Become an Expiration Expert
by Myesha Skye
Talking to a lot of you in the hair growth challenge group, I was appalled to find out that some of you didn’t know your hair products expire. Whether your hair care routine is all natural or laced in silicone, your hair product shelf life is important to your hair health. Expired hair products lose potency and aren’t as effective therefore stunting your hair growth. If you use products with all natural ingredients, keep in mind that food spoils! You wouldn’t put spoiled food in your body. So why put it in your hair? Most products have an open container symbol on their packaging but to keep you from throwing out all of your open products, I’m going to give you a simple guide to follow!
Keep Track of How Long You’ve Had the Products
As I mentioned before, all products have an open container or a period after opening (PAO) symbol on the packaging. It’s an open cosmetics pot and on the cosmetic pot is a written number of months or years, i.e. 12m or 1y. For my fellow product junkies who buy in bulk, the products you buy have a shelf life of about 3 years. So when it’s time for spring product cleaning, keep that in mind. Your oils have a shelf life too! If you’re not out of the itty bitty bottle of your favorite essential oil after about 10 years, then your should throw it out. As far as oils like Olive or Almond, refer to the packaging for guidance.
Always Smell Your Hair Products Prior to Use
Especially if you haven’t used them in a while! If it smells foul, then sis it is foul. You have no clue what kind of bacteria could have turned your favorite coconut scented product sour. Step away from the product and head straight to your local retailer and buy some more!
Check the Color and Texture of the Product
If your white whipped butter is more like a yellow liquid, it’s probably time to replace it. A lot of times, especially in all natural products, the ingredients tend to separate and change color. Anything that has that weird layer of oil on top or looks like cottage cheese is not something you want to continue using.
These are just some quick tell tale signs that your favorite product might just be headed for the graveyard. Join the Hair Growth Challenge group and forum and let us know if these were helpful and if you’d like tips on extending the shelf life of your products cause a girl has got to save them coins. Speaking of saving those coins, don’t forget to shop Precious Tresses and use my code MYESHA20 for 20% off your first purchase and follow myself and Precious Tresses on social media. Sending love & light.
Happy Growing! :)
About the author
Myesha Skye is a 22 year old blogger and Precious Tresses brand ambassador based in Delaware. She loves self-help books, astrology and meditation. She’s a novice yogini and adores hibiscus tea. Myesha can be found on all social media with the user name MyeshaSkye.