One big setback, that I’ve had during the course of my natural hair journey, is the quest for the perfect product for my type of hair. I think this is something a lot of us, especially those of us with type 4 hair, can relate to.
I would spend lots of time researching the perfect product for my hair, by watching YouTube videos or visiting blogs. The results of using the product would look awesome on that individual’s hair, so I would run out to get it, only for it to be an EPIC FAIL on my hair.
For the longest time I couldn’t understand this and I thought that I probably had this special type of hair, that didn’t want to cooperate with a lot of products and was high maintenance.
But ever since I found out about the Maximum Hydration Method, I’ve finally figured it out. So I would like to share my experience with three products that I own, that are very popular within the natural hair community, however, these products without my knowledge were causing problems to my hair.
The first product I’m going to talk about in this series is, Tresseme Naturals. Tresseme Naturals gets a lot of positive reviews within the natural hair community…and what’s not to love! It’s a big bottle, it’s really thick and has lots of slip which is great for detangling, it’s easily accessible, it’s cheap. Overall it’s great value for the amount of product you are getting and it’s economical.
I found a bottle of Vibrant Naturals in my local grocery store and it was even on sale for 2 for the price of one…whoop whoop, winner winner chicken dinner!
The bottle says:
- It’s hypoallergenic, no added color and silicone free.
- Certified Organic Aloe Vera and Avocado Oil
- Its supposed to nourish & replenish, for healthy looking, nourished hair.
So I used it on my hair and it was very thick, had lots of slip and was great for detangling. So what was the problem you ask? Well after my hair dried it was a super dry, crunchy MESS!
At the time I had just found out about the Maximum Hydration Method and so I decided to ask Pinkecube (The lady who created the Maximum Hydration Method) about the ingredients within this product. She analyzed the ingredients and let’s me know that:
“It’s likely a combination of many ingredients including: fractionized coconut oil, (the specific parts that make coconut oil function as a humectant, and get hard in cold weather). aloe juice(some ppl find this drying. Aloe is a humectant, but not a super strong one like glycerin or propylene glycol. ) the denatured alcohol and the salts, and quaternary salt(waxy substance) in this product. I will bold the specific problem issues.Ingredients: Aqua, Cetearyl Alcohol, Stearamidopropoyl Dimethylamine, Persea Gratissima Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Brassica Campestris/Aleurites Fordi Oil Copolymer, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Chloride(quaternary ammonium salt, aka surficant), Parfum, Sodium Chloride(table salt), PEG-150 Distearate, Dipropylene Glycol, Alcohol, Magnesium Nitrate, Magnesium Chloride(epsom salt), Lactic Acid, Disodium EDTA, DMDM Hydantoin,Methylchloroisothiazolinone(mild toxicity) , Methylisothiazolinone Benzyl Alcohol, Citronellol, Limonene, Linalool.
Dimethylamine, don’t worry about this ingredient, it’s vegetable oil based, it can never latch on to the hair like certain oils, proteins, and silicones do.
CAPRYLIC/ CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE: Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride is a mixed triester of glycerin and caprylic and capric acids.”
Caprylic Capric Triglycerides are a specific fraction of coconut oil / palm oil fatty acids”
This immideately resonated with me because I know for a fact my hair doesn’t like coconut oil! But check this out, this product also has denatured alcohol, salts, a waxy substance and Methylchloroisothiazolinone which happens to be a mild toxin.
With our type of hair, type 4 hair because it is already chronically dry, it is extremely important to make sure that there is absolutely nothing in the ingredients of your products that may be affecting your hair and making it harder than it already is to absorb or retain moisture levels. Taking away the little bit of moisture your hair barely has to begin with!
This means going beyond products that have labels that say no silicone, no parabens and no sulfates, but really reading into the ingredients and trying to decode what they are. Knowledge which an average natural like myself, or even someone who has just recently big chopped or is transitioning usually doesn’t have. We simply rely on information and recommendations from naturalistas who’s hair is thriving on youtube, blogs and within the natural hair community in general. At the end of the day, I have realized that there are very few products on the market that fit this criteria and that take into consideration the specific needs of type 4 hair, which is chronically dry in nature.
This is another reason I love the Maximum Hydration Method, it gives you a list of recommended products/a cheat sheet of products that do not contain ingredients that are drying to our hair or what are so called drying agents hence taking out the guess work required.
By the way there is only one tresseme naturals product that has been recommended on the Maximum Hydration Method list and that product has currently been discontinued in stores and is only available on select places online.
So what do you think? Have you used a product that was recommended by others either on youtube, blogs, a forum or a friend only for it not to work on your hair? What was the product and how did your hair react. Let me know in the comment section below!
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Much Love & Blessings,