I've been beating this beast with a vengeance but when your fro is dry and not acting right, sometimes you have to let that product junkie monster back out for a second until you find the right stuff. So last Thursday I bought the World of Curls Regular Comb out spray:
Water, glycerin, propylene glycol, diazolidinyl urea, fragrance (I don't smell it lol), methylparaben, disodium EDTA, PEG-75 lanolin, propylparaben, triethanolamine.
If I didn't know any better, I would think that this is the same thing as the dry hair formula, but it's not. Here is the dry hair formula:
water, glycerin, propylene glycol, peg-15 cocopolyamine, peg-60 lanolin, diazolidinyl urea, fragrance, methylparaben, hydrolyzed collagen, disodium EDTA, propylparaben, yellow #5, red #3, blue #1, red # 4.
. The first five ingredients usually indicate the main make-up of the formula. So if your hair is protein sensitive like mine, having a protein listed within the first five ingredients is a big no-no. But if it is way far down the product list, it may be okay. But that isn't true with the World of Curls Comb-Out Spray for Dry Hair.
I always assume I need the dry formula because, well, my hair is usually always dry due to my extremely porous hair. But the dry hair formula of the comb out spray has hydrolyzed collagen in it, which is a strong hair protein. In small doses, it is okay for my hair, but after a while of using it, I have noticed my hair becoming slightly brittle because it is too much for my hair. I can tolerate wheat protein, which is a moisturizing protein, but hydrolyzed collagen makes my hair hard and even drier. So the dry hair formula is doing just that: making my hair dry.
Even though I have been faithfully using the World of Curls line for 3 years, I never tried the regular formula. But so far so good. It doesn't have any proteins, which is a big plus in my book. Unlike the dry hair formula, the regular comb-out spray can be considered a moisturizing hair product. It has my beloved glycerin in it, which is my hair's bestest friend in the whole wide world, and none of that protein that it hates. My hair stays moisturized all day, and I only need to do a reapplication the next morning. What more do you want in a product?
I believe that the strong hydrolyzed collagen has been added to the dry hair formula because world of curls was originally formulated for those good old juice curls (jheri curls). And that hair has been chemically processed, and during the chemical process, the hair is weakened and damaged, requiring products laced with proteins to help strengthen it. But natural hair doesn't need these strong proteins unless it has been chemically processed (hair coloring, if your natural hair has been relaxed, well, you aren't natural anymore). And I say all this to say if there are two different formulations of one product, and one doesn't work for your hair, try the other, you might be pleasantly surprised.
Well that is all for now. I probably will do a round two discussion of protein products v. moisturizing products in the future because understanding how to distinguish the two is a must if you want healthy hair.