I was searching for the perfect curly hair product, little did I know these products were harming the health of my hair.
I began noticing the ends of my hair breaking as well as unusual hair shedding.
I know that Aubrey Organics hair care products work for me, but during my quest for the perfect product, I tried other products that were not so natural. The products I tried were loaded with chemicals that I could not even pronounce.
These days, a lot of companies are claiming their products are natural. Marketing ploy, do not believe the hype. Do your research!
I tried Aubrey Organic’s Blue Green Algae Hair Rescue Mask to help with the hair breakage. After the first application of this product, there was a noticeable difference in my hair. Minimal breakage, less shedding, and hair.
I am now a loyal customer of Aubrey Organic’s hair care products. Yes, I am a believer that natural products with real natural ingredients do work!
If you are having issues with your hair or your skin, you should read the ingredient labels and do some research on the chemicals listed on the label. You might be surprised by what you find.
Things to Look for, Things to Avoid in Your Cosmetics
There many ingredients that you should avoid, but Aubrey Hampton, author of The Take Charge Beauty Book: The Natural Guide to Beautiful Hair and Skin (affiliate link), shares the worst offenders and offers safe natural alternatives. Today, I share those offenders with you.
- Avoid: Diethanolamine and Triethanolamine (DEA & TEA) – may be contaminated with nitrosamines, known as potent carcinogens. Look for: Vegetable Glycerine – used in cosmetic formulations for many years. It does not produce any toxic side effects.
- Avoid: Mineral Oil - petroleum derived and is harsh on the skin. Better for your car engine and not your skin. Look for: Jojoba Oil – natural moisturizer that helps your hair and skin seal in the moisture.
- Avoid: Propylene Glycol – synthetic form of glycerine, derived from propylene alcohol and highly irritating to the skin and scalp. This is a petrochemical and a major cause of allergic reactions, clogged pores and blemishes. Look for: Vegetable Glycerine.
- Avoid: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate/Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLS) – included in nearly all mass-produced shampoos and even in many brands of toothpaste. Synthetic detergents and foam builders. Look for: Natural Soaps (Coconut Oil [Cocamide without DEA], Olive Oil Castile, Quillaya or Yucca Root Soaps)
- Avoid: Methyl and Propyl Paraben – very toxic, leading cause of dermatitis. Imidazolidinyl Urea - serious side effect is the release of formaldehyde into the product. Here are some other chemicals that have formaldehyde releasing properties: 2-bromo-2 nitropropane-1,3diol; diazolidinyl urea; DMDM hydantoin; Quaternium-15. Look for: Grapefruit Seed Extract (Citrus Seed Extract ) and Vitamins A, C and E – highly effective and tolerated natural preservative.
- Avoid: Lanolin – known to cause allergic reactions in some people, but the animal product can be contaminated with DDT. Look for: Essential Oils – jojoba oil is a good substitute.
- Avoid: Talc – found in baby powders and is a known carcinogen when inhaled. Look for: Corn Starch or Rice Starch
- Avoid: Silica – can cause fibrosis of the lung and other respiratory disorders. Look for: Psyllium Husk Powder and Lecithin
- Avoid: Sodium PCA (NaPCA) - can cause a strong allergic reaction and can dry out your skin by absorbing moisture from it. Look for: Pantothenic Acid (Panthenol) or Vegetable Glycerine.
- Avoid: Synthetic Hair Dyes – regular use is strongly associated with a significant risk of cancer. Look for: Henna – vegetable-based hair dyes.
- Avoid: Synthetic Fragrances – could be a blend of up to 600 different chemicals. Look for: Natural Fragrances – essential oils from herbs and flowers.
- Avoid: PVP-VA/Copolymers – found in hairsprays and styling gels, plastics that coat the hair. Look for: Herbal Gums
Read the ingredient label on your cosmetics and do your own research. Be an educated and informed consumer because your health is ultimately in your hands.
- Natural Organic Hair & Skin Care Book
- What’s in Your Cosmetics?: A Complete Consumer’s Guide to Natural and Synthetic Ingredients