With so many hair care products on the market, it's hard to decide which to try and which to avoid. When shopping for products, steer clear of these four harmful ingredients.
1. Isopropyl Alcohol
Otherwise known as rubbing alcohol, it's not hard to see why you wouldn’t want this ingredient anywhere near your hair. You're most likely to find isopropyl alcohol in products that claim to give your hair volume, texture and all-day hold. The problem is that those benefits are achieved by seriously drying out strands of hair to hold them in place.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
Have you ever wondered what makes your shampoo and face wash foamy? It could be this potentially harmful product. The compounds that cause products to foam and lather are sulfates, which can irritate skin. When added to shampoo and cosmetic products, sodium lauryl sulfate can dry out the skin and cause dandruff or dermatitis. Even worse, it can compromise cells and allow other toxic materials to enter the bloodstream.
3. Polyethylene Glycol
Can you find this ingredient in hair products? Yes. Can you also find it in commercial oven cleaners? You sure can. In fact, that's the intended use for polyethylene glycol. The ingredient has been added to beauty products promising to remove scalp build-up. However, unless you're styling your hair with French fry grease, this industrial strength cleaner isn't only unnecessary, it's not exactly safe for your skin.
4. Synthetic Scents
Most of us are guilty of choosing a new product based on its scent. Whether you're into flowery fragrances or sweet vanilla aromas, you'll find a pleasing scent in the beauty and hair care aisle. For those with sensitive skin, the chemicals used to create those scents can be extremely irritating. A much better option is products that use essential oils or other natural ingredients. Your scalp will thank you.
5. Propylene Glycol
Promising sleek and shiny tresses, products that contain propylene glycol may get the job done, but there's definitely a cost. To create the healthy, shiny look, these products strip the hair by breaking down the cellular structure and natural proteins. Products with this ingredient cause hair to become weaker over time and more vulnerable to other harsh products.
Choosing products with natural ingredients like vitamins and oils will help to protect your hair while you style. The stylists at The Salon by Lora Brown can help you find a look you, and your hair, will love. We use only the best hair care products available on the market, such as Oribe.
Lora Brown is a master stylist and the owner of The Salon by Lora Brown. She has worked in the salon industry for 30 years.