If the terms “paraben,” “cones,” or “sulfate” don’t ring a bell, chances are you probably don’t have natural hair. As most naturalistas can attest, we’ve all heard the negative hype about these common hair care ingredients and some of us vowed long ago to steer clear of any products containing them.

But are our product ingredient fears unwarranted?

That’s the question we asked curly hair expert A. Dickey, who has spent the past decade styling coily hair and developing his own hair care line, Hair Rules. Dickey chatted with us and debunked a few hair myths we thought were fact and selected 12 hair care products we should be using now.

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