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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:
- A paraben
- The Itchy M's (causes scalp irritation in some)
- Coloring for gel