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1- Some Current Main Components Used:

  • Benzyl Alcohol: This ingredient is a colorless liquid that has aromatic properties and can be found in soap, fragrances, perfumes, flavors, and hair products.
  • Citric Acid: used to preserve cosmetics and adjust the acid-base balance
  • Histidine: Histidine is an amino acid that acts as a fragrance ingredient. It has hair conditioning properties, as well as skin conditioning properties. Products in which this chemical  may be found include baby products, bath products, hair and skin care products, and many more.
  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol.  It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup. 
  • Mineral Oil: Also called white mineral oil, mineral oil is a colorless lightweight liquid that is also made from a highly purified, refined, and processed petroleum. This ingredient helps to prevent water loss from the skin and keep it moisturized. Given its many moisturizing and softening properties, mineral oil is used in many personal care products such as bath oils, skin care creams and hair care products as well. 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Those ingredients are used primarily in cleansing products. It helps to clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away added to  emulsifying properties. In 2010, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data for these ingredients and the closely related sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate and concluded that all of these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the present practices of use and concentration, when formulated to be non-irritating.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Also called isopropanol or 2- propanol, is a colorless and flammable chemical with a very strong odor. It is typically used in conditioners to help dissolve other ingredients and to fasten the drying process. It evaporates quickly and its danger can be causing irritation and system toxicity when used in high portions.
  • Silicone: Also known as polysiloxanes, this ingredient helps retaining the color and promotes a shiny effect on the product it is added to.

2- Some Current  Hazardous Components to Avoid:

  • Parabens: Parabens are a group of preservative ingredients that are commonly used in many products of our daily lives. They are used in cosmetics, personal care products, food products and even pharmaceuticals. They prevent the spoilage of the materials they are added to as they prevent the growth of fungi and bacteria. The parabens were proven to penetrate the body through the skin and remain within the tissue which disrupts the hormones’ functions.
  • Propylene Glycol: Propylene glycol is a clear and colorless liquid derived from alcohol.  It is most often used as a solvent and viscosity decreasing agent in cosmetics and personal care products such as fragrances, shaving, personal cleanliness products, and eye and facial makeup. 
  • Mineral Oil: Also called white mineral oil, mineral oil is a colorless lightweight liquid that is also made from a highly purified, refined, and processed petroleum. This ingredient helps to prevent water loss from the skin and keep it moisturized. Given its many moisturizing and softening properties, mineral oil is used in many personal care products such as bath oils, skin care creams and hair care products as well. 
  • Sodium Laureth Sulfate: Those ingredients are used primarily in cleansing products. It helps to clean the skin and hair by helping water to mix with oil and dirt so that they can be rinsed away added to  emulsifying properties. In 2010, the Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel evaluated the scientific data for these ingredients and the closely related sodium laureth sulfate and ammonium laureth sulfate and concluded that all of these ingredients were safe for use in cosmetics and personal care products in the present practices of use and concentration, when formulated to be non-irritating.
  • Isopropyl Alcohol: Also called isopropanol or 2- propanol, is a colorless and flammable chemical with a very strong odor. It is typically used in conditioners to help dissolve other ingredients and to fasten the drying process. It evaporates quickly and its danger can be causing irritation and system toxicity when used in high portions.
  • Silicone: Also known as polysiloxanes, this ingredient helps retaining the color and promotes a shiny effect on the product it is added to.

3- Natural Alternatives:

  • Soybean Oil: Soybean oil is highly rich in fatty acids, manganese, and vitamins. You can use it as a carrier oil when preparing hair masks at home as it is also rich in lipids which helps the hair in absorbing the other ingredients in the treatment. In addition to this, the oil leaves your hair straight and nourished.
  • Vinegar: We all know that vinegar does wonders for your hair when used as a hair rinse, but did you know that vinegar also help you straighten your hair? This ingredient is rich in vitamins and minerals and can add an extra shine to your hair as well as helping it to be straight. 
  • Eggs & Olive Oil: When mixed together, these two ingredients will have incredible effects on you hair and scalp. Eggs mixed with olive oil help you straighten your hair and deeply nourish it.

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