When it comes to what’s in your wardrobe, a neutral, monochrome, and nude color palette is often an easy and versatile route to take. However, there’s no need to shy away from vibrant hues and pattern, in fact, a neutral palette provides the perfect backdrop for an array of color choices; you just have to know how to add a bright shade to your outfit.
Often times we come across product labels but they are not made easy to read and understand. We might not even trust the claims that brands/manufacturers place on these products. For all natural products there are no regulatory guidelines for what makes a product “natural”. If a product is made from organic ingredients then more than likely it contains a minimum of 70% certified-organic ingredients. To avoid any chemical harm one has to understand the different uses of ingredients listed and/or used to create the product. Below is a list of bad hair product ingredients that you should avoid:
- Chlorine is often used in our everyday life such as the use of tap water, swimming pool, laundry products etc., so it cannot be avoided. If not treated correctly chlorine will strip the natural oils from the hair that prevents damage and daily wear. Always coat hair with oil and silicone based product before going to the pool.
- Diethanolamine (DEA), Momoethnanolamine (MEA) and Triethanolamme (TEA) chemical can throw off hormone levels and form cancer. Foamy boosters, conditioning agents care products such as hair dyes, wave sets,shampoos and cleansing products are more likely to contain this ingredient .
- Isopropyl Alcohol also known as rubbing alcohol is drying and harsh to natural hair. This ingredient can be found in hair sprays, gels, fragrances and shaving lotions. Products that contain Isopropyl Alcohol tends to dry out the hair, make it frizzy, dull and cause breakage.
- Mineral Oil coats the hair and acts as a natural barrier to moisture getting in the hair. If used too often it can cause the hair to become dry and brittle. The more mineral oil consumed the more likely the hair dries out and become weak and thin.
- Polyethylene Glycol can be found in shampoo, hair conditioner and styling product. PEG strips the hair of it’s natural moisture and weakens the immune system.
- Propylene Glycol absorbs quickly into the hair and is used as an anti-freeze. PG is used to break down protein. It can be used in some skin care and cosmetic products like deodorants. Overexposure of PG can cause damage to organs such as the brain, lungs and liver.
- Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) & Sodium Lauryle Sulfate (SLS) ingredients can be found in products that foam such as hair conditioner, soaps, shower gels, shampoo, toothpaste etc. Often times car wash soaps or floor cleaners contains this type of ingredient. Just by doing a Google search you can see claims about this ingredient causing hair loss.
Please note:The first ingredient listed on a product is the main ingredient use to create the product. Any product that contains water and list it as the first ingredient is perfect for moisturizing.
Next time before you purchase or apply a product to your hair take these ingredients into consideration so that you can prevent damage to your hair and instead achieve a much healthier, thicker hair. Click here to read about building a hair regimen.Do you read product labels for ingredients before purchasing? Feel free to leave your comments below. 😉
Newsletters! We all get them. Then we go ahead and open daily dose of the countless emails with the catchy headline; persuading us to try the latest beauty craze and/or purchase the limited edition items before they get sold out. However, it is hard to decide what beauty product can be bought online; without an expert advice or without being able to test out the shade or look at the color payoff. There are a time and place for everything and this article will inform you; when it’s more convenient to shop online or in stores. To help you budget better; here are eight times when it’s the best time to shop online and four times in stores.
When It’s Appropriate to Shop Beauty Online1. If there is a money back guarantee: Some online sites will offer a full refund if you try a product you ordered and don’t like it. If this is the case then go ahead and buy your beauty product.2. There is a Sale: whether its 10%, 25% or 50% off you are welcome to splurge on beauty products, once you are getting a great deal.3. There is a BOGO: the buy one get one free is always a great deal since the price for one equals two.4. During Holidays or Special Events: Whenever there is an event or holiday in the U.S. you can always catch a sale online. For eg. St. Patrick Day, Veterans Day etc.5. Have knowledge of the brand: If you have used various products before from a certain brand and trust what the company has to offer, then what’s stopping you. Go ahead and buy that second product from that brand.6. You are Repurchasing: Too busy to go to the store, then why not shop online. This will save you a lot of time, not to mention deliveries are fast and you already know the product.7. Limited Edition: this is when your favourite celeb collaborates with your favourite makeup line and they offer a midnight release online sale, then this is the time you can order online. Most times these limited edition products gets sold out in stores and you can guarantee you’re going to get the product you want if you order quickly online.8. Research: If you watch tutorials, read blogs, visit beauty forums online then you know all of this fall in the category of research, you will be ready to order.
When You Need to Shop Offline/In-stores1. New Skincare Products: never buy skin care products without being able to test, ordering with a blind eye not a requirement. The skin is very sensitive and delicate; it requires you to test in person to avoid later damages to the skin surface.2. Bold Colors: some shades will look completely different online than when you actually see it yourself, unlike neutrals.3. Trends: Some beauty fads can be quite expensive and they normally come and go. For instance; bold/nude colours does not suite everyone and foundation shade need to be skin matched, so it needs to be tried out and see if it fits before purchasing for best results.4. New Fragrances: Anxious about that new fragrance, then why not stop in stores and scent it for yourself, even though online descriptions have gotten extremely detailed, the scent can still be a bit of turn-off for some of us.