Avoid products with sulfates, mineral oil, parabens and petroleum. Anything with this steer clear of!
Here’s what you should be in your products:
STEP #1 Know how to spot REAL moisturizers
It is important to understand what a true moisturizer is. In order to be a moisturizer a product must have WATER. If it does not have water then it is not a moisturizer. Products like butters, pomades and oils are considered sealants. Which means you must use water or a water based moisturizing product on your hair (like a leave in conditioner) first, then you can follow up with an oil or butter to prevent moisture loss and lock the moisture in. In addition to water, Aloe, honey, agave and vegetable glycerin are other moisture supporting ingredients.
STEP #2 Use these oils to seal in moisture
#2 Jojoba Oil – Jojoba Oil has a similar composition to sebum, a natural moisturizer that our body produces. I found it works exceptionally well for sealing in moisture and the health of my ends.
#3 Coconut Oil – This oil works particularly well for pre-pooing purposes. Used on your hair before cleansing can reduce the dryness that you experience afterward and also helps protect against hygral fatigue. It has also been shown to be good for sealing moisture in and penetrating the hair strand.
#4 Olive Oil – Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) is another great sealant with the ability to penetrate the hair strand. Best of all it is commonly found right in your kitchen!
#5 Avocado Oil – An oil that deeply penetrates the hair shaft. Make sure it’s the real stuff an not just an extract to get the most benefit.
Step #3 look for these ingredients in styling gels and creams
#2 Flax Seeds produce a moisturizing hair gel that defines your curls.
#3 Marshmellow Root an all-natural ingredient that adds the hold you need without drying your hair out.
#4 Shea This rich butter adds to the thickness needed for delivering great style while also loading your hair with nourishment.