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What's so good about all natural products and unnatural products?

BeautyisMireeBeautyisMiree Posts: 202Registered Users Curl Neophyte
There's always a discussion in a hair forum about natural products and unnatural products. I usually don't read the ingredients of hair product just the reviews, so what does unnatural products contain that make you stay away from them?


  • rainboerainboe Posts: 284Registered Users
    I think some people just feel like certain man-made chemicals are either unhealthy, less effective than natural ingredients, or damaging to the environment. Also, some people feel like natural ingredients will be more potent or natural products will be simpler. I can see this especially for people who have allergies to some chemicals. Or fragrances.

    I'm not all natural or anything, but I think looking over ingredients is helpful to see what things do well in your hair or what ingredients consistently don't work.
    Fine Texture, Normal Porosity, Normal Elasticity. Dyed to brown a few months ago.
    Lowpoo: Trader Joe's TTT Shampoo
    Rinse Out:
    Yes to Carrots, AOHR, Aubrey Organics Rosemary Peppermint
    LI: Yes to Carrots
    Stylers: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, LA Looks Sports, Suave Professionals Captivating Curls Whipped Mousse
  • KrullenbolKrullenbol Posts: 114Registered Users
    I think it depends on your hair, I have natural products and unnatural products and the unnatural products have hardly any negative effect on my hair, my hair doesn't mind, it loves both
  • Always@nightAlways@night Posts: 566Registered Users
    They usually have silicones which can cause buildup if someone stays away from sulfates which many find to be drying. But some silicones in conditioners can only be removed with sulfate containing shampoo's. Also some people might be protein sensitive, or not like glycerin.
    Personally, I use both natural and normal products.
  • BeautyisMireeBeautyisMiree Posts: 202Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    They usually have silicones which can cause buildup if someone stays away from sulfates which many find to be drying. But some silicones in conditioners can only be removed with sulfate containing shampoo's. Also some people might be protein sensitive, or not like glycerin.
    Personally, I use both natural and normal products.

    What are silicones and sulfates?
  • Always@nightAlways@night Posts: 566Registered Users

    I hope this thread helps:-) i'm not too sure how to explain silicones and sulfates. If you still have questions hopefully another curly can help you out.
  • FmasuhrFmasuhr Posts: 1,354Registered Users
    this is just a personal opition: but i try to use as much natural products and stuff as i can. it just really interests me that alot of what we buy in man made products do contain herbs and flowers or pants or oils, and i like to think if thats what we can make from this plant, how good must it be? so personal i like to use the natural route cause i think it has more benifits for my hair or skin or face.
    i also dont like chemicals. growing up my parents didnt use many chemicals and im not used to them and seem to break out or get ichy and sore if i use normal shampoos or conditioners or products. with using natural things i dont get any problems.
    also: i dont have much money, and products seems to run out pretty quickly. so i would rather buy a good quaility oil, that my hair loves, that i know has many other benifits and that is safer for me, (i dont get any problems).
    i have a few other reasons but i dont want to bore any one with a really long post haha

    my hair: 3b, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
    my hair loves conditioner only styling!
    Oils and my own procuts are my hairs best friend
    my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.
  • Firefox7275Firefox7275 Posts: 3,750Registered Users
    What goes on my hair goes on my skin, I touch my hair with my hands, I apply products right up to the scalp, my hair sits against my face and neck when drying and so on. I'm more picky about what goes directly on my skin than my hair - doesn't have to be all natural, actually prefer short ingredients lists to numerous pointless plant extracts any of which might trigger a reaction.

    I still like to avoid sulphate surfactants, silicones, mineral oil, parabens, colours and fragrances if I can. Sulphates damage my skin (atopic eczema/ contact dermatitis) and silicones just give faux slip and shine they don't nourish the hair at all.

    I am particularly interested in ingredients that will have a good chance of working for my skin or hair based on published research: hydrolysed protein and lauric acid in coconut oil can both be absorbed into the hair shaft, other natural oils are good sources of the fatty acids naturally found in healthy sebum or in the 'glue' holding the cuticle scales together. Aloe vera has study after study showing benefits for skin so no problem if that gets on my hands or scalp from a hair product.
    2a-2c, medium texture, porous/ colour treated. Three years CG. Past bra strap length heading for waist.

    CO-wash: Inecto coconut/ Elvive Volume Collagen
    Treatments: Komaza Care Matani, coconut/ sweet almond/ fractionated coconut oils, Hairveda Sitrinillah
    Leave in: Fructis Sleek & Shine (old), Gliss Ultimate Volume, various Elvive
    Styler: Umberto Giannini jelly, Au Naturale styling gelee
    Flour sack towel, pixie diffuse or air dry.
    Experimenting with: benign neglect
  • curlicious13curlicious13 Posts: 1,632Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I'm trying to avoid sulfates & non water soluble silicones. They dry my hair completely out. My hair is doing much better since I stopped using them.
  • SamanthascurlzSamanthascurlz Posts: 1,082Registered Users
    It's ironic because I just posted a thread under general discussions if curlies ever considering using cones. I don't use cones or sulfates and I think my hair is better off. However, after reading and writing to some of the curlies in my other thread, some don't mind using a mild cone. It all depends on your hair. Some curlies might be ok using cones and their hair doesn't react negatively. However, I know that if I used cones my hair would divert back to it's dry old ways. It all depends on how your hair responds. EXPERIEMENT! That was what I did and still do! Now it's actually fun since I know my hair lol

    Also, I am sure a lot of girls can agree to this, one of the things that stops me from going back to cones is it took me so so damn long just to get that crap out of my hair, I don't want to have wasted all that past time and energy going back! LOL
    CG, High Porosity, Fine, Low Density, Medium Elasticity
    Suave, V05, GF Go clean gel, ACV rinses, CO, and Gelatine PT.

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