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This week at the Barber School: Harmful Chemicals

Ever took the time to read the label on the products you buy? Here’s a quick rundown of the things you should make sure to steer clear of.

With the growing popularity of cosmetics, hair products and all the likes, it’s important to know what you’re putting on your skin. After all, as an organ, your skin absorbs what you put on it and spreads it in your system. Unfortunately, even though our society has been growing in consciousness towards healthy products; many brands still continue to use chemicals that are hazardous to our well-being.

We’ve outlined below the most common below, so you’ll feel more informed on your next shopping trip!

Make sure to always read the labels of the products you buy for your hair; Some popular products contain harmful chemicals!


This is the main one you want to be aware of. There is a simple reason why you shouldn’t ever buy a product which indicates “Fragrance” as one of the ingredients: There is nothing regulating what composes fragrances and how they are produced. If your products are made from some type of natural oil, the label will say so. Be very wary of products with the simple mention “Fragrance” as there is no way to tell what that ingredients are and how the fragrance itself was made.


You probably have already seen a Sulfate Free label on some products, and the reason is simple: They are much too strong for your hair and scalp. Sulfates are a little too aggressive for your hair, stripping it of its natural oils in the washing process. This over a long term will result in unhealthy hair, both in look and feel. On a more health-related concern, some studies have found the presence of dioxane in sulfates, dioxane is a known carcinogen and can disrupt proper kidney function. Make sure the products you get are Sulfate-Free.


You’ve more than likely seen the mention Paraben-Free on some products. The problem with parabens is how they interact with your hair and skin: Parabens are a hormone composite that’s very similar to one the human body itself produces; this causes a disruption in your body’s natural hormone production. It is also important to note that, although no direct correlation has been made between the two, parabens’ evidence has been found in certain cancer cells. Best be safe and stay away.


Once again, although there are no directly conclusive studies that prove whether it would be good or bad for us, triclosan is said to have a similar effect to that of parabens, disrupting the endocrine system; the system responsible for the secretion of hormones with the thyroid and adrenal glands, which are essential to a healthy life. It’s also responsible for hormonal secretion in the pancreas and the testicles (or ovaries in women). Best to avoid.

Polyethylene Glycol

Yeah this one is a bit of a mouthful; Thankfully it’s also rather rare nowadays. To put it simply, polyethylene glycol has been declared by the state of California as a “Developmental Toxicant”. This means that it can impact proper growth, especially nefarious for nursing mothers. Its impact on the rest of the human body is similar to those of Parabens and Triclosan.


OK so this one isn’t as a big deal as the others, but should still be observed. Preservatives are meant to prevent the natural ageing of products. They do this by killing any mold or yeast that could possibly form; which can be good, but its “destructive” nature might also be harmful to the healthy life of your hair and skin.

Your hair and skin are important; Give them their best life!

And that’s thankfully not a hard thing to do. Being mindful of keeping harmful chemicals away from your skin and hair is simply a matter of habit. Make sure you read the labels, and find the right products for your needs and tastes!

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