Making a natural or organic based skincare and haircare products that are beneficial and positively work takes dedicated time, research and is simply more expensive to formulate. There are no short cuts. Quality nature- based ingredients are not as cost effective as synthetic mass-produced chemical fillers and additives, and you can see this in many lower cost supermarket haircare and skincare products that are mass produced to a price point.
Your scalp is extremely absorbent because it contains so many hair follicles. There are 650 sweat glands, 1000 nerve endings and 20 blood vessels alone on your head, so chemical penetration is greater and it has the potential to be rapidly absorbed straight into the bloodstream. This is why hair is commonly used for drug testing and toxin analysis like lead and mercury poisoning.
If you frequently wash your hair (more than twice a week), the shampoos and conditioners you use should be high on your list of detox priorities and you should scrutinise the labels of products you use.
Most supermarket shampoos have foaming agents in them that are very drying on the hair and make you feel like the product is doing a good job of cleaning. This is simply the chemical detergents in the products foaming up. Followed by the conditioners that simply leave a chemical silicon coating build up in your hair which gives your hair that smooth, soft feeling.
A big misconception in haircare is that foam is an indicator of cleanliness. Excessive foaming is not healthy for your hair and scalp. Most shampoos contain synthetic foaming agents known as surfactants. These are compounds that reduce the surface tension of liquids and help suspend oil and dirt, making them easier to remove or clean from the hair, body or greasy surfaces.
A common chemical process used in creating surfactants is ethoxylation. It involves adding ethylene oxide to an alcohol or phenol to create the surfactant. A concerning by-product of this manufacturing process is contamination of 1,4-dioxane, a known carcinogenic by product.
Many supermarket shampoos often contain sulphates. These are commonly found in many foaming and lathering products. Avoid ingredients such as sodium laureth sulfate (SLES), sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), ammonium laureth sulfate (ALES) and ammonium lauryl sulfate (ALS).
A chemical surfactant found in many cosmetics and most mainstream shampoos. They are added to make products more lathering and foaming. Ethanolamines are a suspected carcinogen, and thought to block the absorption of the nutrient choline, which is vital to brain development and required in higher doses in pregnant women. Potential side effects include hormone disruption and skin allergies. The chemical DEA when added to other ingredients, can cause nitrosamine contamination. Avoid ingredients such as ethanolamine (ETA), Diethanolamine (DEA), cocamide DEA, Monoethanolamine (MEA), triethanolamine (TEA)
CONDITIONERS & COATING AGENTS
Many mainstream haircare products contain silicones or plastic derivatives in order to achieve the sort of glossy finish promoted in many haircare advertisements. They are designed to coat the hair shaft, making it appear luxurious and healthy. While the result may look fabulous, they prevent transpiration and penetration of nutrients. They build up in the hair and the environment. Avoid silicon ingredients like dimethicone, polymethylsiloxane.
Fragrances are volatile substances that enter the air as gases. They can affect your nasal respiratory tract, skin and eyes. Even in low concentrations, these chemicals are sensitisers, carcinogens, allergens, endocrine disruptors, neurotoxins, irritants and environmental toxins. A large percentage of fragranced products also contain phthalates, colourants and solvents. Avoid artificial fragrances!
Hair products are one of the worst offenders. Many shampoos, conditioners and styling products contain artificial fragrance. Look for products containing essential oil blends.
Water is the main ingredient used in haircare. Preservation is important because products are vulnerable to spoilage, especially in a bathroom environment where mould and bacteria are rampant. Parabens are most commonly used because they are cheap and stable, but they have been identified as causing health related issues.
At MADE FOR MAN™ when it comes to selecting haircare products, determining your hair type is important to ensure you are matching the right products that work best for your hair. The majority of hair concerns or problems that most men experience, generally stem from simply using inferior or harsh, damaging hair products.