Label Misconceptions: How to spot harmful ingredients
When it comes to products marketed as 100% natural with no harmful ingredients, we can all agree that there is still a fear of what is actually in them. We hear the horror stories. “My friend has a huge bald spot when she used this” or “I heard that thins out your hair.” With the explosion of 100% natural and organic products in the 2000s, the natural hair game became saturated with products that all of a sudden didn’t leave the hair stripped of all life or caused no potential harm. Also, many of these products could confidently market to an audience who craved ingredients not associated with diseases like cancer or that were known to harm the hair. Anything labeled with alcohol or unrecognizably scientific names caused many naturals to deny these ingredients and this was with good reason. Ingredients like sodium laurel sulfate and ammonium laurel sulfate eliminate the natural oils in hair, which can lead to dry hair and irritated scalp. Phthalates have been linked to cancer but are still included in many products. Fragrance, when written in the ingredients list, is a word that can apply to anything so essentially it is a way to conceal what the product actually contains. The list goes on.
While developing our Catherine Marion hair and skin products, we underwent years of research in order to ensure a list of ingredients that are not harmful and also very effective. Sometimes an ingredient may sound harmful but is in reality not harmful. Ingredients such as emulsifying wax, Cetyl alcohol and panthenol (which you can find in some of our products) may sound scary, but are the opposite and are meant to heal the hair. Emulsifying wax is a non-harmful ingredient that mixes the oils and the waters in our products in order to ensure a smooth delivery of moisture into the scalp. Cetyl alcohol is a fatty alcohol that battles dryness and adds moisture to the hair. Panthenol is also known as B-5 is a humectant that attracts moisture. Behentrimonium Chloride is a mild conditioning agent that does not strip the hair of all those natural oils needed in order for it to thrive.
These products are confused for other harmful products because they sound unfamiliar and a bit scary but they are in fact made to increase the health of the hair. Even though a scary name may cause some misconceptions about an ingredient, make sure you do a little research when shopping for natural products to put on your hair and skin. We stan a research queen!