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3 Chemicals to Avoid in Your Hair Care Products

If you have dry, frizzy, or damaged hair, fixing it could be as simple as eliminating three chemicals that may be found in your hair care products like your shampoo.

1. Sulfates

The first thing to avoid are sulfates. Check your ingredients labels for sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLSE). These are two you want to avoid, especially SLS which is used in lots of cleaning agents like engine degreasers, floor cleaners, and car wash soaps, but you also find it in toothpastes, shampoos, shaving creams and the like.

The reasons to avoid SLS and SLSE are things like dry scalp, scalp irritations, dandruff, eczema, color loss, and hair loss from damaged hair follicles.

To make this a little more confusing, there is an ingredient that looks like a sulfate, but isn’t. The ingredient called sodium lauryl sulfoacetate (SLSA) is actually a gentle cleaner and is not harmful to hair so you do not have to avoid this one.

2. Sodium Chloride

You also want to avoid salt, or its chemical name “sodium chloride.”

Salt pulls moisture out of your hair and fades color. Salt is an irritant and can damage your hair and scalp when used repeatedly over time.

When looking at ingredients, you need to be careful about seeing the word “sodium” in the ingredients. When you look at the ingredients list and see such things as sodium lauryl sulfoacetate, disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, sodium lauryl sarcosinate, sodium cocoyl isethionate, and sodium lauroamphoacetate it does not mean there is salt in the shampoo.

All the ingredients above are vegetable derived ingredients (coconut and palm oils) that do not act like sodium chloride so they are perfectly fine. Salt contains both sodium and chlorine and has been used in in shampoo as a thickening agent. According to the FDA website, "The words "salt" and "sodium" do not mean the same thing, but they are often used interchangeably. Sodium is just one of the chemical elements found in salt."

3. Drying Alcohols

Another thing to look for are alcohols. There is a confusing array of alcohols too but the only two you want to avoid is isopropyl alcohol and propyl alcohol. You might see things like lauryl alcohol and cetyl alcohol but those are "fatty alcohols" which are actually moisturizers, so just keep this in mind and you should be okay.

Isopropyl alcohol and propyl alcohol dry out your hair and scalp that can lead to brittleness and dandruff.

While you are at it, you may as well avoid parabens too. They haven’t yet been proved to be cancer causing, but they have been detected in breast tumors. The most common parabens to look for are butylparaben, methylparaben, and propylparaben.

Vizeri Beauty

Vizeri Beauty delivers salon quality hair care products directly to you without a trip to the salon. Our Argan Oil Shampoo and Conditioner has no sulfates, sodium chloride, drying alcohols, or parabens and it moisturizes without leaving residue or greasy build-up. Hair rejuvenation comes from Moroccan Argan mixed with 11 other natural plant ingredients plus gentle cleansing actives and hydrating ingredients.

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