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"Technically" Curly Girl Approved Products VS Natural Products


                          
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I'm one of those people that prefers her products be as natural as possible. Reason being is throughout our journey we invest quite a sum of money into products, treatments, Devacuts, etc. Shouldn't we have the absolute best to show for it?

I have two categories of Curly girl approved product:

CG Approved: Meaning the product is free of Sulfates, Silicones, Parabens, Drying Alcohols, Waxes, and Mineral Oil

Technically CG Approved: Meaning there's nothing in the ingredient list that is a huge "no-no" but the ingredients are not really natural. They are more lab-created ingredients that with prolonged use can build up and cause your hair to go out of wack. An example of a technically cg product is:


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LA Looks Extreme Sports Gel is a very well known gel and pretty inexpensive. Sounds awesome right? A CG approved item with the price tag of non-cg? Nothing can go wrong right? WRONG. 

According to Google, these are the ingredients:

WATER (AQUA), PVP, SORBITOL, CARBOMER, KERATIN AMINO ACIDS, PANTHENYL ETHYL ETHER, PALMITOYL OLIGOPEPTIDE, GLYCERYL POLYMETHACRYLATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, OLETH-20, RAHNELLA/SOY PROTEIN FERMENT, AMINOMETHYL PROPANOL, PEG-8, POTASSIUM SORBATE, METHYLPARABEN, TETRASODIUM EDTA, DIAZOLIDINYL UREA, METHYLCHLOROISOTHIAZOLINONE, METHYLISOTHIAZOLINONE, PARFUM (FRAGRANCE), BUTYLPHENYL METHYLPROPIONAL, HYDROXYISOHEXYL 3-CYCLOEXENE CARDBOXALDEHYDE, LIMONENE, HEXYL CINNAMAL, LINALOOL, BENZYL SALICYLATE, CITRONELLOL, VIOLET 2, BLUE 1.



The first Five ingredients of any product makes up roughly 80% of the product. Do you know what PVP is? PVP is essentially plastic and when it builds up it acts as a silicone and can clog your hair follicles stopping or hindering hair growth and proper scalp care. The others in order are:
  1. A paraben
  2. The Itchy M's (causes scalp irritation in some)
  3. Coloring for gel

Sometimes it's worth it to pay those hefty prices from DevaCurl or Ouidad because you know you are paying for quality ingredients. When it comes to my hair, it's my crown I've invested so much into it and I rather get natural products or create my own DIY than to hinder the health of my hair with ingredients that should never make its way into our hair.

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