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5 Natural Ingredients For Your Hair You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

By Sydney Cook
Posted On Jun 29, 2016
5 Natural Ingredients For Your Hair You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


Calling all hair types!

We’re constantly hearing about parabens and sulfates from beauty companies trying to swindle us with “sulfate-free” and “paraben-free” labels. But who really knows what any of that means? Many of us just pay the extra $3.00 without understanding why. Before you fall into the hype, it’s best to be informed.

Parabens are chemicals used in all sorts of beauty products like deodorants, lipsticks, lotions, shampoos, and more to prevent bacteria and act as a preservative. On the other hand, sulfates are effective cleansing and foaming agents that can be found in toothpaste, body wash, conditioners, and other products.

Studies have shown that parabens can mimic the activity of estrogen in the body’s cells, and the chemical has also been found in breast cancer tumors. However, more research is needed to directly link parabens to cancer.

Sulfates are also concerning because they were found to break down proteins, which can lead to the deterioration of cell membranes. Sulfates were also found to leave residue on the body’s organs including the heart, lungs, and brain. On a little less harsh note, sulfates have also been found to dry the hair, irritate the scalp, fade your hair color, and even cause hair loss.

If you’re worried about the health risks these chemicals may cause, then don’t use them. There are plenty of options in the beauty aisles, you just have to know what to look for. Sulfates are typically easy to spot on the back of a bottle as you’ll see the word “sulfate” spelled out on the ingredients label. Parabens are a bit trickier to notice because they can be disguised as methyl, butyl, ethyl, propyl, or alkyl parahydroxybenzoates.

Pro tip: Make sure you’re not passing judgment on foreign ingredients that could be beneficial to you. To avoid you playing mad scientist in the shampoo aisle, we’ve put together a list of five functional, all-natural ingredients that you’ve probably never heard of.

Lactitol and Xylitol

Sugars that hydrate and soothe to combat dryness, itching, and irritation of the scalp. These two compounds capture moisture, giving the hair added thickness.

Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice

Aloe juice is rich in many valuable substances including vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B12, C, and E, as well amino acids, folic acids, potassium, zinc, and magnesium. It also has large quantities of polysaccharides that soften and soothe both the scalp and hair.

Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil

Avocado oil softens and detangles the hair. It also polishes and silkens the hair without weighing it down.

Bambusa Vulgaris Sap Extract

Bamboo sap contains amino acids, vitamins, and minerals. It is a prime source of silicon, a mineral proven to be essential to the integrity of hair. It also increases resistance to damage and protects from environmental stress.

Sodium PCA

A cyclic organic compound with moisturizing properties that are found naturally in the scalp. Its amino acid structure has the ability to bind and retain moisture, helping to condition hair.

Now that you have been informed, it’s up to you to make the right choice. Here are some options:

Contesta Rock Hair

Contesta Rock Hair products are formulated without harsh chemicals, like those listed above, and are designed to be kind to the hair. If your hair is uncooperative this summer due to humidity, dryness, or simply product buildup, Contesta has something special for all hair types.

Shea Moisture
Shea Moisture

Shea Moisture hair products are made with all-natural and certified organic ingredients. Their award-winning hair care treatment products create soft, moisturized, detangled, healthy-looking hair, while also promoting growth for every texture and type.

What other paraben and sulfate-free brands do you use?