4 Harmful Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Care Products


Some of us take ‘hair care’ more seriously than others. This is because we know very well that hair can aesthetically frame our faces, and that it can make us more attractive. In a bid to ensure that we often fall for many such haircare products, including chemical-laden shampoos and conditioners, which are actually not good for our hair and general well-being.

Many world-renowned commercial brands use toxic chemicals and other ingredients in their products. These products might give a temporary glow to your hair, but they strip your hair of the moisture and vital nutrients. Let us take a look at the most harmful chemicals commonly found in hair care products.

Coal Tar

Coal tar is a chemical, which can cause cancer. The European Union had earlier recognized the ill effects of using coal tar in shampoos and other hair care products, and had completely banned its use. Coal tar is a chemical quite famous in many anti-dandruff shampoos. A shocking fact is that companies play safe by not listing the name ‘coal tar’ as it is.


A carcinogen that causes cancer, lead is a product that is used by many brands in the hair products. These are unscrupulously used in lipsticks and hair dyes. Something more shocking is that ‘lead’ is never listed on the label of products, even though it is mostly present.


Sodium Lauryl Sulfate

One of the most commonly used and popular harmful chemical, sodium lauryl sulfate is known under various names like ammonium laurel sulfate and laurel sulfate. And, that’s the reason why it isn’t easily detectable in products. SLS can irritate the scalp, and eyes. Moreover, it contains dioxane, a carcinogen.

Acetone and Diethyl Phthalate

Fragrance sounds so good, and all the more harmless! But fragrance here may refer to a poisoning concoction of different chemicals. From shampoos to face creams, the chemicals like acetone and diethyl phthalate can cause allergy, rhinitis and asthma. In worst cases, they can also cause reproductive problems and breast cancer.

The only solution to protecting your scalp from harmful chemicals is to switch to herbal formulations. Natural hair care products may appear to be a bit more on the pricier side. But these days more and more people are willing to spend on quality ayurvedic products, as such products are safe to use.




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