The chemical ingredients piled into leave-in conditioners, serums, and relaxers can have drastic effects on the health of your hair. While navigating aisles lined with hair products can feel daunting, it’s easier than you think to pick the right products for your hair. Here are some of hair expert Curly Nikki's foolproof tips.
Look at the Ingredients
A quick glance at the ingredients label on a hair product will tell you everything you need to know! The first five ingredients listed on the bottle should be easy to pronounce, according to Curly Nikki. That’s because the FDA requires cosmetic companies to list products in “descending order of predominance,” meaning those top five ingredients were used the most when creating that hair product. If you can’t pronounce them, that might be a sign that the complicated chemical ingredients could cause breakage, split ends, or other problems.
Pick the Right Proteins
While protein is important for strong, thick, and healthy hair, not all proteins are created equal. Look for hydrolyzed proteins within hair products to increase hydration and prevent damage. Other proteins are too large for the hair follicles to absorb, but hydrolyzed protein is broken into small fragments that allow it to enter the hair easily.
Try out Curly Nikki’s hair conditioning mask with hydrolyzed proteins to work to replenish and revitalize dry and dull hair.
Use Natural Ingredients
Detangle your hair with all-natural DIY recipes for the desired manageability without the harsh chemical repercussions. Curly Nikki suggests creating a hair mask with one cup of Greek yogurt and one tablespoon of honey. Lactic acid in yogurt aids in the detangling process, while the honey adds moisture to help detangle.
You can also help relieve a dry and itchy scalp at-home with aloe vera, honey, and apple cider vinegar with Curly Nikki's natural hair treatment. The anti-fungal properties in apple cider vinegar can remove dandruff, while the soothing aloe vera and honey can help to restore moisture to the hair.