Q: How do you spot a naturalista in the hair and beauty aisle while shopping?
A: They’re the ones scrutinizing the ingredients on each product they pick up!
If you’re anything like me, you would be standing with a product in one hand and your mobile in the other, trying to Google ingredients because bliksem, they have long strange names! Well, fear not dear naturalista, Cape Town Curly is here to help. I’ve done some research on alcohol in products to begin with. The perception is that alcohol dries out your hair – True, these are called drying alcohols. We’re not going to concentrate on them because, well, they’re bad. We’re going to concentrate on the alcohols in products that can actually help your hair! Let me break it down for you without getting to sciencey.
These are the good alcohols. Fatty alcohols are derived from plant oil (eg. coconut oil & palm oil) and animal oils. They are used in products because of their emollient and thickening properties. Ever wondered what gives your product that extra slip while detangling, why some products help moisturize your hair or why a particular product makes your hair feel so soft? Well we have fatty alcohols to thank for some of that.
The good alcohols you need to look for are:
When you see any of these listed in the ingredients, you’re safe. And they said alcohol was bad for you!
Let me know if you found this post helpful and I will do more research. Is there a particular ingredient you want me to break down?