The first thing that comes to mind when you think about shampoo and conditioner is probably how good it makes your hair look and feel. But what about the ingredients? Shampoos, conditioners and other products for your hair are designed to be safe and gentle on your scalp, but they can also contain harmful chemicals that may cause problems over time. The FDA regulates cosmetics but not haircare products like shampoos, so it's up to consumers to make smart choices. Here are some common haircare ingredients you should watch out for:
- Alcohols, which are used to dissolve other ingredients in hair care products, can damage the skin and mucous membranes.
- Parabens are preservatives that have been linked to hormone disruption and allergies.
- Mineral oils (also known as paraffin) are used in formulas because they trap moisture on your hair and scalp, but this can cause a build-up of chemicals that will eventually clog pores and lead to breakouts on your face.
- Synthetic fragrances contain hundreds of chemicals that can irritate delicate skin and cause allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some people.
The first thing to know is that sulfates and phthalates are common in mainstream shampoo and conditioner, but there are many safer options available. Research is showing more and more that there are harmful health effects from using these chemicals. You can check what's in your shampoo and conditioner, or consider switching to a safer option like WÜL Haircare.
Sulfates create a rough, brittle surface on hair and make it hard to comb.
Sulfates are used as cleansing agents, but they’re also found in other household products like toothpaste and detergent. They can be drying to skin and hair and cause irritation. Sulfate-free shampoos are good for your hair and for the environment because sulfates don’t biodegrade easily. That means that when you wash your hair, you’re washing down a chemical compound that will eventually build up in lakes or oceans if it doesn't evaporate or break down first—and that's bad news for aquatic life!
Phthalates are used in perfumes and are believed to be endocrine disruptors (chemicals that interfere with the body's hormones). Researchers are still trying to figure out exactly how they affect people. Studies show some people who use personal care products containing phthalates suffer from low fertility rates or abnormal sperm counts; others have more difficulty getting pregnant than they should after being treated for infertility; while some women may experience early puberty when exposed to them during childhood or adolescence.
There is no government regulation on ingredients in haircare products
Unfortunately, the FDA does not regulate hair products. That means there are no requirements for manufacturers to disclose their ingredients or test their products for safety. Additionally, there is no mandatory reporting of adverse events (like allergic reactions) from consumers using these products—the only way the FDA knows about them is when people report them directly to the agency.
Sulfates and phthalates are common in mainstream shampoo and conditioner.
Common ingredients found in hair products include alcohols (which dry out hair), parabens and mineral oils. Synthetic fragrance is used because it smells good and masks other less desirable odors such as those caused by some other ingredients.
Check what's in your shampoo and conditioner, and consider switching to a safer option
If you want to be sure that your hair care products are safe, check that they're free of sulfates and phthalates. If a product says it's "sulfate-free," the manufacturer is likely trying to pull one over on you—there are many types of sulfates, only some of which actually have any health risks, and many soaps contain some level of naturally occurring fatty acids.
It's also important to look for products that are free of artificial fragrance as well as artificial colors or colorants. These ingredients could cause allergic reactions in sensitive individuals and should be avoided if at all possible!
If you're looking for a way to improve your hair and scalp health, then consider switching to a safer option. WÜL Haircare doesn't use any of these harmful chemicals in any of our products. It's important to remember that these ingredients aren't just hurting your hair; they're also making you sick.