How Chelsea learned to use what worked for her and her hair.

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.