Discover the pros and cons of using 100% all natural hair products.


The more you care for your hair, the better results you get. That’s the whole idea behind the Curly Girl Challenge. If you’re using all natural  hair products and spend the time on natural treatments, your hair will thank you with brighter locks and a lot less hassle in the morning. But like any challenge, you first have to figure out the best approach. From the products themselves to the amount of time spent daily on treatment, you’ll begin to discover the pros and cons of using 100% all natural products.

My Personal Outlook

When this challenge came up, I wanted to give it my all. I began with a hot oil treatment (FYI, eggs are optional), fearing that natural products meant it would lose its shine. Natural hair products such as hot oil treatments work, of course, and I highly recommend them. But washing it out became a problem. And that’s where the 100% natural products fall short, or so I thought.

After some research, I tried washing my hair out with vinegar because I had been told it was clarifying. The result was salad dressing. The lesson I learned was research before beginning this challenge. Also, if you’re like me and have a lot of build-up, try a baking soda clarifier instead of vinegar.

What You'll Need

Aside from the variety of natural hair products, including hot oil treatments and clarifiers, you need to figure out what best suits your hair. Some people prefer daily conditioning treatments and dry shampoos while others are looking for sulfate free shampoo and detanglers. And that’s not even the tip of the hair product iceberg.

The first step is always to plan ahead in order to figure out what you need and where to get the products. Or search for recipes online. If you can find a fantastic conditioning treatment at a local health food store, it’s always worth a try. If you don't want to buy ready-made natural hair products, try making something at home. Budget realistically for everything you need and remember to check and recheck your preferred list. After you have everything you need including shampoo, conditioner, and styling products, you’re ready to go.

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Samantha Berley