Shampoos, conditioners, hair coloring, hair styling, gels, and sprays. All these products are created to make your hair healthy and beautiful. But what if, instead, the products you are using contain a variety of ingredients that can actually damage your hair?
We can easily list five or six ingredients that you should try to avoid at all costs but this list can be much longer. The downside to your hair care starts when you shop conventional products that use harmful, potentially carcinogenic ingredients.
Possibly the most dangerous ingredients in hair care products, sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) and sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) should be avoided as these ingredients can strip off the essential oils your hair needs to stay healthy. Used as detergents and surfactants, SLS and SLES can cause even more serious issues such as malformation in children’s eyes, damaging to the immune system, and skin problems. Studies have indicated that SLS easily penetrates through the skin and enters and maintains residual levels in the heart, the liver, the lungs and the brain.
In addition, try to avoid ingredients such as isopropyl alcohol, a solvent and denaturant often found in hair color rinses. This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent and will dry your hair out and break it off. Mineral oil is another one to always be avoided. Derivative of crude oil/petroleum, this dangerous ingredient coats the hair and skin just like plastic wrap, hindering normal respiration, transpiration by keeping oxygen out. Fragrance is another one to be checked as this ingredient. Also labeled as perfume, it contain hundreds of highly toxic synthetic ingredients that can cause nausea and allergic reactions.
Lastly, it becomes quite difficult to find a hair care product without all of these ingredients but, if you can, carefully check labels and try to avoid also the following ingredients: propylene glycol (PG), chlorine, PEGs, FD & C color pigments, DMDM hydantoin, DEA (diethanolamine), MEA (momoethnanolamine), and TEA (triethanolamine).
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