We all know the saying: Hair is a woman’s crowning glory. This is why on the internet, there are millions upon millions of articles on how to dry your locks properly, how often you should wash it depending on the hair type, and which ingredients found in your product become a dealbreaker. There are even articles about the proper hairbrush (read more) depending on your hair’s texture and volume. In fact, there are separate brushes for wet and dry hair!
If you’re new to the trend that is self-care and grooming, these facts might find you confused and doubtful. Just how legitimate are the claims of these articles? Should you really waste your money on two different hairbrushes or buy the more expensive shampoo because it has a certain natural ingredient? This article aims to guide you through your beginner’s journey and impart some important, based-on-experience ingredient tips you need to follow!
Things You Should Never Apply On Your Hair
- Mineral Oils
It sounds unremarkable, right? Oils provide moisturization to your scalp and locks, which make them fuller and healthier than leaving them dry and frizzy. You’ve seen the TV ads; oils are practically the saving grace for your lifeless hair. But that claim has a kernel of falsity to it, especially with the healthier locks part. Indeed, oils can become the only thing making you shine, but those like mineral oils actually do the opposite: they leave your strands stiff and dry!
The worst thing about this is you just can’t simply wash it off or use a shampoo to cleanse it away. Mineral oil found in many products build up over time and can result from product residue. While it’s possible to wash your locks thoroughly, there is still the possibility of some of it leaving traces on your scalp, and with consistent use, can leave your hair lifeless in the end anyway. Thus, if you see mineral oil in your shampoo or conditioner, it’s time to say goodbye.
Instead of relying on your normal, everyday shampoo and conditioner for proper and safe nutrients, opt for alternative options instead. Find the best supplements for hair and see the results faster than consistent product use. Supplements, in general, are packed with vitamins, like vitamin D and keratin, which help repair, reinforce, and grow your locks healthier than before.
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is the to-go bleach for many of us that wanted to do DIY highlights or coloring. This chemical can help disinfect and clean wounds and can hinder proper blood clotting and wound healing. That’s how corrosive it is. Now imagine exposing your locks to this chemical. All you will have at the end of the day is your locks falling apart as the hydrogen peroxide eats away at its protein and destroys its texture for good.
As your hair grows back, you’ll see it will come back frizzier, with worse split ends than before. That’s because your hair had gone through trauma, and it will take a long, long while, several trims (maybe an eventual shave), or intense treatment to bring your locks back to their former glory. Save yourself the trouble and go to your favorite salon to color your hair properly.
Parabens are generally bad; we all know that. We tend to steer clear of it in many different products, but did you ever think to find it in your hair products? It’s been in many popular for years now, and your locks might have been exposed to it for some time now. That is if you’re not fussy with what you apply to your hair. But what should you be afraid of when it comes to parabens?
Throughout the years, this preservative ingredient has been studied and had met many criticism and claims. Paraben has been discovered to escalate, if not cause, breast cancer. Experts have found unaltered paraben (link: https://www.elle.com/uk/beauty/skin/articles/a36356/what-are-parabens/) in breast cancer in both tumor tissues and normal tissues. Although this doesn’t directly tie paraben with the disease, it’s a significant finding, as experts have found paraben were able to penetrate the skin surface and stay below the epidermis.
- Essential Oils
Before you bring your pitchforks and torches, let us clear up that not all essential oils are harmful to your hair. In fact, some help in growth and hair health, such as cedarwood and rosemary, but there are other essential oils that are never meant to come in contact with your hair or scalp, ever. Not only will this put you at risk for allergies, but it can cause other skin problems in the long run.
However, even if your chosen essential oil is deemed safe to use, you still have to dilute it before attempting to apply it to your body or scalp. A few drops of these oils into your shampoo, conditioner or carrier oil can lessen the intensity already.
- Coconut Oil
Another DIY ingredient we have to advise you to avoid from now on. True, coconut oil is the to-go for those with extremely dry and lifeless hair. Just a few touches here and there can already leave your hair looking 10x better than before, but is it as safe as it is aesthetically beneficial?
Many experts say no, as frequent use of coconut oil can actually produce more oils that can clog your pores. And once your scalp pores become clogged, many problems will arise, such as dandruff. It can also hinder other products you’re currently using from doing their intended job. So, not only can this oil bring harm to your scalp, but it can also lessen the potency of some products as well.
- Apple Cider
Apple cider has been a well-known DIY ingredient that can leave your hair luscious and healthy after a quick wash with it. There have been living proofs, but apple cider is also as damaging as it is helpful. This product is, as we all know, acidic in nature. Acidic products can dry out your hair (which is never a good effect in all cases) and can brittle your locks just as much as hydrogen peroxide can.