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5 Things You Don’t Want in Your Conditioner

The first ingredient in Plaine Products’ vegan shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion is aloe. Ingredients are listed by weight, so the first items on the list make up the bulk of the product. There’s a number of ingredients most mainstream shampoos, conditioners, washes and lotions have that ours doesn’t. Check your labels, if they have chemicals with long complicated names you might want to read on. The potential dangers in our bathrooms was news to us. We decide to share our research with you in order to save you some time. A warning though, some of it is a little disturbing.

5 Ingredients that are NOT in Plaine Products’ Conditioner:

  • Silicone is a mineral used to make your hair seem silky and smooth but it builds up over time and dulls your hair. It’s basically like rubber or plastic in your hair as it’s used as a sealant against water and air. It’s not natural and it provides bad side effects for your hair.

Best case: Silicone isn’t directly linked to any health concerns.

Worst case: Silicone just gives the illusion of healthy hair by providing a fake shine. It keeps moisture from getting into your hair over time and invites dirt and other unhappy ingredients to lodge in your hair, building up over time. This can lead to brittle hair with a lot of frizz – it’s especially bad for curly hair.

Good news: Water-soluble silicone can be removed with just water, but it’s typically recommended by hair experts that you just stay away from anycruelty free beauty silicone minerals in your hair products. You can spot them by the “-cone” suffix. Common names to avoid are things like cyclomethicone, dimethicone, methicone, amodimethicone, dimethiconol and cyclomethicone/cyclopentasiloxane.

  • Parabens are chemicals that are used as preservatives primarily for their antibacterial and anti-fungal properties.

Best case: Parabens can irritate skin. Common skin problems associated with parabens include dermatitis, rosacea and other allergicreactions. They can also cause dry, dull, brittle hair because they can tear apart the cuticle covering the hair shaft.

Worst case: They have been found in low concentrations in tumors and are believed to disrupt hormone function. Parabens mimic estrogen by binding to estrogen receptors on cells. This effect has been linked to both the development of breast cancer and the early onset of puberty in girls.

Good news: They aren’t necessary unless you need your bottle of shampoo and conditioner to last for decades.

  • Sulfates, either sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) or sodium laureth sulfate (SLES). Both of these are used to make products lather so they aren’t as common in conditioners, but you always want to check your ingredients. There’s some disagreement on how toxic these chemicals are.

Best case: Both are detergents, are tough on your hair, and can irritate eyes and skin. SLS is also hazardous to any aquatic life that it may meet after it washes down your drain.

Worst case: Both have been linked to health concerns, although the case for SLES being dangerous is stronger. It has been linked not only to cancer, but also liver damage.

Good news: There are other, gentler, more natural alternatives to sulfates.

  • Isopropyl alcohol is used in conditioner primarily for its drying effect. It’s an alcohol that evaporates quickly and is used in a lot of cosmetics.

Worst case: With direct contact, it’s a highly flammable substance on its own and can cause irritation, damage to the nervous system and heart and respiratory system issues after direct contact. Rubbing alcohol, for example, consists primarily of isopropyl alcohol. It’s toxic when inhaled directly and in hair care products, it can cause a major drying effect as it takes moisture out of your hair.

Good news: Isopropyl alcohol might not have very negative effects when not encountered directly. But given that it’s used in things like resins, inks, antifreeze and acetone – is that really something you want in your hair? It’s not a necessary ingredient for any conditioner.

  • Triclosan is a synthetic microbial that’s added to hair care products to reduce or prevent bacteria growth.

Worst case: It was designed to kill germs and it’s a registered pesticide. It can disrupt your endocrine system and your hormones and it’s linked to an increase risk of breast cancer. Triclosan is in just about every hand sanitizer on the market – it was originally made for hospitals and it’s gotten into a ton of products like shampoo, conditioner, soaps, body washes, toothpastes, kitchenware, toys, and even furniture and mattresses. It’s classified as a skin and eye irritant and it is toxic to aquatic life. It’s also one of the main things that’s led to the rise of “superbugs” – viruses and bacteria that are now resistant to standard antimicrobials and antibacterials.

Good news: The FDA in the US has banned the use of triclosan and other antibacterials as of 2017 but not all consumer products have taken them out of their ingredients list yet.

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Ingredients in Plaine Product’s vegan shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion:

The main ingredient in our organic shampoo, conditioner, body wash and lotion is aloe. Its key benefits include antioxidants like beta carotene, Vitamin C and E which all can aid in reducing the appearance of damaged skin. Aloe also contains more than 75 nutrients, including minerals and essential amino acids. These provide hydration to the skin to promote a healthy and refreshed complexion.

As you read down the list of our ingredients you’ll notice that they are all natural. We have a commitment to our customers and our environment. Because of this, our products are not only chemical free, they are are also biodegradable, which means the break down safely once they go down the drain. They are also cruelty free, which means they aren’t tested on animals. Thank you for your continued support.