All in all, this journey is about fails, wins, and learning, and I’m definitely learning. I hope you continue to learn as well.
P.S. Y’all if I come up missing these next few days, watch out for these hair companies. I feel like I just exposed some secrets and I’m on a watch list now.
Check out what my new products did for my hair when I tried Cocoon Curls for the first time!
All of this! My bathroom closet looks like the place where rejected products go to die. I get sucked in every time I see another video or walk down the hair aisle.