Check out a few articles on how to get healthy hair and you will read some tips on keeping your hair trimmed, being careful of sun damage, and more helpful pointers.
However, did you realize that the products you are putting on your hair could be damaging to your overall health? Or did you ever stop to think that the statement “you are what you eat” could be extrapolated to include “you are what you put on your skin and hair too”?
It is true that your skin absorbs the products that you put on it. Think of estrogen patches to be applied to the skin or nicotene patches to help you stop smoking. These products are living proof that you absorb chemicals through your skin.
You think that your skin is a barrier to toxins, but it is rather a carrier. In fact, toxins which enter your body thru your mouth (on the food you eat) are subjected to the enzymes in your saliva and stomach which can break them down and reduce their harm to your body. They are also passed thru the liver and the kidneys and are detoxified a bit more.
But toxins that enter your body through your skin bypass the liver and the stomach enzymes and go directly into the bloodstream and tissues with no other protection to reduce their harm. In fact, the carcinogen called nitrosodiethanolamine (NDELA), an ingredient often found in shampoos, was shown to have 100 times higher absorption rate through the skin than through the mouth at a report given to a congressional hearing in 1978.
To Get Healthy Hair, Avoid Harmful Chemicals
Be selective in the products you choose to put on your hair because you want to get healthy hair while achieving the beautiful hair you feel good about.
Shampoos and conditioners are full of petrochemicals, many of which are known to cause skin and eye irritation and allergic reactions.
Watch out for dioxane, anything with paraben as part of the word, propylene glycol, MSG. Some dandruff shampoos contain coal tar which is a known human carcinogen. Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) are surfactants (sudsing agents).
They have been found in lab studies to cause severe epidermal changes in the skin of mice. Formaldehyde has been shown to potentially cause cancer. Avoid hair care products with these & other harmful chemicals.
Get healthy hair Without Compromising your Health
Use natural, organic hair care products for healthy hair and a healthy body.
I use Shaklee’s ProSante Hair Care line and I love how it makes my hair look and feel. Each ProSante product contains a blend of ten vitamins, minerals, and herbs that provides the optimal environment for healthy, thick, and vibrant hair.
The ingredients in it include swertia extract and ginger to stimulate circulation and provide energy to living hair bulbs; essential skin minerals like copper, zinc, manganese, and vitamins A & E to support healthy scalp metabolism; and tea tree leaf oil and green tea extract to protect against free radical damage and other environmental stresses. But the best part is that there are no harsh chemicals that can enter your scalp and compromise your health.
Your hair is an outward indication of your health. It’s amazing how the way your hair looks affects how you feel about yourself.
Ensuring it looks good goes much deeper than a trip to the salon. Invest in healthy food choices and healthy hair care choices, and you will have more than a good hair day – you’ll get healthy hair from your good health choices.
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