Thursday, June 27, 2013

5 Harmful Ingredients to Avoid in a Hair Care Product

Most customers base their buying decisions on a hair care product’s colorful packaging and fragrant smell, without taking a second look at the ingredients contained in its alluring bottle.

The spur-of-the-moment inclination to pick a product base on its attractive packaging, no matter how tempting, should be avoided at all cost. This is for the reason that some hair care products contain harsh chemical ingredients that can trigger the onset of hair problems such as dandruff, frizzes and split-ends.  What’s worse, the chemical ingredients contained in this hair and scalp products can damage the hair follicles, resulting to the onset of hair loss and hair thinning conditions.

So, before buying your own hair and scalp care products, prevent the possibilities of damage by learning five (5) of the most detrimental chemical components that a consumer must avoid in order to promote thicker, fuller and healthier hair —minus the risk of side effects.

1.       Formaldehyde. This poisonous gas, which is made by oxidizing methanol, is used as a shampoo ingredient due to its ability to by inhibit the growth or action of microorganisms. Formaldehyde is said to be a cancer-causing element; overexposure to this harmful chemical may damage the deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) as well as induce the onset of hair loss and hair thinning problems.

2.       Phthalate ester. This organic compound of phthalic acid is commonly used as plasticizer, a material combined with plastic to boost its flexibility, transparency, durability and longevity. Phthalate is used as fragrance in shampoos since it has a “delicious” smell. However, this chemical has been found to cause birth defects, liver cancers and hormonal disruptions.

3.       Sodium Chloride. This colorless crystalline compound, commonly known as table salt, is used as a thickening agent in hair care products that contain sodium lauryl sulfate. Sodium chloride may induce problems like eye irritation as well as dry and itchy scalp.

4.       Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). This crystalline sodium salt, which acts as a cleansing agent to remove oil or grease off the scalp, may induce scalp and skin irritation. It also causes damage to the hair follicles, leading to the onset of hair loss and hair thinning condition. SLS weakens the immune system, making it a dangerous element that can cause harmful effects on a person’s health.

5.       Surfactant or Surface Active Ingredient. This compound usually acts as a wetting agent, emulsifier, dispersant, detergent and foaming agent. Surfactant found in hair care products such as shampoos may vary in levels of concentration. Hence, extreme levels of surfactant may induce scalp irritations and allergic reactions.

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