Watch Out For These 5 Harmful Chemical Toxins In Your Hair Products

Do you know that these five chemicals present in hair care and beauty products can harm your hair as well as your body?


Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Apr 21, 2020Updated at: Apr 21, 2020
Watch Out For These 5 Harmful Chemical Toxins In Your Hair Products

Our hair plays a significant role in making us beautiful. Perhaps this is why most of us resort to many beauty products such as shampoos, conditioners, hair gels, serums, hair oils, etc. to keep our hair healthy. These hair care products help in keeping hair healthy as well as making them stylish according to our needs. But if you come to know that there are many such chemicals in your hair care products, which can be harmful to you, what will be your reaction? You will be shocked and upset.

Unknowingly, but you must have also used such chemical-rich beauty products because today's market is full of such products. Perhaps this is the reason that able and knowledgeable people are gradually moving towards organic and natural products.

These chemicals are added to hair care products so that the consumer gets the results as soon as they are applied, and they are satisfied. But for a long time, the use of these chemicals can be dangerous for humans. Let us tell you five such common substances, which are harmful. Next time before buying any hair care product for yourself, you have to read the ingredients section written on the back of its box/packet. If these chemicals are present, then you should not use the product or at least use it consciously.

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Paraben is a type of preservative that prevents beauty products from deteriorating over a long period. Butylparaben, Propylparaben and Methylparaben etc. are some of the common parabens that are used in beauty products. They can damage your hormones, genes and enter your body through your skin. Some parabens also increase the risk of serious diseases such as cancer.


Alcohol is used in many hair care products and beauty products. Some common alcohol types are Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propyl, Isopropyl, Propanol etc. Alcohol can make your skin dry and hair weaker.

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Sulfate is a kind of cleansing agent, which is known to clean dirt. It is also used in toilet cleaners, detergents, soaps etc. But you will be surprised to know that shampoos also use sulfate indiscriminately, while these sulfates make the scalp dry by eliminating the natural oil sebum found on your scalp, which can cause many problems. Two types of sulfate are commonly used in shampoos - sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium Laureth sulfate.



By the way, fragrance means a pleasant smell. But in some hair care products, the term is used as a trick. Many producers name it as 'fragrance' to hide the name of the chemical called Phthalates. Research suggests that the use of phthalates can cause liver, kidney and lung damage and can also damage the reproductive system. Since it is used for chemical smells, one risk is that it can enter your body both through the breath and through the skin.


Formaldehyde is a chemical product that has already been recognized by global organizations as a carcinogen. But still, it is used a lot in beauty products as it acts as a kind of preservative in beauty products. But scientists say that due to this chemical, the risk of diseases like cancer and asthma in humans increases significantly. Some common formaldehyde is as follows, which should be tested in beauty products - Diazolidinyl urea, DMDM hydantoin, Glyoxal, Imidazolidinyl urea, Polyoxymethylene urea, Quaternium-15, Sodium hydroxymethylglycinate etc.

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