For a long while I lived in fear of styling my own hair. I saw styling as “challenging.” You see I have 4B/4C natural hair.
4B/C curls are tiny, dry, dense, and fragile! Consequently, they are touchy to rough handling, and thus thrive in both low manipulation and protective hair styling.
I learnt the hard way…
You’d never dream of washing good wool or cashmere sweater with just any old detergent, but most people don’t think twice about applying shampoo to the priceless fibre that’s sitting on their head. 2
The problem is that shampoos have a dirty little secret…they contain harsh detergents such as sodium lauryl sulphate, ammonium lauryl sulphate, which are foaming agents found in dishwashing liquid and laundry detergent. 2
Sure they are great for pots and pan…because they cut out grease! Your hair on the other hand, needs to preserve its natural oils to protect it, and your scalp. Stripping them away deprives hair of necessary moisture, amino acids, and antibodies, and thus makes it look dry, dull, and lifeless. It also does the same thing to your skin!
We’ve all been there before…you walk into a department store and head for the health and beauty section. You examine a wide variety of cleansing bars and you choose one that seems to match your needs. It usually takes a few tries before you find that one soap that really works for you. Do you ever stop to look at the ingredients of this soap?
You are likely to find triclosan, which can disrupt the thyroid hormone and increased exposure can contribute to the development of breast cancer. You will find fragrance, which is usually a safe word for phthalates, a chemical that can cause birth defects and liver damage. There are so many chemicals that are used in nearly all “cleansing bars” sold in stores today.
My job enables me to work with women-owned co-operatives and female producers in Africa. Recently I received a sample of 100% pure [chemical free] Rhassoul clay from Morocco. More times than I can count, I’ve watched many of our customers buy Rhassoul for skin care purposes…but what I’ve found very intriguing is when some buy it solely to Shampoo with!
So, I decided to give it a try…
Personally, I believe that nature has given us everything. But marketing and advertising convinces us otherwise.
Have you ever wondered why silicone is bad for your hair? Read this article slowly & carefully, it may answer some of your questions.
What is silicone? Silicones are synthetic polymers.
In layman’s terms: synthetic polymers are derived from petroleum oil and made by scientists and engineers. The word POLYMER is a more technical term for plastic! Which brings me back, again, to the same question: “Why would anyone want to put petroleum oil or plastic on their hair or skin?”