When you are purchasing black hair products, there are certain ingredients that you will benefit from and then there are some that are will only benefit the manufacturer, (like preservatives), or will only provide consistency, color, smell, or texture to the product.
In general, the less ingredients, the better! It's just like shopping for food. If you can't pronounce it, chances are it's not natural. There are exceptions to the rule, like tocopherols which is a form of vitamin E which is a natural preservative.
This list is not a bible by any means. If you have been using a product that contains these items and your hair is thriving, then don't stop. This just means that your regime is healthy and you are repairing any damage that the products may have caused or are causing.
I am going to give you a list of ingredients to avoid and then which one you should look for in a good shampoo, conditioner, and moisturizer.
The above list was taken from the book by Tulani Kinard, No Lye!. New York, 1997.
First of all you want to look for a really good moisturizing deep conditioner. The instant conditioners and leave-in conditioners are great if you are short on time but please believe that you will appreciate a good deep conditioning on a regular basis. Deep conditioners actually penetrate the hair shaft.
If you think about how important it is to moisturize often, (I moisturize daily and pay close attention to my ends), you know that you should try your best to use one that has natural oils, water, and pathenol.
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