How to Read Labels
Attention class while I take you back to school for just a moment. Today’s topic of discussion will be how to read haircare product labels 101. As a natural, we are faced with many challenges when it comes to taking care of our hair. One of the biggest is selecting the best product that would work hair growth magic on our crowns, right. I completely understand, many naturals run into trouble from this unforeseen problem of choosing the right haircare product to grow the hair on our heads. After all, discovering the right haircare product is usually found through the trial and error process.
When a women changes her hair, she’s about to change her life is the thought in mind and the moment when we decide to do the big chop or transition slowly into accepting what God have giveth us, it feels awesome. Trust me, I have been there, you’re feeling liberated, ready to take on the world, take the bull by the horns, and for the entrepreneurs, you’re ready to jump off the cliff. But then, the smoke clears, and you realize, you have to take care of your hair in order for it to grow. On the path to product junkyville, you run out to purchase a bunch of haircare products. Only to discover, there is so much to choose from.
Nowadays, the market is saturated with products with many ingredients, some natural while other ingredients are pure chemical. This is why knowing how to read product labels is so important. Avoiding chemicals is why we went natural in the first place. It defeats the purpose if we use products that are not healthy for our hair. Which is proof, reading labels can help you make the best decision in choosing the best haircare products for you. Below is an example of what to look for.
My Rule of Thumb For Haircare Product Label Search is:
- Choose the product with the shortest list of ingredients as this leaves no room for chemicals and filler
- Ingredients are listed in what I call “more to less.” Those at the beginning of this list make up more of the product than those at the bottom. You may want to look for some of your favorites here like water, coconut oil, castor oil, shea butters and others
Haircare Ingredient Example:
So make sure next time you purchase any hair or skin care products you aren’t being fooled. Flip over that product and see what you’re really using on your body.