Natural Hair | Is Tresemme Naturals Drying to your hair?

tresemme naturals type 4 hair

Hi luvs,

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!


Thanx so much for stopping by ♥,

Much Love & Blessings,










13 Responses to Natural Hair | Is Tresemme Naturals Drying to your hair?

  1. Colorista says:

    thanks for sharing this. I have very low porosity hair. It literally takes 5 min for my hair to saturate in water. The first 4 minutes the water just runs off my hair. And there are alot of natural products that my hair disagree with. From coconut oil, olive oil, shea moisture, Treseme, and the list goes on. So I mainly create homemade products. This article was very informative!

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Colorista,

      You’re welcome, Happy to hear the post was informative to you. I wish you best of luck on your hair journey :)

  2. Liz says:

    I just discovered your site and thank you for your work. I will be trying this method for my hair as soon as I gather all the necessary things. I know you aren’t suppose to use conditioner with silicones for TMHM. I have been using Herbal Essences Beautiful Ends for some months and it has been doing wonders with my hair in terms of helping me detangle and keeping it moisturised. The downside is that it has one silicone in the ingredient list. My question is will it be ok to still use it for MHM and then clarify the hair once in a while to get rid of any silicone build up? Although with this particular silicone it is designed to not cause build up and I have not experienced any for the 10 months I have been using it. I feel bad to just throw away the unused bottles I bought during sales (2 for 1)

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Liz, Thank you :) and glad to hear you’ve found MHM. I would say you can use it until it runs out and then proceed to approved products on the list for best results.
      Goodluck on your MHM Journey :)

  3. tonya says:

    Is sodium hydroxide bad for the hair? How can i apply the MHM method for locks?

  4. aj says:

    Thanks so much for this information. Is there a place to find a listing of the ingredients that can harm or limit max hydration and all the different names with the variations. The ingredient lists use such a variety of names. I am just learning what are all the names for salts that don’t work for my hair. Where can I find expanded and detailed lists of ingredients which could limit max hydration? Thanks again.

  5. Meme says:

    I don’t do the max hydration method but I do use Tresame Naturals conditioner and the one I use does not have the same ingredients that you listed above(after reading I double checked lol) maybe it’s the “vibrant naturals” kind because the one that I use just says moisture conditioner with aloe Vera and avocado oil. I’m low porosity type 4a/3c and I don’t have a problem with it but then again I don’t leave this conditioner in my hair I wash most of it out then seal with my Diy oil mix and cantu curling cream then style…works like a charm. To each its own I guess…thank you for the article though it was a good read.

  6. Deidra says:

    I just started the MHM today and I’m so grateful for your website and all the information! Since I’m following the recommended product list does that mean that all of my Shea Moisture shampoos and other conditioners from before I started the method are useless or can I use them again once I reach max hydration? Do you only wash your hair with BS or ACV now?

    Also I’m very apprehensive about using the Tresemme naturals that I just bought. I’m considering returning it before I even try it and just sticking with Knot Today. Thoughts?

    • Ms.Dee Kay says:

      Hi Deidra,
      Thank you :) If you want you can use them up or you can try the regimen with the recommended mhm products and see the difference. The product list was created specifically for those with low porosity hair and especially 4c hair. If you’re hair doesnt fall within this category you may still be able to get good results with other products. It’s all about experimenting on your part. Now I mostly do the BS rinse. Which Tresemme Naturals do you have? If its the one on the list then it should be fine, as a lot of naturals doing the MHM love that version. I also tried it and loved it.

  7. Alisa says:

    Hi there. I am researching the MHM method for my 4a/4b curls. I was able to get all of the products necessary except for the approved tresemme naturals conditioner which my local target doesn’t carry. I have some of the nourishing moisture conditioner that I’d like to use and after researching I noticed that the ingredient list on the one in my bathroom is a little different than what you listed above. Do you think you could look it over for me? Thank you so much!

    “Ingredients: water, cetearyl alcohol, stearamidopropyl, dime thylacine, behentrimonium chloride, persea gratissima oil, brassica campestris/aleutrites fordi oil copolymer, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, fragrance, dipropylene glycol, potassium chloride, lactic acid, disodium EDTA, DMDM hydantoin, peg-150 distearate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, lauroyl lysine, methylchloroisothiazolinone, methylisothiazolinone.”

  8. Alisa says:

    Hi there so after further investigation I determined that this product will not work for me. I pushed ahead and complete the 5 steps using the nourishing moisture conditioner and while I love my definition and hold from the flax seed gel I do have the dry crunchiness as my hair doesn’t not like coconut oil. I am eager to find the radiant volume so that I can try again. Everything else leads me to believe that this method will be great for my hair. Thanks:)

  9. Bella says:

    Thank you so much for providing this extremely helpful review and a link to the Hydration Method. I live in an extremely hot climate and my hair absolutely hates shea butter, olive oil, glycerin, honey and the list goes on.

    My hair is between medium to high density, low porosity and reaches a bit above my midback. It has been such a struggle to find good products where I live.

    I bought this product at the recommendation of a fellow curly (since she too lives in an arid climate) but sadly this product was a disaster for my hair. It kept drying it out and I didn’t know why until your blog shed light :(

    So sad because I’m struggling to find good hair products in the Middle East – shame!

    Thank you again for shedding insight.

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