Hi again, thanks for checking in guys! This week, I have decided to approach a VERY important topic. Don't worry though, we'll get back to the fun stuff next time! So, let's talk about hair care. What is the real difference and why is your stylist always trying to send you home with something?
First things first, let's take a look at the ingredient list on whatever you have in your shower. I would bet you (unless it's Eufora) that the #1 ingredient in that bottle is water. Am I right? Most shampoos and conditioners on the market, even the salon quality ones, are 75-85% water. So, even if you're only spending a few bucks.... it's an expensive bottle of water. Now take another look. How far down the list is alcohol? Not too far, I presume. Alcohol is used in most hair care products as a filler, as if 85% water isn't enough! What about the rest of those words you've never seen before and can't pronounce? What do they mean? I don't want to bore you, so I'll just give you a few of the most frequently used ingredients to look out for.
Parabens are preservatives used to extend the shelf life of products. They are known carcinogens, so of course it won't say "paraben" on the bottle. But, like so many other ingredients they just make up new names. Words to look out for: methyl, propyl, butyl, ethyl and anything containing the word paraben.
Coal tar is an ingredient that has been directly linked to several types of cancer and is closely controlled by the FDA. However, if you call it something else it must be something else, right? Words to look out for: santar, clinitar, medi-tar and polytar
Petrolatum, paraffin and other mineral oils are often used for shine and frizz control. While these oils are not linked to any adverse health effects, they do present certain challenges. Oils are not water soluble, which means that they build up on the hair and weigh it down. Another concern with these oils is scalp health. Build up on the scalp can smother the follicles, causing excessive hair loss!
Last but certainly not least is "fragrance." This term is used in almost all cosmetics and could be referring to somewhere around 4000 separate ingredients. The scary part is we don't know what any of them are!
Now one last secret. A little known fact, and a bit of trickery in the "over the counter hair care" industry is this: in order for the company to market it's product as anything (shine, keratin, color protection) only one percent, ONE PERCENT of the product has to be that thing (shine, keratin, color protection)!
So you get 75% water, 10% alcohol, 10% cancer causing preservatives, 4% artificial fragrance and color, and 1% effective ingredient... you're really not getting very much bang for your buck! With that being said, trust your hairstylist! When it comes to hair care she/ he is the expert and is only looking out for your best interest. Thanks again for checking in! I know your time is valuable and I appreciate you spending it with me. Next week I'll be talking about boxes, boxes, everything boxes! So I'll see you then!
Your's Truely Lauren
Here are a few examples of popular products, over the counter and professional. I can't tell you what products they are for legal purposes but the ingredients say it all!! Especially the last one, it keeps going and going and going...
Hi! I'm Lauren, owner and stylist at Loli Hair Studio. I am excited to share tips, trends and everything beauty with you in my blog. Check in every Thursday to see what we've been up to at Loli and what's new in beauty!