|These are NOT necessarily the products that I use.|
It can be so tough to find the perfect product to cater for afro hair. I don't know about you but I don't have the money to spend on multiple different products for only one to work and having to throw the rest in the bin. It is actually painful. I remember spending £7 on a keratin spray for it to be rubbish.
So to make product searching a little easier (+ cheaper) I've written some sort of checklist for me to go through before I let go of my £££.
- Do I really need it. I ask myself if I'm actually going to use it. You don't want that impulse buy to turn into regret.
- Don't fall for the exotic ingredient plastered on the label. For example the keratin spray I bought, had keratin right on the bottom of the ingredient list. It probably made up of only 1% of the product. Many people including myself say go by the first 5 ingredients listed on the back; this is what makes up the bulk of the product.
- Ingredients I tend to avoid. This is a personal thing. Because I have dry scalp and hair I avoid sulfates and stick to all natural shampoos. However I do sometimes use them once every few weeks to completely remove any build up. I sometimes stay away from mineral oil because this will most likely need sulfates to get them out.
- Ingredients I welcome. Water and lots of oil.
- The food aisle may be your best bet. For things such s coconut oil, carrot oil, whatever you fancy you are more likely to find its pure kind in the food aisle. Coconut oil is a white solid at room temperature so whenever you see coconut oil as a clear liquid in the beauty aisle, note that it will not be 100% coconut.
- Price. This is the final one. There are tons of products which are so expensive due to their brand name. Try not to fall for it as there may be a cheaper alternative that works just as well. However British owned brands can be more expensive due to the cost in making them and it's good to support such companies.
I will do post about what I use and how I use it. Are there any questions you ask yourself before buying? Please comment them below.