People spend thousands of dollars each year on hair care products like gels, conditioners, shampoos etc in attempts to make their hair lustrous, thick and shiny. Though the thought of washing your hair with your clothing detergent sounds extremely harsh, many of the renowned hair product brands have the same chemicals as included in floor and car detergents.
With time, these chemicals find their way into the bloodstream and mess with the health of your body, and the carry the possibility of causing respiratory problems, birth defects, hormone disruptions and cancer. Therefore, everyone should make it a habit to read the product labels and ingredients before buying a hair care item, so that they do not knowingly expose themselves to risky chemicals.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
It is the main ingredient present in almost all of the hair care products as it is responsible for creating the soapy, rich and thick lather. However, it is also a main ingredient of floor cleaners, engine degreasers and industrial-strength detergents! It is blamed for being responsible for the inhibition of the endocrine gland and increasing the of risk of liver disease and cancer.
This ingredient is not only a part of popular hair products, but also included in baby shampoos. Researchers have indicated a probable link to respiratory diseases and cancer.
It is normally used in shampoos to preserve the product during shipping and storage. However, it is also an active system of the anti-freeze system of cars. Propylene Glycol can cause allergic reactions, irritate skin and tamper with the skin structure allowing dangerous toxins to penetrate the bloodstream.
Used in hair products as preservatives, these chemicals are guilty of tampering with normal estrogenic effects of the body, that can result in breast cancer.
Commonly a part of dandruff shampoos, selenium sulfide is a very poisonous skin irritant and medical professionals often suggest it to be a possible carcinogen.
Surprisingly, yet very commonly, hair care products are synthesized using petroleum-based chemicals that pose a danger of kidney diseases, anemia and nerve damage when fused within the bloodstream.
Di Ethanol-Amine (DEA)
Used as an emulsifier by many hair shampoo brands, this chemical is highly disruptive, and combines with other chemicals to form nitrosamines and nitrates. Repeated use of this chemical can cause a high risk for kidney and liver cancers.
Often labeled as Lead Acetate, this compound is highly toxic and with accumulation in the body over time, it can cause serious health damage and diseases like liver damage.
The Positive Effects of Awareness
The best part however, is that the awareness of these dangers has led many companies to offer effective and safe hair care products which are eco-friendly and free of harmful ingredients. Catalase Extreme Shampoo and Catalase Extreme Conditioner, two of our bestsellers, are rich in healthy nutrients and free of dangerous risky chemicals.
So what do you think? Do any of the abovementioned harmful chemicals exist in your hair care products? Why not try Catalase Extreme Shampoo and Catalase Extreme Conditioner? Let us know your valuable feedback in the comments section below!
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