Check Out Cosmetic Info

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Remember my guar gum gel post? If you don't, it's where I detail why I don't use products with PVP, and that I make my own gel using guar gum powder. It's a pretty neat way to make some homemade natural hair gel with strong hold, so take a look at it when you get a chance.

I was just updating that post to insert better science on why I don't like PVP. When I first wrote it, I added, what I now realize, wasn't the best, most accurate scientific information on PVP. I included some more scientific links, while also reiterating that not everything works for everyone, and to test a product before deciding if you want to use it. Anywho, while doing real research, I came upon Cosmetic Info, "an information Web site that includes factual, scientific information on ingredients most commonly used in cosmetics and personal care products in the United States."

I don't get into the science of products very often because I'm not a scientist. But as a "classically-trained librarian" (this is how I refer to Master's in Library Science), I pride myself on providing people with accurate, peer-reviewed information. I also work for a non-profit that works to communicate science-based information on food, nutrition, and agriculture. So in short, my life is dedicated to making sure people know what they're talking about.

When it comes to natural hair forums, I see a lot of mis-information and fear mongering about ingredients, which leaves a lot of naturals fearing hair products and making their own products. While I have no real emotion towards this, I hate seeing inaccurate thrown around, and I do my best to clear up anything, but whenever I research sources to support my stance, I am often left with fear-mongering blogs. But no more...

With the Cosmetic Info, I can finally provide that accurate information to, not only others, but to myself. Case in point, I avoid PVP in all of my hair products because it dries out my hair. I never knew why until today. It's because it's a hair fixative meaning that it "helps hair hold its style by inhibiting the hair's ability to absorb moisture." So it makes sense that it dries out my hair. This website is officially hair science bae.

Oh, and just real quick, while I am not a scientist myself, if you want to check out a scientist who's also a natural hair blogger, then check out Natural Haven. I love her blog and it's a great resource for hair care from a science perspective. Not to mention she is actually a scientist, so cool!

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