Did you know there are quite a few products that have hazardous ingredients in them, but are still available for sale?  If you didn't know, we're here to tell you it is definitely TRUE!  The questions is, which products are harmful for your hair. Basically you have to be a rocket scientist to understand or even pronounce the names of some of the ingredients included in products. So if you're like us, a little help in the right direction would a long way. If you're trying to lean more to the natural and chemical free side for your products, then here is a list that will definitely help you. 

We've put together a list of ingredients commonly used in hair and beauty products, that you should probably avoid if you're looking to remove toxic, harmful chemicals from your hair care regimen. We encourage everyone to be as informed as possible about their hair and beauty products, so read those labels!

  1. Benzene - This is a toluene, which can damage the respiratory system, irritate the skin, and cause developmental damage in fetuses. See "Toluene" for more information.
  1. Diethanolamine (DEA) Triethanolamine (TEA) - These stabilize the pH of hair products, and are common allergens and eye irritants.
  1. Formaldehyde - Formaldehyde is another preservative and extremely irritating to the skin and eyes. It is a known animal carcinogen, and may increase cancer risk for humans as well. Keep in mind that certain preservatives release formaldehyde! So by extension, also look out for
    • Diazolidinyl urea
    • DMDM hydantoin
    • Glyoxal
    • Imidazolidinyl urea
    • Polyoxymethylene urea
    • Quaternium-15
    • Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate
  1. Isopropyl Alcohol - This does its job of stripping away oils from your scalp a little too well, leaving your hair dry and brittle. Ethanol AlcoholEthyl AlcoholIsopropanol AlcoholPropyl Alcohol, and SD Alcohol are also known to do this.
  1. Methylisothiazolinone - A common preservative in hair products, linked to lung toxicity, allergic reactions, and possible neurotoxicity. 
  2. Mineral Oil and Petroleum - These are petroleum products that coat your hair and scalp so effectively, they suffocate them! These ingredients can cause acne, hindered skin respiration, imbalanced oil levels in your scalp, and skin irritation.
  1. Parabens - Parabens are xenoestrogens, included in shampoos as a preservative. They can disrupt hormones and even pose a cancer risk. You'll see them labeled on hair products as propylparabenbenzylparaben, etc.
  2. Phthalates - These were banned from use in toy manufacturing in California, 2009, because of links between them and cancer. However, they are still often used in hair products.
  1. Retinol - This is very common in skin and beauty products, but has potential associations with developmental and reproductive toxicity. While it is usually safe to use, it might not be safe to use during pregnancy.
  2. Retinyl Palmitate - Considered a gentler version of retinol, but it is often added to personal care products in greater concentrations than retinol in order to be effective. It still has potential associations with developmental and reproductive toxicity, and has been found to enhance photocarcinogenicity (heightening the risk of cancer when exposed to UV rays.)
  1. Sulfates - Sulfates strip oil and dirt out of your hair so well, they deplete the naturally produced sebum that moisturizes your hair. While sulfates can be beneficial for hair that gets oily quickly or has looser curls, they're usually a no-no for naturally curly hair. Common sulfates: Sodium Lauryl SulfateSodium Laureth SulfateAmmonium Lauryl Sulfate.
  1. Synthetic colors - Synthetic colors such as D&C Red 27 or FD&C Blue 1, are derived from petroleum or coal sources. These synthetic colors are suspected to be carcinogenic, skin irritants, and linked to ADHD in children. The European Union has banned the use of these ingredients, which is a big red flag.
  1. Toluene - Also used as a solvent that can dissolve paint and paint thinner, but it is also found in some hair color/bleaching products. This chemical can affect the respiratory system, irritate the skin, and even cause developmental damage in the fetus if expecting mothers are exposed to it. Commonly labeled as benzene, tuluol, phenylmethane, or methylbenzene.
  2. Triclosan - This is a common antimicrobial chemical used in personal care products, but it is also a known endocrine disruptor and skin irritant.

*Information on https://naturallclub.com/ website.