Top 5 ingredients that are harmful to hair – don’t use them in shampoo!

They can also cause thinning

Did we know that certain shampoo ingredients can be downright harmful to hair? They can dry out and damage your locks. It’s worth looking at what product we use and what’s in it.

Nowadays, many experts recommend that we wash our hair less times a week and place more emphasis on serums, oils, and conditioners, which can make locks more voluminous and shiny.

But even if you only wash your hair twice a week, the quality of the shampoo matters a lot. This does not mean that the most expensive ones should be used. It is worth paying attention to the ingredients of the shampoo and avoiding those that dry the hair and cause damage.

But what are these harmful ingredients?

Dr. Anna Chacon, board-certified dermatologist and author of MyPsoriasisTeam, recommends avoiding the following.

1. Sulfates

If a shampoo contains sulfates, it may seem like it washes your hair more effectively—after all, sulfates are agents with strong cleaning agents. But don’t let that fool us. Ingredients such as sodium lauryl sulfate damage and irritate the hair follicles and can destroy the protein in the hair, which can cause breakage and a condition similar to hair loss, says Dr. Chacon.

2. Formaldehyde

It sounds scary, but a certain amount of formaldehyde can be toxic. It can be considered safe in low amounts, says Dr. Chacon.

This agent is used in cosmetic products to kill bacteria and extend shelf life. Derived from hair products, the so-called however, formaldehyde donors such as DMDM ​​hydantoin can be released into the air and cause some irritation to the eyes, nose and lungs. They can also cause skin sensitivity, allergic contact dermatitis and peeling; all this can irritate the strands and lead to hair loss.

3. Sodium chloride

Sodium chloride works alongside sodium lauryl sulfate. It is often used to thicken shampoos and conditioners, says dr. Chacon.

Although it does not directly cause hair loss, using hair products that contain high concentrations of sodium chloride can cause the scalp to become dry and itchy, and can also lead to hair loss.

4. Alcohol

It is worth avoiding hair products containing alcohol, regardless of whether it is shampoo or hairspray. It is important to avoid such products in order to preserve the integrity of the locks and prevent dryness.

Propanol and isopropyl alcohol should be avoided in hair products, which can dry out the hair and make it more prone to breakage, says Dr. Chacon.

5. Propylene glycol

Propylene glycol is also on the list of harmful shampoo ingredients. It acts as a thickening agent in shampoos and hair conditioners. While propylene glycol does not directly cause hair loss, it does potentially strip hair of moisture and make it brittle.

It doesn’t matter how much we spend on hair care products, we’re already ahead of the curve if we take a close look at the ingredients on the labels of shampoo and other hair products. Let’s do this for healthy and shiny hair, suggests Dr. Anna Chacon.

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