Are “black-targeted” brands like Mizani, Design, KeraCare and Dudley’s better suited and formulated for “black hair” than brands targeted for “other hair” like Nexxus, Aubrey Organics, Suave and TRESemme? I posted this question on Instagram and got good feedback and decided to turn this into a post.
Here’s the back story: I reached out to my stylist (via Facebook chat) to let her know I haven’t left her as a client, I’m simply stretching my relaxer indefinitely with the help of braids, buns and wigs. She was supportive, thanked me for letting her know and encouraged me to stay on top of deep conditioning. She informed, unless I’m vegan, natural products are not required before asking what I am currently using on my hair.
Because most stylists (in my area) are unfamiliar with the vendors we adore in the world of healthy hair care, I have learned to never mention them. Doing so only creates more hassle than it’s worth. I am a horrible liar so I tend to get a little uncomfortable anytime this question is asked. Stylists (or those that I’ve encountered) tend to be biased and highly opinionated which can be overwhelming so I try to dodge the question when/where possible.
I informed her that I am using Nexxus Therappe shampoo and Nexxus Humectress conditioner, thinking this would keep the conversation light and quick. She asked why Nexxus and I explained the shampoo doesn’t tangle my hair and the conditioner hydrates it, which is total truth! Why on earth did I mention Nexxus?
Side Note: My stylist is unaware I’m a blogger (or at least I haven’t told her), is without knowledge that I’m hair obsessed and frankly, I am not interested in her knowing differently. Therefore, when she starts spitting wisdom, I listen intently but discard what I don’t need. We traded a number of chat messages but here’s the gist:
She believes the brands targeted for “black hair” work better than products targeted for “other hair.” She supports Mizani, Design Essentials, Dudley’s and KeraCare. She’s against products like Nexxus, Suave, TRESemme, Aussie Moist, etc. She informed black chemists went through a lot to formulate products that perform well on our hair. “Black-targeted” products are formulated to penetrate better and provide lasting moisture for our hair type.
She took a moment to point out that shopping at places like Ulta and Sally’s runs the mom and pop places out of business. Aside from Ulta and Sally’s having restrictions on what they can sell from the salon grade product lines, she pointed out they sell watered down versions of products to keep us coming back. She informed shopping at salons is cheaper than Ulta and Sally’s. At this very moment, it clicked. I felt like she wanted me to buy products directly from her. I told her I never think of shopping at the salon because Ulta and Sally’s is just more convenient. Besides, when I realize I’m almost out of product, I can make a mad dash to the store (Ulta & Sally’s) even when the salon is closed.
At any rate, after she was done venting, she apologized. Dramatics aside, she brought forth a few points that made me pause and consider – do products targeted for “black hair” really work better? Do they penetrate more? Have lasting moisture? The consensus on Instagram is no, no and no. While the argument made sense in theory, it simply doesn’t translate to truth for my hair and the hair of many others.
I’ve used a range of products on this journey and many strip, tangle and stress my hair. Going to the salon is no exception. It’s a very stressful experience because my hair tangles badly which then leads to sometimes good, sometimes bad detangling sessions. Let’s not forget, the products targeted for “black hair” is what is predominately used on my hair while at the salon. Can we say, not impressed! For the here and now, I will be sticking with what works regardless who the product is marketed for.
SN: Riddle me this, if she truly believe in products targeted for “black hair,” why then is Pureology in her salon and have even been used on my hair? Too bad I thought of this after the fact or I would have asked.
What are your thoughts …
Do products targeted for “black hair” work better?
Are watered down versions sold at Sally’s and Ulta?