Chemicals and Your Hair

Today we consider the chemicals that are contained in ordinary shampoos, conditioners and hair products and outline their effects, potential risks and also some sound, natural remedies and natural products as viable alternatives.

It’s often described as a person’s “crowning glory,” and many men and women spend a fair amount of time making sure their hair is cut well, shaped well and beautifully groomed.

Whether you have long hair or short hair, full hair or thinning hair, frizzy or straight hair…you may spend the money on making your hair look great, but how often do you actually think about the chemical composition of the products you are using and what they are doing to your body?

According to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) some of the most common chemicals found in ordinary fair care products can have adverse affect. [1]

These may include:

  • Paraphenylenediamene – found in temporary skin tattoos and hair dyes. If used to excess, it is a contact allergen
  • Formaldehyde – frequently used in hair straightening products. It can irritate the throat, the eyes, the nose and also cause skin rashes and sensitivities
  • Hydrogen Peroxide – used most frequently in hair bleach. It can severely burn the skin and do permanent damage to the eyes.

Chemicals such as these are also absorbed through the skin in the scalp and are then processed within the body. They can affect cells and cell sheaths, as well as internal organs and place added stress on the liver and kidneys which have to work harder to expel them from your system.

Check labels for parabens also.

Organic and Natural Health Alternatives

Organic and chemical free alternatives are available as an alternative to the more traditional forms of hair care treatment.

Look for products with the following ingredients:

  • Jojoba
  • Aloe vera
  • Alantoin
  • Green tea

Organic shampoos and hair products reduce the toxic chemical absorption into your body and also often contain antioxidant properties that help to ward off the detsructive free radicals in your system. This in turn means that your body is less strained by constant detoxification processes at an organ and cell level, and is therefore able to keep your energy reserves for where they are needed most.

You can source organic and natural hair products from local health stores, naturopathic clinics, various alternative practitioners such as Ayurvedic specialists and also online.

Remember, when it comes to your hair and your health, the natural remedy approach may serve you best and may also help to keep you chemical free and healthier.

Have a good day.


[1] http://www.accc.gov.au/content/item.phtml?itemId=992000&nodeId=aab49974954166a0533940b0ba817f25&fn=Product%20Safety%20Bulletin%20Formaldehyde%20in%20cosmetics.pdf