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Here's the scoop. I’ve tried the all natural product thing, and after a lot of trial and error, I can now say that it simply isn't for me.

When I first came on the scene, I was immediately told what was and what was not acceptable for my hair. I rid myself of anything with silicones, mineral oil, petrolatum, etc. and was left with nothing. After running around Canada looking for all natural products that didn’t leave me more broke than I already was and whipping up some concoctions in my kitchen, I was not at all impressed. My hair was dull, splitting like crazy and just wouldn’t behave.

Out of frustration, I simply gave up and started adding silicones and other no-no ingredients back into my hair regimen and found out that my hair had never been better. The shine, smoothness and overall health that I always figured I would never have were suddenly there and I didn’t care what the articles, blogs and forum members said. I intended to use what worked for me and my hair.

Do YOU, right?

Man-Made Product Mantra

The silicones and other "stuff" in my products give my conditioner its amazing slip, my hair its shine, helps protects my ends and gives me moisture for days. So regardless of what I’m told I should use, I keep going back to the good old stuff because it works.

I hear women go on and on about the evils of silicones and mineral oil and anything not entirely natural. Rare oils and butters are praised for having special abilities, but let’s face it, for the most part, what exists in nature can be duplicated in a laboratory for a lot less money and it might just work better.

We all know that the prices of some of the all natural products have us wondering if they come with a complimentary bag of diamonds to justify the cost. If I can find an alternative on the cheap, then I'm rolling with it.

Science has also been able to tweak the qualities of natural ingredients to make them better. For example, we all know that oil gives sheen and is a good sealant, but the silicones in serums can do just that without the oily residue, and grease can be good for curly hair. The silicones and other "stuff" in my products give my conditioner its amazing slip, my hair its shine, helps protects my ends and gives me moisture for days. So regardless of what I’m told I should use, I keep going back to the good old stuff because it works.

Low Prices, Big Payoff?

I think my main reason for my love affair is because most all natural products are just too heavy for my hair. All the butters and oils just don’t agree with me. I love liquidy products, but my hair requires a ton of it at a time. Using half a bottle of product in one session is a no-no if I had to pay a lot for it plus shipping. Not all products found at the local beauty supply stores and drugstores are bad and my hair is proof of it since I have yet to develop bald patches. I'll let you know if that happens!

Lastly, I think the main deterrent for some women in using these no-no products is the fact that a shampoo must be used to remove these ingredients. I’m a no fuss girl, and even that doesn’t deter me. It’s just shampoo and I'm down for an extra deep conditioning treatment every week if that is what it takes. I don’t buy industrial cleaner to use as shampoo, so I don’t feel the need to avoid it like the plague. Plus, thanks to my cone laden conditioner, detangling afterward is a breeze.

I can’t be the only one who uses products that contain no-no ingredients. Feel free to confess down below.

As always, remember to have love, peace and curly haired bliss.

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I totally agree. I tried the all natural route for a few months and I just couldn't take it anymore - the shedding, the extremely long detangling sessions and the hit ot my wallet. I washing my hair in the shower the other night and realized I didn't have any condish in there with me so I stuck my hand out the curtain and grabbed the first bottle I came across - an unused bottle of Garnier Fructis Triple Nutrition I bought during the summer on sale and was too afraid to try it because of those "no-no" products. My hair immediately came to life and I had my supercoily, color-treated hair detangled in literally seconds. I styled my hair was normal and my hair actually remains soft throughout the entire day without the need to spritz with water mid-day due to dryness as I normally do. From now on, I'm using what works for me - period. It is afterall, just hair :P!
I have tried the GC method for 12 years with mixed results. My hair is thin, curl pattern from 2B to 3B in different places on my head. Hair is ruled by Dew pt and Humidity. I am tired of having so many different products for different weather problems. I am now back on some silicones. I now have more room in my bathroom and closet. In the end, don't follow dogma. Do what works best for your hair and budget.
I'm with you! That is why I am reading this article--I have some silicone products that I love, like Paul Mitchell Super Skinny Serum or One and Only Argan Oil (which has some silicon--I spike it with additional argan oil as well). I also like to use shampoo a few times per week. If I work out or otherwise need to wash sooner than that, then I do a "co-wash" and that is fantastic. Like everything else, you need to take it with a grain of salt and see what works for you.
Thank you so much!!! I just recently started using a couple of products with silicone in it and I'm very pleased. Stuff doesn't really accumulate in my hair, so I've never had a problem with silicone. Besides, I think the all-natural hair product industry is totally taking advantage of people's desire to have healthy hair. It is ridiculous the amount of money people spend on this products. But, hey, if you can afford it without worries, good for you!!!
The "skin" is definitely not "penetrable instantly". Silicones cannot penetrate the dermis at all, and very few ingredients penetrate the epidermis.Hair is dead, and it doesn't know the difference between "human-made" and "grown on some rabbit farm." However, ingredients definitely affect how hair looks and behaves (cosmetically), and every individual's hair has its own particular chemical imbalances. That being said, I've recently fallen for a curl cream that has, according to many hair experts, just about the worst ingredients possible (including mineral oil, dimethicone, petrolatum and two parabens).Just about creepy, I know. My hair LOVES this stuff, and its almost funny, based on the ingredients, how amazing this makes my hair look.I almost feel guilty somehow, and I keep thinking my hair is going to start falling out - except it looks and feels great. It's the only "non CG product" I indulge in, at this point, but, along with thorough research, I'll happily take product advancement over stuff the ancients gave up on.
We never know the physical repercussions and tolls these man-made ingredients have on our body until its too late. But to each their own... Natural health can't be stressed enough. The skin and everthing attached to it is the largest organ and can be penetrable instantly. Hairs to Health!
Thanks for being a champion for silicones. My company produces them globally and we don't understand why they get such a bad rep when they provide so many benefits in hair care products!
I love how you actually pay attention to the cost, I mean, seriously, natural products do cost A LOT! I'm not gonna buy a small 2oz. deep condish. for 50 bucks, I'm not crazy...
I <3 silicones and serums! As our hair is an extension of our skin, likewise, everyone's hair is different. While everyone has their own tips and guidelines, you ultimately have to adopt a regime that works for you.

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