Good to know: Undesirable substances in hair products

Beautiful hair is healthy hair, but even regular and dedicated care can lead to various problems such as itching, dandruff, hair loss, greasy hair…The causes of these problems may lie in your shampoo, hairspray, conditioner, specifically in their harmful ingredients.

We have tried to assemble for you a list of undesirable substances in hair-care products.

1) Silicones in shampoo

You should avoid shampoo with silicones. In addition to being deposited on the scalp they can clog the hair follicles. Also, the skin on your back, face or wherever shampoo touches the skin can become irritated. You should also avoid silicones in skin products.

2) Drying alcohols

Pay special attention to this. These alcohols have instant drying effect on the hair and are not desirable in any product – even in shampoo, conditioner and leave-in products where they are the most common.

Alcohols in leave-in products are used for instant shine (believe it or not, the old recipe for shiny hair was vodka!). But just like with the skin, these alcohols dry the hair extremely.



Test: apply the hair product you use on your palms for a few days. You will see how your skin becomes wrinkled, dry and cracked.

There is a recipe, in which the alcohol is removed from the mixture by evaporation.

In contrast to the fatty alcohols (will discuss about them in the following text as the most hydrating agent in hair products), the following alcohols are of no benefit to the hair and should be avoided:

– Alcohol
– Alcohol denat
– Propyl
– Ethanol
– SD Alcohol (40)

Benzyl alcohol is used as a preservative and is located at the bottom of the composition in a small amount and it has a bad effect on the hair.

Isopropyl alcohol is used to a more efficient penetration of useful ingredients makes it a desirable ingredient, but in hairspray, foam and similar products used to “harden” the hair faster it is bad for your hair.

3) Sulfates in shampoo

Sulfate is one of the most infamous ingredient in hair shampoo. The so-called SLS (Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Lauryl Ether Sulfate), ALS (Ammonium Lauryl Sufate) are very bad for your hair.

There are a number of shampoos without sulfates that are gentle to the scalp and the hair. But, if you use products with silicone you should sometimes wash your hair with shampoo with sulfates to remove the deposits from products for forming and protecting the hair. It is only “deep” washing your that you needed, in most cases use a mild shampoo.



4) Sodium chloride

Better known as salt, it is used to thicken the shampoo which has a potentially drying effect on the hair.

5) Perfumes

Scented products can be found in almost all hair products. What you should pay attention to is the place of the perfume in the composition, it should not be fount among the first few ingredients.

6) Lanolin, Mineral Oil and Petroleum

These ingredients are cheap oil products, used as an emollient, however they have no real nutritional value for the hair. Apart from being completely useless, they hamper the penetration of nutrients into the hair.

7) Propylene Glycol

Often used in hair products, it is also the main ingredient in antifreeze. It breaks the protein structure of the skin, hair.

8) Parabens

They are used as preservatives,  and they are often associated with cancer, but the amounts in cosmetic products is very small, so that their presence and concentration in hair products is negligible.

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