Why Chemicals are Bad for the Hair

It all starts with a dissatisfaction of our natural hair. Every time you look in the mirror, you wish that your natural hair was better. And in the pursuit of having the perfect hair, we apply all sorts of products to get our hair looking the way we think we want it to.

 

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Relaxers, texturizers, hair sprays and even some hair creams could be extremely harmful to your hair. On the surface, those products seem to give the results that you have been looking for but at the expense of the health of your hair. They contain several harsh chemicals like sodium hydroxide (lye), calcium hydroxide or guanidine hydroxide (no-lye), and hydrogen peroxide to get your hair to behave in the nature and style that you desire. But leaves the health of your hair in a very bad state.

These chemicals can be so harsh for our delicate hair because they negatively affect the pH level of the hair. The continuous application of these harmful hair products would continue to destroy the hair.

Here are some of the reasons why chemicals are bad for your hair.

 

  1. Chemicals will stunt hair growth

Our hair needs the right environment, pH level and moisture to grow. Using these harsh chemical in your hair products, especially relaxers and texturizers, go deep into the scalp. It strips the hair of its moisture.

The worse part about chemicals most especially the ones in hair relaxers is that the chemicals used to relax the hair also inhibit its growth.

 

  1. Chemicals will thin your hair

The continuous application of perms, relaxers, texturizers and other chemical-based hair products will wear our hair out. At each application, the chemicals start to weaken the hair strands and most times it leads to having split ends. When you apply a relaxer, the part that suffers the most is your natural hairline. The front of your hair gets so thin that it could start to break which could damage the hair-line severally.

 

  1. Chemicals will lead to breakage and hair loss

These chemicals can also lead to overall hair breakage and loss. The chemicals in hair products can make your hair lose its elasticity which will make your hair fragile and cause it to break.

 

  1. Chemicals can burn your scalp

Ladies believe that when they leave a relaxer or texturizer longer in their hair, they’ll get better results. Especially if they have very coarse hair like me (I have a 4c type hair). The truth is that the longer you leave those products in your hair, the more your scalp burns. This will cause serious pain from the burn or irritation. The pain gets worse when hair products that contain alcohol are applied to your hair.

With all these problems, the best decision you could ever make is to go natural and stay natural. I have not applied any form of chemical on my hair for over a year now and I can’t remember the last time my hair was this healthy.

 

 

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My hair is full, strong and growing quickly and beautifully. I must confess, the journey to falling in love with my natural afro hair has been long and hard. It took seeing how lovely my daughter’s natural hair is, to get me to transition to natural hair. But I am happy I have finally embraced it. It is very difficult to maintain my natural hair. It is quite dry and does not retain moisture easily, so I like to have it in a protective style for as long as possible, and rock my fancy wigs. But as soon as my hair grows to the desired length I am after, I would start to style it a bit more.

What do you think of these harsh chemicals in hair products?

 

 

Natural Hair Transition Update

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I hope I am not confusing you all with my many hairstyles. Well, this is my natural hair, I took these photos some weeks ago. I am currently transitioning to my natural hair texture, so no relaxers or chemicals whatsoever. But I still make use of my many wigs, so you will always see me photographed wearing 1. I can easily give Wendy Williams a run for her money when it comes to wigs. I am slowly growing my collection, and I am loving it. I find them so easy to style and maintain. I like the fact that I can yank it off as soon as I close my front door, or when I need to go swimming. It feels liberating!

Back to my natural hair transition, it has been great so far. My afro hair is growing beautifully and I even have my baby curls back, yayy!

 

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I have not had the big chop yet and I am still not sure when or if I would have it. I guess I will grow my hair some more, and see how it goes. I am currently happy with how healthy my hair looks. I use African Pride Shea Butter Leave in Conditoner and growth oil, T444z Hair Food and Shea Moisture products, and I think they are doing a great job in keeping my afro hair shiny and healthy.

 

I very happy with the state of my hair but it is a lot of work to get the hair to be this way. I can see why many start and give up along the way. The endless moisturising can be very exhausting. But the outcome is definitely worth the stress.

I will be showing off my natural hair in a few weeks, just so I can document and show you all how my hair is doing.

Thanks for reading and commenting.

Have a lovely weekend.

 

 

 

Product Review: Shea Moisture Hair Products Range

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I have written about my transition to natural hair a few times now and I have mentioned a few hair products I have been using. Well, I have a few more products to tell you about. Say hello to the Shea Moisture Hair Products Range.

I have used these products for a few weeks now, and I am definitely going to buy all 4 of them again. They are the TRUTH and that is a fact!

Here is all you need to know about each product –

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo £10.99

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Here is what the brand has to say about this Moisture Retention Shampoo:

This hydrating gentle moisturizing shampoo offers gentle cleansing for your hair and promotes scalp health without stripping your hair off natural oils. Keeping a clean and healthy scalp is key to growing long, strong and healthy hair! The unique blend of raw organic Shea Butter with Sea Kelp and Argan Oil aids in moisture retention and softens and smoothens damaged, coarse and brittle hair.

SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo is a clarifying hair care treatment specially designed to gently cleanse and remove product build-up. It hydrates hair from deep within, so your dry, brittle and coarse tresses become smooth, frizz-free, and enviously bouncy.

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It is a sulfate-free, paraben-free shampoo.
  2. It smells amazing.
  3. It cleanses the hair throughly without stripping the hair off its natural oils.
  4. My hair feels very soft and moisturised after each use.
  5. I get amazing curls after using this shampoo and air drying my hair.

 

CONS

None. This is the best shampoo I have ever used.

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Restorative Conditioner £10.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Restorative Conditioner:

This conditioner is perfection in a bottle. Its unique formula is made with raw Shea Butter that deeply penetrates while restoring dry scalp and hair. It has Sea Kelp for mineral-rich nutrition that seals and smoothes hair cuticles, while Argan Oil restores shine and helps promote hair elasticity. The result is a deep conditioning hair care treatment that helps restore health and shine to over-processed hair, to ensure your strands are soft, shiny, moisturized and resilient.

This Restorative Hair Care formula is completely sulfate-free, parabens-free, and coluor-safe. Use it as a leave-in or rinse out conditioner that detangles, moisturizes, repairs and restores lifeless, damaged hair.

 

I use this straight after using the shampoo, and I leave it on for about 20 minutes

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. My hair feels super soft, shiny and moisturised after each use.
  2. It is sulfate free, parabens-free and colour safe conditioner.
  3. I love the thick creamy texture.
  4. It is a leave-in and a rinse out conditioner at the same time.

CONS

None. I am sold on this conditioner!

 

Shea Moisture Raw Shea Butter Deep Masque Treatment £12.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Raw Shea Butter Deep Treatment Masque:

This deep nourishing treatment masque is enriched with the goodness of Argan Oil – touted for its high concentrations of vitamins A and E that help strengthen and smoothen hair naturally, as well as Sea Kelp extract, which is a humectant that helps your hair retain moisture. These ingredients come together to make an all-natural deep treatment masque that does wonders to smoothen, soften and strengthen chemically treated hair, perfect for transitioning it to healthy natural hair.

The certified organic raw Shea butter in this hair masque deeply penetrates the root and shaft of damaged hair to deliver the moisture and slip your curls need without weighing it down. For best results, use it in combination with SheaMoisture’s Raw Shea Butter Moisture Retention Shampoo.

I prepoo my dry hair with this Deep Treatment Masque, leaving it on for a minimum of 30 minutes before washing out.

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It smells great, just like the rest of the products in the range.
  2. It detangles my hair.
  3. It leaves my feeling soft and moisturised.
  4. My hair looks healthy and shiny with no breakage.

CONS

None. I wonder why I need thought of deep conditioning my hair all these years. This is definitely a great hair product.

 

Shea Moisture Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment £12.99

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Here is what Shea Butter has to say about this Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment:

SheaMoisture’s Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment is fortified with Jamaican Black Castor Oil which is rich in essential fatty acids. Certified organic Shea Butter provides deep, nourishing moisturization to dry, damaged hair while natural ingredients like peppermint invigorate the scalp and promote hair growth.

SheaMoisture’s Jamaican Black Castor Oil Strengthen, Grow & Restore Edge Treatment is a gentle styling aid which protects, nourishes and strengthens damaged, processed hair. This nourishing edge gel provides a gentle hold and transforms your hair into shining, envious curls!

 

Here are my thoughts:

PROS

  1. It nourishes and tames my edges.
  2. It has an amazing creamy/silky texture.
  3. It smells great.
  4. It makes my natural hair easier to manage.
  5. It leaves me with smooth, frizz-free curls!

CONS

None. It is fab hair product to have.

 

I recommend all 4 products 100%. They are great for natural hair and for transitioning to natural hair. I can’t be without them now that I know how good they are. And another fab thing about these products is the fact that they are easy to purchase from Shea Butter’s website, Boots, All Beauty, Superdrug and many more.

I will be sharing a photo of my hair growth soon so keep your eyes peeled.

Have you used any of these products? Wha are your thoughts?