It’s one of those things no one ever warns you about. Changes in your hair as you age.
As you get older your hair starts to thin. It gets a little finer and a little more fragile.
It’s quite common, most folks experience this thinning. In fact, there’s an entire segment of the hair-care industry that targets folks with fine hair. There are at least a dozen shampoos on the market that are designed specifically to plump up thin hair.
Most of them do what they claim to do. They add volume and thickness to your limp locks. So what’s not to love?
It turns out plenty.
Take Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume Shampoo, for example. Out of 16 ingredients, eight of them – EIGHT – could be harmful to your health! That’s half of the entire formula.
8 troubling chemicals in Pantene Pro-V Shampoo
Let’s take a closer look…
Natural citric acid occurs in fruits, but the citric acid that’s used in Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume shampoo isn’t that citric acid. The “citric acid” in Pantene was created in a lab, most likely using sugar beets and corn.
As we’ve explained before, sugar beets and corn are two of the most common GMO crops. In fact, it’s getting more and more difficult to find non-GMO version of either of these crops. It’s gotten so bad that the use of citric acid in cosmetics has been restricted in Canada.
As you’re probably aware these still a whole lot we don’t know about how GMO products effect our health. Tinkering with the DNA of crops could lead to unintended consequences such as raising our risk for certain diseases such as cancer or creating new toxins or allergens.
On its own, sodium benzoate may cause skin irritation, which we think we can all agree isn’t something any of us want in a product we’re dumping onto our heads. But under the right conditions, sodium benzoate could potentially impact your body at the cellular level, starving cells of oxygen and shutting them down.
But the real kicker is what happens when it’s combined with citric acid. Once sodium benzoate and citric acid join up they form another chemical altogether called benzene. And that’s the problem. Benzene is a nasty chemical known to contribute to leukemia and other blood cancers.
Sodium lauryl sulfate:
Turns out, Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume shampoo isn’t the only place you could find this compound. It’s also used as an insecticide.
That’s right – one of the ingredients in your shampoo is used in bug killers. If that’s not enough to turn you off, perhaps the fact that it’s also linked to cancer, liver damage and eye damage will do the trick.
But that’s not all. Sodium lauryl sulfate can stay in your system up for up to five days, which means it has time to build up with additional shampooing and potentially leech into your heart, lungs, and liver. If you use shampoo every day, as most people do, your body may never get the chance to clear the compound from your system.
Finally, the processing used to produce this ingredient means there’s a good chance they’re contaminated with ethylene oxide, a compound which has also been used to kill pests and could cause damage to the nervous system.
This impossible-to-pronounce ingredient has been linked to skin and eye irritation. Which, let’s be honest, doesn’t sound so bad compared to what some of these other ingredients may do. Well, that is until you learn that “skin and eye irritation” has meant burning and blistered skin in some cases.
In other words, a whole lot more than just a minor itch.
The skin irritation isn’t the only concern. Cocamidopropyl betaine can reportedly also mess with your immune system, and that’s not worth the risk.
Tetrasodium EDTA is created by combining formaldehyde and sodium cyanide, both creepy chemicals on their own. We know the compound can cause skin irritation, but the jury is still out on what other dangers it poses to human health.
Tetrasodium EDTA has already been classified as a “high human health priority” that’s “expected to be harmful,” so we can expect to hear more bad news about the side effects of the compound as research is completed. But in the meantime why roll the dice on this one?
Methylisothiazolinone and Methylchloroisothiazolinone:
These sister ingredients are equally troubling, so we’ll take a closer look at them together. The least disturbing potential side effects of this pair is that they can have a negative impact on your immune system and may cause skin irritations and allergic reactions.
In a review published in the British Journal of Dermatology researchers found that folks allergic to methylisothiazolinone had reactions to the compound at HALF the amount they allow in cosmetic products.
But here’s the really scary news, they could also potentially cause nerve damage. In fact, in in vitro tests methylisothiazolinone has been shown to be highly toxic to neurons. Then there’s the increased chance of seizures and vision problems with methylisothiazolinone as well.
So much for being worried about skin irritations! And it can take only a brief exposure—as little as 10 minutes at a time—to raise your risk for side effects.
We started with the most innocent of the dangerous ingredients in Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume shampoo, and we’re ending with the most innocent sounding one. But fragrance, isn’t nearly as benign as it may seem.
What you need to keep in mind about the word “fragrance” on a cosmetic label is it can be any one of more than 200 chemicals. There’s literally no way of knowing what you’re putting on your body, where it comes from, or what side effects may come with it. Which means you’re playing a game of Russian Roulette every time you use a product with the generic term on its label.
The potential side effects of the ingredients in Pantene Pro-V Fine Hair Solutions Volume shampoo are not worth risking for a little more volume in your hair. We understand that no one likes flat, dull, thinning hair, but choose all-natural shampoos instead that will clean, boost, and add volume to your hair – while not harming your health! For help choosing a product that’s right for you, and your family, you can visit the Environmental Working Group’s Skin Deep Database.
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