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To Sulfate or Not to Sulfate… Natural Hair Faux Pas?

In Dry Hair Remedies on March 14, 2011 at 8:50 pm

One of the first pieces of advice that is thrust upon newly natural & transitioning Socialites is to avoid Sulfate (Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) inclusive shampoos like the plague.  Even though this advice is quite widespread in the natural community, many still don’t know why. 

Sulfates (Sodium Lauryl Sulfates) are used in many of the products we use on an everyday basis, but we usually only discuss their use in Shampooing products.  Products such as toothpaste, soaps, and detergents many times use sulfates because of their ability to create a foam/lather/sudsy effect.  There are over 150 different names that Sulfates are labeled by, but the effects are somewhat similar.   Companies continue to use sulfates in their hair care products because they are cheap, and keep the costs of their products down.

Just like mechanic shops use sulfate mixtures to clean oil from car engines,  the use of sulfates in our everyday grooming items removes oils from our skin and hair, creating a drying affect.  The “no poo” method developed Curly Girl Lorraine Massey refers to the use of sulfate free shampoos to avoid over drying your natural tresses and stripping the strands of much-needed natural oils.

Kinky-Curly Come Clean

Burt's Bees more Moisture Raspberry and Brazil Nut

Miss Jessie’s Cream de la Curl,  Burt’s Bees More Moisture Raspberry & Brazil Nut Kinky-Curly Come Clean and Giovanni’s Tea Tree Triple Treat shampoo’s are all sulfate free options that are worth trying.

Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treatment Shampoo

The options for more hair healthy shampoos on the market are plentiful, just make sure that you are reading the product labels and mindful of the included ingredients.  No one can tell you the “best” product to use or what will be “right” for your hair; this is up to you to decide.  I recommend requesting samples of any product you are interested in trying when experimenting with shampoos, conditioners, and styling products.  Just remember….. healthy hair is happy hair!

Til next time Naturals!


Redken Fresh Curls Curl Recovery Mask Product Review

In Product Reviews, YouTube Videos on March 14, 2011 at 3:25 am

I received a free sample of the Redken Fresh Curls Curl Recovery Intensive Hydrating Mask at the Southern Women’s Show that was held here in Memphis last weekend.  The product was being sampled by Gould’s Salon & Spa, and being the product junkie I am… I just HAD to grab a few!  All I can say is…. AMEN & PRAISE QUEEN OPRAH! I am sooo pleased with this product!  I hate that I did not get more samples, because I definitely see myself purchasing this in the near future.  Ok, now down to business.

Redken Fresh Curls Product Line

The instructions say to leave this product in for 15 minutes, and then rinse out.  I failed to completely read the instructions, so of course that is not what I did.  I actually used this product as a leave-in, fingering it th my hair while in the shower after I detangled with my Aussie Moist.  After I fingered through each section, I put a chunky two strand twist in each area until I was finished.  This gave me about 6 chunky twists.  I then covered my hair with a plastic shower cap and hung out for about 30-45 minutes.  Dying to see the results of this product, I unraveled the twists and shook my head over the shower to separate the curls and to get rid of any additional product.  I then let my hair air dry (about an hour and a half) and I was quite pleased with the results!  My hair was super soft and the curls were defined and nicely seperated.  My husband loves to touch my hair while we watch movies and even he commented on how nice my hair felt!  I think this may be a winner for me~  I will keep using the product until all of my samples are gone, and follow up with you guys to let you know if I still love it.

From the website:

Elasta-Shield Complex

Elastapol – Spring Activation & Frizz Control
Coconut Oil – Moisture
Oleo-amido – Repair & Resurface
Protein – Strength

Through Redken’s exclusive Interbond Conditioning System and breakthrough Elasta-Shield Complex, Fresh Curls provides the optimum level of curl-friendly ingredients to define, moisturize, fight frizz, repair and strengthen any type of curl.

Why It Works

> Moisture-rich formula deeply conditions medium to coarse, dry curls

> Conditioning and styling polymers revive parched strands and help restore elasticity and definition

> Strengthens to help prevent damage

> Provides the highest level of moisture in the Fresh Curls range

> Curls are quenched with healthy bounce and frizz-controlled shine

Even though this product includes some nattural hair friendly ingredients such as coconut oil, it does contain some form of  alcohol.  I’m not totally hung up on the ingredients of this product because it does seem to work for me, but for those of you who may be concerned should look for ingredients that you like to shy away from.  Here is the ingredient list:

Water, stearyl alcohol, quaternium-87, behentrimonium chloride, dimethicone, hydroxypropyl starch phosphate, amodimethicone, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, candelilla cera/candelilla wax, PPG-5 ceteth-20, methylparaben, polysorbate-20, C11-15 pareth-7, cocos nucifera oil/coconut oil, disodium cocoamphodipropionate, c12-16 pareth-9, glycerin, trideceth-12, octylacrylamide/acrylates, butylaminoethyl methacrylate copolymer, lareth-4, polyquaternium-10, butylphenyl methylpropional, laureth-23, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, limonene, linalool, wheat amino acids, hydrolyzed soy protein, lecithin, 2-oleamido-1,3-octadecanediol (D30002/1)

I give this product a rating of 4.5 afro picks! I had to take off one half pick for the ingredients.

Have you tried any of the Redken Fresh Curls line?  What was your experience?