When you start investing in your hair and become determined to treat it right, you need to stay away from some ingredients. Here’s a lil ‘why to avoid certain ingredients in your moisturiser’ post.
Firstly remember that moisturizing your hair is about adding actual moisture into your hair to help build the strength and elasticity that is required for healthier hair. It’s intended to stop brittleness and breakage. So to effectively moisturise your hair, you need to stay away from products that have the following as main ingredients:
Mineral Oil, Lanolin Oil and Petrolatum Oil
For those who want to know why
- Lanolin Oil
Lanolin is derived from wool, most Lanolin is obtained from sheep, and other animals. There are different grades of Lanolin. Lanolin is a thick substance, which when applied to hair and/or scalp will create a barrier. Therefore, hair will not be able to accept moisture. In essence products formulated with lanolin, creates a waterproof barrier. It takes a lot of work to properly remove Lanolin from the hair shaft, more so than some silicones. Because, Lanolin is very greasy, and a thick substance. Companies use Lanolin in their products, because Lanolin creates a very stable emulsion, and it is an inexpensive ingredient.
- Mineral Oil
This is a synthetic oil. It coats your hair and doesn’t penetrate at all for real moisturisation. This coating actually dries out the hair as no moisture is able to penetrate the hair shaft. It builds a barrier that dries out your hair. Many products have mineral oil cause it’s cheap and it makes your hair look nice and shiny.
- Petrolatum Oil (Petroleum) vana Vaseline
Fact is that petroleum is not a “moisturizer,” but rather a “barrier” which means that having no moisturizing properties of its own it reinforces and seals the moisture into skin provided by other sources. For instance, if after applying water to your skin, you coat it with a layer of petroleum, you will have effectively sealed in some of the moisture from the water into your skin, along with whatever was already residing on your skin, oil, sweat, etc.
Sources: A whole lotta hair care forums. World Wide Web
So stay away from those THREE!
Because these are profit making entities, the cheaper the ingredient that ‘pretends’ to add health to your hair, the more likely it will be used in most products. Be vigilant and empowered … understand your hair so that you can say NO to poor products for your hair.