Ingredients that are NOT good for your hair!!!!

10:05 AM Keenya Kelly 4 Comments

Good Morning Ladies!!! This blog may take you by surprise...the details I learned definitely took me by surprise, but I was thankful for all of the information. As you all may or may not know I have started a business with my partner Brandi, education women about taking care of their Natural Hair, Bodies..etc. And we partnered with Tricia Lomax with and she revealed EYE OPENING information at our first event about ingredients that are not so awesome for our hair...Biggest thing I have learned that if a product says that its "Olive Oil" then the only ingredient in the product should be "Olive Oil."
I never thought to look at ingredients in hair products for a couple reasons:
1. I didn't care
2. Didnt understand what the words were or meant
2. Couldnt pronounce the words

But My have times changed. I have decided not only to educate myself, and others that might be following me.

I was recently given free products and things to give away at our events, but because of my Integrity and Character I realized that I couldnt give this stuff away without educating them on whats in these products.
I'm not saying these products are terribly bad all the way...but I will say that I do not use them on my hair and will not use them on my children...due to some of the ingredients. Yes Organic product cost a little more...but they are also better for you. Just as a cheeseburger from McDonalds is just $1 and A Turkey Burger costs $5, its because one is better for you.
Here is information from Tricia Lomax:

These are just a few of the ingredients that are bad for us but are in many of our products, lotions, shower gels, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, deodorants, personal lubricants, sunscreens, styling gels, and hair colors. 

Propylene Glycol, among other things, is a penetration enhancer, meaning it's a carrier for other chemicals, bringing them into your skin and directly to your bloodstream. It's also a suspected immune system toxin, neurotoxin, reproductive toxin, respiratory toxin, and skin toxin.
Fragrance  In the middle of the list is "parfum."  Because it's in the middle of the list, we can tell it contains a high amount of synthetic fragrance.   "Fragrance" or "parfum" can be a combination of a number of over 3000 chemicals, so you really don't know what chemicals you're dealing with.  The largest concern with "fragrance" is that it can contain high amounts of estrogen-mimicking compounds called phlalates.  In addition to throwing off the body's delicate hormonal balance, many phlalate compounds are suspected or known carcinogens.   
Phenoxyethanol a preservative that's potentially an estrogen mimicker. 
PEG-12 Short for polyethylene glycol, PEG is an ethoxylated compound, meaning it was synthesized using the known carcinogen ethylene oxide.  Products containing PEGs can contain traces of this chemical and its carcinogenic by-product, 1,4-dioxane. 
Methylparaben and Propylparaben are known estrogen mimickers that can disrupt hormone function in the body and are being studied for their link to breast and other reproductive cancers. 

There are good and bad estrogen mimickers.  The good ones we get from our vegetables.  The bad ones are man-made chemicals we find in our products.  They are bad because they disrupt our endocrine and reproductive functions.  Notice girls need deordorants at an ealier age and women have an alarmingly high rate of miscarriages or children born with diseases or women with endometriosis or boys act more fiminine (not to be confused with being gay).
Mineral Oil is also a bad ingredient.  It is used to make cars run because it's derived from petrol - does not grow from a tree, it is a man made chemical.  Just as with laying out in the sun, you may not experience the hazards immediately but over time it can lead to damaging effects.


  1. What do you use to moisturize you hair?

  2. I love it when I see people that are ingredient conscious as I am! Keep up the good work!

  3. I use good moisturizing conditioners. Check out the newest blog. But Shea Moisture, Jane Carter, Giovanni and I do a deep conditioning once every week or every two weeks.