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Myths Debunked: Part 3 of 12 - A Product is Okay to Use As Long As It Say's "All-Natural"

Welcome to the third of our 12 part series where we explore common curly hair myths. 

3. A product is okay to use as long as the label reads "all natural".

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IT DEPENDS: There are very few things on the front of a label that are actually regulated by the FDA, which means brands can get away with saying their product is “natural,” “all natural,” or “organic,” and use other buzzwords that catch your attention. The front of a label is mostly a marketing tool. (Note: “Certified organic” does have a regulated meaning, so most “certified organic” products have actually gone through a rigorous testing process in order to be certified.) Crazy, right?

The ingredients on the back of the label, however, are regulated, by the FDA. So when you go to the store, make sure you bypass the front label marketing, and look at the back of the label before you buy. In general, look for products that are free of sulfates, parabens, mineral oils, and petroletums.

Lastly, even if the product is truly all natural, that doesn’t mean it’s good for your hair. Apple cider vinegar, for example, is natural and it can be good for your hair if used sparingly, but if used too often it can be very bad for your hair.

Click here to read Part 2.
Click here to read Part 4.

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