Trick question, both are the same thing! Understanding the ingredients in hair products and it’s properties are important. It informs what you should use in your hair and what you should definitely avoid! Being clued up and ingredient savvy is the best position to be when caring for your natural hair!

Wouldn’t it be easier to use common names for ingredients in hair products?

Yes, it would be. So why is Vitamin E tocopherol acetate and shea butter butyrospermum parkii butter? Simply because the latin and scientific names translates across all languages and is standard practice to use within the cosmetic industry.

Are ingredients as bad as they seem?

When you see an ingredient that you cannot pronounce does that mean you won’t use and it cannot possibly be natural? What about dihydrogen monoxide? It certainly sounds like it could do a lot harm. Well, we can tell you, it can. Dihydrogen monoxide can burn your skin, over time it can corrode objects and it could potentially kill you. However, dihydrogen monoxide is something that you put in your hair, your skin, you even drink it!  Dihydrogen monoxide is… water. Yes, water  that you need to survive is something that can be potentially dangerous, e.g.  it can scald and burn if boiling water comes in contact with your skin. You do have to know the good ingredients from the bad, just make sure you don’t dismiss the good ingredients just because it looks unfamiliar!

Like we’ve seen from above scary looking names that are hard to pronounce it doesn’t mean that it is bad for your hair. Our glossary list shows the ingredients that can be found typically in hair care products.This is not an exhaustive list, but it covers an array of  ingredients including some that are not so great for your hair. Don’t worry the not so great ingredients won’t be found in the products we sell!

Are there ingredients we should have put a spotlight on? Let us know here on the blog or on our social media!