Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hair Product Ingredients to Avoid Pt. 1

You often hear of ingredients that should be in your hair care products, but it's not every day that we hear about the ingredients that we should avoid within our haircare products. It is so important to know exactly what you are putting in your hair to ensure that you're not causing more damage to it. After all, you wash, condition and use other products to encourage health and regrowth, so why would you want to use products with ingredients that do the absolute opposite, right? Here are the top 5 ingredients that you want to avoid. It is time to start checking the label, ladies.

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL is a poisonous substance which pretty much takes away natural substances qualities. It sucks the life out of the good stuff, pretty much, and unfortunately, it is found in a variety of hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotions, after-shave lotions, fragrances and many other cosmetics, so keep your eyes peeled. Using products with this ingredient will dry out your hair and completely break it off.

MINERAL OIL & PETROLATUM probably isn't something you'd immediately consider a bad ingredient because the word "oil" is in the name. However, mineral oil and petrolatum is used for industrial purposes and should not be used in your hair because it coats your strands and makes it appear and feel like plastic. So don't always trust an ingredient that has oil associated with it.

PEG, also known as polyethylene glycol can be found in products for your kitchen and intense bathroom cleaners... As well as hair products. That simply doesn't seem right, but it's true. This chemical is dangerous to your immune system so avoid using it at all costs.

PROPYLENE GLYCOL is an active component in antifreeze. Yes, believe it or not. Not only is it damaging to your skin and scalp, but it can also cause problems for your brain, liver and kidney while also promoting abnormalities.

SODIUM LAURYL SUFATE (SLS) & SODIUM LAURETH SULFATE (SLES) will irritate your scalp, and with the winter season here, you do not want to promote damage more than the weather already does.  It is often used to create that "foam" or "lather" in soaps, but are actually extremely toxic and can cause internal and external damage.

Since finding natural products or at least hair care products that utilize healthy ingredients isn't hard to do, there is no reason why you should be subjecting yourself and your hair to such damage. There are many more ingredients that should be avoiding within your hair care products, so stay tuned for part two. Try to keep a check list in your purse as you go shopping to ensure that you never purchase products that do the opposite of what you desire for your hair.

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