You never hear women with straight or wavy hair say that their hair is hard to manage. Why do only women with kinky and curly hair say that their hair is too hard to, so they have to straighten it? It's not because straight hair is magical and that those with type 4 hair was born unlucky.
I know I'm late to the game with this one.
(Note: this review is for 4 type hair since that's the hair type I have in my head.) So this summer of 2018 I decided to test out different hair products on my hair to find my staple. I was very reluctant to try a different eco styler gel in fear of wasting money on another product, but I can't deny how cheap the product is and how well it does define my hair. Eco styler can last on my hair for a week, but I hate how crunchy it gets and how well it clumps my hair. When my hair clumps together, it looks like I don't have much hair on my head.
When I was in middle school, I wanted to be an actress. I have the best parents because they supported me. They took me to acting class, allowed me to get professional pictures taken, and one audition. My mom and I went to this audition where we waited for hours in line. We finally reach the front, and they turn me away before I could speak. At the time I had braces. It was a waste of time, and I was over the entire experience. Over time I realized that acting would've been a terrible career choice for me because I hate people.
Natural hair is more accepted than it's ever been. There are many natural youtubers online and many more natural hair blogs. There is an entire community that might not be as friendly as we think.
If you didn't know, I am an aspiring author. While I am trying to create a blog, my main passion is writing novels. I love to create stories. I like to create characters and weave their experiences together to form a plot. For those who believe that writing books are easy, I am here to debunk that myth. It's not easy. It's probably the most frustrating thing I've ever done in my life, but that's not what I'm going to discuss in this post. I can explain why writing novels are hard later. Today I want to focus on why I suck at writing Romance novels.
I want to wear a crop top.
Image is everything, especially in today's world where the media dictates how we dress, what we eat, and what we do. We obsess over how we look. A thin torso so and thick hips are in. People pay big money for fake breasts and butts to conform to what the media says is beautiful. You could be fat or skinny, but still look ugly. Hear me out.
Most people decide to quit their natural hair journey because they feel that their hair is hard to manage. They believe that their natural hair takes too long to do. It does take some time to one's hair depending on the style they're trying to achieve. A defined Wash n Go can take longer than an undefined afro.
You have to be confident with your hair to be a lazy natural. If you want perfect curls, then this guide isn't for you. Note that if your hair is not healthy enough, please take the time to do what is right for your hair. Do not sacrifice your hair for the sake of time.
Also, keep in mind that what might work for me, might not work for you. Everyone's hair is different.
Am i seriously writing about side pieces? I sure am.
Ecostyler has been the staple for many naturals for years and now that might be over.
What is the panic all about?
I personally never liked eco styler and had the same tub of it sitting in my room since 2015 when I first went natural. Even then, as a newbie, I never used it for a wash n go like I should have been. I used it to slick down my hair to put into buns like all the other gels were meant for, but Ecostyler was different.
It was the gel for naturals. It was the gel for curls. It was water based and alcohol-free, but is it all natural like most people first thought.
Recently, a YouTuber by the name of Bri Hall made a video about her deciding to stop using Ecostyler gels and why. She mentions an ingredient that is found in Eco Styler gel and other gels as well called Triethanolamine.
Triethanolamine has short-term side effects such as
-watery and itchy eyes
These side effects vary from person to person, and might not affect everyone.
This chemical is FDA approved, and products can only have 5% or less of this chemical in it due to the danger it poses.
It's advised not to use these products for long-term and should be washed out daily.
What I don't understand is...
This news shouldn't be such a shock because technically everything can kill you from the food we eat to the shampoo we use. Things have chemicals in it, so gels aren't any different. Ecostyler shouldn't get so much heat since they use the same ingredients that other gels and cosmetics use.
I don't care if gels have TEA in them. I find it frustrating that this chemical is found in these hair products yet they aren't meant to be used in excess. Honestly, what did they think we would use gel for? What would be the purpose to style our hair with the gel only to rinse it out the next day? I doubt anyone would want to do that.
It's also frustrating that this chemical is found in every gel that I own. Now I'm agonizing over what I should do next.
To Cancel or not to Cancel
Like I mentioned before, I never really cared for Eco styler gel. I recently tried it again on a Wash n Go, and while that Wash n Go looked gorgeous, I still hated how it felt. I have other creme gels with that chemical in it, but I'm not the type of person to waste money. I'm still debating on if I should throw it out or not care.
Whether or not you stop using these kinds of products is entirely up to you. It's a decision we're all going to have to make.
I'm currently in a search for hair products that work well with my hair. I needed a non-Gel product that will define my hair. I came upon ORS Curls Unleashed line and thought it was something to try. In this post, I will explain how I used the products and will give my opinion on the results.