3 Enemies of Curly Hair That You Don’t Know About
Earlier in my life, I struggled a lot with my hair. I was mad because it didn’t have enough definition, it wasn’t curly or straight… it was a mess! I started to chemically treated a lot just to be able to manage it, but I wasn’t completely happy with the results.
All the members in my family have straight hair, so I never really used products specially designed for curly. I didn’t even know that they exist! So, I was administering the three worst things one could apply to curly hair.
BEWARE OF THESE SINFUL CREATURES! AND BEHOLD!
Sulfates, Silicones and Parabens
First of all, what are they?
Basically, sulfates are the special ingredients that make all the shampoos have that bubbly feeling to them. If it has lather, it surely has sulfates! And well, sulfates are terrible for curly hair… TERRIBLE. Sulfates tend to rid the hair from a lot of its natural oils, and since curly hair dries faster and sooner than straight hair, they will leave your curls very dehydrated, so it’s better to stay away from them for good!
Silicones are synthetic components derived from hydrogen, carbon and oxygen. They are used to create that moisturized feeling when washing your hair, but the truth is that they just create a coating on your strand that, if used often, will weigh down your strands because of the major build-up they create.
And last but not less important, the fearsome parabens. These components act as preservatives so your hair products can deter mould and bacteria. This allows them to last for very long periods of time, but they also enter your system through the scalp and it also causes curls to dry and frizz.
How can I identify them?
This can be a little bit difficult at first. But with a little bit of practice, you should be easily master the art of identifying these ingredients in the products you buy.
Shampoo bottles often have A LOT of confusing text at the back, but the ones you’re looking for should be easy to spot.
Sulfates will always have the termination “-ate”, silicones will mostly end in “-cone”, “-xane” and “-col”. And the easiest are the parabens because they just end with “paraben”. Is not rocket science, right?
Do you tend to check the ingredients of the products you buy? We invite you to do it! And, if you have the time, also check our blog so you can stay up to date with the best care tips for your hair!