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My Yarn Locs/Wraps Preparation!

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Finally getting to cutting✂✂ my yarn for my hair💁, going to get it started tonight since my schedule is pretty clear this week… I’m going for the yarn wraps/locs for my first time so wish me luck because that’s double the work of the regular yarn twists which is my favorite 😉😱 lol

*This length cut in half will be about 18-20 inches, I was gonna go shorter but maybe for my next set!

Items used for this process:
-large scissors
-yarn
-2 foldable chairs
-yellow measuring tape

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I’m super excited to try something new and put my hair in a protective style for awhile especially during the summer and being so active, these are going to be perfect!

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My Natural Hair Update: Feb 2015 (2 of 2)

Hey L ❤ ‘s … I must say that it feels so good to be 3 years natural and i admit it was not a easy road but i learned so much throughout all my ups and down so i don’t regret the choice i made at all. That being said.. i have just been craving for a change within my natural hair journey although for awhile now and i just had no clue what that could be and i started thinking that ive always loved locs/dreadlocks so why not experience having them in my real hair. Now it took me almost 6 months plus to make this decision and go forward because i wasn’t sure if i wanted loc extensions,comb twist method,palm roll method,interlock method and/or if it was going to be something completely for me and my lifestyle…. Well after lots of research and reaching out to locticians,stylists,and groups on social media i realized the answer was YES!


StarterLocsFEB2015 (1)StarterLocsFEB2015 (2)My comb twists starter locs came out amazing! This February 2015 is a beginning of a new journey with my natural hair and im beyond excited to see the growth process. I can admit that i am going to miss my freely loose natural hair but like i said it was time for a change and something a little less managing with my busy lifestyle and plus one thing ive learned during research online is that locs are very versatile. Im loving my new hairstyle and ill keep you guys posted on my experience as times goes by.

 

THE SALON EXPERIENCE:

I have been following this amazing loctician & natural hair stylist here in Cleveland for about 1 year now i do believe,she goes by the name of Tarsha Dixon and i fell in love with her work,passion and personality from the start so i already had my mind set that when i make this choice i would be going to her no doubt. She has been in the industry for well over 10 years and specialize in locs, she used to have a home based business but she now has a shop and she has lots of proof of her talent right here on social media. The salon was very private and relaxing, she fixed me some tea that was amazing and there wasn’t that feeling of being rushed through the process. Her uplifting personality and customer service was the best and id recommend her to everybody i know. So if you are in the Cleveland area or planning a visit soon and your interested in getting locs,an updo style or even just a two strand twist and hair treatments then please check her out!

FOLLOW & BOOK TARSHA NOW –> 

Contact Details:

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House of Beautiful Locs (Natural hair salon)
24723 Cedar Rd. Suite # 7
Sola Salon in Legacy village// House of Beautiful Locs
Lyndhurst, OH, 44124
216-990-0309

STYLE SEAT (online booking):

https://www.styleseat.com/tarsha 

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INSTAGRAM:   

http://www.instagram.com/beautifulocs

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FACEBOOK:

https://www.facebook.com/beautifulocs

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REVIEWS SNEAK PEEK:

**Take a little sneak peek at some of Tarsha’s reviews (including my own)**

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TY FOR READING AND IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,ADVICE,OR ANYTHING AT ALL THEN PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW! …Until next time my luvs! ❤ ❤

My Natural Hair Update: Feb 2015 (1 of 2)

Well l ❤ v’s its already the second month of the new year of 2015 and I really didn’t set any personal resolutions besides focusing on reaching new levels in the goals I already had. However after these last few months it has been a little challaging since I colored my hair and did my second big chop. This new color has changed my hair in so many ways (which I already was aware of possible changes) with Issues including but not limited to dryness and porosity change but I have finally stop letting this drive me crazy and just enjoy the learning process. It’s just like I’m newly natural all over again and have to learn what works for my hair and I’m ok with that only because I’ve been here already before so I know that ‘this to shall pass’ and learn as I go while taking the good with the bad.

I will say that my hair is in way better shape than it was in November, and that’s mainly because I changed up my regimen just a little by adding more deep conditioning and moisture,moisture moisture lol… On another note,I will be getting my starter locs in very soon and im very excited about this new journey although I know for awhile things will be pretty much the same when it comes to my hair maintenance until it grows out more or during times I can’t afford to go to the shop etc. (Which I hope don’t happens) but I will still be sharing what I’m doing with my kids hair,skin/beauty topics, and hauls as well so stay tuned!

HOPE THAT YOU ENJOYED THIS POST AND IF YOU HAVE ANYTHING YOU WANT TO SHARE PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT BELOW!!

Hairstyle Files: My Holiday Perm Rod Set

Hey luvs ❤ ❤ !!! Hope you guys all enjoyed your holidays no matter if you got a break to spend with your loved ones or not and i hope you enjoyed all the goodies that holidays have to offer. My holidays were great especially spending it with my husband and kids while they were all on break for almost 3 weeks!!!!… We were going to go out but we decided to spend the whole break indoors together, but i still decided to get dolled up for both Christmas and the New Year holiday. It was so hard for me to decide on what to do with my hair because of my new big chop and color as i talked more about in a previous post here –>  “Big Chop #2“. Its like going natural all over again in so many ways because now i have color added so my hair doesnt react the same with certain products i used to use to achieve styles such as twist and bantu knot outs so im experimenting again and its fun but sometimes can get irritating if short on time and the style turns out to be a fail.

I decided that i haven’t done a rod set in a long time and i never did one on my shorter hair before when i big chopped for the first time back in 2011 so i figured why not see how it would turn out now.   I was so worried about how this was going to turn out mostly because i didn’t have much products to work with at the moment of time, but with confidence i proceeded and it came out wayy better than i could of imagined.

BEFORE  ROLLER SET

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t get a picture of me with the rollers in my head but here are the rollers,tools and the products that i used to achieve this style–> 

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 I kept my rods in for 1 whole day before i took it down because i wanted it to be completely dry so that it wouldn’t interrupt the curls to much or create to much frizz.  Here is two pics below of my hair after removing the rods and before i fluffed it out. —>

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As you can see it turned out great and super curly, i almost didnt want to take it down! After wearing it just like this for about 2 hours i decided i would style it and use an afro pick to fluff the roots and add some volume…..

 

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Rod Set Take Down

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I loved it so much that i decided to do it again for new years eve, but i think i need to get some rods that are a little bigger because it did take me forever with those tiny rods lol. I would love to try some flexi rods and see how that turn out!

DO YOU LOVE ROD SETS? WHAT WAS YOUR EXPERIENCE WITH ROD SETS? WHAT PRODUCTS YOU USE? I’D LOVE TO HEAR ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE ON THIS TOPIC SO PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW!

My New Love For Herbal Black Tea Hair Rinses!

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I know its late but i want to wish you all a Happy New Year! Can you believe that it is 2015 already??? I know i cant, This year has been a up and down year for my hair to say the least especially during this cold and dry weather. As you i explained in a previous post that i did my second big chop and colored my hair for the first time back this past fall and i have been suffering dryness + trying to get to know my again, well besides that i also was experiencing lots and lots of shedding due to the weather getting colder. Every time i turned around i would find my hair everywhere from my pillow case to my computer desk area, not tons of it but enough to catch my attention that i am not moisturizing correctly or maybe i just need to take care of myself internally more because this hair shedding is for the birds!

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So i was racking my brain and did some research and one of the many things i ran across was about herbal tea rinses that could not only decrease the shedding but it can help with shine and over all health. I went ahead and just tried what i already had in my kitchen, first i started with green tea,then chamomile but i noticed that out of all the teas; the black tea offered the best results when it came to how it felt and after using for about 2-3 weeks i noticed that the shedding was extremely less and it just felt like it was stronger.  The only downside to it was that black tea can darken the hair and i learned this later on after using it so the color i got done is a little darker now but is still noticeable and looking good to me… so im on the fence now about if i should still use it or what because i love my color in my hair but the benefits from this rinse is to good to let go lol. Unfortunately i do not have pictures of the shedding process but i will encourage you to see for yourself and give it a try,Its completely natural and safe- what can it hurt right?

This is the tea that i have been using so far.

Here are some of the benefits you can get from black tea rinses:

  • STOPS SHEDDING
  • ADDS SHINE
  • DARKENS HAIR
  • THICKEN & STRENGTHENS

 

HOW TO APPLY:

  1. Either boil 8 oz of water in a small saucepan on the stove or just do what i do and warm up 8oz of water in mug,measuring cup or microwave safe cup on 1-2 minutes max.
  2. Then just let the black tea back steep in the water for about 5 mins until it darkens, or you can just let the tea bag sit in the water until it cools off.
  3. After you are done cleansing you hair completely then all you have to do is pour this allover your hair and scalp. You can also put this in a spray bottle and apply it to the hair that way as well. Do not rinse out.

 

I do hope you give this a try, it did amazing things for my hair and as of now it is a true staple in my regimen. However,i do plan on trying a little something different on my deep conditioning days by adding honey to the black tea rinse, let it sit for like 15 mins,rinse then apply my deep conditioner and go from there adding even more benefits to my routine.

IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS,CONCERNS,FEED BACK OR ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COMMENT BELOW! ❤ Until Next Time Luvs ❤

Big Chop #2 and Color Update

♥Hello Luvs!! I know you guys haven’t heard from me since the summer due to life getting in the way and my computer being in the shop for repair it has been extremely hard to keep my blog active. Although i still do not have a good camera to really show off my hairstyles and all that good stuff, i will still try my best to blog as often as i can!

MY SECOND BIG CHOP:

During the spring of 2014 my hair suffered from neglect,stress and lack of care for the most part. I wasn’t moisturizing daily,prepping my hair for bed,applying my special treatments or covering it nightly and to make it worse i was always keeping it covered with a wig,scarf or bonnet when i went out and around the house (terrible i know smh). Somehow life & motherhood took a hold  and i could no longer fit me in the mix!

During the summer i did a light blowout & length check and it grew longer but when i took a closer look at the pictures i noticed that my ends were very thin and dried out (I don’t think it was heat damage because before this light blowout i haven’t used heat in almost a year)…. –>

 

Summer 2014 Blowout & Length Check

 

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Yup pretty great progress until i looked closer 😦 –>  JUNE2014_lengthcheck (3) JUNE2014_lengthcheck (2)

Sad to say but even though i seen this with my own two eyes the neglect and some bad habits still continued throughout the whole summer,mostly because i wanted to hold on to my length i had achieved but i had to get real with myself because my hair looked and felt exactly how i was feeling inside and i knew for a fact that i needed to get back on track and SOON not just with my hair but with myself entirely!

Since fall was arriving i had enough and decided to give myself a trim which lead to basically a second big chop…..yea i said it… Big chop #2! I wanted a fresh start and to get rid of all or atleast most of the damaged ends soooo i grabbed my shears and went to town 😛 –>

Big Chop #2

 

It felt so good to just start over and although i didn’t cut it as short as i did when i first BC’d it was still a huge difference from how long it was before. At the end of the day i realized and reminded myself that its just hair and most of all its MY hair and this journey is mines alone so why not?!

 

MY NEW HAIR COLOR:

It doesn’t end there, since it was a journey to a fresh start and new me i figured “hey why not get my hair colored?”….. and i went for it! Thanks to the amazing staff at this well known salon here in Cleveland,Ohio called ‘So Curly,So Kinky,So Straight’, the color came out exactly how i wanted it so there is no regrets.

SALON’s LINKS BELOW:

Official Website- http://www.socurlysokinkysostraight.com/

Official FB Page- https://www.facebook.com/SoCurlySoKinkySoStraightTheSalon

 

My choice was not to get a full head color treatment. I wanted a ombre effect by keeping the roots my dark natural color and just coloring my ends a lighter auburn-brownish hue, mostly because i do plan to get my starter locs sometime after the new year and i thought that would look so cute on them as they grow out –>

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New Hair Color & BC

 

What are the pros & cons of coloring my hair?

Well as of right now being a ‘colored naturalista’ for only going on 3 months now the only con i can say is that i’m struggling with dryness and still figuring out what products work and what doesn’t especially when it comes to my 4c kinky coarse hair type. I’ve noticed that since coloring my hair it has become fragile and sensitive so i must treat it with even more care especially now so neglect is not an option or it will be in worse shape than it was before.

This is a new journey for me and my hair so i’m taking it one day at a time but i promise i will keep you guys posted and updated as much as i can so until next time feel free to comment below with any feedback,advice,questions and/or concerns!!!

My Natural Hair Regimen Calendar and Schedule

Hey Luvs ❤ <3!! Ok, so alot of people ask me what is my regimen and what are the do’s and dont’s during my hair care regimen! So i decided to share with you my natural hair regimen. Below is a complete overview of my regimen on daily and monthly basis. 

Also you can check this schedule out anytime by just going to my homepage and going under the natural hair tab and clicking the ‘My Hair Regimen‘ tab below it.

**THIS SCHEDULE AUTOMATICALLY UPDATES AS CHANGES ARE MADE MONTHLY**

My Natural Hair Story

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I remember the days as a child when i used to rock those thick puffs, thick ponytails and hair was long and passed my shoulders just feeling like you couldn’t tell me nothing. Shoot i sure wasn’t scared of getting wet on a hot summer day either. Until one day my mother had the brightest idea to surprise me When the process was done i had that silky straight hair, which for awhile i didn’t like it at all and i cried like a big baby especially when she would take too long to refresh the relaxer and it would be so dry and brittle! Sometimes she would have her phases where she wanted to cut the perm off and grow my natural hair so she would put in box braids during this time so that it can grow faster so she say.

   

My hair went through so much no wonder by time i was 13 my hair was just a mess! I started trying to do it myself (not knowing what i’m doing) and it was very bad on my self-esteem as a child especially about to start going to middle school. So by time i was 15-16 i cut my hair in a short style like toni braxton and started making sure i had me a perm on time even if it meant to go to the shop and get it done. When i did happen to get a weave then i would rock mostly glued bonded styles or a sew in which broke my hair off because of not being done correctly and removal was sometimes done by me so we all know how that went. I really grew to hate my new growth with a passion and i think i over did the retouches sometimes and felt it on my scalp in more ways than one. That relaxer was like drugs for me, so i guess you can really say i was on that “creamy crack” hard.

 

After all the ups and downs with my hair over the years, i was just in a place in life where i had way too many health problems as it was and i just needed a change. So of course i started doing online research and more research on natural hair and health as a whole before i completely jump in for the go; Meanwhile during this time i was having financial problem so i wasn’t able to start on the journey but i also wasn’t able to get another relaxer so i was kinda forced into starting my transition that way. As my new growth grew and i was learning more and more about natural hair care and the community. I was just loving my texture although i’m not gonna lie there was a couple times i thought maybe i should just get one more relaxer (with excuses like holidays,birthdays,other people opinions and events etc.) but i didn’t let it happen and stuck to my guns! I was falling in love with my texture and feeling like i was on a journey to a better me and i remained committed because i felt the result would be worth it.

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My last relaxer was in May 2011 and i finally made the choice to do the “big chop” in Dec. 2011. My natural hair journey has its ups and downs especially being a mother of three but It was and still is to this day – the best choice i’ve ever made, and i am not turning back now!  I’m learning something new about my hair and body everyday and i’m just enjoying everything about it. Being “Natural” to me is just becoming a more healthier and confident person as a whole, happy in my own skin and showing it to the world in their my own way!!

 

FALL 2014

 

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ARTICLE SPOTLIGHT: Coastal Scents & Project Ghana

I THOUGHT THIS WAS SO AMAZING SO I HAD TO SHARE IT HERE ON MY BLOG WITH YOU GUYS. PLEASE GO TO THE WEBSITE AND PURCHASE SOME OF THEIR AMAZING NATURAL PRODUCTS INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO SHEA BUTTER,COCONUT OIL,BLACK SOAP,ESSENTIAL OILS AND MUCH MORE THAT IS HIGH IN QUALITY BUT FAIR WITH PRICE! I KNOW THAT I WILL BE MAKING A HUGE PURCHASE SOON MYSELF!

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Five years ago, Coastal Scents launched a special partnership with the Sekaf Shea Butter Village in Kasalgu, which is a small African village nestled near Tamale, the capital of the Northern Region of Ghana, in West Africa. Established in 2008, by a team of dedicated and hardworking American volunteers, this special cooperative project was launched to provide rural Ghanaian women an opportunity to generate substantial family income, send their children to school (in lieu of working in the fields), enhance their self-reliance through employment, and live with dignity by investing in their family’s futures. 

via Coastal Scents: Project Ghana.

Summer Series: How To Use Humectant Based Products To Retain Moisture For Your Natural Hair!

ceba2ad3de9700b20846d3b8a9cb6d99 Summer is officially here and its time to prevent & protect the hot and dry weather from sucking out the moisture from our natural curly-coily hair!  Most of us natural just can’t get around changing our regimens due to the season changes and we do our best to make sure that whatever we do that we are comfortable and our hair is cute and most of all manageable during all year round! I would get more worried about my hair in the summer since i just couldn’t seem to keep a style long and/or avoiding my hair to lose shape and swell while i was out….Which is why last summer i started doing some research on how to retain moisture for all dry weather conditions but especially for that hot and humid weather and how the ingredients in my products can help me achieve this goal. As i was researching i found out that the answer was in Humectants! Using products with humectants can help your hair retain moisture while you are outdoors.  Below i’m sharing with you what I’ve learned along the way and hopefully you can benefit from it yourself! 

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What Are Humectants?

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Humectants are frequently used in hair & beauty products because of their ability to attract moisture from the air and into the hair shaft and this all applies to the skin too (eg. glycerin,aloe vera,honey,agave,). Its pure science really and understanding can help you use it to your advantage within your regimen especially if you have dry skin or dry to damaged hair. Now understand that if there is too much moisture such as on a humid or rainy days then the humectants will attract too much water to the hair from the wet environment causing your hair to swell and may result in becoming big and frizzy because its just sucking up all that good old moisture in the air. High Porosity hair is more at risk for this problem than low or non-porous hair, which is why knowing your hair porosity levels is very important and i will make a post about this very soon that will let you know how to do a diy test to find out more about it. Humectants can come in great use for all dry weather conditions. **Although with hair during the colder months and in extreme low humidity conditions, humectants may draw water out of the  hair shaft causing possible damage or breakage so you may want to use caution and either avoid humectants all together during these conditions (which is best) or just use in moderation** I know its hard to determine the day to day weather as mother nature can change her mind at anytime, but do your best to pay attention to weather and go by that.

Also here is some very informative links explaining more in depth about humectants and the weather→

  1. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-1.html
  2. http://www.curlynikki.com/2012/12/humectants-weather-and-hair-care-part-2.html
  3. http://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/ingredients/the-ultimate-guide-to-humectants-and-hair/
  4. http://www.curlynikki.com/2009/01/proteins-humectants-and-conesoh-my.html

DEW POINTS ARE THE KEY:Humectants

What is a Dew Point? →

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Determining the dew points is very important to decide if your going to use humectants or not and this means it is mostly based on the degrees and not on how hot or cold it is. Below is a quick breakdown for dew point ranges and humectant uses that i found on http://www.naturallycurly.com/ and it helped me alot to understand dew points much better.

 

Dry Dew Point: 15-30 degrees (-1 C)

  • Typically these are the winter months.
  • Avoid humectants if possible.
  • Use leave in conditioners.
  • Use light hold products.
  • Use plenty of emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Mid-Range Dew Point: 30-40 degrees (-1 to 4 C)

  • In  between seasons, this will require trial and error to see what your hair likes.
  • Some curls tolerate humectants in this range, some don’t.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Best Dew Point for Curls: 40-60 degrees (4 to 16 C)

  • You will enjoy the best curls at this dew point.
  • Keep your hair moisturized.
  • Humectants can be used.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

High Dew Point: 60 (16C ) +

  • May skip a leave in conditioner.
  • Hard hold products like gels. You will want to control your hair.
  • May want to avoid humectants.
  • Use emollients (moisturizing oils,conditioners,creams,milks,shea butter)

Also watch these informative videos on dew points below→

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You can find Humectants in hair products such as:

  • Natural Butters
  • Conditioning Treatments
  • Pomades
  • Most gels
  • Most Leave-In Conditioners

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eco-styler-gel  Aubrey-Organics-Conditioner-Honeysuckle-Rose-749985051118215953816 humectant_honey glycerine-humectant   I bet your wondering  just how you are going to identify these humectants, well all you have to do is look at your ingredients listings on the back of your products! there you will find most of the common humectants such ass glycerin,Honey,glucose,panthenol and many more which are all listed below. The big words can be a little over whelming but if you save this list or right it down then you shouldnt have a problem when the time comes to take a look at a new product or a product you already had.

A LIST OF HUMECTANTS:2010-raw-materials

  • Butylene Glycol
  • 1,2,6 hexanetriol
  • Dipropylene glycol
  • Glycerin
  • Hexylene Glycol
  • Panthenol
  • Phytantriol — enhances moisture-retention, increases absorption of vitamins, panthenol, and amino acids into hair shaft, imparts gloss
  • Propylene glycol
  • Sodium PCA
  • Sorbitol
  • Triethylene glycol
  • Polyglyceryl sorbitol
  • Glucose
  • Fructose
  • Polydextrose
  • Potassium PCA
  • Urea
  • Hydrogenated Honey
  • Hyaluronic Acid
  • Inositol
  • Hexanediol beeswax
  • Hexanetriol Beeswax
  • Hydrolyzed Elastin
  • Hydrolyzed Collagen
  • Hydrolyzed Silk
  • Hydrolyzed Keratin
  • Erythritol
  • Capryl glycol
  • Isoceteth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Isolaureth-(3-10, 20, 30)
  • Laneth-(5-50)
  • Laureth-(1-30)
  • Steareth-(4-20)
  • Trideceth-(5-50)

(found list of humectants here-> http://tinyurl.com/IdentifyHumectants): For more on common humectants used in hair products CLICK HEREhttp://www.naturallycurly.com/curlreading/curl-products/humectants-used-in-hair-care-products/

****I HOPE THAT THIS POST WAS AS HELPFUL FOR YOU AS ALL THE INFO I FOUND WAS FOR ME WHEN I WAS DOING MY RESEARCH! FEEL FREE TO LEAVE YOUR FEEDBACK IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!****

 

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