In my hair care journey, there are certain ingredients I have learned to stay away from. While others, I have learned are fine to use in moderation. The biggest three of those ingredients are mineral oil, sulfates, and silicones.
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There are many resources that state the issues with mineral oil, sulfates, and silicones. However, experience with the ingredients is what I base my assertions on. Check out the video for more details:
Mineral Oil… Sulfates… Silicones
Mineral oil is the only deal breaker for me. It builds up way too fast and is such a pain to deal with on wash day. When mixed in with other moisturizing ingredients, I find it to work better. However, there are so many wonderful products out there without these ingredients that I just don’t even bother.
I pretty much stay way from sulfates with the exception of heat styling. When I say sulfates, I am talking specifically about Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate. If I have heat styled my hair, I have used quite a few silicone based products in my hair. The best way to ensure I get those silicones off my hair and prevent build up is to use a shampoo with sulfates.
Many times over the last couple of years I have talked and written about my use of silicones. I do not use silicone based serums daily, but I do use products with silicones in my hair on a regular basis. Is it possible to do without silicones? For the most part yes.
Silicones make the best heat protectant, so I would make sure to use them then. Otherwise, there are plenty of great products without silicones out there. What are your deal breaker ingredients? What controversial natural hair ingredients do you use and adore?