Prevent hair loss by staying away from these toxic beauty ingredients (part II)

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We’re continuing down that same road  – giving you tips on which ingredients to stay away from to keep a healthy hair regime and prevent hair loss.

Prevent hair loss by staying away from…

Formaldehyde

Nutrafol has written about the danger with formaldehyde in a previous post, but the information is worth sharing again. Formaldehyde and formaldehyde-releasing preservatives are used in many cosmetic products to help prevent bacteria growth. The International Agency for Research on Carcinogens (IARC) has deemed this chemical as a human carcinogen and in some cases it has been linked to occupational cancers such as nasal and nasopharyngeal. It can cause allergic skin reactions and may also be harmful to the immune system. You can find it in nail polish, body washes, conditioners and shampoos. If you’re looking for natural alternatives that aren’t so harmful on your hair, then maybe this method is something to consider.

Toluene

Toluene is a petrochemical derived from petroleum or coal tar sources. It goes under the names benzene, toluol or phenylmethane when listed, so you might want to keep an eye out for these the next time you’re shopping for beauty products. Typically used as a paint thinner, it can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and skin irritation. Expecting mothers should especially be aware as toluene vapors may cause developmental damage in the fetus. Products containing toluene include hair color and bleaching products. So it might be wise to skip hair coloring treatment for a month and give your hair a break.

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Toluene can effect your respiratory system, cause nausea and irritate your skin.

Propylene glycol

What is propylene glycol, you may ask? It’s a small organic alcohol commonly used as a skin-conditioning agent. It’s classified as not good for the skin, and works as a skin irritant. Conditioners, shampoos and hair sprays are products that contain this alcohol.

As much as chemicals are bad for your hair, it’s impossible to avoid every single synthetic form of them. Eat clean, avoid chemical-laden processed foods, drink plenty of water and look for certified organic products if you want to avoid these toxic chemicals. Invest in supplements that use botanical ingredients and take them on a daily basis.
Educate yourself – do some research before buying products. You’re best going to prevent hair damage by reading the label on the back of your beauty products. Getting to know your products is key when it comes to preventing hair thinning and keeping your hair and body happy. Taking care of your body and hair now pays off in the future.

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