FLOWER CHILD CURLS NATURAL PRODUCTS
Why is the Shampoo Brown?
Our products have no added coloring. The combination of ingredients create a color unique to that blend. The shampoo is brown due to the dominating brown color of the rhassoul and bentonite clay combination. Many products we see on the shelves can exude a rainbow like appearance when paired together due to the artificial coloring added. The bright colors have become part of the marketing machine that catches consumer attention with bright colors which we as humans are naturally attracted to. The problem is, these fantastic colors, most times, are created with synthetic chemicals. It can take up to 25 synthetic chemicals to create just one dye and this will be hidden inside of the products which use them. Our products do not include any added coloring.
Does the brown shampoo stain easily?
The shampoo, while it is brown does not stain bathroom or any hard surfaces and can be rinsed/cleaned from these surfaces easily. It can stain certain bright colored clothing, but will wash off easily and cleanly.
Why do your products not smell like perfumes and strong smelling aromas I am used to?
Perfumes or fragrances will not be found in any of our products. As women we come across many chemicals (over 500) when just getting through the day (makeup, deodorants, spray perfumes, home cleaning products, etc). While it is unrealistic to completely wipe out all chemicals from your life you can reduce how much you come into contact with. The motto “if it does not enhance the product, then it must go” is something we stand by. We have replaced perfumes with natural essential oils along with the natural scents produced from the individual ingredients in each product.
Why is the shelf life only 9-12 months?
As the strength of the preservative in a product increases, the more harmful it gets. This makes sense considering if the intention is to give it an unnaturally long lifespan, then some harmful chemicals will certainly be added to the mix. This is the cheaper and easier route but it did not align with what we stand for. Using non-harmful preservatives (with no formaldehyde or parabens) results in a shelf life that is not nearly as long. It takes a sort of mental paradigm shift when it comes to how we view the appropriate life span of our hair care items. Fortunately, there is a wave of naturals who want those extremely natural products with realistic shelf lives and a no harmful chemicals. We are among that wave and use a formaldehyde and paraben free preserver along with other ingredients like, essential oils and natural carrier oils in specific proportions that allow use of the shampoo and conditioners for 5/6 months and more. Our oil has a shelf life of 1.5 to 2 years.
- Are Soap Berries nuts and do I have to worry about nut allergies? Soap berries are not nuts. Even though many may refer to this fruit as “soap nuts”, they are actually a fruit/berry so this will not trigger a nut allergy. This is not to say that it should not still be tested on a small portion of the skin to test for allergies. We encourage this for all of our products because any product can elicit and allergy in any person.
Will the oils in the conditioners prevent moisture from entering if oils are known to seal in the moisture?
The oils used in our conditioners will not prevent moisture from entering the hair. In fact it helps attract moisture. Different natural oils have different qualities that make them stand out. One thing they have in common is the ability to enhance the other moisture grabbing ingredients in the shampoo due to their moisturizing nature and the addition of just the right amount that works at optimal level.
Why are there words I still may not know how to pronounce in your products?
While it is true that many ingredients that cannot be pronounced may very well be a drying or harmful ingredient there are also many ingredients which are derived from natural plants, etc. which are pure goodness for the hair and work hard to attract just enough moisture. These ingredients often surprise or confuse some naturalistas because they may sound like other chemicals which they know are harmful. One of the main things to keep in mind when it comes to certain hard to pronounce ingredients is that two similarly named ingredients can be as different as night and day (one drying and one moisturizing). An example is the fact that there are some alcohols which are terrible and drying for the hair like sulfates and then there are ingredients like cetyl alcohol. Cetyl alcohol is not a drying alcohol, but actually battles dryness. It is a fatty alcohol derived from natural sources which add incredible moisture to hair and not to be confused with the drying alcohols like sulfates.
Why does the shampoo not have a lot of suds when I use it?
Our shampoo produces low suds because it does not contain foaming agents like sodium laureth sulfates or sodium dodecyl sulfate. These drying harmful chemicals are added to many soap/shampoo items because they are cheaper and can produce all the excessive suds now expected in soap items. They strip the natural oils from the hair, which is harmful to the scalp/skin and what causes dry brittle hair. Our catherine marion shampoo uses a mixture of rhassoul clay and bentonite clay along with an infusion of soap berry liquid. The clays have a negative charge and cleanse hair by attracting the positive charge of buildup. This powerful charge does not strip the protective oils our scalp naturally produces on its own. The soapberries add another dimension to cleansing power of the shampoo by using the natural saponin (cleansing agent) it contains to clear build up. This alternate natural method of cleanings was the clear choice for us as opposed to sulfates.
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CM PROTECTIVE STYLE WIGS AND EXTENSIONS
A: Our wigs are made in the USA by our Staff here at Catherine Marion.