Wellness gurus and doctors all over the world tell you to read the label of the food you eat, the calorific values, fats, sugar etc. Knowing what you consume is extremely important to your wellbeing. This practice of reading labels and mindfully consuming products needs to extend beyond food. You need to analyse, read, research before you buy anything. In times where quick fix chemical solutions are being offered dime-a-dozen, it really helps to know what these solutions are and what they can do in the long term.
Hair Care has evolved so much in the last few decades. Gone are the days when a simple, warm oil massage and ‘shikakai’ wash were the norm. There are serums, shampoos, conditioners, potions, masks, relaxers, detanglers – just so many products! While these products instantly rectify any issues (or at least promise it), they cause so much more damage in the long run. Harsh chemicals, SLES, SLS, PEG, Alcohol, parabens, silicones, sulphates have become all too common.
By introducing harsh chemicals into our scalp and hair, we are damaging not just our hair, but the environment too. So are chemicals bad? The short answer is no. But there are certain chemicals that are, namely; parabens, sulphates and silicones.
Parabens are chemical preservatives that are used to prevent the growth of bacteria in a range of beauty and hair products. They also increase the shelf life of various hair products.
The next ingredient that you should know about is Sulphate. Do you prefer the foaming shampoos over the ones that don’t foam? This is about to change. Sulphate is a cleaning agent and is used in hair products like shampoos to make the liquid easier to mix with water and form foam. This way you use less shampoo on your hair. Last but not least, is silicones. Unlike parabens and sulphates, silicones aren’t toxic chemicals they affect the root of the hair and trap dirt and grime.
While these chemicals provide a multitude of short term benefits for your hair, why should you get rid of them? Well, sure these products sound great, but they seep into the skin, causing you health concerns. Here is a list of reasons why you should switch to paraben, sulphate and silicone-free hair care products.
- At the end of the day, you are investing in these hair products to take care of your locks. But hair products with chemicals like sulphates are stripping your hair of its natural moisture. This cleaning agent is a bit too effective, sadly. Your hair and scalp require its natural oils to keep it moisturized at all times. But sulphates strip your hair of the oil and dirt, leaving your scalp dry and prone to irritation. This won’t be the case when you choose a sulphate-free shampoo. The product won’t be harsh on the scalp and is environmentally friendly.
- Many studies have shown weak estrogen-like properties that are linked to breast cancer when you use products that include parabens. This chemical mimics the estrogen hormone and is responsible for triggering cell division in the breast that ultimately leads to tumours. Because of the increased production of estrogen, it is also known to create a hormonal imbalance in the body. This increased production can interfere with the reproductive functions among women. Methylparaben, Propylparaben and Butylparaben are some of the commonly used parabens found in various products. To avoid any hormonal imbalance in your body, immediately switch to a paraben-free hair product.
- Parabens and sulphate are responsible for dryness, inflammation and redness that lead to an itchy scalp. If you have sensitive skin and deal with dandruff, then it is all the more important to use hair products that don’t contain either of these ingredients.
- Products with silicones do nourish your hair and keep your hair moisturised, but what you probably didn’t know is that it forms a protective layer, blocking other nourishing ingredients to penetrate through the hair follicles. This will cause a build-up on your hair, making your hair look dry, dull and weak over time.
While it is important to use the right products on your hair, what is more critical is to use products that are free from harsh chemicals such as parabens, sulphates and silicones. Choose products that add value to your hair, making it soft, silky and nourished at all times without compromising on the long term advantages.
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