Why I Stopped Using Palmer’s Hair Food Formula
A couple of weeks ago, I headed to a nearby hairdresser’s where I had a haircut and a quick blow-dry. Of course after more than 20 years of being a regular visitor of beauty salons, I came to know all the tricks that hairstylists play on their customers just to convince them of a new product or treatment. Whether they talked to me about this magical Brazilian Keratin or that wondrous new imported hair mask, I have become accustomed to giving a simple nod with a promise that I’d surely try whatever they have on my next visit.
On that day, a full-figured middle-aged lady started examining my scalp, and I could tell that she wasn’t happy with what she saw.
“Are you using a medical shampoo?” she asked while holding her scissors passionately. When I assured her that I only use regular shampoos.
For a moment, she seemed dissatisfied with my answer. A couple of minutes later, she made another assumption. “You must be using Palmer’s then, huh?”
Astonished as I was, I asked her how she knew. According to the lady, Palmer’s cream causes massive dryness to any hair type along with the dandruff that seemed to eat up my scalp. (Oh yes, I have dandruff, don’t judge!)
I listened carefully to what she had to say, and I’m not sure why she sounded so authentic, especially when she insisted on giving my already damp hair another wash just to get rid of any traces of the “greasy” Palmer’s. I asked her for alternatives, but, unlike many other hustlers I met before, she did not try selling me whatever they had at the salon.
So, I went home with one decision on my mind. “I will NOT use Palmer’s for a while and let’s see,” I thought to myself.
After some little research and going through the labels which I have been ignoring for years, I actually found that Palmer’s Hair Food has Petrolatum, Paraffin, Alcohol and Benzyl Benzoate, along with other components that are not recommended by hairstylists or even dermatologists, as they are believed to lead to dryness.
It’s been almost two weeks and I feel my hair looks and feels better already. I used to think that creams and gels made hair more manageable, but I discovered that the more I use creams, the more I need them as my hair would lose its natural luster by relying mainly on other artificial oils.
If you have been using Palmer’s Hair Food, share with me your experience by either leaving a comment below, or through tweeting me (@Sans_Retouches).