About a month ago, I went to the Indianapolis natural hair meetup and we began to talk about ingredients. In any regimen, you need a balance of both protein and moisture. At the event I was given a few different moisturizing ingredients to look for and I also have come up with a few more that I would like to share.
Remember that the first five ingredients listed in a product are the ones that are contained most in that product. Here are some great ingredients to look for:
- Shea butter- Heavy product. Used with thick hair
- Vegetable Glycerin- attracts outside moisture to your hair
- Jojoba extract- creates shine
- Avocado oil- Light product
- Aloe Vera- Smooths hair and protects from heat damage
Here are some of the ingredients I learned about at the event. All of these ingredients (above and below) are called Humectants which allow your hair to retain moisture.
- Alpha Hydroxyl acids
These might seem very familiar to you. Below is the the link to a lists of these ingredients and others in their scientific or disguised form. Ever pick up a product and on the ingredient list are huge words that you don't understand? This lists will explain what each is.