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Five harmful hair care product ingredients you should avoid

Beautiful and healthy hair always leaves a good impression that’s why we need proper hair care. Taking care of your crowning glory is as important as any other part of the body. We need to understand what we put on it! These harmful hair care product ingredients are something to definitely watch out for in the future. Harmful effects caused in the long run is certainly not worth it when all you want is to have a clean scalp. Here are top 5 harmful hair care product ingredients you should avoid.

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1. Parabens

Parabens are preservatives that help prolong shelf life of different products as it prevents bacteria from growing. They are suspected to be harmful because they disrupt hormone function by mimicking estrogen in the body. It is also linked with skin irritation and neurotoxicity.

2. Sulfates

Sulfates are essentially detergents that help remove dirt and oil from your hair. This ingredient is good at cleaning, but it also strips the hair of its natural oil, making it rough, dry and brittle.

3. Phthalates

Phthalate is a gelling agent used to increase the flexibility and softness of plastics. This have been linked to birth defects, cancer and allergies.

4. Dimethicone

Dimethicone is a synthetic polymer and a form of silicone. It acts as a protecting cover on the hair’s surface, creating synthetic softness and smoothness. This ingredient not only will dry out your hair but also it collects dirt and residue, causing greasy roots and itchy scalp.

5. Formaldehyde

Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen. This is added to products as a preservative. Not only has formaldehyde been linked to cancer, it is also irritating to skin and eyes.

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