6 Hair Products You Should Always Avoid To Put An End Frizzy Hair
You know the old adage: What you put into your body is what you get out of it? Well, the same goes for our hair. If we feed our hair a healthy diet of harsh chemicals and blast it daily with heating tools, eventually the buildup of dryness and damage is going to seem impossible to fix. It doesn’t have to be though. Give your hair a do-over by taking a break from daily blowouts or straightening and more importantly, kick the chemicals by reading your hair product ingredient labels. Many haircare products harbor harmful ingredients that can literally drain the life out of your locks, but once you separate the good guys (nourishing ingredients that do your hair some good) from the bad (ingredients that make your hair dry, brittle and frizzy) you’ll be able to smooth out even the toughest frizz. Down below we’ve got six hair ingredients that you should always avoid to put an end to frizzy hair.
1. Isopropyl Alcohol: This ingredient is used as an emollient to create slip and lubrication in a product and detangles by smoothing the cuticle. Sounds great right? Isopropyl alcohol has some secrets too. Often found in antifreeze, shellac, hairsprays, hair gels, root lifters and volumizers, isopropyl alcohol forms a film on the surface of your hair creating a barrier (like plastic wrap) which cuts off moisture and suffocates your hair causing it to become dry and brittle.
Natural Alternatives: Some examples of natural emollients are: Plant Oils like Jojoba, Avocado and Rosehip along with Shea, Cocoa and Jojoba Butters.
2. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) & Sodium Laureate Sulfate (SLES): You know the whole “no poo” and “low poo” trend? This is the ingredient that made it popular. SLS and SLES are widely used as a detergent foaming agent used for degreasing industrial engines, car wash soaps and water softeners. It is also what makes a lot of soap and shampoos lather and bubble, but if it can degrease an engine it’s not something that you want to put in your hair amiright!? If that isn’t enough to make you ditch the bubbles, they are both seriously drying to your hair and scalp which is not something that a frizzy girl needs.
Natural Alternatives: SLS and SLES are often disguised in “natural” products with the term “coconut derivative.” Look for SLS and SLES free products that may contain natural ingredients like Castile Soap or Jojoba Oil.
3. Polyethylene Glycol (PEG): This harsh chemical is used to dissolve oil buildup on your hair but it’s also commonly used to clean grease from ovens and fryers — we hardly think your hair needs something so potent! Your hair’s natural oils are the best ingredient you can use to diminish frizz, so don’t let them wash down the drain.
Natural Alternatives: Turn to these natural surfactants that gently cleanse the hair and scalp without stripping your hair’s natural oil. Castile Soap, Yucca Extract, Soapwort, Quillaja Bark ExtractLecithin, Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5), Organic Vegetable Glycerin.
4. Proplyene glycol (PG): This ingredient is used in hair products to detangle and smooth hair, however, this moisturizer which is common in shampoos, conditioners, hair dyes, styling gels and lotions has a dark side too. Propylene glycol is proven to break down protein and cellular structure, which will make your strands feel smooth and soft on the surface but over time, it will cause your hair to become dull, dry and lifeless.
Natural Alternatives: Some examples of natural humectants are Lecithin, Panthenol (pro- vitamin B5), Glycerin.
5. Mineral Oil and Petroleum: If the fact that both of these ingredients are derived from crude oil doesn’t make you want to pull your hair out, we don’t what will! If you’re fighting an uphill battle with frizz, these ingredients aren’t going to be of any help. Just like isopropyl alcohol, mineral oil and petroleum create a coating and seal off the hair cuticle which blocks the hair from letting moisture in or out, which means your hair will become dry and frizzy.
Natural Alternatives: Steer clear from this cheap filler ingredient and try something better like: Almond Oil, Olive Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E or Shea Butter.
This may seem like a lot to know, but a simple rule of thumb is that if you can’t pronounce or understand what the first five to seven ingredients are, do your hair a favor and don’t buy it. Let us know your favorite all natural products that help your frizzy hair in the comments below.
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