How many times do you read the labels on your shampoo and conditioner bottles in the store before you purchase them? When you take the time to learn what is in your beauty products, you can better protect your health from potential risks that may be contained in the products you use on a daily basis.

Research has been done that shows that there are various chemicals inside of conditioners that can pose a serious risk to your health. These health risks include eye and skin irritation, hair loss, and possibly even cancer.

Below, we will take a closer look at a few of these dangers that can be found in commercial conditioners.


Sulfates are chemical detergents and are effective when it comes to removing dirt and oil. However, they might be a bit too effective, meaning they are ultimately harsh on your scalp and hair. They strip away the moisture that is supposed to keep your hair looking shiny and healthy.

They also often carry hormone disruptors, and some contain dioxane, which is a known carcinogen. This carcinogen has been thought to cause kidney dysfunctions.


Parabens have a chemical composition that is very similar to the hormones that are found naturally in our bodies. Not only can parabens disrupt hormones, but they can also pose a cancer risk as well.


If you just see the word fragrance on the ingredients list, this is definitely something to steer clear of. When they use the term fragrance, manufacturers often hide other additions under the term. They put fragrance down, so they don’t have to actually name what those ingredients are.


This is an antibacterial agent that is typically added to personal care and beauty products as a preservative. It is reportedly thought to be an endocrine disruptor and can be just as harmful as parabens and xenoestrogens. It has also been widely linked to other health conditions, including immune system problems.

Polyethylene Glycol

This is another agent that is thought to disrupt the body. It is commonly known as a developmental toxin and has been contaminated by dioxane, a cancer-causing agent.

To avoid using products that may cause you harm, you should instead choose more natural options with ingredients that are safe and effective. It also never hurts to educate yourself on the ingredients in the products you use on a daily basis.

Meta: Before you continue to use commercial conditioners, stop, and research the ingredients on the label. You may find yourself wanting something more natural and safe to use.


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