Last week I explained what’s really causing your hair frizz, but this week we’re going to look at the ordinary bathroom products that could be making it worse.
What are you putting in your hair?
Hair care ingredients that cause hair frizz
To stay smooth, soft and manageable, hair needs moisture. Unfortunately, many common over-the-counter hair care products do the exact opposite — they drain hair of its moisture, causing it to become brittle and frizzy. Hair care products such as shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays can all harbor ingredients that can literally drain the life out of your hair.
To show you just how common these ingredients are, I want you to go into your bathroom and gather all of your hair care products. Yes, all of them — even your organic products. Look at the ingredient label. Then, I want you to see if you can locate any of the following ingredients:
- Ammonium laurel sulfate
- Ammonium laureth sulfate
- Sodium lauryl sulfate
- TEA laurel sulfate
- TEA laureth sulfate
If you found any of these ingredients in your hair care products, I have bad news for you: you’re damaging your hair. As a rule of thumb, be wary of any ingredient that contains the name “laurel sulfate” or “laureth sulfate” — these are strong detergents that can zap hair moisture, creating unmanageable hair frizz. These detergents can also irritate the scalp.
Diethanolamine and triethanolamine aren’t as irritating as these agents, but they can also cause unsightly skin reactions and dry out the skin and hair. But the biggest problem with these ingredients isn’t their moisture-zapping properties — it’s their toxicity. Over time, absorption of these chemicals can build up in the body, which has been correlated with cancer in animal-led studies. That’s scary news — and one good reason to avoid commercial, chemical hair care products.
Kick out chemicals for healthy, frizz-free hair
It’s scary to see how many chemicals are really in our hair care products — and it’s even scarier that these chemicals could even increase our risk for cancer. Unfortunately, the FDA isn’t likely to go after hair care companies for the damage they do to our hair, so here’s how you can ensure your hair care routine is 100% frizz-free:
1. Don’t buy cheap hair care products.Cheap shampoos, conditioners or hair sprays often contain chemicals as cheap “fillers” to make your hair feel soft or smooth. Ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate are dirt cheap, so the companies can get away with selling shampoo for a dollar or less–often at the expense of your hair.
2. Go chemical-free. Refuse to buy hair care products that contain detergents or chemical agents. Here’s a good rule of thumb: If it doesn’t exist in nature, don’t buy it. Camellia oil is a natural oil derived from the camellia flower; diethanolamine is a chemical often used in the production of herbicides.
3. Choose hair care products that utilize natural ingredients. SILKtage only contains the most nourishing, natural oils designed to de-frizz your hair; on the contrary, you’ll be hard pressed to find any natural oils in a store brand hair conditioner or styling gel.
4. Be aware of too much Silicones in your hair products. While Silicone will have the hair looking shiny, it is essentially a plastic/rubber film that adds a fake shine, but does nothing to improve the health of the hair. Products containing more than one Silicone (any ingredient ending in ‘one”) is very cheaply made and therefore is just a chemical product! Stay away from hair products with SILICONE as the first two ingredients!
To help you make even better choices about your hair care products, next week I’ll reveal the ingredients every hair care product should have to maintain natural smoothness, volume and natural, frizz-free shine. For right now, though, I want you to start looking at your hair care products and eschew the chemicals aside. This is your transition from chemicals to organic, natural products. If you really care about your hair, this is one of the best decision you can make for your hair.