This week I thought it would help to chat about harmful ingredients to look out for when you’re buying hair care products. It’s important to carefully choose not just the right brand of hair products to use, but also the right ingredients. Many brands use ingredients that may initially give your hair a wow factor but will end up stripping your hair of moisture, breaking down hair proteins and leading to severe hair damage.
Stay away from SODIUM LAUREL SULFATE (SLS) also known as:
• Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
• Sodium Laureth Sulfate
• Ammonium Laurel Sulfate
• Sodium Dodecylsulfate
• Sulfuric Acid
• Sodium Salt Sulfuric Acid
• Akyposal SDS
• Aquarex ME
• Aquarex methyl.
It’s a key ingredient in industrial detergents and cleansing agents including engine degreasers and garage floor cleaners and is also found in a high number of leading shampoos. It does severe damage to hair by drying it out.
FRAGRANCE is present in most hair care products including shampoos and conditioners. Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients, most or all of them are synthetic. Many of the compounds in fragrance are toxic and the alcohol compounds tend to dry out your hair.
Avoid ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL completely. Natural hair in particular reacts very badly to it. It’s used in wood finishes and shellac, and is designed to dissolve oils. This is why it can strip the hair of moisture and break it off. Many hair gels, volumizers and hairsprays use it to help you hold a hairstyle’s look. In addition to this chemical damaging your hair one strand at a time, inhalation or ingestion of vapor from Isopropyl Alcohol may cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, narcosis and even coma.
PROPLYENE GLYCOL (PG) causes scalp irritation. Found in conditioners, shampoos, hair dyes, and styling gels and lotions, this ingredient breaks down healthy hair proteins and cellular structure while giving the appearance of shiny, smooth hair.
MINERAL OIL is a commonly used petroleum ingredient. It coats the scalp and stops it from releasing toxins resulting in a reduction of normal cell development. It also inhibits the scalp’s ability to breathe and absorb moisture, nutrition and oxygen resulting in immature, unhealthy, sensitive scalp skin that dries out easily.
IMIDAZOLIDINYL UREA and DMDM HYDANTOIN are just two of the many preservatives that release formaldehyde and cause skin reactions. Many brands of hair care products found in our shops contain this ingredient. Apart from being bad for your scalp, it also increases your chances of getting cancer.
FD & COLOUR PIGMENTS cause scalp sensitivity and irritation. Absorption of certain colors can cause depletion of oxygen which limits hair growth.
Another ingredient to stay away from is PEG or POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL. It’s intended for cleaning greasy ovens by dissolving the oil and grease buildup.
What To Use Instead
Always go for natural ingredients. Seeds and oils from Avocados, Shea, Argan, Olives, Coconuts and Jojoba will give your hair shine without an oily buildup.
Vitamin B also known as Panthenol thickens follicles and retains moisture.
Citric Acid is also another safe. It can be used to lower pH balance in shampoos while keeping your hair cuticles flat.
Essential Oils work very well to scent your hair without causing damage.
All our products are natural and contain no harmful or synthetic additives. At Sallah Oils we pride ourselves in using high quality natural and essential oils to ensure you get the best for your healthy hair journey.
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That’s it for this week.
Have a fabulous day and remember YOUR HAIR IS YOUR BEST ACCESSORY!