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What’s in Your Shampoo? | Why Hair Care Ingredients Matter

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Do you know the ingredients in your hair care products? The ingredients used in your hair care products matter—these ingredients are placed onto your scalp (the thickest layer of skin). Unfortunately, many people unknowingly include products containing harmful ingredients in their hair care routine. Here’s why you should start taking a closer look at what’s in your hair products: 

Harmful Ingredients Found in “Hair Care”

It may be time to rethink your hair care routine. While you may believe that your current products are improving your hair’s texture and softness, many of the harmful ingredients in typical over-the-counter products don’t negatively affect the scalp immediately. There’s a build-up that damages your hair over time. How bad can some of these ingredients be, anyway? Here are three ingredients commonly used in hair care products and why they should be avoided: 

1. Parabens

Essentially, parabens are preservatives commonly inserted into hair care products to produce a longer shelf life. Studies have shown that parabens are endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), which means using products containing parabens on your scalp could disrupt your endocrine system.

Without getting too much into detail, your endocrine system plays a significant role in your body’s hormones. This system includes your brain (hypothalamus), pituitary gland, and thyroid; it affects your metabolism, reproductive system, brain, nervous system, and blood sugar. 

At Madi Bella, we believe that every one of your hair care ingredients should intentionally benefit your hair. We prove that philosophy by ensuring all of our hair care products naturally take care of curly hair, red hair, blonde hair, brown hair, black hair, and everything in between. There are absolutely no parabens in our hair care products! 

2. Sulfates

Have you found yourself Googling "how to take care of curly hair" or "how to take care of red hair?" You’re not alone. Women often wonder why their hair is dry, frizzy, or breaks easily. You could unknowingly be using hair products that contain sulfates—stripping your hair of moisture. If you’ve used products that contain sulfates, you may have been left with a dry and itchy scalp. 

Why do “hair care” companies insert sulfates into products that are meant to help our hair? Sulfates are cleansing agents used to remove dirt. Clearly, these chemicals remove a little more than dirt (our hair's moisture). You’ve probably already guessed it, but all of Madi Bella’s natural hair care products remove dirt without using sulfates. 

3. Silicone

Learning how to take care of your curly hair can be challenging. Your curly hair products may contain silicone; silicone is commonly placed in shampoos, conditioners, and styling products to reduce frizziness. 

Board-certified dermatologist Dr. Markowitz spoke to Byrdie about silicone’s harmful effects on the scalp: “Hair products with silicone leave behind a residue in your hair and scalp which weighs it down, blocks your hair follicles, and can cause hair loss." 

Here’s the thing: you don’t need to use synthetic materials to take care of your hair. We always look for a natural remedy at Madi Bella Beauty—it’s how we created our wide range of natural hair care products. Instead of using silicone to reduce frizz, we naturally blend coconut or argan oil into our hair care products to produce the same effect. 

 

The Importance of Choosing Certified Organic Ingredients

If you want to use the best hair care products, it’s best to choose natural hair care products that contain certified organic ingredients. Organic ingredients are often derived from plants and flowers, naturally offering fantastic hair benefits. Certified organic hair ingredients perform well without causing any damage to your scalp or hair follicles! 

Please check the labels on your hair care products to avoid any harmful chemicals or pollutants. You can use websites like EWG's Skin Deep to take a deep dive into the different chemicals placed into skin and hair products. Thank us later. 

Be sure to stay tuned to Madi Bella's beauty blog to continue learning about all things hair care, skin care, and self-care.  

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