5 chemicals to avoid for beautifully healthy hair

Keep an eye out for these mane destroyers, last seen lurking in your shower.

With the promise of pool parties and beach bonfires on the horizon, we can’t wait to let our hair down both figuratively and literally. But, with a slew of products stripping strands of oils, coating them in chemicals and giving the ‘impression’ of healthy hair post conditioning, we’re making sure these five known nasties haven’t snuck into our lush lock regime, with help from the chemically-minded team at ecostore.

1. Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulphate (SLS and SLES)
You’ve probably heard of this one and for good reason. Here’s a plant-based cleansing agent and known skin and eye irritant that also breaks down your skin’s protective barrier – leaving your scalp vulnerable in the face of other chemicals. Furthermore, SLS holds the industry benchmark for skin irritancy while SLES has been found to be contaminated with 1-4 dioxane, a suspected carcinogen.

2. Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) 
This high-foaming plant-based cleaning agent is such a notorious skin irritant that the American Contact Dermatitis Society voted it Allergen of the Year in 2004.

3. Parabens
One of the most widely used preservatives in personal care products, these nasties have the ability to mimic oestrogen, causing hormonal imbalances that can lead to breast cancer.

4. Cocamide DEA/MEA
Commonly found in personal care products to boost foam and produce long lasting bubbles, these suspected carcinogens raise many contamination concerns.

5. Dimethicone
Wrapping hair like cling-film, this type of silicon might give locks that soft texture but it is also hard to remove, can be irritating to the skin, and, unsurprisingly, is slow to biodegrade.

When washing hair, shampoo lather isn’t just being massaged into the scalp, it’s also on our hands and body, that’s why it’s so important to use a balanced formulation with good skin compatibility that won’t strip out the naturally protective oils required for healthy skin and hair. Banish the nasties from your bathroom and let the ecostore plant-based, SLS-free, paraben-free hair range restore your mane to its healthful glory. 


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