Lucky Monroe

InSiDe Beauty: Hair

🐣 🐰 Hello Everyone and Happy Easter!🐣 🐰

Let’s talk about hair…..

Coming out of Women’s Month strong and heading into the Spring, I wanted to start this conversation. As a child, Easter meant getting a new dress, new shoes (they had to be white of course), and getting my hair done. That usually consisted of getting a perm. Getting older, I started using less perms and really paying attention to what I had been using on my hair.

Regulation of cosmetic and personal-care products is by far not the best and in some instances non-existent. The same way you look at food labels, you should do the same for your beauty products.

There are thousands of chemicals in products we use everyday, many of which are being absorbed into your body.  Not all of the ingredients included are harmful, and using them may not even have an effect on you. However, knowing the risks and potential risks associated with the use of these products is super important to us, and should be to you too.

This industry is not as regulated as we would like it to be. There is no pre-product approval before a product hits the market and enters your home. A minuscule approval process exists, but only for color additives and ingredients classified as over-the-counter drugs.

Many of these chemicals, synthetic and natural  can be skin irritants, skin penetrators, endocrine disrupters and can even be carcinogenic. We can’t go through all of these harmful chemicals, but here are some you should  avoid.

Parabens.

Parabens are used preservatives in many products. It’s main use it to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast in cosmetic products. However, parabens have been shown to possess estrogen-mimicking properties that are associated with increased risk of breast cancer. They can be absorbed through the skin and have even been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumors.

Triclosan.

Tricolson is  used as an antimicrobial chemical that’s a known endocrine disruptor, mostly affecting your thyroid and reproductive hormones. It is also a skin irritant. Studies raise concerns that triclosan contributes to raising bacterial resistance to antibiotics, which would make it harder if not impossible to treat bacterial infections down the line.

Sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS) / Sodium laureth sulfate (SLES).

This surfactant is added to make items more foamy usually. SLS’s are known to be skin, lung, and eye irritants. A major concern about SLS is its potential to interact and combine with other chemicals to form nitrosamines, a carcinogen. These combinations can lead to a host of other issues like kidney and respiratory damage.

Now these are just three, if you would like us to do more videos on these chemicals and their affects, let us know in the comments section below the video!

Not all hope is lost. We are very passionate about small business here and love to showcase healthier alternatives to the products we often opt for. As always, our opinions are our own, and are honest.  A special thanks to all the business who supported and continue to support our project! Check out some of them out below and be sure to let them know we sent you!

Urban Hydration Naturals

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Special thanks to Urban Hydration! We have to try more products after we loved their conditioner so much. We identify with them as a brand, and love love love their ingredient list.    Definitely a staple in our hair care routines from now on.

Shante Oils

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Special thanks to Shante Oils! Honestly love using it on our hair and face. Not heavy at all, which is important for us. Left my hair beautiful and shiny and would prefer this over oil sheens and similar products. Thank you for an awesome and healthy product! You definitely have a customer out of us!

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