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Your Hair Concerns May Be Caused
By Ingredients of Products You’re Using

There are a lot of different ingredients, including organic and non-organic, in your average hair products that lead to hair becoming fragile, thin, dry, unmanageable, brittle, frizzy and many other common hair concerns including scalp irritation, color fading, split ends, easy breakage, dandruff, itchiness, flaking and more.

Your hairbrush can also be a contributor to your hair problems. The build-up of dust, hair remnants and stale product residue can be a breeding ground for bacteria that will be transferred into your clean hair. Make sure to clean out the hair on your brush at least every few days and sanitize the bristles with a mild cleanser.

If you’re prone to tying your hair up at night to avoid tangles, you might want to reconsider. Tying your hair up at night, causes your natural oils to become concentrated at the scalp. This prevents the oils from working their way down the whole hair strand leaving hair looking greasy near the root area

A Few Common Hair Problems
Caused By Toxic Hair Product Ingredients


Thinness, Slow Growth, Dandruff and Breakage

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, also known as SLS, and many synonym names, is one of the most common ingredients in modern shampoos. It is also combined with salt to create a rich lather when it reacts to water and the oils in your hair. This makes it appear as a good soap and cleansing agent.

According to the American College of Toxicology, any concentration above 2% will cause irritation of your scalp and may cause dandruff. Most shampoos have between 10% to 20% concentration of SLS.

The National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation says that SLS can deposit in your hair follicles and can slow your hair’s growth and cause your hair to thin. It can also cause new hair to take 8 times longer to grow than normal. The salt used in conjunction with SLS can also dry your hair, making it more brittle, which leads to more breakage.


We’re never surprised to see some form of an alcohol ingredient in a beauty product, but isopropyl alcohol is one that you should make a conscious effort to avoid. Manufacturers use this in antifreeze, which should be your first red flag. Not only is isopropyl alcohol highly toxic when inhaled, it has a significant drying effect on the hair that essentially sucks the moisture out of your strands.

Hair Loss

A normal hair loss is 50 to 100 strands in the shower. If you are losing more than that, then there's a strong possibility it's being caused by toxic ingredients in hair care products you are using. Unless you learn to make better choices of products with non-toxic ingredients, your hair fall can become so chronic that eventually you may need a toupee wig for men or hair wigs and extensions for women to cover it!

Color Faded Hair

Many shampoos include different types of sulfates and sodium chloride which are cleaning agents. Although these ingredients strip dirt and oil from our hair, they can sometimes strip too much making your hair dry, and strip hair dye which accelerates its fading.

Many artificial fragrances contain ingredients that dry your hair and fade its color. For colored hair we only recommend fragrance free cleansers those that contain natural fragrances or essential oils. We also make sure it doesn’t include other ingredients that can cause your hair color to fade.

Frizzy Hair

Causes of flyaway hair include damage caused by the use of toxic hair ingredients. It is also caused by a dry climate and static that can cause strands to repel each other. Usually the finer the hair, the quicker it becomes dry enough to fly away. For fine hair we recommend a lightweight oil to help control flyaways while keeping hair looking natural.

Greasy Hair

Harsh surfactants can be the leading cause of greasy hair. Though these chemical detergents create a sudsy feeling when you work up a lather, they strip hair that causes your scalp to overproduce oil and that’s the leading cause of greasy hair. If you have greasy hair you need to avoid shampoos and conditioners that are loaded with oils, polymers, and silicones that leave residue behind that is difficult to rinse out. If we find that you are using any of these ingredients we will recommend a lightweight alternative that will absorb thoroughly into your hair.

Reproductive Problems

Products that have “fragrance” on their label can contain thousands of hidden chemicals. Some ingredients in fragranced hair products can disrupt the reproductive system.


In a study published in the Journal of Cancer, findings show that hair dyes and chemical straighteners might significantly increase the risk of breast cancer. This is because they contain hormone-disrupting compounds and carcinogens that might be connected to the development of breast cancer.

This new study looked at 46,709 women living in the United States between the ages of 35 and 74 between 2003 and 2009. None of the participants had breast cancer at the beginning of the study. Over the course of the study, 2,794 breast cancers were identified in the participants.

This study found that black women who used permanent dyes at least every 5-8 weeks raised their risk of developing cancer by a very disturbing 60 percent compared to those who didn’t. White women, raised their risk by 8 percent.

Additionally, women who used chemical straighteners at least every 5-8 weeks were 30 percent more likely to develop breast cancer. The study found that 74 percent of black women had used chemical straighteners as opposed to 3 percent of white women.

A Few Hair Product Ingredients
That Can Be Dangerous For Your Health

  • 1, 4 Dioxane is a by-product of Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS). Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES) causes hormonal imbalances, fertility problems (particularly with males), as well as being a known carcinogen. Senator R Kennedy included it on his list of carcinogens submitted to congress in 1997 but no action has been taken since then to prevent this chemical being used in onditioners. FDA raised doubts about the safety of 1, 4 Dioxane in 1992 but since then nothing has changed and it is still a regular ingredient in hair conditioners.
  • Benzene, according to the American Cancer Society, there’s a strong link between benzene, immune system toxicity, leukemia, and other cancers of the blood cells. Research also supports that an expectant mother’s exposure to benzene may cause developmental damage to the fetus. Despite these risks, benzene is still one of the 20 most common ingredients in personal care products in the US
  • Artificial Fragrances Synthetic fragrances or perfumes are meant to make your shampoos and conditioners more pleasant to use. Products that have “fragrance” on their label can contain thousands of hidden chemicals. Some of these ingredients can disrupt the reproductive system and cause cancer or asthma. They can also irritate the skin and scalp, which can lead to hair loss.
  • Sulfates One of the very harmful ingredients included in many shampoos, that is often hidden by using an uncommon synonym name on the label, is Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS), which has over 10 related chemical com-pounds. SLS does more than strip the hair of its natural oils. It removes beneficial bacteria that are essential to maintaining a healthy scalp and head of hair. Once the "good" bacteria have been removed harmful germs have an open playing field, resulting in rashes, hair loss and allergic reactions.
    Cosmetic Science reports that the detergent action of SLS may damage the derma's cellular ability to maintain moisture. This is why there are many reports of dryness, roughness and redness and brittle skin by users of shampoos that contain this harmful ingredient.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA)This chemical is used in shampoos because it gives the shampoo a creamy texture, and encourages foaming action. This ingredient is a known carcinogen and has a wide variety of skin irritation and other health effects. In 1998, researchers found a link between the topical application of DEA and cancer in animals, but the effects on humans are unclear. Although DEA is still being used in American hair care products, the European Commission has banned DEA in cosmetics.
  • Triclosan is added to many haircare products to prevent bacterial contamination, but it’s a skin irritant and suspected carcinogen. Even in the United States, the antibacterial agent triclosan is banned from being used in antibacterial soaps; however, it is still allowed in shampoos. This ingredient is known to cause hormone disruptions, which can lead to cancer and affect fetal development.
  • Quaternium-15 acts as a formaldehyde releaser and is extremely carcinogenic, and should be avoided at all costs. It also releases formaldehyde, with its own detrimental effects.
  • Propylene Glycol is used in conditioning products to lock in moisture and enrich hair. Although not illegal to use, it can cause serious side effects including liver, kidney and brain damage or deformation. This harmful chemical is absorbed through the skin which is why in an industrial setting workers are required to wear full protective clothing in the vicinity of Propylene Glycol.
  • Potassium Sorbate is used as a preservative in hair-care products, which causes organ system toxicity.
  • Retinyl Palmitate is a form of vitamin A, can speed the development of skin tumours and lesions, making it a possible carcinogen. Causes reproductive toxicity and organ system toxicity.
  • Dimethicone is used as a conditioning agent for your 2-in-1 shampoo and conditioners, and just conditioners in general. It's an anti-foaming agent and is meant to protect your hair. In other words, it's trying to replace the oils that your other ingredients are stripping. It is a type of silicone that contributes to product buildup and can actually prevent moisture and nutrients from coming in. Instead, it collects dirt and residue, clogs the pores on the scalp and causes skin irritation.
  • Phenoxyethanol is used as a preservative and as a fragrance, and it has a high risk of skin irritation, as well as eye and lung irritation. Since scalp irritation is one of the driving factors in hair loss other than genetics, you want to avoid it as much as you can.
  • Parabens are used as a preservative to prevent bacteria from growing in shampoos. They can mimic the hormone estrogen and have been linked to increased growth of breast cancer cells.

Here is a Partial List of Other Hair Problems Caused by Toxic Ingredients

Common Ingredient Name
(Alias Names Not Included Here)
Possible Links to the Following Possible Hair Conditions Caused by These Hair Care Ingredients
Acrylates Lack of Volume Thickening agent, causes buildup, dullness and lack of volume.
Humectants Frizzy Hair to lose its shape and become frizzy.
Shea Butter Oily Builds up on hair cause thin or oily hair, make hair flat or greasier.
Alpha Hydroxy Acid Dull Cause your hair to become dry, frizzy and dull.
Arsenic Hair Loss Hair loss, alopecia.
Lanolin Hair Loss Cause hair loss.
Isobutyl Alcohol Breakage Dry out hair and cause breakage.
Cationic surfactants Dryness & Fragile Damage hair and make hair look dry and fragile.
AHA Scalp Itchiness Scalp dryness peeling. Hair to become dry, frizzy and dull.
Butylparabens Fading Color Drying, scalp irritation, fading color, hair loss.
Cationic Surfactants Dry & Fragile Damage hair and make hair look dry and fragile.
Cetrimonium Chloride Dryness Fade color and also make hair dry and dehydrated.
Cocoa Butter Scalp Irritation Blocked or inflamed hair follicles that may cause boils.
Isopropyl Palmitate Scalp Irritation Scalp irritation, inflamed hair follicles that may cause boils.
Sodium Chloride Hair Loss Hair loss.
Colors Synthetic Scalp Irritation Scalp irritation.
Coconut Oil Clogged Hair Pores Clogs hair pores.
D&C Violet 2 Cancer Coal tar dye linked to bladder cancer.
Formaldehyde Cancer Exposure shown to cause cancer in laboratory animals.
Glycerin Dryness Can have a drying effect.
Humectants Loss of Hair Shape Hair to lose its shape and frizz.
Isopropyl Breakage Dries hair leading to breakage. Hair loss and prevents hair growth.
Isopropyl Alcohol Breakouts Scalp irritation. It can cause breakouts, especially for acne-prone skin
Isopropyl Palmitate Scalo Irritation Scalp irritation. Blocked or inflamed hair follicles that may cause boils.
Lanolin Hair loss. Hair loss.
Methylparaben Hair loss. Hair loss.
Monoethanolamine Damaged Hair Damages hair. Banned in the EU.
Myristyl Lactate Scalp Irritation Scalp irritation. Blocked or inflamed hair follicles that may cause boils.
Phenoxyethanol Hair loss. Hair loss.
Polyethylene Glycol Hair loss. Hair loss.
Propanol Alcohol Dryness Hair dryness. Breakage.
Propylparaben Hair loss. Hair loss.
Progesterone Hair loss. Hair loss.
Propylene Glycol Dryness Dry hair.
Quaternium-7, 15, 31, 60 Hair loss Hair loss.
Shea Butter Shea Butter Can build up and make hair flat or greasier.
Silicones Breakage Dryness and dull appearance. Weaker and breakage.
Sodium Chloride Hair Loss Clog pores and cause hair loss.
Sodium Hydroxide Hair Damage Hair damage.
Sulfates Slow Growth Reduction in hair growth and cause hair loss.
Triethanolamine Dryness Eye problems, and dry hair. Hair loss.
Thallium Hair Loss Hair loss adverse effects on the nervous system
Triethanolamine Dryness Allergic reactions, including eye itchiness and dryness of hair.