When you’re at the beauty aisle, how do you choose your hair products?
Are you constantly searching high and low for products that will actually work?
I used to just read the front of the bottle where you can easily read phrases like healthy, moisturized, soft, smooth, just after 1 wash, that sort of thing.
But it wasn’t until I did my research that I realized all of the important information that’s written on the back of the bottle. The random numbers and ingredients initially confused me, but after reading and getting myself more familiar with these three major factors, I felt more confident about my choices.
Keep reading to know how to read hair product labels!
1. Read the “First 5.” Product labels are usually intimidating with more than 20 ingredients listed. The technique is to focus on the first five ingredients in the list. Ingredients are listed in order of how much is included in that particular bottle, starting from the largest amount to the least amount. So, if the first ingredient is water or aqua, you already know the product is mostly made up of water because it’s listed first.
So the next time you grab any bottle of hair product that you’re using, read the top five ingredients and research what they really do for your hair!
2. Check for shelf life. If you like trying out different products or collecting products, you might stumble upon something that you’ve only used once or twice. That happens to me usually, and each time I wonder if the product would still work after left left unused for so long. But ever since I learned about this symbol, I’ve been sure about the product’s shelf life and its potency after being opened for use.
Exhibit A, this symbol means the shelf life is 12 months after opening.
How easy is that?!
3. Familiarize yourself with each ingredient’s job. All ingredients have a particular purpose when it comes to how they work on your hair. Some provide protein, some moisturize, while others add shine to our tresses.
I hope you’ll fine these notes helpful. Here are some ingredients with the common purpose that they’re known for:
- Moisturizing: aloe vera, glycerin, jojoba oil, avocado oil, shea butters, stearyl alcohol, behentrimonium methosulfate, cetearyl alcohol
- Protein: keratin, hydrolyzed keratin, hydrolyzed wheat protein, hydrolyzed silk protein, hydrolyzed oat flour, hydrolyzed soy protein
- Volume/Fullness: biotin (a.k.a Vitamin B7 and Vitamin H), sea salt
- Heat styling: silicones like amodimedthicone and dimethicone
- Shine: argan oil and coconut oil (both are natural oils)
- Detangling/Provide Slip: Isocetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, isostearyl alcohol, lauryl alcohol, and others
Lastly, look up hacks that will help you decode your favorite products much easier. Read reviews to know about other’s experiences that you might not have noticed on your own.
Hope this helps. Stay beautiful!
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