We all use a few makeover or grooming products to look good. There is nothing wrong with that. We usually put a lot thought into selecting products for our hair to make sure that our hair is on point. That being said, many of us fail to differentiate between products that are good for our hair and the ones that are not. Not all products are safe for the hair and the ones that aren’t should be avoided at all costs. If you are the kind of person who is already dealing with hair loss problems, then you need to be even more careful about not purchasing products that will aggravate your hair loss. What kind of products are we talking about? Here is a list to help you attain a better understanding:
1) Products with Silicone
Silicone will create an outward appearance of your hair being all shiny and silky. But the truth is that silicone dries out the hair from the inside, leaving it all deprived of the proper nutrients. If you want your hair to have a glossy finish then try out some silicone free hair products.
2) Alcohol Based Products
Most hair stylists would advise you against the use of hair products that have a high alcohol content. Alcohol has a drying effect on the hair, similar to silicone. You always want your hair to have a certain amount of moisture in them. Moisture is needed to increase the volume of your hair and maintain its health.
3) Cheap Shampoos
Shampoos are a vital part of taking care of your hair. So the next time you buy a shampoo make sure it is of the highest quality. Don’t be cheap when it comes to buying shampoos. But if you can’t afford the top quality shampoo and prefer the ones available at drug stores, look for the ones that have moisturizing components and are low in sulfate.
4) Conditioners that Only Contain Protein
Using conditioners that have proteins in them is fine, but make sure that protein is not the only key ingredient in the conditioner. A mixture of moisturizer and proteins is the perfect combination. Using too much protein in your hair will cause your hair to lose its elasticity. They will snap at the slightest brushing of the hair. You will end up with hair that looks more like straw strands than normal hair.
5) Brushes Made of Plastic
A lot of people are oblivious to the consequences of combing their hair with the wrong kind of comb. If you use plastic brushes then your hair will become dry and vulnerable to breakage. This is one of those common mistakes that everyone seems to make. The best way to brush your hair is to you use a pure boar bristle brush. Those things are perfect for taking care of your hair.
6) Heat Protectants
We all iron our hair or sometimes curl it with hair styling tools, right? A lot of people use heat protectants on their hair to prevent the damage caused by hot styling tools. As it turns out, heat protectants do more harm than good to our hair. Using them on the hair before using the curler or straightener only fries up the hair even more. If you really want to protect your hair, then opt for a dry spray so that your hair remains well protected while you are curling it up or straightening it.
7) Salt Sprays
You ask anyone on the street what kind of hair they prefer on men and women, and at least half of them will say they like the messy, laid back, beach hair. And for that, a lot of people use salt sprays on their hair to bring that beachside look. However, in the process of making the hair all wavy and messy, salt sprays causes the hair to lose moisture. As a result, your hair becomes dry and brittle.
Yes, you want to smell good and want your hair to smell good as well. But if the product you are using on your hair contains fragrance, then just throw it away. Fragrance contains over 4000 different ingredients, some of which are known to cause damage to the nervous system. If you really want your hair to smell good then chose products that contain scented essential oils.
9) Zinc Pyrithione and Coal Tar
We will do almost anything to fight off dandruff from our hair and that includes using products that contain these elements. Zinc pyrithione and coal tar may help in alleviating dandruff, but studies prove that these ingredients can be considerably harmful for our hair. Quite ironic, isn’t it? If you have been using a shampoo that contains these two ingredients, then stop using it immediately.
Parabens are used to kill bacteria in water-based solutions. Thus, they are toxic to the human cells and can be absorbed through the skin. In simpler terms, parabens are bad for your body and should be avoided at all costs. Most of the hair products are now labelled as paraben free so make sure you check the label on the packaging before buying.