Hair styling products include an array of chemicals that are harmful not only to the hair but also to the skin. Hair, which is made up of Keratin, is basically a protein which, when reacts with various chemicals gets damaged. There are many hair treatments like perming, straightening, relaxing which uses various chemicals that may damage your hair to a great extent. Not the hair treatments but even the cosmetics you use for daily care are all laden with harmful chemicals that with time damages and weakens your hair. Few such chemicals in your daily hair cosmetics are:
This chemical is used in the cosmetics to prevent the growth of bacteria, yeast and mould, but the estrogen-mimicking ingredients in it that increase the risk of breast cancer. They are commonly found in your shampoos, body wash, cleansers.
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
This is a very common ingredient in cleaning products and so is definitely used in shampoo, body wash and other. This chemical causes irritation to skin, lung and even eye. It combines with other chemicals and form nitrosamines, which is carcinogenic in nature.
This chemical resists the bacterial growth, but is harmful to your immune system. It is commonly found in shampoos, and conditioners to give a smoothening effect to your hair.
It is an organic alcohol used in shampoos, conditioners and hair sprays. It is associated to the disease of dermatitis and also hives in humans.
Hair Styling Treatment
To look stylish, it is a common trend to go for the latest hair treatments. Most of these hair treatments use products that are laden with chemicals. You may look stylish and feel that your hair is smooth, but in the long run, these treatments are having an alarming effect on your hair. Few such chemical laden treatments that you must avoid as much as possible are:
- Relaxing or Straightening of Hair: Chemical relaxers, if not applied in the right way leads to massive hair damage. As the chemicals used are very strong, it may leave your relaxed hair vulnerable to any kind of damage and breakage.
- Use of Serum: The serum contains many chemicals which help to give a smoothing effect but with time damages the keratin.
There are many organic and natural ways to protect your hair. You should opt for such hair treatments rather than chemical laden hair treatment.