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Popular Black Hair Products Are Filled With Toxic Chemicals Linked To Disease, Study Finds

A new study claims that the most popular hair products for black women and children contain “multiple chemicals” linked to cancer, weight gain, asthma, and fertility issues, among other things.

Silent Springs Institute found that 80 percent of the 18 tested products (chosen based on customer surveys) contain high levels of chemicals that “disrupt” the endocrine system, which regulates metabolism, reproduction, and more. The product test was broken into six different categories: hot oil treatment, anti-frizz/polish, leave-in conditioner, root stimulator, hair lotion, and relaxer.

The study also found that 84 percent of the “detected chemicals were not listed on the product label,” while 72 percent of the products contained methyl paraben and diethyl phthalate (an acid that can emit toxic gases if burned). The highest numbers of parabens were found in hair lotions:

“The hair products tested contained 45 endocrine disrupting or asthma-associated chemicals, including every targeted chemical class. We found cyclosiloxanes, parabens, and the fragrance marker diethyl phthalate (DEP) at the highest levels, and DEP most frequently. Root stimulators, hair lotions, and relaxers frequently contained nonylphenols, parabens, and fragrances; anti-frizz products contained cyclosiloxanes.

Hair relaxers for children contained five chemicals regulated by California’s Proposition 65 [a 1986 law enacted to protect drinking water in the state from contamination from chemicals known to cause cancer, and reproductive issues] chemicals or prohibited by EU cosmetics regulation. Targeted chemicals were generally not listed on the product label.”

Higher levels of parabens were found in products targeted to black women compared to white women, the study uncovered. Additionally, research suggests that exposure to toxic chemicals in hair oils and relaxers could be directly linked to a “higher prevalence” of asthma in black girls and women, as well as early menstruation, fertility issues, obesity, uterine fibroids, and premature birth rates, along with increased cases of breast and endometrial cancers.

“These results indicate the need for more information about the contribution of consumer products to exposure disparities,” the study concludes. “A precautionary approach would reduce the use of endocrine disrupting chemicals in personal care products and improve labeling so women can select products consistent with their values.”

This isn’t the first time that perilous ingredients in black hair care products have been exposed. In 2016, Black Women for Wellness concluded a five-year study that found similar results.

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Slowing down hair loss

female_alopeciaWhat you coulds do to help slow down the loss and possibly even reverse hairloss.

Article by Diane Shawe M.Ed.

SHAMPOOS

Start paying attention to the types of  shampoos you use on you hair.
If you can get Desert Essence Coconut Shampoo with its light coconut smell. It adds moisture which your hair needs if it is very dry and brittle. The Desert Essence brand is responsibly produced. They are also certified by the Leaping Bunny producing cruelty free products! There are many varieties of Desert Essence hair care products for all hair types. This is not a sponsored post.
SUPPLEMENTS

Also take Methyl B-12 supplement made by Neuro Biologix. This enhances gastrointestinal absorption due to methylation deficiency. Which aids in hair growth! Bonus! It helps with your memory also!

Biotin is another important supplement that could help boost your hair and nail health.

Washing your hair less during the week helps to preserve the natural oils.

Betaine HCL is also a great daily supplement.

HATS

When in doubt, a hat can always come to the rescue of a bad hair day! Be creative with your hats, wraps and scarves. Wigs are also very good and a lot cheaper.

ATTITUDE

Above all  try to adopt a positive attitude. Be thankful for the hair that you do have. Thin as it may be, it is still yours!

If you do lose it all, at least you are still here. You are after all much more than just your hair.

I’m not saying it is easy to accept but, but you are you.

There's more to adding hair

There’s more to adding hair

There’s lots of advice out there just remember to check with your doctor for any supplement conflict with any other medication

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