Don’t Be Afraid to Try New Products

A few weeks after my BC

When I first went natural March 2010 I knew nothing about taking care of my natural hair, I just wanted to do exactly what was “right”.

I read books and articles that talked about the “bad” ingredients. Petroleum, Mineral Oil, Alcohols, Sulfates, Cones, Glycol’s etc…. The list goes on and on

I had no clue how my hair would respond to the “bad” ingredients, I just knew they were “bad” and they shouldn’t be used if I wanted to grow long healthy hair.

Every time I went into the local beauty supply stores or the pharmacies (CVS, Rite Aid, Walgreens, Duane Reade), I would search through all the hair products reading the ingredients and becoming very disappointed.  It seemed like all of the products had one or two or three or more of the “bad” ingredients.  I was always overwhelmed because it seemed as if only Raw Shea butter and natural oils would be allowed in my hair.

I started realizing that just because I decided to go natural, didn’t mean I had to use only products with all natural ingredients. Now, while I do understand the point of using products with all natural ingredients, I also understand that it is possible to grow strong healthy using other products.  Another lesson I’ve learned is to read product reviews from other women and research the ingredients if you are really concerned.

The first product I bought that had some of the “bad” ingredients was Herbal Essences None of your Frizziness, it has alcohols and cones.  I loved the way it smelled in the store and the name FRIZZINESS attracted my eyes because that’s all my hair loves to do-FRIZZ.  I decided to just try it out.

I really like this product, but because of the cones and alcohols, I didn’t use it as often as the Giovanni Deeper Moisture Products, which has none of the “bad” ingredients.  My decision to use the Herbal Essences None of your Frizziness less often wasn’t based on my actual experience, it was based on this lingering fear in the back of my mind, that kept telling me this product would destroy my hair because it had alcohol and cones it it.

I wanted to try the YES to Carrots Shampoo and Conditioner but was nervous to pick it up because of the sulfate and cones.  I reminded myself that I can buy this product and use it sparingly, but I still left the store without it.

6 months natural. Shampooed & conditioned with  Yes to Carrots

After about 2 weeks of contemplating and speaking to a few of my natural hair friends, I decided to buy it.  After the first use I really liked the product. Read my review.

Since then I’ve purchased Herbal Essences Hello Hydration Shampoo and Conditioner and I love this product more then all the others. This product has alcohols in it, but the fatty kind. Read my review for more info.

6 months Natural. Shampooed & conditioned with Herbal Essences Hello Hydration

So to sum this all up, I’ve been breaking lose from the rigidity that I’ve incorporated in my staple products in order to figure out how my hair will respond to ingredients.  If something changes after using a product, I can just discontinue usage. But I don’t have to ban products out of my life, just because someone else says so.

About Jenell B Stewart

Jenell Stewart MS, the founder and editor in chief of the award winning website KinkyCurlyCoilyMe.com dedicates most of her free time educating and uplifting women with natural hair by way of her extremely popular website and YouTube channel. Jenell has been featured in Essence Magazine, Black Enterprise.com, and starred on the Dr.Oz television show as a Beauty Expert. In 2012 she was named one of Essences top Instagramers and that same year KinkyCurlyCoilyMe won an award for “Favorite Website” of the Natural Hair Community.
  • Deborah P.

    I’m going thru that stage right now as I’m very new to the natural stage. I’ve also found that I can’t use certain things in certain weather. I’m constantly visiting different stores looking for products, and doing ALOT of reading as well.

  • Kenya

    You’re so right! Thanks for this :0) I don’t understand all the cones and sulfates anyway. I know why they’re bad but it’s exhausting trying to distinguish all of the different names of the offending ingredients

  • Jenny

    I just recently picked up mizani rose h2o again. It has mineral oil and petrolatum in it but I don’t use a lot. Just enough to soften the hair