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Hey there, hair care enthusiasts! Ever wondered what’s really in your favorite shampoo or conditioner? It’s time to flip that bottle around and get familiar with those ingredients! Knowing what you’re putting in your hair is just as important as knowing what you’re eating – after all, your locks deserve the best! From nourishing oils to sneaky sulfates, our page breaks down the good, the bad, and the ugly of hair product ingredients. Because let’s face it, when it comes to hair care, knowledge is power, and we’re all about empowering you to make the best choices for your tresses. So, come on in and join us on this hair-raising journey to healthier, happier hair!

You'll never believe what they put in cosmetics these days! Here's the ultimate list of ingredients to avoid in hair products!

Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice Extract



Propylene Glycol

All of these chemicals are ranked on a scale from 1-10.  I am using the ranks given scientifically by EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetic Database.  To rank a particular product, find the average of all the ingredients’ rank numbers.  Add all of the scores together and then divide by the number of ingredients.

No Hazard (0)


Ascorbic Acid– 0

Behentrimonium Methosulfate-0

Biotin – 0

Carbomer– 0

Citrus Nobilis– 0

Dimethiconol– 0

Glycerin– 0

Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose– 0

Magnesium Carbonate Hydroxide– 0

Magnesium Sulfate– 0

Mangifera Indica (Mango) Fruit Extract– 0

Niacinamide– 0

Sodium Chloride– 0

Sodium Xylene Sulfonate– 0

TEA- Sulfate– 0

Water– 0

Yellow #5– 0

Low Hazards (1-2)

Ammonium Chloride- 2

Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate– 2

Blue #1– 2

Butylene Glycol -1

Cetearyl Alcohol-1

Cetyl Alcohol– 1

Citric Acid– 2

Cocamide MEA – 1

Glycol Distearate– 1

Guar Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride– 1

Hydrolyzed Keratin– 2

Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein-1

Menthol– 1

Panthenol– 1

PEG-45M– 4

PPG-9– 1

Red #4– 1

Sodium Benzoate– 1

Sodium Lauryl Sulfate– 2

Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine– 1

Tetrasodium EDTA– 2

Titanium Dioxide– 1

Yellow #6 (CI 15985)-1

Moderate Hazards (2-6)

Ammonium Laureth Sulfate– 3

Benzyl Alcohol– 6

Benzyl Salicylate-6

Cocamidopropyl Betaine– 5

Dimethicone– 3

Linalool– 4

Methylchloroisothiazolinone– 6

Methyliosthiazolinone– 6

PEG 60 Almond Glycerides– 6

Polysorbate 20– 3

Polyethylene Glycol(PEG)- 6

Polysorbate-60 – 3

Red #33– 3

Sodium Laureth Sulfate– 4

Tocopheryl Acetate– 4

Zinc Carbonate– 4

Zinc Pyrithione-4

High Hazards (7-10)

Butylphenyl Methylpropional– 8

DMDM Hydantoin – 8

Fragrance / Parfum– 8

Hydroxyisohexyl 3-cyclohexene carboxaldehyde– 8

Final Thoughts

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We’ve untangled the truth about hair product ingredients, and now you’re armed with all the knowledge you need to make informed choices. Remember, your hair is an extension of you, so treat it with the love and respect it deserves!

We’ve learned that not all ingredients are created equal, and sometimes, those hard-to-pronounce names on the back of your shampoo bottle might be doing more harm than good. But don’t worry… with some label-reading and a dash of curiosity, you’re well on your way to healthier, happier hair. Keep shining, keep growing, and most importantly, keep loving your hair. Because you, my friend, are worth it!