Battle of the Products

So everyone is raving about this product (insert a hair product or hair product line that comes to mind).  You start researching the product and stalking it, waiting for it to go on sale.  Finally, you buy it and you’re excited!  You just can’t wait to use this AMAZING product(s) everyone has been raving about.  So you insert the new product(s) into your hair care routine, and when you’ve finished your hair, your reaction is…

Whether you’re screaming because of how your hair looks or because of how it feels, you’re still screaming.  Now you’re trying to figure out if you can return the product(s) or if you’re stuck with it.  You also might be panicking because you have somewhere to be and your hair is just having a ball at your expense.  So now you’re like…regret  And the only thing you can do is start from the beginning.  Do you know the worst part of this whole scenario?  The reason the product(s) didn’t work could be your fault.  Shopping for products is more than just reading the reviews and reading the ingredient list.  There’s one key component to product shopping that people often forget.  No, it’s not whether the person suggesting it has hair similar or just like yours.  The key component is whether that product is compatible with all the other products you use on a regular basis.

If we ignore porosity (i.e. the hair follicles ability to absorb water) for a moment and focus on products you may use on a regular basis, the following information will make more sense.  Your hair gets used to certain products.  These products can also alter your hair in good and/or bad way(s).  One of the bad ways is product build-up.  Product build-up not only can weigh your hair down, make it dull and lifeless, it also clogs the hair shaft and follicles the same way your pores can become clogged.  This can make products seem useless and a waste of money.  So when trying a new product do a vinegar rinse after cleansing your hair and scalp.  By doing this, you can really check whether it’s the product(s) or your other regular products.

Another important thing to note is, just because the ingredient list of new products you’re trying have similar properties and ingredients, it doesn’t mean they are compatible.  You would think that because all the products you purchase are labeled organic or all natural that they should all blend well.  That’s not so my friend.  Some companies make sure their products are incompatible with other products on purpose. So the two products may work well separately, but not together.  They were made like that on purpose.  Hair products are created to be compatible with products from the same product line.  So you have a 50/50 chance that the product that you purchase will not work as advertised if you aren’t using products from the same product line/brand.  Individual products in a product line are meant to compliment each other.  This can also apply to hair oils, deep conditioning, etc. products.  This does NOT only apply to shampoo, conditioner, mousses, gels, etc.  Every product was not meant to be used to together.

Last but not least, porosity does play a part in a product not working for your hair.  However, I have to once again mention that your regular products can CHANGE your hair’s porosity.  Your hair stripped down and bare might like the new product.  However, your regular products may be blocking or slowing down your hair’s absorption ability.  If your hair can’t absorb a product, the product just sits on your hair.  No matter what products you use, there are chemicals and chemical reactions.  It’s natural. Water, for example, is a chemical compound, and depending on how it’s filtered it can create good chemical reactions or bad chemical reactions.  You can’t avoid chemicals.  They’re in the air too.  Have you ever taken the time to really observe how your regular products have changed your hair?  Take a moment and ask yourself: Does my hair dry faster or slower?  Is it thinner or thicker?  Is it frizzer or not?  Has my scalp changed even just a little?  If any changes, what are the changes?  Just basic observation questions like these can help you determine how your hair is affected by your hair products.  These questions can also help you evaluate what new products you’re interested in that could give you a result you desire.  Hopefully, this saves you some time, money, and stress before your next hot date.

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