We all want our hair to look healthy – but are the products we are putting in it helping it to BE healthy? Maybe not.
“There are 53 different grades of silicones that are used in [hair] products,” says award-winning stylist and Aquage/Biomega co-founder, Luis Alvarez.
“What many don’t understand,” says Alvarez, “is that the heavier grade of silicone can actually build up and leave a residue builds up over time causing the hair to become dull, heavy and dry. The best bet for the consumer is to try to find products that have the lightest weight silicone possible. One way to test if it is a lightweight silicone is when you spray it, the product disperses in the air and doesn’t “drop” to the floor.”
“There are common ingredients in shampoos that can cause allergic contact dermatitis, a red itchy rash; as follows–fragrance, cocamidopropyl betaine, methylchloroisothiazolinone/methylisothiazolinone, formaldehyde releasers, propylene glycol, vitamin E, parabens, benzophenones, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate, and methyldibromoglutaronitrile/phenoxyethanol. While allergic contact dermatitis to shampoos is rare, if you are allergic, I recommend the vanicream line of products which have minimal chemicals in them,” says Rebecca Baxt, MD, MBA, FAAD and Board Certified Dermatologist.