Hey Curlies,

I’m a huge advocate for knowing what’s inside of your beauty products. Many of us have purchased hair and skin care products that have a very long list of ingredients.

Not only are there many ingredients but a handful of them are also ones you cannot pronounce or aren’t familiar with. Today’s lesson is to help you get familiar, so you can choose the correct products for you.

This isn’t all fluff either. Here’s some evidence to prove these ingredients are no good for your health:

In an analysis of ingredients in 1,177 beauty and personal care products marketed to Black women, about one in 12 was ranked highly hazardous on the scoring system of EWG’s Skin DeepĀ® Cosmetics Database, a free online resource for finding less-hazardous alternatives to personal care products. 

To start this lesson off, be sure you know how to properly read the labels on your hair and skincare products. You can learn how to do that here.

Wait, interested in learning to make your own DIY beauty products? Check out our DIY beauty box, Make It Classy.

Alright, let’s continue!

Stay away from these

  • Sodium laurel / laureth sulfate (SLS): It’s a cleansing agent found in many shampoos although it is also mainly used to degrease engines. You can find it in aggressive cleaners also – like those you use for garage floors and drains.
  •  Isopropyl alcohol: It can literally make your hair break! Although it’s in hair products, it’s also used in wood polishes and antifreeze (yes, for your car!)
  • Proplyene glycol (PG): If you’ve got scalp irritation, blame it on this one! It is known to break down the protein in hair which results in dull, lifeless strands.
  • Parabens: This one could be linked to disrupting hormones and even causing cancer cells.
  • Fragrance: This is a common one that should make you run the other way. “Fragrance” isn’t as innocent as it seems and this ingredient isn’t regulated by the FDA. This means, “fragrance” could mean anything.
  • Diethanolamine (DEA) Triethanolamine (TEA): Could come with allergens and cause eye irritation.
  • Petroleum: Don’t be fooled. Petroleum is a byproduct of oil production made of mineral oils and paraffin wax. It’s not made for skin or hair use. It’s what is left over during the oil production process – gross!
  • Mineral oil: This oil blocks your pores and coats the skin or hair. It does not moisturize.

The problem with this list is that these aren’t all of ingredients to avoid. There are many, many more unfortunately.

I hope the next time you purchase hair products, you’ll keep this list in your back pocket. You could also make your own DIY beauty products. I host tons of online workshops, classes and have recipes here on ClassyCurlies.com.

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