Have you ever picked up a hair product, studied the label designs, read the breakdown of ingredients, and gotten so excited you couldn’t wait to try it in your hair?
I savor the words as I read them willing them to transform my hair “Thirsty hair quenching, rehydration silk cream, with nourishing hair blend” -guaranteed to make your hair soft shiny, and strong enough to pull a car! Then you are counting down the days to wash day, the usual long process seems like it will take minutes as you plan out what your new hairstyle will be that week because the basic chemistry of your hair will be- you know- completely changed by this miracle product. You are feeling amazing about your secret discovery. You’re going to change the world with what you know about this product! (yes I get this excited) I drink in all the fairy tales on the label. Tantalize me with your tale I say, spin me your best lie! Give me your most fantastical promise! I hope and believe that maybe if I read enough of what this product does it will somehow go into my brain and cover my hair like in a Pantene commercial fortifying each strand and then magically grow my hair from the hair follicle to the tip. Let it be true I beg. But then you use said project and your hair feels like sandpaper and knots and you think –What the? Is it just me? I know it’s probably only me but sometimes I get so disappointed with how hair products –mostly shampoos and conditioners -don’t really do anything for my hair. Am I alone in this?
I’ve heard things like if I rinse my hair with cold water it helps. But who wants to interrupt a nice relaxing hot shower with a blast of cold ice water? Not me!
I’ve tried homemade recipes from my kitchen. I’ve developed the skill of a chemist mixing products together but I can never make the same batch of something that is amazing twice I think It’s because I don’t measure the hair products- I’ve adopted the same black people principle of adding seasoning to cooked food– I just keep adding until I hear the ancestors whisper “Enough my child.”
The black hair care industry is a Billion-dollar force so in keeping with this it makes sense that hair care is important to black people. It’s tied to our beauty, it’s tied to our roots, it’s used as a political statement and an act of freedom. Following this same mode of thought, it would make sense for a hair company that wanted to be successful to do their best to make a quality product rather than just throwing something out there into the world.
My main issue with my hair is that it is protein sensitive and most products have protein. I have gentler reactions if I just stick with a cheap chemical-filled conditioner. I used to be one of those “I only use natural based products” in my hair people. I was like that for years but truth be told I still didn’t know what the natural product chemicals listed on the package were either. I told everyone to avoid petroleum and then legit spent a year using straight Vaseline in my hair *Shrug*
I figured out I was protein sensitive by accident. I found this amazing smelling soy shampoo and then my hair started breaking and falling out. The store owner that I had purchased the product from was the first to put these words into my head. So I avoided blatant protein treatments and conditioners.
The second time I was following youtube’s kimmytube recipe for moisturized hair. Every day I sprayed on aloe, water and put coconut oil in my hair for extreme moisture only to have my hair get crunchier by the second. After a bit of research, I realized that although those products didn’t have protein in them they mimicked protein in my hair.
If you have natural hair, there is a lot to learn about how to take care of it. Learning what’s good for your hair is an ongoing process it’s never one size fits all. That’s probably why there are so many products out there.
A while back, I was approached by a hair product company Edge Naturale to try a free sample of their product and review it. Of course, I said yes.
I was sent Edge Naturale follicle Enhancer
I wasn’t expecting much because my edges seem to stay the same but I’ve been pleasantly surprised. First off, the product smells wonderful like Christmas after a snowstorm- ok, more like a delicious candy cane. You immediately feel the cool fresh tingling as the product wakes up your sleeping hair follicles upon use. There is a lot of product in one jar. I’m not even halfway yet and I’ve been using it for almost two months. The consistency is thick and creamy so a little goes a long way. If you’ve had issues with growing your edges definitely lookout for this product and try it. I’m taking progress pictures to monitor any changes I notice. In many products, you try, remember that your age, health and previous chemical damage to your scalp will be a factor in how much progress you will be able to achieve. Out of those three, your health is the one factor you can make an effort to change in order to boost your results. Happy product hunting!