Wondering which hair product ingredients are bad for you?
Labels on hair products are not easy to read and to understand!
“All natural” is not always the truth as it can be used for anything.
If the products is made with organic then it contains a minimum of 70 percent certified-organic ingredients.
The best thing we can do is to understand the ingredients on the products in order to avoid any chemical harms.
Here is a list of 7 bad hair product ingredients that you should avoid:
Sodium lauryl sulphate: This is used mostly in shampoos as a foaming agent that gives lather. It dries the hair and scalp, and is also capable of penetrating into the skin and getting absorbed in the bloodstream. It is also affects the liver and causes eye complications.
Fragrance: Though it sounds harmless, avoid synthetic fragrances and go for products that have natural scent, and which are using essential oils and extracts. Synthetics can be a concoction of tens of chemicals harmful to your body. They can also irritate the scalp and may trigger asthma and allergies.
Preservatives: These are chemicals added to commercial shampoos to give them a longer shelf life. Look out for methylparaben, propylparaben and formaldehyde. They irritate the skin and scalp and can affect your hormonal balance, leading to hair loss. Formaldehyde has also been linked to cancer, and can cause toxicity and asthma if inhaled.
Hydrogene Peroxide:Hydrogene Peroxide is mostly used to stip the natural color away, before applying the hair dye color. It is said to change the hair structure and make it brittle stripping it of its natural luster.
Silicones: This is mostly listed as dimethicone and cyclomethicone and offers absolutely no benefit to the hair apart from coating the strands to make them look smoother and shinier. Over time, however, they build up on the hair shaft, leading to greasy, weighed-down roots.
Proteins: This is not absolutely bad, but too much of it can be harmful. It is known to strengthen the hair cuticle though too much of it can throw off the hair’s natural moisture balance, leading to damage and breakage. Alternate between moisturising products and protein-rich products to balance.
Isopropyl alcohol: Make a conscious effort to avoid this. It is used in antifreeze. Most products refer to it as ‘rubbing alcohol’. It is designed to dissolve oils, which can strip the hair of moisture, leading to dry hair and breakage. Apart from that, it is highly flammable and toxic. Many hair gels, sprays and volumisers use it to hold the hair.
The best thing to do is go natural with your products. Natural oils from avocados, shea, argan, olives and jojoba give the hair shine without oily build-up. Citric acid is also good since it is used to lower pH balance in shampoos and keeps your hair cuticles flat.