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The Build Your Own Report results were better than I expected.

The Build Your Own Report results were better than I expected.


Big Girl has the most amazing hair. I say that not just because I am her mother. Seriously. She has thick, red curly hair. The kind you see in magazines and covet for yourself. Except there’s something that you can’t see in those photos: The huge amount of product those girls have in their hair. They must. Curly hair, as I know from personal experience, gets frizzy. Big Girl’s hair is often pretty frizzy.

We have been on a search for good product that doesn’t contain endocrine disruptors for as long as she’s had curls. It’s become more important lately since she’s ten and other kids can be cruel when your hair is less-than-neat. Last week, for instance, we spent about an hour in our local Ulta, punching product names into the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep database. Everything that the salesperson suggested ended up being a 7 or 8 in the database. (Meaning, the icon was bright red and the product itself had so much garbage in it you wonder how it passed testing.)

Anyway, about a week ago I did the same exercise at my local Whole Foods, searching for anything that specified anti-frizz and curls in the title. I came across Beautiful Curls Curl Activating Cream. Unfortunately, it wasn’t on the EWG’s Skin Deep list, but after reading the ingredients list, I decided I was going to take my chances. Besides, I knew I could enter all the ingredients into the database myself and get a rating even if it wasn’t officially in the database.

I did that as soon as I got home. After all, why bother using something if it was as bad as the commercial stuff we could get cheaper at Ulta? The results were not bad at all. Mostly 0s, three 1s, a 2, a 3, and one 4. The four was because of the preservative, phenoxtyethanol. I looked it up on the EWG’s ingredients summary and felt okay enough about it to give it a whirl.

In case you’re wondering, here’s the entire ingredient list:

Calendula (calendula officinalis) extract; neem leaf (azadirachta indica) extract; Certified Fair Trade shea butter (butyrospermum parkii); aloe vera leaf gel (aloe barbadensis); agave nectar; cetearyl alcohol; guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride; panthenol; coconut oil; mango fruit extract; vanilla extract; phenoxyethanol; potassium sorbate; xanthan gum; citric acid

You can view some of the report generated by EWG’s Build Your Own Report function above if you’re interested in what it said.

Once I decided it was safe enough for a child to use we tried it. All I can say is wow.

Curl Activating Cream does exactly what it says it does. Using the product, my daughter’s hair is a mass of gorgeous ringlets. Even better, the top of her head near her crown — which has a tendency to look frizzy — is completely smooth. Sure, there are one or two fly-away hairs, but for the most part it is really gorgeous.

Our one complaint is the scent. Big Girl is used to Original Little Sprout, which contains lavender and rosemary. This product has a citrus-y scent. Still, it’s not a deal-breaker. So far, so good. My little girly girl looks amazing. I think I’m going to try it myself.

What’s your favorite styling product? Do you look at the EWG Skin Deep database before making a purchase? I’d like to know. Read more about health, fitness, and food by liking NaPM on Facebook. Come join the conversation!

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