|My un-natural Aussie Moist curls.|
I just don't get it! Water is technically a compound (made from two elements) and chemicals are created by mixing different compounds together. I'm not going to stop using water that's just silly, so what's wrong with conditioner? The term chemical is a generic term that is used to describe a mixture of compounds or anything that is chemically active. A basic example of a chemically active compound is when vinegar and baking soda are mixed. The reaction is that the substance becomes carbonic acid and the carbon dioxide escaping the solution that is left looks like bubbles. Carbon dioxide is heavier than air, so, it flows almost like water when it overflows the container. This happens when you mix a base and acid. Different chemical reactions happen when you use different conditioners. Understanding ph and balancing out your bases and acids will give you a reaction that our hair will experience as many things from great slip to causing your hair to dry out or feel soft, silky and shiny ect... All these things are basically chemical reactions.
|Close up of my defined curls.|
Sorry, I totally geek out on everyone there! My point is that no one can be completely natural. Even the people who say they are completely chemical free, that would mean they would forsake everything including water. You can't be completely chemical free! What you can say is that you are choosing to use more plant based (natural) products and or are choosing to use products that the chemicals don't permanently change the cell structure of your hair. I'm the latter, I don't use 100% plant based natural products, but I'm not using anything that will permanently change my curl pattern including a force called heat (I had to get geeky one more time). It's just easier to say I'm natural and most people in the natural world understand that natural means no relaxer. I'm not saying that in the future I won't switch to 100% natural products. Just not now! I have a young family and I have to watch the bottom line very carefully. So, for me I will continue to use my Aussie Moist at least until I finally break down and buy more Mop Top products. Until next time...