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    Default How do U feel about hair companies jumping on the natural hair products bandwagon?

    Since I've been a member of this site, I have noticed these hair care companies catering MORE to those with natural hair. IDK if this is a good or bad thing.

    When I go to Sally, I notice more and more there are less products for relaxed hair and more products for "natural" hair. Should we have expected this progression of mass marketed natural hair care products?

    IDK how I feel about most of these products though considering they are pretty much the same products for relaxed ladies, just repackaged and renamed. Can anyone say Petrolatum and Mineral Oil?

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    If they know what they're doing--using decent ingredients and such--I don't mind. Haircare companies are in business to make money. Mind you. I can understand looking at an old company's new line and thinking something like, "Where were you when I needed you?"

    But really. So long as no one's being exploited, I can't fault them for trying to keep up with their customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Claire76 View Post
    If they know what they're doing--using decent ingredients and such--I don't mind. Haircare companies are in business to make money. Mind you. I can understand looking at an old company's new line and thinking something like, "Where were you when I needed you?"

    But really. So long as no one's being exploited, I can't fault them for trying to keep up with their customers.
    I completely agree. I've been seeing commercials where companies like Dark and Lovely is coming out with a naturals line. I haven't actually looked at the product or the ingredients list. I've been seeing more and more natural women so they need a way to make their money flow in.

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    ^^ ITA.

    I only fault them for not "seeing the light" sooner. I'm at the point now where I have a few staple products that I use, and 2 of them come from the grocery store. So for me, many of these new natural products are too much too little too late. *shrugs*
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    I wish all motives for going natural were pure...including companies.

    But most likely their motive is the bottom line...money. They say all the right things, but it's still up to the consumer to look at the ingredients list to know for sure that what they are putting in the product is truly natural. Its up to the consumer to say, "Do I really need this?"

    I like it when anyone goes natural. I want women to do it because they realize their hair is beautiful...like their skin tone, the shape of their nose...all parts of us. I want us to be natural because our hair does not need to be "fixed". Its fine the way it is. I want us to go natural because its healthier and we keep more of our hair when we do it the right way.

    Some businesses get that. Some don't care. They just want to cash in.
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    I agree, I feel like they just want in on all the money in the natural hair care industry. and they've learned so much from youtube and other sites about how to target us.......

    On the other hand, maybe it's good that the spotlight is on natural hair. We now have more product choices than ever. And maybe people who were reluctant to go natural will give it a try.

    I don't know, I feel like natural hair kind of lost its novelty. (And it really shouldn't be a novelty...What came first, our napptural hair or the chemicals that kill it?) It's just becoming so highly commericalized....Being natural is no longer "unique". That can be viewed as positive or negative. Also, the reasons. At first, I went natural because I wanted to see if my hair would grow longer. Then I stayed natural because I liked the look. And I guess I went through this mental/spiritual transition......and now it's all trivialized...


    Sorry, rambling off the top of my head....Carry on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoilyHairedBeauty View Post
    I agree, I feel like they just want in on all the money in the natural hair care industry. and they've learned so much from youtube and other sites about how to target us.......

    On the other hand, maybe it's good that the spotlight is on natural hair. We now have more product choices than ever. And maybe people who were reluctant to go natural will give it a try.

    I don't know, I feel like natural hair kind of lost its novelty. (And it really shouldn't be a novelty...What came first, our napptural hair or the chemicals that kill it?) It's just becoming so highly commericalized....Being natural is no longer "unique". That can be viewed as positive or negative. Also, the reasons. At first, I went natural because I wanted to see if my hair would grow longer. Then I stayed natural because I liked the look. And I guess I went through this mental/spiritual transition......and now it's all trivialized...


    Sorry, rambling off the top of my head....Carry on.

    I'll paraphrase something a friend of mine once said. IMO natural hair shouldn't be "unique". It should be the (expected) norm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoilyHairedBeauty View Post
    I don't know, I feel like natural hair kind of lost its novelty. (And it really shouldn't be a novelty...What came first, our napptural hair or the chemicals that kill it?) It's just becoming so highly commericalized....Being natural is no longer "unique".
    I know what you mean! Since I have been natural, I have noticed more natural ladies in media and so on (it's probably just more awareness too). Actually, one girl who always rocked a weave/wig is now sporting a twa like I did. It's funny to me. However, I still read the products to see if they are organic and all natural. If not, I'm not messing with it.

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    I just find it annoying how anything labeled as 'natural' costs more. I don't like how the products that are most beneficial to the hair are more expensive. I don't use most of that stuff, but if I was someone considering going natural and saw how expensive everything was, and how complicated natural hair has been made out to be, I might be put off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CinnamonBiscuit View Post
    I just find it annoying how anything labeled as 'natural' costs more. I don't like how the products that are most beneficial to the hair are more expensive. I don't use most of that stuff, but if I was someone considering going natural and saw how expensive everything was, and how complicated natural hair has been made out to be, I might be put off.
    An important thing to keep in mind is that "natural" products cost more because the ingredients cost more. Which is why Shea Moisture products--all of them--cost no less than $10, and why a 16oz jar of Kinky Curly is practically $30. A product whose creators go out of their way to make sure are organic and specially formulated for natural hair is not going to be cheap. It's like getting a tattoo: you get what you pay for. If you just want something "that works", then there's a myriad of wallet friendly products on the market. But if you want something that performs and does something specific for you, then you're going to find yourself shelling out. Ultimately, it all boils down to what you as an individual want and your hair needs.


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