Hair products have tried to conquer this territory by furnishing your curls to getting it straight, by puffing it up to waving it down. These products make your hair look amazing but at what cost?
The harmful ingredients in these products not only tamper with your skin and hair but also affect your internal health. Together let’s watch out for the ingredients to avoid in our hair products.
1. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
It drops us into the insoluble dilemma of foaming. Necessary for forming the lather, products like soaps and shampoos always have room for this on their ingredient list. But they tend to do more harm than good. Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfates irritate your skin. They leave your scalp feeling dry and itchy. In fact, these harsh sulfates are established as carcinogens that get absorbed into the skin and ultimately penetrate your bloodstream. So, take our word for it and be sure to stay away from these products!
2. Isopropyl/Propyl Alcohol
Always need a shot before you unwind? We feel you! However, there are a few pegs you should stay away from, Propyl Alcohol being one! It dries your hair drastically by sucking all the moisture out from the strands. Moreover, these are flammable and toxic by nature. So that’s a big no-no! The alternative to this would be good alcohols like Cetyl and Lauryl alcohol made of fatty acids of plants and animals that can help detangle your curls.
3. Mineral Oil/Petroleum
Used in a variety of products today, mineral oil, a derivative of petroleum has a tendency to clog your pores, obstruct air contact and annoy your scalp. Look out for products that contain this ingredient before you invest in them.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP), dimethyl phthalate (DMP), and diethyl phthalate (DEP) are commonly used phthalates in the family of cosmetics. Generally used in hair sprays, soaps, shampoos and moisturizers, they affect the reproductive system and the endocrine glands of the human body. Since your body is your temple, we are sure you do not want any of that!
5. Fragrance/ Parfum
This is like throwing a dart in the dark. Hardly noted down on the list of ingredients, fragrance concentration poses a threat to health on a wide range of subjects. These are allergies, dermatitis, respiratory problems and potential reproductive effects. We know you cannot avoid them but choose products with least concentrations of it.