Ingredients You Should Avoid in Hair Products


Both men and women tend to be equally particular about hair. Some are more invested than others, but at the end of the day, we all want a good head of hair.

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That’s where hair care products come in. From shampoos to serums, there is a wide range of products that promise to give your hair that certain wow factor. Don’t be fooled, though. Some hair products contain ingredients that initially deliver on that promise, but may eventually damage your hair later on.

So before purchasing hair products, be sure to read the label and watch out for the following ingredients:

Isopropyl Alcohol

Found in: hair gels, root lifters, hairsprays, volumizers

This chemical is used in hair products that keep your hairstyle in place, but at the risk of breaking your hair strands. According to A Consumer’s Dictionary of Cosmetic Ingredients, inhalation or ingestion of vapour from isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting.

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate

Found in: some shampoos and conditioners

This strong chemical is a key ingredient in industrial detergents and cleansing ingredients, so you can just imagine the damage it can do to your hair and scalp. There are several health issues associated with exposure to SLS, least of which is drying out your hair. In short, if it can clean an engine, it should not be touching your hair.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEG)

Found in: some shampoos and conditioners

PEG’s main function is to dissolve oil and grease, which is why it is used in spray-on oven cleaners. In your hair products however, PEG can strip protective oils off the hair, making it more vulnerable to other toxins.

Propylene Glycol (PG)

Found in: some shampoos, conditioners, styling gels, hair dyes

In the hair care world, PG can be considered “a wolf in sheep’s clothing”. This is because PG gives the appearance of smooth, shiny hair, but actually breaks down healthy hair proteins and cell structure. This chemical is also to blame for scalp irritation.