Which shampoo ingredients are not good for your hair?

Shampoo ingredients

Of all the things you worry about today, you might not want to think about the dangers lurking in your… shampoo. Yes, your shampoo. It may contain harmful ingredients that you want to avoid. So to stay safe, you might want to start checking your shampoo ingredients.

What research says

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released information on adverse reports related to food and beauty products. This data came from the center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition and goes back to as far as 2004. The data provides a good basis to further research on the health effects of beauty supplies.

Steve Xu, a physician in dermatology at McGaw Medical Center, pointed out that hair and skincare products topped the list of adverse events in this report. So taking a good look at your shampoo bottle the next time you’re in the shower might just work in your advantage.

Too often the shampoo on store shelves don’t have regulations – so without even realizing it, you might just be dousing something medically harmful all over your body. The FDA is trying to explain why it’s like that on their website:
Companies and individuals who manufacture or market cosmetics have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of their products. Neither the law nor FDA regulations require specific tests to demonstrate the safety of individual products or ingredients.

But don’t freak out – the FDA does restrain the cosmetic industry from using certain ingredients.  The organization may step in if a product is clearly misbranded and the company doesn’t issue a recall itself.

Shampoo ingredients to avoid
Shampoo ingredients to avoid include sulfate as it may cause skin irritation, as well as paraben which can cause cancer cells to grow faster.

What shampoo ingredients to avoid


People with sensitive skin should stay away – this ingredient is well-known as a skin, eye, mouth, and even lung irritant. Sodium laureth sulfate may contain a chemical known to cause cancer in laboratory mice. However, researchers have not found a direct link to cancer in people.


Parabens are usually used by companies to protect against bacterial growth. However, the chemical mimics estrogen in the body and can cause cancer cells to grow more quickly. For now, the FDA has not found a strong enough link to ban this ingredient.

If you want to take matters into your own hands, find out as much as you can about your shampoo ingredients and make sure you know what you put on your scalp. Did you know that Nutrafol is made from natural ingredients that provide the building blocks for healthy hair growth? So why not try out a supplement as a change? Here you can read more about Nutrafol’s natural ingredients that support hair health.

Best Hair Treatment For Dry Damaged Hair

best hair treatment for dry damaged hair

Nutrafol’s previous post talked about some good hair treatment for dry damaged hair due to the harsh summer weather. This post will continue on that path, giving you the rest of the home remedies that will save your hair this summer.

Apply a natural condition when swimming

Before you leave for the beach or after you had a swim, remember to protect your hair from harsh elements or chemicals. The best way to do this is through a natural homemade rinse that you get when you mix ¼ cup apple cider and ¾ cup water. Cleanse your hair with it, then follow with conditioner.

Wrap your hair up

You have heard it before – do not rub your hair after you get it wet! Instead, wrap up your damaged hair in a cotton towel and let the cotton absorb the moisture for a few minutes. This also helps protect against further split ends.

Let your hair down

Give your hair a rest and let it out – especially if you usually wear it in a ponytail. Also, try not to pull your hair back too tightly as that can damage the hair follicles. Also avoid sleeping with any hair accessories as that too can damage your hair.

best hair treatment for dry damaged hair
Do your hair a favor and spare it from getting damaged by letting it down for a couple of days.

Use a humidifier at night

How is this a hair treatment for dry damaged hair you may ask? Nutrafol will explain. Your home heating keeps the air very dry, especially in winter, and that could be what is drying your hair out. Putting moisture back into the air will help your hair from becoming more dry and damaged.

Sandelwood oil as a remedy

Mix a few drops of sandalwood oil with a few drops of olive or jojoba oil, rub the mixture between your palms, then smooth it through the ends of your hair for instant sleekness and a way to curb and condition brittle hair. Or if you do not have sandalwood oil, you may use your hand lotion. Squirt a few drops of it in your palm and smooth it through your hair.

Eat your vitamins and take your supplements

Kathleen W. Wilson, M.D., an internist at the Ochsner Health Center in New Orleans explains the importance in taking your vitamins – especially those rich in omega-3 fatty acids – and supplements containing nutraceutical ingredients. This is a great hair treatment for dry damaged hair as omega-3 fatty acids and a nutraceutical will keep your hair moisturized.

Photo by: Maria Shriver via Flickr.

Summer specials: top hair treatment for dry damaged hair

hair treatment for dry damaged hair

With summer comes dry and damaged hair. So the need for some good hair treatment is in order. Nutrafol has the best home remedies that will leave your hair in a healthy happy condition. So why not try one of these inexpensive at-home tricks that will condition your brittle, dried out, sun kissed locks.

Hair treatment for dry damaged hair 101

Wonders of the avocado

Avocado is not only beneficial for your health but also for your hair. So mash a ripe avocado with one egg and then apply this to wet hair. Avocados are as you may know rich in vitamins, essential fatty acids, and minerals that will help you restore luster to your hair. Leave it for at least 20 minutes, then rinse several times. If your hair is really damaged, use this remedy once a week. If it is healthy use it once a month.

Butter up

Yes, you read right. Butter is the way to go. Treat dry and damaged hair with a small amount of butter. Massage it into your brittle hair and then cover it with a shower cap, leaving it like that for about half hour. Shampoo as usual and rinse very carefully.

Condition it with olive oil

Olive oil is not only for cooking, it can be useful when put in the hair too. Especially if your hair lacks moisture. Warm up ½ cup olive oil but do not boil it, and then rub it into your hair. Cover your hair with a plastic bag and then wrap everything in a towel. Leave it like that for 45 minutes, then shampoo and rinse as usual.

Tea o’ clock

You may think that tea is a sore throat remedy, but did you know that you can use it to give your hair a natural shine? Brew some unsweetened tea and rinse your hair with it as a final touch after shampooing it. But remember to use a tea that works with your hair color as tea can sometimes enhance hair color. Blondes should for example use chamomile tea because black tea may darken their tresses. Brunettes should use black tea to enhance shine and enrich color.

An apple a day…

keeps the doctor away as that saying goes. But apples are useful for your hair as well. Or in this case – apple cider vinegar. Nutrafol has previously discussed the effects of rinsing with apple cider vinegar but did you know that you can also make an apple cider vinegar mask? This mask is the perfect hair treatment for dry damaged hair as it will put the life back into your limp. Combine 1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 3 egg whites, then rub the mix into your hair. Keep your hair covered for about 30 minutes by wrapping a plastic bag or a shower cap around it. Shampoo and rinse as usual after that.

Use apples to make an apple cider vinegar mask that will give your hair new life.

Spice up your shampoo

Mix one egg with a small amount of shampoo, apply it on your dry and damaged hair and leave it for five minutes. Rinse well. This hair treatment helps to enhance the protein in your hair.

Botanical oils? Yes please!

A mircle hair treatment for dry damaged hair is actually something that is available at your health food stores. Olive oil, jojoba and sweet almond oil are all wonderful elixirs for your dried out hair. If you have thick and heavy hair, coconut oil works the best. Dampen your hair and apply small amounts of the botanical oil until your hair is covered. Cover it with a shower cap and a warm towel, leaving it like that for about 30 minutes. Rinse well and shampoo your hair as usual.

Photos by: Skeyndor Cosmética Científica and .tungl via Flickr.

Sun protect your hair and it will stay thicker and healthier longer

It goes without saying — when out in the sun, it is important to sun protect your skin. But what about your hair?
And lately, there are all sorts of products promising protection for our scalp and hair. But how on earth does SPF for hair even work? We clearly can’t load up on chalky, heavy lotion in our hair — so what are our options? Nutrafol talked with some experts to give you the best hair-care tips before you hit the outdoors. Paying attention to your mane and sun protect it, is now more important than ever.

What does sun damage to the hair look like?

By stepping outside without protection, you’re putting your hair at risk. These risks include faded color due to oxidation, lack of moisture, and overall distress, explains Ric Pipino, vice president of global creative at Alterna Haircare. These short-term effects make strands look and feel dull and dehydrated, but the longer-term problem is premature hair aging, he continues.
This process could mean a depletion of volume. You know that great, thick ponytail you’re used to? As you age, it’ll get thinner. And the sun only makes this process a whole lot faster.
The summer also brings wind, chlorination and salt water that produce free radicals which attack the hair fiber, says Pipino. These harsh seasonal foes weaken the hair’s integrity, putting you at risk for an overall withered, brittle appearance.

But doesn’t the sun only affect people who color their hair?

Not exactly. Although sun damage on dyed hair is more noticeable, it still affects everyone. The sun’s rays bleach both artificial and natural pigments. This is why it’s important to stay protected when you’re outside for long periods of time, explains Sacha Mitic, founder of Sachajuan. No matter the color, the sun will react with your texture, ultimately resulting in a dimmer, dryer appearance. Even though those rays don’t discriminate, chemically treated hair is more sensitive and therefore more prone to moisture loss, Mitic continues.

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Add some nutraceutical supplements as a part of your sun protect treatment. This will help your hair to stay healthier during the summer.

How do you sun protect your hair and scalp the best?

The goal when using sun protection in our hair, is to protect it from bleaching and to prevent moisture loss. You could apply SPF lotion for your skin to the scalp. But since that’s tricky, reach for a hat says Mitic. Alternatively, when you’re outside, definitely use a hair product with UVA/UVB protection and work it from your roots to your ends. Also, try a lower bun that sits at the nape of your neck, Pipino adds.
Try applying a conditioner, all over your hair, then throw it in a knot during a trip to the pool or beach. And do not forget to hydrate your body too while you are at it. Adding supplements full of vitamins and nutrients to improve moisture, strengthen and support your hair could help your hair while you enjoy the sun.

Pull Off Surfer Hair Without Even Trying – Or Going Surfing

Purposefully messy, disheveled, and untidy, but still looking the part, is what surfer hair is all about. This haircut, in particular, is long, unkempt, and very often curly or wavy. The origin of the name comes from the stereotype of a hardcore surfer.
Surfer hair is hair that has been bleached by the sun, soaked in salty sea waters, and received minimal care. However, if you are not lucky enough to get surfer hair the natural way, there is a way to create it at home.

How to Get Surfer Hair

This goes without saying, but if you are looking to rock a surfer hairstyle, the first step is letting your hair grow long. There are a few natural ingredients that you can apply to your everyday life to support healthy hair growth but be sure to resist the temptations to just trim a little off when your hair gets to an impractical length. Eating a balanced, protein and mineral rich diet will help your hair grow as healthily as possible.

Let your hair grow down to about chin height around the sides, and eye height at the front — or even lower. Do not worry about trying to add any curls or flicks to your hair just yet. Any texture will come with time, and — when it does come — let it be natural. Make sure to keep it healthy.

surfer hair
Hair supplements such as biotin, saw palmetto and vitamin C is usually helpful when trying to grow surfer hair.

If your hair grows slow, look into you diet, you might want to to add some vitamins to your diet. And remember that you are not supposed to use shampoo daily, but whenever you do shampoo, be sure to use conditioner. You will want to keep your hair healthy and strong. Maintaining healthy hair will help it grow faster too and you will be closer to having surfer hair.




How to Style Surfer Hair

This cut is very low maintenance despite being so long. If you want to add some more excitement to the hairstyle, try some hair products. There are specific products for it, which attempt to mimic the sun-bleached, salt soaked look that surfer hair originated from. But all of this without damaging your own hair. Pick a hair product, that will create more of a matte finish — as opposed to a shiny one — for a more authentic look. If you get tired of your long hair and feel the urge to cut it off, do not! Choose a product which will create a more glossy finish, and brush through your hair before pulling it all back.

Photo: Rachel Haller via Flickr.

This is How You Will Prevent Hair Loss on Your Vacation

Are you afraid that too much fun in the sun can lead to brittled hair and hair loss? Nutrafol gives you the foundation that you need to prevent hair loss on your vacation. So besides from prepping your body with vitamins and nutraceutical ingredients, this is also what you can do:

Give your hair some much needed hydration

Hydration is key because lack of moisture causes hair to expand and frizz, leaving it brittled. There are a few medical causes of brittle hair like malnutrition and hormone imbalances, but the most common causes of brittle hair are the elements. UV rays, chlorine, chemicals — all of these things attack our hair on a daily basis. If your hair is brittle it is easier for it to break and in some cases, even fall of. Before heading out in the sun, make sure to put some UV protecting oil in your hair.

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Putting some UV protecting oil on your ends, even entire hair, will help you prevent hair loss on your vacation.

Avoid brittle hair and prevent hair loss on your vacation

The foundation to healthy, hydrated hair during the summer, is a protein-based treatment mask that you should apply at least 2-3 times a month. When you have applied the mask, use heat activation for the best results since it allows the proteins to penetrate and internally repair the structure of your hair. You can use heat from a blow dryer, steam from the sauna at the gym, or why not the beautiful summer sun?

After shampooing and conditioning use a leave-in conditioner as well, says Morgan Willhite, Creative Director at Ouidad. I call this the ‘base’ of your hairstyle, Morgan continues. The ‘base’ helps seal in the moisture by filling in any dry areas and taming the texture. Coarse, kinky and/or dry textures should use a cream leave-in conditioner.  This will smooth the texture in preparation for a styling product. Fine, curly and/or wavy textures should start with a base created with a liquid spray leave-in conditioner, which adds moisture without weighing down the curl pattern. Preparation is key. Therefore, by starting with these simple steps, you will tame the summer hairdo and prevent hair loss on your vacation.

Sun Protect Your Hair When the Temperature Rises

Summer is almost here and oh, how we have been looking forward to it! But the season brings with it the need to protect yourself from excessive sun exposure and by that we don’t just mean your skin – it is also important to sun protect your hair.

Eating a well balanced diet and getting the necessary nutrition and vitamins is a good way to start preparing for those warm summer days. Without the right nourishment, summer hair can easily run amok. So, in order to prevent that from happening, preparations must be made. With all the fun in the sun comes a change in temperature that can wreak havoc on your hair. Frizz, limpness, texture changes, extreme dryness – all of these increase as the temperature rises. Nutrafol took some advice from Ammon Carver, Celebrity Stylist, on how to sun protect you hair by applying a day-to-day sort of maintenance.

Summer hair mistakes – which ones are the most common to make and how can one avoid them?

“Most women tend to over-work or over-style their hair during the summer. Summer is all about easy, effortless looks, so try not to get too fussy. Use lightweight products that won’t weigh hair down or keep it from moving naturally like mousse. This adds bounce and lightweight hold to curls and natural texture.”

What are some suggestions to avoiding common summer styling mishaps, like frizz, dryness, limp hair and excess oil?

“Use a lightweight finishing essential oil through your mid-length and ends, which fights frizz and dryness simultaneously. If you have limp hair and/or excess, just add dry shampoo at the scalp or use a texturizing and volumizing powder. The powder does wonders for adding lift and a beautiful summer-y texture.”

sun protect hair
Sun protect your hair with oil. Focus on the ends and use a hair comb when applying the essential oil on the rest of your hair.

Which are the ways that you can sun protect your hair?

“Many products are made with UV filters to help you when you want to sun protect your hair. Total Results Blonde Care Flash Filler and Biolage Colorcaretherapie Shine Shake are both excellent for sun/beach care and act as SPF for the hair. If for some reason you don’t have any UV hair products, apply a deep conditioning masque to your hair and slick it back into a simple bun while you enjoy the weather. It will help protect and condition the cuticle layer of your hair.”