There are lots of products that contain elements that are not good for you. You can choose the best products by knowing what ingredients are not healthy and always keeping your hair in great shape. Here is a list of ingredients to avoid when buying new hair products.
What is animal testing?
When they say a product uses animal testing, it means that the product has been through some scientific experiment. In these experiments, animals are forced to experience something that will probably cause pain, discomfort. Therefore, most of the animals in the process will die in the end.
Animal experiments include:
- inserting or feeding them with force and probably harmful substances
- exposing animals to radiation
- surgically removing animals’ organs or tissues to intentionally cause damage
- forcing animals to inhale toxic gases
- putting animals in a terrifying situation to cause anxiety and also depression.
They keep animals in a sterile indoor environment and they are forced to live in cages and are not able to move freely. In some laboratories, they keep each animal on its own, without even fellowship of one other animal.
At CurlFans, we only provide products with no animal testing. Therefore, the life of no animal will be in danger by these products.
What are silicones?
Silicones are categorized as a polymer that acts similarly to plastic and because of their flexibility, they can be formed easily. They add silicones in hair products to act as a protective layer to keep moisture in, reduce frizz and add sheen. They are also good for curly, dry, and frizzy hair types. In conclusion, silicones defend hair, keep it soft by vitally ‘waterproofing’ each strand.
Be Aware Of Bad Silicones
Along with the benefits of some silicones, there is some type that is not good for you. These bad silicones including (dimethicone, cetyl dimethicone, cetearyl methicone, dimethiconol, stearyl dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, amodimethicone, trimethylsilylamodimethicone, and cyclopentasiloxane) are not water-soluble. Therefore, you can’t get rid of them by rinsing them with water. If you want to remove these silicones from your hair, you can use a clarifying shampoo.
What is Sulfate?
Sulfates are detergents or surfactants, and usually products like shampoo, body wash, face cleanser, and toothpaste and also household cleaning products, like laundry and dish detergent) contain sulfate. The most frequent ingredients which contain sulfate are sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium Laureth sulfate. Sulfate has been used since the 1950s and they are also the most frequently used detergents in the beauty industry.
Why are Sulfates Bad for You?
Sulfate can produce problems such as skin and eye irritation. If you keep it in contact with your skin longer, it will cause much worse effects. For those who have acne, sodium lauryl sulfate can make the number of acne to increase. In addition, sulfate can be harmful when they are used in toothpaste too. It can produce problems such as irritation of existing allergies, canker sores, and bad breath.
What is Parabens?
They are a type of chemical preservatives which are available in beauty products since the 1920s. Parabens will increase the product’s shelf life. Products such as shampoos, conditioners, skin care products, and soaps may contain parabens.
Why are they harmful?
Parabens are able to change the human hormone estrogen. Therefore, they will unbalance your body’s hormones regulation. In addition, parabens can also affect reproductive activities, like pregnancy and menstruation.
Parabens have fast absorption, so they can pile up in your body easily if you use products containing parabens.
Some allergic reactions to parabens include:
- itchy skin
What is Artificial (Synthetic) Oil?
As mentioned before, lots of products contain silicone. Artificial oils are mainly composed of silicones. These types of oils are usually inexpensive; Therefore, they are used widely in the beauty industry.
What are Some Best Natural Oils?
If you are trying to stay away from artificial oils, you can try natural oils such as coconut, argan, jojoba, almond, olive, and grapeseed. These oils can give healthy hair with lots of other benefits. Other oils such as lavender and lemongrass can also make your hair stronger and provide the required elements for it.