There are many ingredients found in hair products that can cause problems with your curly hair causing frizz, breakage, dryness, damage, or brittle hair.
Here are some top ingredients to avoid using on your natural hair:
Sulfates - Known to strip your hair of natural oils which leads to dryness, breakage, and scalp irritation. Sulfates ingredient names to watch out for in beauty products are lauryl sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate
Alcohols - Are very drying and can also irritate the scalp while drying out your curly hair causing brittleness.
Parabens - Are used as preservatives causing dry hair, irritation of the scalp, fading of hair color, and even hair loss. According to research, parabens can interfere with the body’s hormones, mainly reproductive hormones such as estrogen and testosterone. The possible health risks include chronic diseases, cancers, developmental disorders and fertility problems.
Protein Overload - can cause damage to your curls when overusing. Leaving protein masks, treatments, or protein bond builders on your hair for long periods of time can slowly damage your hair. Overtime, you may experience a dullness appearance in your hair, causing your curls to lose form.
The next time you purchase hair products pay close attention to these ingredients and avoid if you want to maintain healthy curls.