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5 Ingredients to avoid when shopping for hair care products

Let’s learn how to read labels together. This way, when you’re off to the pharmacy or salon and ready to buy new products, you know which ingredients to stay far away from and why. 


It may not always be in your budget or interest to purchase products that are all natural. If this is you, there are certain ingredients frequently used in hair care products which can be harmful to both your hair and health. And of course, if you are concerned with the ingredients which are mixed into the products you use, and want to know more, here’s a brief overview on what ingredients to shy away from and their potential consequences on one’s health. 


Parabens

Parabens are usually mixed into hair care products in order to extend the product’s shelf life. While this may sound ideal and budget friendly, is it really worth the aftermath it can cause on one’s skin and health? In recent years, parabens have been a cause for concern. It’s been labeled as a skin irritant, can cause issues concerning reproduction, can disrupt hormones, and other potential undesirable issues (to say the least!) Though parabens have been approved by the FDA, so have many other drugs which have proven more financially successful than safe or effective. But let’s not even open up that can of worms. 


Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

Many people believe that this surfactant ingredient is the most harmful product used in beauty products today. This ingredient has traditionally been used in products to create that lather and foam sensation. In recent years, many have found this ingredient, when mixed with other ingredients, had the potential to form carcinogenic nitrates inside the product bottle, which after just one shampooing can make its way into one’s bloodstream. Sulfates are also believed to strip the hair of all the good oils along with the bad, leaving the hair both dry and brittle. The reason why you may have never noticed it before is because of the waxy ingredients they use in conditioners to cover up the shampoos’ dehydration effects. Sulfates can also cause allergic reactions, skin irritations, and other undesirable long term consequences. 


Phthalates

This ingredient can be disguised under the term 'fragrance,’ and is used to soften plastics and other ingredients in the cocktail of your generic or high brand hair and beauty care products. It is used because the product itself will spread more readily and the fragrances last much longer. Because this ingredient has been reported to enter the body through many different pathways, like skin and lugs, it has been linked to asthma, fertility issues and more. Issues and health concerns we want to stay away from when we have the knowledge and awareness to. 


Mineral Oil/Petroleum

Mineral oil and petroleum have the same properties and are unfriendly to both the skin and scalp. These ingredients are said to clog pores and suffocate the skin and scalp with a layer of thick oil. Though mineral oil and petroleum oil haven't been linked to dangerous consequences, it can have undesirable side effects on the skin and scalp long term. 


Propylene Glycol

This humectant can be found in products from shampoos all the way to toothpastes. It’s an active ingredient in antifreeze, which is well, a big red flag for many of us. Relatives of propylene glycol are polyethylene glycol (PEG), or polypropylene glycol (PPG), which are commonly used synthetics in an abundance of products. It has been proven to cause skin irritation and, because this ingredient is found in many other products, having nothing to do with skin and beauty, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warned its users against direct skin contact, because it can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Such warnings certainly have the power to raise an eyebrow or two. 


Takeaway

The idea of this article isn’t to scare anyone off from buying products that aren’t natural, or that claim to be natural, but actually are not. The incentive behind this article is to start spreading awareness so we know exactly what we're putting in our hair and body before we do so. It's up to you to do the research and decide for yourself if any of the ingredients in the products you use are a cause for concern. Koils By Nature products are made for men and women with curly and kinky hair, who don’t want to resort to harmful ingredients to achieve the texture and look they desire. Koils by Nature products are made without: Animal Products, DEA, Mineral Oils, PABA, Parabens, Paraffin, Petroleum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol,  Silicones, Sulfates, and Synthetic Color. Each product consists of nature’s best, that isn’t harmful for you or the environment. 


Have you turned to all natural products to take care of your skin and hair, while looking and feeling great? Share your story with us, we’d love to hear from you! 

5 Ingredients to avoid when shopping for hair care products

Let’s learn how to read labels together. This way, when you’re off to the pharmacy or salon and ready to buy new products, you know which ingredients to stay far away from and why. 


It may not always be in your budget or interest to purchase products that are all natural. If this is you, there are certain ingredients frequently used in hair care products which can be harmful to both your hair and health. And of course, if you are concerned with the ingredients which are mixed into the products you use, and want to know more, here’s a brief overview on what ingredients to shy away from and their potential consequences on one’s health. 


Parabens

Parabens are usually mixed into hair care products in order to extend the product’s shelf life. While this may sound ideal and budget friendly, is it really worth the aftermath it can cause on one’s skin and health? In recent years, parabens have been a cause for concern. It’s been labeled as a skin irritant, can cause issues concerning reproduction, can disrupt hormones, and other potential undesirable issues (to say the least!) Though parabens have been approved by the FDA, so have many other drugs which have proven more financially successful than safe or effective. But let’s not even open up that can of worms. 


Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS)

Many people believe that this surfactant ingredient is the most harmful product used in beauty products today. This ingredient has traditionally been used in products to create that lather and foam sensation. In recent years, many have found this ingredient, when mixed with other ingredients, had the potential to form carcinogenic nitrates inside the product bottle, which after just one shampooing can make its way into one’s bloodstream. Sulfates are also believed to strip the hair of all the good oils along with the bad, leaving the hair both dry and brittle. The reason why you may have never noticed it before is because of the waxy ingredients they use in conditioners to cover up the shampoos’ dehydration effects. Sulfates can also cause allergic reactions, skin irritations, and other undesirable long term consequences. 


Phthalates

This ingredient can be disguised under the term 'fragrance,’ and is used to soften plastics and other ingredients in the cocktail of your generic or high brand hair and beauty care products. It is used because the product itself will spread more readily and the fragrances last much longer. Because this ingredient has been reported to enter the body through many different pathways, like skin and lugs, it has been linked to asthma, fertility issues and more. Issues and health concerns we want to stay away from when we have the knowledge and awareness to. 


Mineral Oil/Petroleum

Mineral oil and petroleum have the same properties and are unfriendly to both the skin and scalp. These ingredients are said to clog pores and suffocate the skin and scalp with a layer of thick oil. Though mineral oil and petroleum oil haven't been linked to dangerous consequences, it can have undesirable side effects on the skin and scalp long term. 


Propylene Glycol

This humectant can be found in products from shampoos all the way to toothpastes. It’s an active ingredient in antifreeze, which is well, a big red flag for many of us. Relatives of propylene glycol are polyethylene glycol (PEG), or polypropylene glycol (PPG), which are commonly used synthetics in an abundance of products. It has been proven to cause skin irritation and, because this ingredient is found in many other products, having nothing to do with skin and beauty, Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) warned its users against direct skin contact, because it can cause liver abnormalities and kidney damage. Such warnings certainly have the power to raise an eyebrow or two. 


Takeaway

The idea of this article isn’t to scare anyone off from buying products that aren’t natural, or that claim to be natural, but actually are not. The incentive behind this article is to start spreading awareness so we know exactly what we're putting in our hair and body before we do so. It's up to you to do the research and decide for yourself if any of the ingredients in the products you use are a cause for concern. Koils By Nature products are made for men and women with curly and kinky hair, who don’t want to resort to harmful ingredients to achieve the texture and look they desire. Koils by Nature products are made without: Animal Products, DEA, Mineral Oils, PABA, Parabens, Paraffin, Petroleum, Phthalates, Propylene Glycol,  Silicones, Sulfates, and Synthetic Color. Each product consists of nature’s best, that isn’t harmful for you or the environment. 


Have you turned to all natural products to take care of your skin and hair, while looking and feeling great? Share your story with us, we’d love to hear from you! 

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