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The Hazardous Chemicals Lurking in Black Hair Care Products


I have taken an excerpt from this article that specifically talks about some of the good and hazardous chemicals found in black hair care products? Want to know more? Follow the link at the end of the article below.

Healthy Hair Ingredients

· Aloe vera (contains proteolytic enzymes good for healing scalp problems and stimulating hair growth)

· Avocado (dermatological benefits for scalp, with vitamins A, D, and E; effectively lubricates hair strand, preventing breakage)

· Shea butter (a hydrating emollient; protects the hair strand)

· Castor oil (antifungal; cleans the scalp, clearing follicles and promoting hair growth)

· Coconut oil (a hydrating emollient that seals moisture around the hair follicle)

· Extra virgin olive oil (a hydrating emollient and moisturizer, effective at softening hair)

· Grapeseed (lightweight conditioner and moisturizer; mildly astringent, thus effective at fighting dandruff; easily absorbs into hair and scalp and is packed with healthy fatty acids)

· Honey (humectant and antifungal)

· Jojoba (hair strengthener, rich in vitamins C, E, and B; dermatological benefits for repairing scalp dryness and inflammation)

Hazardous Ingredients to Avoid

· “Fragrance” or “parfum” (this is a widely used smoke screen in the cosmetics industry, denoting a vague mixture of unknown chemicals)

· Calcium hydroxide

· Formaldehyde or methylene glycol (formaldehyde is also released by DMDM hydantoin, diazolidinyl urea, and imidazolididinyl urea)

· Lead acetate (common in hair dyes)

· Methylisothiazolinone

· Parabens (propylparaben, butylparaben, or methylparaben)

· Petroletum

· Retyinal palmitate

· Specific alcohols:

· Alcohol denat, ethanol, propanol, isopropyl, propyl, SD alcohol #4 (also known by stylists as wood alcohol)

· Sulfates

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