In recent years, the natural and curly hair community has made some serious strides. We've educated ourselves on ingredients, realizing that what we put on our bodies is just as important as what is put in them. It's been confirmed that topical ingredients can indeed enter the bloodstream and either improve or cause detriment to our health. In this blog post, I'd like to encourage you to take your hair's nutrition a step further - after all, it's 2020 and we can do a little bit better this decade!
Have a smoothie
I'm a sucker for a good smoothie! As a matter of fact, I have one each morning, filling my NutriBullet with the 3 servings of broccoli, kale and spinach that I know that I won't force myself to eat that day. I try to think of my hair products as smoothies as well - slathering my scalp with aloe vera, flax seed, agave and okra is another way of feeding my body the nutrients that it needs to be healthy. I encourage you guys to think of your topicals as more than conditioners and stylers - think of them as one more way to get protein and vitamins into your daily diet.
What's for dinner?
When is the last time someone asked you what you didn't have for dinner? Probably close to never, right? So why, when we search for our next product, are we more concerned with what's not in them than what is actually inside the bottle? Instead of only looking for products with no parabens, silicones or alcohols, pay as much attention to the quality of the ingredients inside. After all, it's absolutely possible for a product to be Curly Girl Friendly but still not be good for you. Case in point, if we see a vegan product, we usually assume that the ingredients are on the up and up. But "vegan" just means the product is not produced from an animal by-product nor tested on animals, not that the ingredients are necessarily clean (willowtreesoapcompany)
Vote with your wallet
Finally, after you've tweaked your hair product diet and found products that supplement your nutritional needs, vote with your wallet. Demand that more companies offer products that are good for you by wielding the almighty dollar. The only reason that shelves are lined with bottles filled with less-than-ideal ingredients is because they are being purchased - plain and simple. It's up to us to stand up and demand more...because we're worth it.