Okay, colder weather is fast approaching and it’s time for “heavier” hair products for that added protection against the elements to come. I purchase my favorites from Sally’s Beauty Supply (they offer a beauty card for added savings every time you make a purchase), Lee Beauty Supply (sometimes carry on-line products), or any local neighborhood BSS (beauty supply store). Although black hair is resilient, if not properly maintained, is prone to breakage, hair loss, and split ends. You know how we do. A sista has to change up every now and then; braids, twists, fros, or naturally. This is the time of the year when telltale signs of any damage are obvious.
For those who feel the neighborhood BSS doesn’t offer any quality products, I disagree. As long as you steer clear from products with mineral oil, paraffin liquidum, or petroleum/petrolatum high up in the ingredients list, you’re good. Note: Hair dressings geared toward African Americans usually contain mineral oil or petroleum/petrolatum as the first ingredient. Don’t buy it! There are other alternatives. The African American consumer spends millions of dollars annually on haircare products. With that kind of spending power, we can change things. Send those companies a message by refusing to purchase products with crappy ingredients.
On your trip to the BSS, remember this; the first five ingredients listed in an ingredients list is what a product contains the most of. For instance, I recently purchased a cheap, but good, shea butter moisturizer (99 Point Nine), 5 oz., $3.49. The first five ingredients read; extract of chamomile, shea butter, cocoa butter, vitamin E, and water. These are the ingredients the moisturizer contains the most of and they are good ingredients. I’m not saying never purchase products with mineral oil or petroleum in them, I still do, but make sure they’re not high up in the ingredients list, especially not in the first five ingredients. Do your research.