Thursday, February 7, 2008

Magnesium sulfate is not my friend

I was so excited to find Jessicurl products -- I thought they were the key to "happy hair." But I was noticing that every day, I got a lot of frizz on the top of my head. I was baffled at first and then I discovered that magnesium sulfate (basically Epsom salts -- it encourages curl) can do this to some people.

So, I stopped using Rockin' Ringlets and Confident Coils. Instead, I started using Boots Curl Creme (only available in the U.K. -- I had to buy it on th "black market"!) and F/X Curl Booster Fixative Gel. WOW! What a difference. I don't get frizz anymore and my curls look the best they have ever looked. I get compliments from strangers these days!

I still use Aloeba and Too Shea conditioners from Jessicurl -- I adore them. But I must use Rockin' Ringlets and Confident Coils much less often. After I use up my current supply, I probably won't buy any more. I am somewhat sad about this because I'm very impressed with Jess and the way she runs her business. But alas, my hair rejects magnesium sulfate so I must restrict my usage.

So, if you're getting lots of frizz on the top of your head but conditioning and using all Curly Girl products, you too may be a victim of magnesium sulfate.


So, I keep reading at about women who find themselves sensitive to products with excessive protein (or even just a little protein). Protein sensitivity manifests itself by making hair feel dry and less curly. I don't think I have a protein sensitivity, but because I certainly have gone through periods where my hair has felt that way, I wanted to find a list of proteins so that if I am using protein-rich products, I can at least know which ones they are. Here is a list of ingredients that are proteins:

Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed casein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed collagen
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed hair keratin
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed keratin
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed rice protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed silk
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed soy protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl hydrolyzed wheat protein
Cocodimonium hydroxypropyl silk amino acids
Cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
Cocoyl hydrolyzed keratin
Hydrolyzed keratin
Hydrolyzed oat flour
Hydrolyzed silk
Hydrolyzed silk protein
Hydrolyzed soy protein
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Hydrolyzed wheat protein
Potassium cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed collagen
TEA-cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein
Poly Beta 1-3 Glucopyranose (Saccharomyce Cerevisiae Extract), brewers yeast