Monday, October 5, 2015

My Hair Products BUSTED! (sob)

by Kate Collins
 
No wonder my hair serum stops working an hour after I use it. No wonder I have to keep reapplying it, only to have my hair frizz again.

I finally have an answer – and I feel so deceived.

I just threw out four different moisturizing/anti-frizz products, cleaned them right out of my cabinets, wrapped them in a bag, and dropped them in the garbage can. (You can see them ready to go out in the photo.) Sadly, I can’t even empty these products down the drain to recycle the plastic bottles because the chemicals that coat the hair are terrible for the environment. They never break down. Never ever. They’re plastic.

They also suffocate the hair. So you think you’re sealing out moisture, but actually you are coating it so it dies on the inside. And one of my products was even called “Moroccan Argan Oil.”  See why I feel deceived? The oil was just part of the product.

I discovered this hair care secret in an article on one of my new favorite websites, “mindbodygreen.”  According to the author, “Temporarily smoothing and coating with silicones makes the hair appear shiny and healthy, but the miraculous effects are misleading . . .Over time, silicone (watch out for common silicone derivatives like dimethicone and other ingredients ending in -cone) builds up on hair and actually causes breakage.”

So I checked the ingredients on all my moisturizing products and BAM. There were all those silicones and other “cone” chemicals. By the way, they also damage the scalp by stripping it of moisture, too. And watch out for sulfates, which are

So now I’m reading the labels of all my shampoo and conditioners before I buy them. As the author says, “Natural ingredients are gentle and intelligent. Pure, clean, skillfully formulated products don’t rely on synthetic chemical softening and absorption. They work in natural alignment with the body; it’s a "bio-match."

Unless the product is 100% oil, I’ll bet anything the products in your cabinet have a silicone product in them. And if they do, your only option is to bag it and throw it away, where it will molder in a huge garbage dump for eons. Silicones are water insoluble and aren't biodegradable, which means you don’t want to wash them down your drain and into the water supply, oceans, lakes, and rivers, where your children will drink them one day.

For now, I think I’ll just use coconut or olive oil on the ends. I know they’re natural.

Go check your cabinet. Did you find any silicones? Do you have a good natural product to recommend?

*Source: http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21252/why-your-shampoo-cond

38 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK, I'm stumped. I just checked and both my shampoo and conditioner have dimethicone in them. What are you using for shampoo? How much coconut oil, when do you put it on, do you partially rinse it out, and just the ends or some on the scalp? Plus, what did you intend to say about sulfates in paragraph 6 (you must have been interrupted and the sentence is incomplete)? Even though both my shampoo and conditioner are fairly expensive, both of the bottles are mostly empty. Cordella

Gram said...

Dr. Bronners Castile soap/shampoo.

Leann said...

I haven't used any products on my hair in more than 10 years. They are all toxic. I use a shampoo called Free and Clear. The conditioner I rarely use is organic but conditioner coats the hair and doesn't rain see rinse off easily. My hair is the healthiest thing about me.







Kate Collins said...

Oops! I guess I did forget to finish that sentence. Sulfates also strip the hair of moisture and color, if you dye your hair.
I use John Masters Organics. It's almost all natural seed oils. It does a wonderful job and is gentle. I also use a Burt Bees conditioner that has no "cones" in it. You really have to hunt! But John Masters products are available on Amazon.

Kate Collins said...

And I did use olive oil yesterday by putting a dab in my palm and then on my fingers and running it through just the dry ends. It worked all day and it wasn't greasy on my pillow. Of course, if you overdo it, I'm sure it would be greasy.

Kate Collins said...

I've seen that at the health food stores. Do you like the results?

Mary Jane Maffini said...

This is a great post, Kate! Thanks for sharing it and giving me something good and useful to pursue.

Hugs.

MJ/Victoria

Kate Collins said...

Thanks MJ and Victoria. We have to look out for each other. All those ad claims are so misleading.

Kate Collins said...

Tell us where you buy it, Leann.

Laineshots said...

Having jungle hair (long, thick, and curly), I learned the evils of silicones and sulfates years ago, so now I use only products that have neither. My favorite is MopTop, but there are a lot of them...though, sadly, probably not in the drugstore or supermarket.

Not really said...

I learned about NU Skin in Utah a few years ago. My daughter has a skin condition and their soap is the only kind she can use. So I tried their shampoo. Now use it only. I bought a distributorship so I can get the products at a good discount. The bar soap is $10 a bar. They spent 3 years researching the ingredients so that they were absolutely safe and non aging, and would not damage the friendly bacteria on our skin, etc. This is so for all their products. I don't sell, per se, Just to one friend. I told them why and they said as long as I buy once every six months I can keep my discount.

Not really said...

Della at deepotter@peoplepc.com

Michelle F. said...

Aww, you threw them away. You could have given them to us or other friends.
I don't worry about the products I use. I trust the companies who develop them. I can't afford to spend more on all-natural products. I think the frizz in my hair is due to too much blow drying. Had trouble leaving comment. It kept turning blank!

Michelle F. said...

P.S. Paula Begoun has books that analyze the products in cosmetics or hair-care products and lets you know if they're good for you or not. I think one of the titles is Don't Go to the Cosmetics Counter Without Me.

Kate Collins said...

MopTop is new to me! Thanks for tip. I need something for the dry ends now that my hair is long.

Kate Collins said...

Good to know, Della. I've never heard of NU Skin. I'll look it up.

Kate Collins said...

The companies who develop them are not trust-worthy when they knowingly use products that hurt our hair or our environment. Some good products are mentioned here that aren't expensive and will last a lot longer because you don't need as much. Try one and see.

Kate Collins said...

I always check Paula's site before I buy a cosmetic but my first stop is EWG.com, which rates products on their toxicity to your health.

Michelle F. said...

I just use normal products. Not interested in changing and can't afford to toss out all my old shampoo and bath and shower gel. I'm sure everything has chemicals in it, including the plastic dishes I use in the microwave. Even charred meat could release carcinogens. I read in Shape magazine that air fresheners are bad. It was an article about reducing breast cancer risk. It said to drink three cups of black or green tea a day because each one only lasts eight hours (its benefits).

Anonymous said...

Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Purifying Shampoo and Purifying Conditioner have no sulfates, -cones, parabens, or dyes.

Heather Holland Wheaton said...

I make my own soap and shampoo bars, so I know what goes into them. Dr. Bronner's is great too. Love his peppermint in the summer! And it's good for washing floors too. You can make an easy (and cheap) leave-in conditioner by mixing a few drops of your fave essential oil into coconut, olive or even argan oil. You'll save a ton of money! That you can spend on books!

Liz Straw said...

Sometimes it is good to be allergic to cosmetic products, you have only a couple of things in the house. The shampoo comes from the pharmacist and I find it amazing I get such great suds.

~Jen~ said...

there is a great company call Ava Anderson non-toxic. the website is www.avaandersonnontoxic.com I've been using her products for years and they are completely non toxic. check out our website and all the information is there. I have naturally curly hair that is down to my bra strap and I can use a quarter sized amount of shampoo to wash my whole head of hair because there is no water added to any of their products. I am NOT a rep for this company. I am just a fan. good luck

Julie Seedorf said...

I use the shampoo bar from http://www.goatsmilkstuff.com. Love their products. I also use their laundry soap and everything else. I am hooked on this site. No chemicals. Also love their face soap.

Kate Collins said...

I'll put that on my list. Is it available all over?

Kate Collins said...

That's a great conditioner recipe, Heather. I love vanilla. I wonder if that would work to mix in with coconut oil. Hmm.

Kate Collins said...

That's interesting, Liz. Usually sulfates make a shampoo sudsy, so I wonder what does it in that product.

Kate Collins said...

I'll definitely check out your product, Jen. I love finding new, healthy choices. All these replies just shows that the good stuff is out there. You just have to read the labels.

hugbandit7 said...

I use Aveda products and just checked the label - didn't see any "cones" but then the print is tiny but I did see sulfates. I also checked out the shampoo sold by doTERRA (essential oils and yes I'm a rep) but it includes sulfates but no cones that I could see. It is hard to live in this world without coming in contact with chemicals of some sort!

Kate Collins said...

You would be shocked to see how many natural products are out there. You just won't find them at your local drugstore. Sulfates make suds but strip the hair of moisture and color and aren't good for your scalp. That's why many big brands now claim "sulfate free" on the label. But they still have those awful "cones" in them. Read the comments above to get ideas for good products, or check out John Masters Organics on Amazon.

Anonymous said...

I had a free sample of Crème of Nature Straight from Eden but I didn't like its smell. Too coconutty and all natural for me. Just give me normal shampoo! It was described as a natural oil infused hair care line infused with natural coconut, avocado, and olive oils.

There's that Wen shampoo but it's more difficult to use because you have to section your hair and I don't think it lathers. I wouldn't like that. Regular shampoos do a good enough job for me and I get them at Walmart. I also use lots of hairspray and I'm sure they don't make an all-natural hairspray! Lots of more expensive shampoos are sold at salons and on home shopping channels. They always tout their benefits on those channels and sometimes people do say the products are good.

Kate Collins said...

I just found a Dr. Bronner's leave-in hair conditioner at my local health food store that wasn't too expensive, so I'm going to try it. There are several types of seed oils in it, so hopefully it will keep the frizzes away. I'm not fussy about hair spray. It just has to do a good job.

emilia.m said...

Yves Rocher has a silicone free line :) (my shampoo, not by Yves Rocher, has one "cone" in it ;) but as I am rinsing it out it shouldn't be too bad I hope ? :)

Kate Collins said...

Yves Rocher has long been known for natural products. Good to know, Emilia. But as to the other shampoo, the reason that "cone" is in there is to coat your hair. Once it's gone, maybe you can switch to an Yves Rocher product.

Anonymous said...

I buy mine from CVS and I think Walmart carries the brand also. Pam

Nicole said...

This is so disturbing, and honestly… I'm afraid to check!

Nicole said...

But I will! Lol!

Kate Collins said...

I'll be curious to see what you found, Nicole. I just bought a Dr. Bronner leave in hair conditioner that seems to work very well.