Don't you hate how most hair prodcuts marketed to blacks do more harm than good

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I tried looking for hair lotions but most have mineral oil and I use to think grease was good for the hair and scalp but later I learned it clogs pores...Why are these inventors doing that? Are they sabotaging us?

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They just want money. Most of the people running those companies aren't black or don't have a texture that is common to us. Neither highly textured nor curly, I think. That's why I'm glad there are companies that care about the hair and health of their consumers even if they are bit more expensive.
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I'm so glad someone opened a topic about this! Lol. I ruled hair lotion out completely. Ur right, its more greasy and weighs down. So I'm doing all light creams & oils.

U kno wat else I've noticed? Everything has dimethicone! Even the most "natural" products. I'm willing to let it slide tho cuz I haven't noticed any buildup thus far.

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I use body lotion with water and some lotions help but others don't like some have mineral oil too

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I tried looking for hair lotions but most have mineral oil and I use to think grease was good for the hair and scalp but later I learned it clogs pores...Why are these inventors doing that? Are they sabotaging us?

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Originally Posted by Johari
Quite a few women report success with hair grease/pomade. You're right that it can clog pores, so the obvious solution is to put it on the hair and not the scalp. Even if it gets on the scalp somehow, it shouldn't be a problem as long as sulfate or clarifying shampoo is occasionally used to rid the hair and scalp of build up.

As for other products marketed to the Black community, I agree with Moosegrl. As long as the market is dominated by people w/out curly hair, it'll probably continue to be somewhat of a problem, in general anyway.
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Back in the day when those ingredients were all that seemed "available" for afro-textured hair, it was a non-issue. It was effective for the demographic that purchased the products. But now as new innovations and options are available to achieve better results, these companies who assume that the demographic is not up on the times just keep the same recipes and don't upgrade the formulations to keep up with the times (or they get slick and add the new stuff but keep the same old base formula). It's like someone trying to sell you a 1989 IBM computer in 2011, swearing up and down that you can do interactive presentations with it, lol. Or better still, someone manufacturing the IBMs and marketing them to poor people, assuming that they will buy it because they they are poor when everyone else is rocking a MacBook.

So it's not necessarily harmful to hair, but it's definitely not right from a business standpoint.
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Last edited by artemis513; 11-27-2011 at 11:22 AM.
I have noticed this as well. The BSS around hte corner from has these kind of products but they either hvae cones, mineral oil, petrolum..and some have ALL of these ingredients!! I have to go to health food stores or Walgreens for my hair products now.
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I shop in the ethnic sec at walgreens too. I'm satisfied w/ what I've found thus far. What products does ur walgreens carry?
They have better products but I ment beauty supply stores that aren't Sally Beauty Supply

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If you ever watch Chris Rock's "Good Hair", he talks about how NONE of the supposed "Black-owned" companies are actually owned by Black owners- the owners are mostly Indian or Asian. I was like wow...that's just what we need...no wonder none of their products do my hair any good
Shea mousture & kinky curly are my staples & its because they are the only ones thinking about natural products for Black people. I know shea moisture is Black led if not owned & I don't know about kinky curly ownership but I'm willing bet it is black led. I started to buy some carols daughter yesterday but its too darn expensive and a lot of its natural contents is at the bottom of the ingredient list. But just about everything else on the market for Blacks at bs stores is just that...bs
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I believe that companies like bb and dudley etc were concentrating on smooth & shiny hair priducts instead of healthy hair products but as scientists learned more they didn't change IMO. They figured the ignorant masses still wanted cheap grease & what not. I think I would have been raised natural if just for me cared about little Black girls enough not to make a perm.
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Ya most good products are expensive and I'm kinda cheap...I remember my mom bought Dr.Miricale's products are they didn't even help plus they were expensive...I still don't get why there are hair products special for black children,I don't think I've seen ones for hispanic asian or white children at the store.

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If you ever watch Chris Rock's "Good Hair", he talks about how NONE of the supposed "Black-owned" companies are actually owned by Black owners- the owners are mostly Indian or Asian. I was like wow...that's just what we need...no wonder none of their products do my hair any good
Originally Posted by CoCoLoCks
I wonder why don't black people ever work in the beauty supply stores(I mean a non Sally Beauty Supply store) b/c the asians usually don't know what they're selling so they can't recommend products.

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My hair hates cones and mo so for a long time all i bought at bss ( except sallys) were rollers and headbands. Now im noticing more stores starting to carry linea meant for loose curly hair and locs. Not SM but i have seen the roots of nature coil cream that i love. I see new keracare curly line. If enough people start asking for it they will get it. I have a black friend who owns a bb and she says she cant do the bargain prices the korean store. I try to shop with her but her selection is not geared for natural hair. I think i bought bobby pins or something.
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My hair hates cones and mo so for a long time all i bought at bss ( except sallys) were rollers and headbands. Now im noticing more stores starting to carry linea meant for loose curly hair and locs. Not SM but i have seen the roots of nature coil cream that i love. I see new keracare curly line. If enough people start asking for it they will get it. I have a black friend who owns a bb and she says she cant do the bargain prices the korean store. I try to shop with her but her selection is not geared for natural hair. I think i bought bobby pins or something.
Originally Posted by adthomas
You gotta follow the trends. If a certain segment of her area is into natural hair care she should consider getting products like taliah waajid, sm, and kinky curly. It's not everyday you find these products in a Black owned salon, barbershop, or beauty supply store. I think it's because they aren't aware of the demand. She should try surveys and polls to see if there's an interest. I know I would support a local biz if they sold these products at a reasonable price. I would even pay a dollar or two more than walgreens or target to support entrepreneurs doing the right thing.
About my hair:
weekly shampoo-HE Honey I'm Strong
daily conditioner-HE Honey I'm Strong (use as li)
go to style-Pocahontas braids
My hair hates cones and mo so for a long time all i bought at bss ( except sallys) were rollers and headbands. Now im noticing more stores starting to carry linea meant for loose curly hair and locs. Not SM but i have seen the roots of nature coil cream that i love. I see new keracare curly line. If enough people start asking for it they will get it. I have a black friend who owns a bb and she says she cant do the bargain prices the korean store. I try to shop with her but her selection is not geared for natural hair. I think i bought bobby pins or something.
Originally Posted by adthomas
You gotta follow the trends. If a certain segment of her area is into natural hair care she should consider getting products like taliah waajid, sm, and kinky curly. It's not everyday you find these products in a Black owned salon, barbershop, or beauty supply store. I think it's because they aren't aware of the demand. She should try surveys and polls to see if there's an interest. I know I would support a local biz if they sold these products at a reasonable price. I would even pay a dollar or two more than walgreens or target to support entrepreneurs doing the right thing.
Originally Posted by sienna40
Sadly my city doesn't have too many naturals barely any..I live in the bay area of California and I was reading theirs more naturals in the south or new york....target has less cheap products so its easy to read ingredients but its sometimes expensive.Walmart is sometimes cheaper than my local beauty supply depending on product

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My hair hates cones and mo so for a long time all i bought at bss ( except sallys) were rollers and headbands. Now im noticing more stores starting to carry linea meant for loose curly hair and locs. Not SM but i have seen the roots of nature coil cream that i love. I see new keracare curly line. If enough people start asking for it they will get it. I have a black friend who owns a bb and she says she cant do the bargain prices the korean store. I try to shop with her but her selection is not geared for natural hair. I think i bought bobby pins or something.
Originally Posted by adthomas
You gotta follow the trends. If a certain segment of her area is into natural hair care she should consider getting products like taliah waajid, sm, and kinky curly. It's not everyday you find these products in a Black owned salon, barbershop, or beauty supply store. I think it's because they aren't aware of the demand. She should try surveys and polls to see if there's an interest. I know I would support a local biz if they sold these products at a reasonable price. I would even pay a dollar or two more than walgreens or target to support entrepreneurs doing the right thing.
Originally Posted by sienna40
Sadly my city doesn't have too many naturals barely any..I live in the bay area of California and I was reading theirs more naturals in the south or new york....target has less cheap products so its easy to read ingredients but its sometimes expensive.Walmart is sometimes cheaper than my local beauty supply depending on product

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Originally Posted by Johari
I'm up north & nowhere near nyc. I used to live in the South. I have completely converted to online shopping for hair care. I shop at walgreens ($25 for free shipping) & target mostly (but no miss jessies or kinky curly in my local stores). Although I have seen carols daughter, bumble & bumble, ojon & ouidad products at a local sephora. They are not all geared toward women of color (& pretty pricey) but I believe they are all effective to some degree.
SM recently asked their facebook fans if they shop at bss & which ones. They may use that subtle research to find out what bss they can partner with. I think they only stock my walgreens (all 3 in a 10 mile radius) with 8-10 containers a week & they go flying off the shelves in a predominantly white area. So even a little interest & they will keep supplying. However, their hq is only about three hrs from my area. I hope they keep it organic & natural & under $10.
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daily conditioner-HE Honey I'm Strong (use as li)
go to style-Pocahontas braids
Awe sorry to hear that..maybe try some Hispanic products it helps sometimes more than the ones on TV.

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i gave up trying to find anything otc. i've been mixing my own for over a year and still haven't found anything better! the products these folks offer is a joke! for me the worst culprit was aveda. $50 for 2 products that made great claims, but didn't do jack for my hair. i know we're still early in this natural hair revolution thing, but it is a little depressing...

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