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9 Hair Products That Can Be Bad for Your Health

While we all do our best to choose beauty products that will give us good results without undermining our skin or hair health, brand marketing sometimes makes it difficult to choose the right ones. There are several types of makeup, for instance, that can cause breakouts. Not only are these skin issues an annoyance, but they also signal your skin’s health has been compromised.

Similarly, there are some hair products that aren’t as wonderful as their manufacturers would have you believe. It’s time to look into the types of hair products that can be bad for your hair and your health. Check out the labels on your favorite products, and make sure that there isn’t anything on your vanity that shouldn’t be there.

1. Dark, permanent hair dye

A hairdresser places on a model a blue dyed natural extension at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week

A hairdresser places on a model a blue dyed natural extension at the Mercedes Benz Fashion Week This type of hair dye is unhealthy. | Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images

The Environmental Working Group recommends minimizing your use of dark, permanent hair dyes. That’s because many such hair products contain coal tar ingredients, like aminophenol, diaminobenzene, and phenylenediamine, which have been linked to cancer. Coal tar is a byproduct of coal processing and is recognized by the National Toxicology Program and the International Agency for Research on Cancer as a human carcinogen. Because hairstylists and other professionals are exposed to these chemicals on a daily basis, European regulators have banned many of these ingredients in hair dyes. The FDA sanctions the use of coal tar in specialty products, like dandruff and psoriasis shampoos, but the long-term safety of these products hasn’t yet been verified.

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