Finding And Using Non Toxic Hair Products

What you apply to your scalp can quickly seep into the blood stream and be carried throughout your body. If you frequently slather your scalp with toxic chemicals, your organs are more likely to accumulate this toxicity. This can lead to cancer, neurotoxicty and reproductive issues including sterility. Using non-toxic hair products will greatly reduce your risk of developing these and other health problems.

Harmful Agents in Your Hair Care Retinue
Knowing the listed ingredients on the label is an important step before purchasing and applying any personal care products. If you can recognize harmful agents, it can influence your decision to purchase a safer product.

Harmful agents commonly found in hair care products include:

DEA, MEA and TEA: The chemicals diethanolamine (DEA), monoethanolamine (MEA) and triethanolamine (TEA) are commonly added to shampoos and other foaming products to create a rich lather, and may be listed in conjunction with other ingredients. They are known carcinogens.

Polyethelyne Glycol: Sometimes listed as PEG, polyethelyne, or polyoxyethelyne, this is a common thickening agent that strips your hair of its natural oils. It’s a known eye and skin irritant, and in many cases may contain 1,4 dioxane, a chemical that can cause kidney failure.

Propylene Glycol: This is antifreeze. It’s added to many hygienic and cosmetic products to keep them from freezing during shipping and storage. It breaks down cellular structures and proteins, begetting the early stages of precancerous cells.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate: This common ingredient in personal care products is an inexpensive foaming agent found in most of the leading commercial shampoos and soaps. It’s a skin irritant, and has been proven to cause cellular breakdown and mutation, which is how cancer begins. Ammonium lauryl sulfate is a similar product with similar complications.

Sodium Laureth Sulfate: This common chemical compound is a slightly less abrasive version of sodium lauryl sulfate.

Healthy Alternatives to Toxic Products
Many healthy alternatives can be found for commercial hair care products that use natural ingredients. Shampoos that use castile soap instead of chemical foaming agents won’t create as rich of a lather, but they’ll clean your hair.

Organic hair products that use essential oils instead of chemical fragrances, which contain some of these irritating ingredients, are safer and, in some cases, more effective. For example, tea tree oil is useful in fighting dandruff and soothing dry and irritated skin. Chamomile has natural hair-lightening abilities, while it is gentle and soothing to the scalp.

An introduction to non-toxic personal care products can teach you more about these and other harmful ingredients to avoid bringing into your home.