Thursday, June 10, 2010

Natural Hair Rules: Part II

This post is to continue an exploration of Natural Hair Rules.  The fourth rule is:

# 4)  Avoid Products that Contain Mineral Oil

Mineral oil is a byproduct of the distillation of crude oil. Crude oil is a term that leaves a sour taste in our mouths right now due to the BP Oil Spill.  In any event, although I am still very devastated about that situation, I will stay focused on the discussion at hand.   Rather than reiterating information that has already been written on mineral oil in terms of natural hair and an informed opinion, please check out the following link:
  After reading this article you can make a determination as to whether you feel using mineral oil in your hair is appropriate.  Many hair products do contain mineral oil so beware.

# 5. Avoid Harsh Dye Products that contain Ammonia and other harsh chemicals.

Definition of Ammonia:  "Ammonia, chemical symbol NH3, can take the form of a strong smelling liquid or gas. Most popularly, consumer and commercial products use the alkaline substance to clean grime or fertilize crops. Even in low concentrations, inhaling ammonia or getting the solution on your skin can cause burning, fainting, or death, so always use caution when handling this chemical."
The above information can be found at http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-ammonia.htm
Many hairdyes use ammonia.  In a previous post on this blog, I wrote a piece about Henna and the coloring and conditioning benefits of it as a natural approach to dyeing your hair.  Check it out and then you can surely adhere to Rule # 5.

# 6. Be a Minimalist About Your Hair
The Less Product, The Better
5 Key ingredients:

A natural shampoo
A natural conditioner
Shea Butter (or another natural moisturizer)
A natural dye if you must have color variation

Of course all of the above are mere suggestions.  The key point here is that the more information that you have about caring for your hair the better because certainly,
Final Natural Hair Rules and T-shirt contest soon!  

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