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Hair care products are a huge part of your customers ‘ beauty routine necessities. They rely on hair care brands (and the chemicals they use) to make their hair look its best. Unfortunately, not all products are created equally and what you put in your hair care products can have an impact on your customers’ overall health. If you are starting a hair care business or are already in it,  you need to take into consideration your target customers. 

Finding the right ingredients to add to your products is key. While doing this, you’ll want to be aware of the 5 most common toxic ingredients that are used in the manufacturing of hair care products that you must avoid.


While sulfates can be beneficial for hair that gets oily quickly or has looser curls, they’re usually a no-no for naturally curly hair. Sulfates are aggressive chemicals that are extremely drying as it strips away the hair and scalp of their natural oils. Over time, your hair will weaken, end up looking dull, and become very prone to damage, breakage, and split ends.


This is a cancer-causing ingredient that should be absent at all costs in your hair products. Previous hair care products that have had this ingredient in them have been recalled.


Parabens are generally unsafe for the hair. They can lead to drying, irritation of the scalp, and even hair loss. Parabens can also disrupt hormones in the body, harm fertility and reproductive organs, affect birth outcomes, and increase the risk of cancer. 

Mineral Oils

Although they coat and restore shine to hair, they also suffocate the scalp and lead to an imbalance of oil levels in it.


Exposure to formaldehyde in hair-smoothing treatments is still causing hair loss, allergic reactions, and other serious health problems.

So, there you have it—5 ingredients that you should avoid using when creating your hair care line. Remember, choosing the right ingredients is just as important as choosing the right formula.

Make sure to do your research before you determine which ingredient to add to your hair care products, as this is going the extra mile to show your customers you care about them and what affects them.

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