Avoiding chemicals

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I am trying to avoid all chemicals which means I avoid almost all products. Even the "natural" or "organic" products have chemicals in them. But I have not had a good hair day in at least two months. Is there anyone else that is in the same boat I am or have any suggestions? I would love to have one day with pretty curls!
Everything is a chemical (yes, even water), so does that mean you use nothing in your hair?
Maybe I should have clarified myself and said man-made chemicals or chemicals derived in a lab. Everything has a chemical make-up I would just rather use the naturally occuring ones.
I'm newly into homemade/natural hair care. I think that over time, natural products/ingredients will improve the hair's condition. I think that after we've used manufactured stuff for so long, when we go more organic, our hair is like "whoa! What's this? I don't know this." So we have to examine our hair closely so we know what we're dealing with, do thorough research & tests, take better care of our bodies, and have patience.... ...


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MissKris, I completely agree. Maybe we just need to give our hair time to repair itself. I have been trying to learn all about my hair properties and then find natural solutions that are specifically for those properties.
One thing you need to do is know your chemicals. Many are plant derived and or fatty acids that only have a chemical name. For instance Caprylyl Glycol which sounds intimidating is a humectant and skin conditioning agent that lends moisturization, emollience and wetting properties to many cosmetic solutions. It also functions as a stabilizer and has been shown to increase the antimicrobial activity of other preservatives. and is plant derived. Cetyl Alcohol is actually an emollient derived from coconut oil and is also good for the hair while helping to emulsify water with oils and butters.
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3b/c with some 4a in the middle of crown and back, medium to high porosity, frizzy, thirsty hair!
I agree you do need to know your chemicals. Most of the time if I don't recognize an ingredient I'll google it or go to www.chemicaloftheday.com. I've learned from my research that even if a ingredient is from a plant you need to find out how it was derived from that plant because a lot of times they will use some pretty nasty chemicals to get the job done.Also, there are ingredients that are not required to be label because of trade secercy laws and they can simply be listed as fragrances in cosmetics. That is not the case in everything but it is something we should keep in mind if you are trying to get away from the harsher chemicals.
i hardly use chemicals in my hair. i like to keep EVERYTHING as natural as i can for that reason alone. now that my hair is really healthy and strong, (my bf always says how strong my hair is) im going to start to use same sort of natural gel or mousse. though right now i low poo twice a week and use a natural conditioner. other then that i use lots of oils and herbal ACV rinses.

my hair: 3c, high porosity, high density and coarse hair (i think i finally figured that all out)
my hair loves conditioner only styling!
my hair goal length is bra strap length when curly.

I also blog about my hair journey, please feel free to read and comment/ask questions http://www.naturallycurly.com/blogs/...air-blogs/2494
I second Sweetumms. Even the most complicated, or simple, sounding ingredients may not be. I use ewg.org/skindeep and good old google/wiki to scrutinize EVERY ingredient.

And I think I know how you feel. I sometimes feel like I'm still recovering from an allergy to SILICONES (yes, frikin silicones. It, and derivatives of it are in EVERYTHING) It was overlooked and prolonged for so long that now even fragrances cause my sinuses to swell and my once even tempered skin is now super sensitive.
For hair, I use Hugo naturals or Avalon organics (olive and grapeseed oil)

And for DEEP conditioning treatments, it doesn't get more natural than the pantry (coconut, olive oil, avocado, egg yolks, etc).
And for DEEP conditioning treatments, it doesn't get more natural than the pantry (coconut, olive oil, avocado, egg yolks, etc).
Originally Posted by erka-tizzy

Indeed! And I'm sure the etc. meant honey and banana LoL. I need protein so I use the whole egg...


Birth Feb 1984, First press 1990, First relaxer 1992, Last relaxer Oct 2006, BC Sept 2007, 4c.....
And for DEEP conditioning treatments, it doesn't get more natural than the pantry (coconut, olive oil, avocado, egg yolks, etc).
Originally Posted by erka-tizzy

Indeed! And I'm sure the etc. meant honey and banana LoL. I need protein so I use the whole egg...


Birth Feb 1984, First press 1990, First relaxer 1992, Last relaxer Oct 2006, BC Sept 2007, 4c.....
Originally Posted by MissKris
You know it!! Lol. I love trying different ingredients
You may be able to find what you're looking for in the Aubrey Organics brand.

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3B/Medium density/Medium thickness/Medium porosity
3b-ish... normal to low porosity....med. texture
Wash: Desert Essence Coconut shampoo, Acure argon shampoo
Deep Trestment: Nature's Nectars deep conditioner/styler
Condition: Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Nature's Gate pomegranate sunflower
LEAVE-IN:Nature's Nectars luv-n-a-bottle, Natures Gate pomegranate sunflower
STYLE: Nature's Nectars Sweet Shea butter blend, Ecostyler gel
hemp oil, jojoba oil
www.naturesnectars.net
I am new to natural/organic products. Have done alot of research, though I am far from an expert. I have found two poo and conditioners that I am currently trying. No sls, cones, alcohols, fragrance, propylene glycol, etc... in any of these. I bought these from earthturns.com and there is no tax or shipping added in the USA no matter how small your order is. The website tells you exactly what the ingredients are as I have double checked the labels when I received the product. The Fundamental shampoo and Fundamental Conditioners, you can get samples really cheap and again no shipping cost in the USA. My favorite so far is the Organic Excellence Conditioner
Organic Excellence Conditioner - Made in America

Chemical Free Shampoo - Natural Organic Shampoo - Made in America

Chemical Free Hair Conditioner - Organic Hair Conditioner - Made in America

HTH!!!

Mostly: Wen Cleansing Conditioner: Lavendar & Tea Tree

Occasionally: DevaCurl No-Poo, One Condition, & Angel; KCCC, KCKT & KCCC
Last Dye 1/4/12; Started Curlygirl Method 6/2012; Final cut to remove dye 3/30/13

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