We all want healthy hair, which is why many of us take hair vitamins to add luster, strength, and shine. But you might be getting more than you bargained for — there are hidden toxins lurking inside many well-known hair vitamins.
From polyvinyl chloride (PVC) to formaldehyde, these hidden toxins can contribute to health problems such as skin irritation, thyroid disruption, and even cancer.
You deserve to know what you’re putting on and into your body. Let’s brush up on some of the most common toxins in hair vitamins to avoid.
1. Titanium Dioxide
Titanium dioxide is an ingredient found in many everyday products, but it’s been linked to a host of health concerns. It’s been shown to cause respiratory problems, skin irritation, and DNA damage when inhaled. These nanoparticles can build up in organs like the liver and spleen or be absorbed into the bloodstream where they may accumulate over time. It’s listed as a group 2B carcinogen, and the popular candy Skittles is currently under speculation for using this same ingredient in its products.
In hair vitamins, titanium dioxide is used as a white pigment. It makes a product shimmery and shiny, but remember that’s not why you buy hair vitamins. Don’t fall prey to pretty products!
Coloring agents like Red 40, Blue 1, and Yellow 5 have found their way into hair vitamins. These have been banned in the UK, but they’re still widely available in the US.
These synthetic dyes have been linked to ADD/ADHD and other health problems. What’s more, they’re supposedly vegan but many are still tested on animals, which goes against vegan values. Many fake dyes are also made with cancer-causing chemicals, making them less-than-ideal for your hair health.
3. Artificial Flavors
Gone are the days of those chalky-tasting vitamins shaped like cartoon characters. These days, it’s all about the gummies. To get vitamins to taste good, many manufacturers use a combination of artificial and “natural” flavors, including high-fructose corn syrup and fake sugars. But even natural flavors aren’t always safe (remember, arsenic is also all-natural).
Many of these so-called natural flavors fall under the FDA’s “gras” category, which allows companies to add hidden ingredients and call them natural. It’s dishonest, and it’s also risky to your hair and your overall health.
Gelatin comes from the bones, hides, skin, tendons, and ligaments of cows and pigs. It doesn’t sound delicious, but more importantly, it’s not exactly good for you. Experts worry that gelatin could be contaminated with certain animal diseases. It’s not surprising, given how many different parts of an animal are used in its creation.
5. Oils, Sugars, and Syrups
From cane sugar to corn syrup, popular hair vitamins are loaded with sweeteners. Manufacturers need a way to make the vitamins taste good so you’ll keep buying them. It’s no secret that sweeteners have been linked to health issues like diabetes, high blood pressure, and hyperactivity. Too many sweets make it harder for your body to absorb other nutrients, putting your health at an even greater risk.
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