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Trying to find the perfect hair products is a hard enough challenge for naturally wavy-textured hair. But when you have to worry about how your sensitive skin will react, it can make the search even more difficult. Here’s a question by one of our NaturallyCurly community members, Surbhz94:


I’ve been using sulfate/silicone-free shampoo and conditioner for my 2b hair for a while now–specifically, the Trader Joe’s Tea Tree Tingle products. It’s been working really well for me; however, my dermatologist recommended that I start using oil-free hair products to avoid excessive breakouts on my face! Does anyone have any oil-free recommendations?


Here are 3 of my tips for people who have sensitive skin.

1. Use an oil-free line

The term “oil-free” is not exactly a common search term for people looking in curly hair care lines; in fact, most talk up the many oils in their products to moisturize and repair your naturally wavy and curly hair.

After doing some research, I have found that a good oil-free option in Living Proof. Their full haircare line is sulfate, silicone, and oil-free. This brand uses their patented Healthy Hair Molecule (OFPMA”> for all of the care and hair benefits you would normally get out of an oil.

2. Keep your hair out of your face

One of the simplest ways to keep your skin safe from your hair products is to keep your hair off of your face. Avoid hairstyles like bangs, as they tend to sit on your forehead and can cause any products that you put on your hair to transfer onto your skin, which is bad for acne prone skin. Don’t forget to “pineapple” your hair while working out or running errands to avoid sweat and dirt to make contact with your acne prone skin. Create a loose bun on top of your head, as this can help you keep your curls for the next day while still making sure that no strands find their way onto your face.

3. Put your hair up at night

Even if you are good about keeping your hair away from your sensitive skin during the day, you won’t be able to control your motions while you are sleeping, so make sure it is up and out of the way. Change your pillowcase frequently–since you sleep on it every night, you can be sure that some amount of product is ending up on the case. This helps to make sure that natural oil and dirt don’t transfer onto your face and cause a sudden breakout.

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Becky Woodford

My name is Becky, AKA The Polished Curl. I am a YouTuber trying to help people learn to love and accept their naturally wavy or curly hair with tips and tricks I have learned through my own curl journey. You can find me on YouTube and Instagram.

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