By Jocelyn Renee
Some professionals will tell you NOT to use the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel, while other Dreadheads will say it’s their favorite product; so who do you listen to? The facts.
Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel on the Shelves
When you pick up a jar of the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel you’ll see claims of “Long Lasting Hold” and “No Build Up” and the promise that it will “start and maintain locks and twists naturally”, yet when you look at the back of the jar the ingredients appear unnatural.
Personally, I can’t pronounce half of ingredients so I would put it back on the shelf but more than half of consumers do not read labels or research the ingredients. So let’s take a look at exactly what’s inside this yellow jar of locking gel.
Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel Ingredients
The 15 ingredients in the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel as listed on the label (July 2014) include:
Deionized Water, Polyquaternium 37, VPDMAPA/ Acrylate Copolymer, Propylene Glycol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben, Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica), Lime Extract (Tilia Cordata), Virgin Coconut Oil (Coco Nucifera), Chlorophyll, Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinesis), Fragrance (Parfum), Yellow #10 (CI 47005), Red #33 (CI17200)
After reading that label, would you use it on your hair? Maybe.
But let’s read the ingredients list in terms of how “good*” they are for your hair.
Understanding What’s Inside Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel
It is assumed that the ingredients are listed in order of strength, from most concentration to least.
- Deionized Water– Good Ingredient – Used as a solvent.
- Polyquaternium 37– Cautionary Ingredient – Used to keep down fly-aways due to static electricity. Also used as a hair fixative, so this means it can build up in your hair with repeated use, making it sticky or crunchy.
- VPDMAPA/ Acrylate Copolymer– Cautionary Ingredient – Film-forming/ plasticizing polymer. Can build up and get sticky.
- Propylene Glycol– Cautionary Ingredient – Is a form of mineral oil, an alcohol produced by fermentation of yeast and carbohydrates. Humectant that is a clear, colorless, thick liquid that can also be used to dissolve ingredients and carry moisture in a product.
- Diazolidinyl Urea– Cautionary Ingredient – Preservative that has had some controversy for being a formaldehyde-releasing preservative that can cause skin irritation. Works best against molds and yeasts but it needs to be used with other preservatives, such as parabens.
- Methylparaben– Cautionary Ingredient – A food grade preservative that is potentially harmful.
- Proplyparaben– Cautionary Ingredient – A food grade preservative that is potentially harmful.
- Mango Butter (Mangifera Indica)– Okay Ingredient – Used for conditioning and as a humectant.
- Lime Extract (Tilia Cordata)– Avoid Using Ingredient – Can be drying to the hair and irritating to the scalp and it may cause skin irritation and/or sun sensitivity.
- Virgin Coconut Oil (Coco Nucifera)– Good Ingredient – Very good moisturizing oil. Can penetrate the cortex, so it may be able to make hair stronger.
- Chlorophyll– Okay Ingredient – Classified as not expected to be potentially toxic or harmful and its not suspected to be an environmental toxin.
- Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinesis)– Good Ingredient – Green tea comes from the leaves of an evergreen bush or small tree from Asia. It is soothing and can reduce inflammation on the skin but it can’t do anything for the hair.
- Fragrance (Parfum)– Cautionary Ingredient – The word “fragrance” or “parfum” on the product label represents an undisclosed mixture of various scent chemicals and ingredients used as fragrance dispersants such as diethyl phthalate. Fragrance mixes have been associated with allergies, dermatitis, respiratory distress and potential effects on the reproductive system.
- Yellow #10 (CI 47005)– Okay Ingredient – Yellow food coloring found in products for teeth, bath products, conditioners, and shampoos.
- Red #33 (CI17200)– Okay Ingredient – Red coloring ingredient used in lipstick and blush.
I would not recommend using the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel in locs because it can cause build up in the locs, as identified within the first 3 ingredients, and there are many additives in the gel that are not beneficial to the hair Additionally, the Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel also contains a lot of parbens which are known carcinogens.
Loc Maintenance Product Recommendation
There are a couple of commercially available and holistic products to use instead of Jamaican Mango & Lime Locking Gel. I personally would recommend using either of the following products:
Homemade Aloe Vera Gel
Homemade Flaxseed Gel
“Shine & Define” by OyinHandmade
*Also “Tropical Hair Butter” by Nyraju Skin Care
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