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When your are looking for shampoo for any type of hair condition, it is beneficial to look on the label to see if any of these ingredients are listed below. Ingredients in shampoos such as Parabens, Sulfates, and DEA can cause scalp irritation. For hair to flourish and thrive, the scalp needs to be free of potential irritants. Below we will cover the top 3 most common ingredients to look for and avoid before using a shampoo or even other personal care items such as soaps and cosmetics.
What are Parabens?
Parabens are preservatives commonly used in cosmetic products. The reason parabens are used in products such as shampoo is because its an effective preservative. One of the reasons this preservative is used is of course because of cost. Manufactures use parabens in their products to reduce costs in production.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Parabens?
- Allergic reactions- The skin is the largest organ in your body. Therefore, the scalp is a part of this organ and it is imperative for the scalp to not become irritated. Irritation from a possible allergic reaction can lead to inflammation on the scalp which can make hair thin and unhealthy.
- Estrogen Activity-There have been experiments of that show parabens having a weak estrogenic activity.
Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)
What is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES)?
Sodium Laureth Sulfate os an anionic detergent that is found in commmon personal care products such as shampoos soaps. SLES is used in these types of products because of its low cost and effective foaming agent. There are other types of sulfates used in shampoos such as sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS), and sodium pareth sulfate. As a general rule, when looking for a shampoo, check for any ingredients that may include the term “sulfate.”
What are the Possible Side Effects of Sodium Laureth Sulfate?
Any of the “sulfate” family of detergents can cause irritation to skin. Once again, your scalp depends on a non-irritated environment so the hair cycle and scalp health stays in good shape.
What is Diethanolamine (DEA)
Diethanolamine or “DEA” is and organic compound that is a white solid that has the tendency to absorb water. This compound is used an surfactant and a corrosion inhibitor. DEA is added to shampoos and cosmetics to give the product a creamy or foaming action.
What are the Possible Side Effects of Diethanolamine (DEA)?
Again, similar to the ingredients above, DEA can be a skin irritant. All of these ingredients mentioned in this article have one thing in common, “irritation.” It is important when selecting a shampoo for hair that is free of these 3 potential skin irritants to ensure the scalp stays healthy.
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