Things to Avoid Putting on, in or near your hair

1)                  Mineral Oil

2)                  Petroleum Oil

3)                  Sulfates, which are harsh cleansers found in most shampoos

4)                  “Cones” such as dimethicone commonly found in conditioner. They can build up on your hair and make it act up. If this happens, use a good clarifying shampoo to get rid of the build up.

5)                  Direct Heat (e.g., pressing combs, flat irons and even hooded dryers can suck all the moisture out of your hair.)

6)                  Hair accessories that cut, snag or pull

7)                  Lots of layers of product. Be minimalistic. When it comes to nappy hair, less is more. Find yourself a good sulfate free shampoo and conditioner (I don’t use conditioner though). Then after that, a good moisturizer should do the trick. Keep a few other styling products on hand like a favorite hair butter or a something with a stronger hold, like Fantasia IC gel, when you wanna wear a twist out and call it a day. In the long run, your hair AND your wallet will thank you.

7 Responses to “Things to Avoid Putting on, in or near your hair”
  1. tara kirkman says:

    this helped me alot. i’ve watched differant people on you tube and everybody use a lot of stuff. this is what i like something simple. Are there any other harmful chemicals to watch for?

  2. nappyme says:

    Tara that’s great! The ones I listed are the “big” ones that people’s hair overwhelmingly don’t react well to. After that it’s just a lot of trial and error.

    Good luck!

  3. Britt says:

    Hi there!
    i have been natural for a little over a year now. my hair is thick and absorbes everything! i am currently washing it with Garnier Fructis( i only wash my hair every 2-3 weeks ), and moisturizing it with Shea Butter ,grease,water and Right On curl activator…but by the end of the day my hair has dried out. So,I guess my question is , WHAT CAN I PUT IN MY HAIR TO KEEP IT MOSTURIZED SOFT THROUGHOUT THE DAY??!! when i am conditioning my hair i noticed how curly and manageable it is. I would love for it to look like that 24/7, but i have yet to find a mosturizer, that is a leave in, that will do that for me. i need help because i love my natural hair, but since i do not know what to put in it, i am forced to wear a puff every single day

  4. tazz says:

    I have found a great moisturizer for my hair, I use Olive butter as my base and I add Jojoba Oil, Olive Oil, Evening Primrose and essentials oils of Lavender, and Geranium.

  5. Whatever you do, do NOT use Pantene Medium-Thick Frizzy to Smooth conditioner. It has the “cones” AND sodium hydroxide. Evil stuff.

  6. louise says:

    is it that bad to use silicones such as dimethicone because i use cones to keep my hair soft without it it feels dry and brittle, i only use it on the ends of my hair tho…

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