5 Common Ingredients To Avoid When Selecting Your Hair Products

So your wondering how do I select the right shampoo and conditioner for
my hair?

First everyone should know that the ingredient list is listed in the order of how much of that ingredient is in your product.

So for instance if the number 1 ingredient listed is water then that is what the bottle has in it’s highest percentage of concentration. The last ingredient then would have the least percentage concentration in that bottle.

Whether they’re causing breakage, waxy build-up, or threatening to compromise your health, these five ingredients are a good place to start your “all-too-common hair care product ingredients to avoid” list.

1 - Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

This is one of the worst ingredients you’ll see listed, and one of the most common. They are used to lather up your shampoo. But not only do they make your hair and skin seriously dry, they have proven carcinogens that may be absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. They are one of the most irritating compounds you can put on your hair and skin. If used on hair extensions, it strips the coating right off, which all hair extensions need to keep them from getting tangled. You probably should steer clear from this one.

2 - Silicones

Silicones and any other ingredient listed with the “cone” at the end like dimethicone, and cyclomethicone, is in the silicone category. They aren’t completely something to avoid but, they offer absolutely nothing that has any long-term benefits to your hair. They are used to help the hair appear smoother and shinier. But over time they put a nasty coating on the hair shaft and leave a waxy film and build up, which weighs the hair down and makes it have a lot of static. If you use a “sulfate-free” shampoo, there most likely will be twice as much “cones” in your product. Look at where this ingredient is listed on the bottle.

3 - Proteins

May be listed as amino acids/silk amino acids, hydrolyzed protein, animal protein, cholesterol, collagen, keratin, milk protein, casein, phanthenol, rice/soy/wheat protein. How much does your hair need? Everyone is different, and too much protein can make the hair brittle, fly-away, and cause breakage. A good balance between moisturizer and protein is best. Yes it’s possible to over moisturize your hair too.

4 - Isopropyl Alcohol

There are many different types of alcohol, and not all of them are “bad”. But isopropyl alcohol is used in anti-freeze, highly flammable and toxic when inhaled, so I would avoid that one! But it is a myth that all alcohol dries out your hair and skin. There are actually fatty-alcohols, such as cetyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, stearyl or behenyl alcohol. These alcohols are typically derived from coconut or palm and are solids at room temperature, therefore must be melted for use in cosmetic formulations. Personal care products such as conditioners and hand, body or face lotions typically use fatty alcohols to thicken a formulation, emulsify oils into water or condition the skin and hair.

5. Synthetic Fragrance

Chemical compounds can be very irritating to your scalp and skin, especially if it causes itching or allergies. More than 95% of chemicals in fragrances are derived from petrochemicals, which have a slew of known toxins. These are capable of causing disorders and allergies. U.S. manufacturers can legally hide hundreds of chemicals in one word - fragrance. When selecting product, look for products that are naturally scented with essential oil, or flower extracts.

TIP: I like to recommend that at the end of bottle used, take a good look at your hair, make a mental note and switch to another brand. Give your hair a break!