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8 Kinds of Hair Products To Avoid To Save Your Strands!

This story was updated in February 2019.


From anti-frizz serums to volumizing mousses and spritzes of hairspray to keep it all in place, we all use some hair product or the other to help tame our tresses. However, there are some hair products to avoid as they may be doing more harm than good to our precious strands! There are certain key ingredients commonly found in styling products that are extremely harsh on our locks and can be causing them damage.

Hair Products To Avoid

As hair are really precious so to help you all here we have mentioned the products not to use on hair – watch out for these before splurging on your next hair care buy.

1. Products With Alcohol In Them


Commonly found in styling sprays, mousses and gels, alcohol can be very drying for your strands and leaves them feeling very rough. It’s best to save it for those yummy cocktails and not for your hair products.

What You Can Use Instead: Everstyle L’Oreal Paris Alcohol-Free Volume Boosting Mousse.

Price: Rs 1,704

2. SLS (Sodium Laurel Sulfate) and SLES (Sodium Laureth Sulfate)


A good hairstylist will always advise you to use sulfate-free shampoos and products since it is a harsh chemical usually found in detergents, toothpaste, cosmetics and shampoos and conditioners. Shampoos and soaps that foam a lot most definitely contain it as a key ingredient. Avoid it at any cost as it can cause major irritation and inflammation, as well as damage to your health when inhaled.

What You Can Use Instead: Organix Healing Olive Oil Shampoo

Price: Rs 4,200

3. Products Containing Silicone


Most labels that claim to add shine to your mane are probably silicone-based, which puts a harsh coat of sheen over your locks and doesn’t allow the nutrients from your conditioner to their job.

What You Can Use Instead: Redken Diamond Oil Shatterproof Shine Intense Oil Treatment

Price: Rs 1,750

4. Paraben-Based Products


Commonly found in shampoos, Parabens have been found to be toxic for our hair and skin and should be avoided at any cost. Always look out for labels that are Paraben-free.

What You Can Use Instead: The Body Shop Banana Truly Nourishing Shampoo

Price: Rs 645

5. Artificially Fragranced Products


They may smell amazing, but products with artificial fragrances usually contain numerous harmful ingredients that can be too harsh on your scalp as well as your hair.

What You Can Use Instead: Neutrogena The Anti-Residue Shampoo

Price: Rs 490

6. Poor Quality Shampoos

Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo For All Hair Types

They may be super cheap, but so are the quality of their ingredients. Don’t try out any cheap shampoo from your local store as it can strip your hair of moisture and dry out your strands.

What You Can Use Instead: Himalaya Anti-Hair Fall Shampoo For All Hair Types

Price: Rs 130

7. Castille Soap

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap

Castille Soap have a high alkaline pH that increases the pH level of hair. These soaps can still be used when they are in diluted form but using it in solid form harm the scalp and make hair rough.

What You Can Use Instead: Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps Pure-Castile Soap

Price: Rs 910

8. Protein-Based Conditioner


Conditioners that are fortified with protein are fine, as long as protein is the only product that it contains. Overusing protein on the scalp and hair can make them hard due to damage. So, always try and use a conditioner that contains moisture and protein both.

What You Can Use Instead: Berina Protein Conditioner

Price: Rs 345

So, these were the kind of hair products that you must avoid and our recommendations that can cure dull and dry hair making them look shiny and strong.

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