I’ve missed you!!! I promise I’ll do better…But just because I haven’t posted, do not think for one second that I’ve forgotten about you. Every where I look I see blog posts. I’ve just got to get them out of my head and onto the page. Well, I’m glad you’re here and thank you so much for taking the time to read my blog. Even if it was just the title that caught your attention (lol). But that was the point!
As I was preparing my tresses for bed, I realized how many glorious hair products women (and men!) miss out on because they think that a product is only made for one ethnicity, gender or hair type. People with straight hair avoid products for curly folks. White people think Black hair care product will make their hair too greasy. Many African-Americans still rush to the “Ethnic Hair Care” section at Walmart and never bother to take a look on the other aisle because, “Those products are for White folks”. And that’s just not true! I’m not saying Pantene ProV’s Relaxed and Natural isn’t a good product. I’m just saying there’s probably one out there you’d like a whole lot better that may not be designed “just for you”.
Let me share some of my favorite products/brands that you’d probably be surprised to find in my bathroom. Who knows? Maybe you’ll venture out and get some new products to shake up your own ;-)
I can’t say enough about how UH-MAZING this product line is. So many of their products are staples in my hair care regimen. I love that majority of the products DO NOT contain mineral oil. Which if you didn’t know is horrible for your hair. All it does is sit on top and create a build-up. Say hello to a dull, life-less and weighed down ‘do! The molecules in mineral oil are far too large to penetrate your hair shaft. Therefore, it does a crappy job of moisturizing your strands.
I recommend Garnier Frutis Sleek & Shine Leave-In Conditioning Cream. It leaves my hair soft and smelling delicious. And here’s another shocker (And recent find!). The Garnier Frutis Style Curl Sculpting Cream-Gel is FABULOUS for smoothing down edges. You get extra hold without the crunch. I like to layer it on top of the Conditioning Cream and top it off with Garnier’s Sleek & Shine Anti-Frizz Serum. It gives great shine without weighing your hair down. And did I mention that all these products are extremely budget friendly?! SCORE.
- The Garnier Frutis Triple Nutrition line will whip any dry and damaged hair back into shape.
- I use Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo when my hair needs clarifying without being stripped dry.
- If you like to co-wash, Aussie Moist Conditioner is awesome. It’s supper cheap and comes in a 33.8 fl oz bottle that will take you a while to devour no matter how generous you are.
- If you flat-iron your hair everyday and/or color it with the seasons, using a heavier conditioner made for African-American hair (even if you’re not) can really help to stave off the damage. Products made for ethnic hair tend to contain more oils and heavier conditioners. Try a product like Shea Moisture’s Deep Treatment Mask once a week to revitalize and bring life back to your hair. Then follow with your regular moisturizing or color protecting shampoo.
- Even if you’re hair isn’t dry & damaged. Buy those products anyway! It’s preventative and it will keep your hair in tip-top condition.
- Layer your products effectively. Oil and water don’t mix. Likewise, don’t layer a water based product over an oil based one! Apply the lightest water based product and seal all that moisture in with your heaviest oil based product.
- READ the ingredient list! I can’t stress this enough. Know what you’re putting on your hair. A product may say it contains Shea Butter, but is it the 2nd or 22nd ingredient on the list? The further up on the list it is, the more of that ingredient was used in making that product.
So tell me…What products do you use that go against the stereotypes? Have you noticed beauty segregation going on in an aisle near you?
Keep it Royal,