So Rachel, our amazing guest product reviewer, just wrapped up a series on her top 15 drugstore conditioners. Afterwards I asked BGLH readers to weigh in on what they felt about the products that made it to Rachel's top 15. Yeh, we all have different textures and our hair responds to different things but it's always helpful, in my opinion, to discuss and compare notes.
Sooo for some reason people were getting kinda, how should I say... possessive? defensive? rude? when it came to giving their opinion, which really baffled me. I actually had to reject a few comments... and it wasn't even a retrospective post!
So I want to know; Why do people get so emotional when it comes to discussing hair products? Why do people get offended if "their product" doesn't make it to a top 15 list? Like honestly, I really want to know.
I have a theory on this. But I will reserve it until after I've heard your thoughts.
Also, I thought it would be helpful to post a close-up of Rachel's texture so you can get a sense of what she's testing these products on. (She is so cute, by the way!)
But yeh, I want to hear your two pence on this!!
***update @ 8:02 a.m. ... I wrote this in the comment box...
I find that we, in the natural hair community, want to pick and choose when we appreciate diversity. When it's about profiling different textures of hair, we're all about it. When it's talking products, for some reason the fractures begin.
There is no way that everything that works for Rachel will work for the rest of us. But it will work for some of us. And for those who it doesn't work for, there are plenty opportunities to discuss and compare notes. (It's called the comment box.)
Even in the little BGLH blogger trio consisting of J, Shari and I, we use TOTALLY different products. I have the kinkiest texture, which rules out many drugstore products for me. I have to stick with natural substances (cassia, castor oil, water, etc.) Meanwhile Shari can experiment wildly on her head. She has a looser texture and stronger hair.
When I heard the feedback on Rachel's post, I wondered if there was some underlying bitterness that Rachel does have a strong texture that can stand up better to silicones, sulfates, etc.
I find that the looser the texture, the easier it is to use products that were originally made for white/hispanic/asian/loose or straight textured women. While those of us with coarser textures (including myself) have to be more careful.
But I don't understand why this would cause bitterness, rudeness or anger. Rachel was very clear that her list was a SUBJECTIVE list. She mentioned that at the beginning of almost every post. I think having her on the site is a valuable way to get discussion on products started.