Ever wondered if your favorite hair care product was truly healthy for your hair? Have you read the ingredients on the product? If so, then you probably noticed there’s a list of ingredients you can hardly pronounce and have no idea what they are. I’m here to encourage you to do your research!! Many of our hair problems comes from the same products claiming to help us! Ever since switching to natural ingredients, my hair is healthier than ever! Here are 5 Ingredients to Avoid in Natural Hair Care products to obtain gorgeous, healthy hair.

5 ingredients to avoid in natural hair care products

Propylene Glycol

Can we say protein killer? Because that’s exactly what it’s doing to our hair every time we use this ingredient. Our hair needs protein in order to maintain strong¬†and healthy hair strands, but this toxin deteriorates that process. Propylene Glycol is an active component in anti-freeze and research has shown it can lead to dermatitis, inhibit skin cell growth and other skin irritates. I don’t see the benefit of using it. So do me a favor? Avoid it!

Isopropyl Alcohol(rubbing alcohol)

Why would you ever want to put this stuff on your hair? Like seriously?! We use rubbing alcohol to clean our wounds and even then it dries out our skin. So why would we want it to dry our hair? Yes, isopropyl is a safer alternative to the common household cleaning product, but that doesn’t make it any better! Using products with this ingredient will make your hair more susceptible to breakage and highly damage prone. My suggestion? Just stay away from it.

Sulfates

Literally almost every shampoo you’ll find will have sulfates in it. You’ll see the ingredient listed as Sodium Laurel, Lauryl Sulfate or commonly known as Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Whichever name, the ingredient is harsh and can be extremely over powering! Why? Because it strips the hair of its natural oils. Our bodies produce a sufficient amount of oils everyday and overusing a product with will cause an imbalance of oil production. Therefore causing our bodies to overproduce or under-produce a healthy amount of oil. Eliminate this ingredient and believe me, you’ll see the difference!

DEA, MEA & TEA

Also known as Diethanolamine, Momoethnanolamine and Trethanolamine. Please steer clear away from ingredients you can hardly pronounce, especially these three! These ingredients are classified as toxins with an overall health hazard towards the skin, hair and lungs. Even though hair products may only contain a small trace of the chemicals, the CDC advises to avoid direct skin contact. It’s crazy to think how manufactures find it okay to add it to our products. Trust me, you better off purchasing natural shampoo.

Parabens

Methyl paraben, propyl paraben and ethyl paraben are all commonly used as a preservative to prevent microbiol growth and to extend a products shelf life. Not too harmless one would think, but studies have shown that people can develop an allergic reactions from the chemicals. Another problem is the hormone disrupting qualities it possess, mimicking estrogen and interfering with the body endocrine system. Why would anyone want any of that?! Now you see why all natural is better?

By no means is this an all-inclusive list, but more of a guide to help you on your journey to healthy hair care. My goal is to encourage you to live a healthy, beauty life!

Until next time Beauties,

Dominique XOXO

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Resources:
Ingredients to avoid in black hair care products
Propylene Glycol in cosmetics
Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry