How often do you look at the list of ingredients of the hair product you’re buying? We often don’t have enough time to study the label, so we just put it in the basket, hoping to achieve the looks that are advertised. However, you should be paying more attention to the list of ingredients – some of them can be harmful to your health or, at least, bad for your hair. They might make your hair look better – but only temporarily. In the long run, it’s better to avoid them.
Here are four hair product ingredients to watch out for.
Silicones are usually hidden as the ingredients with the name ending with -cone (dimethicone, for example) Although not detrimental to your health, they certainly don’t make your hair healthier either. They do make it look smoother and shinier in the beginning, and that’s why you’ll love your products with silicone, especially if you have frizzy and dry hair. However, they just make hair APPEAR silkier. In the long run, they build up and start suffocating your hair, weighing it down and making it look dull.
Beware of formaldehyde and Brasilian blowouts! Also known as a keratin treatment, a Brazilian blowout is used to smooth frizzy hair, straighten it and make it look healthier. Sounds great? Then you probably don’t know that the lotion used for this treatment contains formaldehyde, a nasty chemical that can cause cancer, irritate skin, eyes and throat. No wonder, Brazilian blowouts are banned in many countries. Read more about it here.
We all love a nicely scented shampoo, however, there are a lof nasty chemicals hidden under the term “fragrance” on the label. Therefore, look for the ones with natural fragrances – such as essential oils.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
It’s hard to avoid it. Most commercial shampoos contain it as one of the first ingredients on the list. It’s SLS that makes a lather and makes our hair feel clean. (Don’t you associate foam with cleanliness?) But, don’t be fooled. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate irritates skin, overdries hair and can be damaging to the immune system.
Healthy hair product ingredients to look for
Opt for the organic and natural cosmetics, both for your skin and hair. It might be a bit more expensive, but it’s a form of self-care. Your hair products should contain vitamins, minerals, and herbal extracts.
CatalaseNow is a natural hair supplement which supports thicker, healthier and younger-looking hair. It contains the powerful antioxidant Catalase and a blend of natural additives. Check out the rest of ingredients here.