Key Chemicals to Avoid in Hair Products


After talking to other naturals about hair products, I have found out that it is important to always read labels. Yet, what I didn’t know was what ingredients to steer from other than the two that are commonly talked about–sulfate and alcohol. I was sure that those were not the only culprits, so  I decided to do further research. The following are some other common  ingredients to avoid:

  • Sodium lauryl sulfates/Sodium laureth Sulfates ( SLS/SLES)
  • Parabens ( methyl, paraben, ethyl paraben, propyl paraben, butyl paraben)
  • Propylene glycol
  • 1 &4 Dioxane
  • Selenium Sulfide
  • Acrylamide
  • Formaladehyde
  • Resorcinol
  • Paraffin
  • Phthalates

( “Milady Standard Natural Hair Care and Braiding,” pg.174)


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