There are no shortage of naturalistas around who love talking about hair, myself included. But, what I’m noticing more and more are something along the lines of ingredient snobs. I’ve sat in conversations where women would denounce certain products because they aren’t “all natural” they have artificial colors, artificial fragrances and oh don’t let those dirty words silicones and parabens creep up in there a product revolt could happen. They only use 100% certified all natural products for their hair, with natural scents, colors, preservatives made from the sweet berries of the Earth. Which is all well and dandy, but what I have a bit of a problem with is how some of these women are more concerned with what they put on their hair than in their bodies! I’m sitting with a natural who is running down the gamut of no-no products because of this potential carcinogen and the “unnaturalness” of silicone (which technically isn’t true) and the reactions to artificial fragrances but she smokes, wears perfume and will eat prepared packaged foods. Now in my opinion how is she going to preach to the masses about the holistic natural hair lifestyle, but treat your body in an entirely different manner. Some naturalistas I feel are taking this ingredient thing way too far. I’m almost half tempted to divide my hair and care for one half with organic all natural hair products, and the other half with cones, mineral oils and such and compare after a couple of months any changes positive or negative. Yes some ingredients can affect the hair more than others, but I still believe that understanding the ingredient and how to use them and make them work for and not against you is very important. I also believe that your output results are based on the quality of your inputs, and then it can be enhanced or hindered by your treatment of the external. Just some thoughts that I had this morning.