Parabens in my Hair? No, thanks. In My Makeup? Yes, please!
I honestly think the "natural hair movement" gives some people a false sense of "healthy" living; some of us immediately start avoiding certain ingredients because we're told they're deleterious to our hair's "health" (anything to retain some length, right?). However, many don't think about the bigger picture-- the ingredients in the food you consume, your skincare products, even your oral hygiene products. In no way am I saying everyone needs to use all-natural products-- I certainly don't. I'm simply saying if you're only concerned about carcinogens in your hair products, you're hurting yourself more than you're helping yourself. The same amount of concern needs to apply to other areas of your health as well.
Some will criticize certain natural hair companies for the ingredients they use, but won't think twice about the processed food they have for lunch every day. What good is blacklisting cancer-causing ingredients in your hair products if you're going to turn around and eat them (and probably unknowingly) for your next meal or apply them to your face? I never hear about women not using certain makeup lines because they contain synthetic ingredients. For some reason, carcinogens in makeup seem to slip people's minds. Look at the image above. I can almost guarantee that most people don't think twice about the ingredients in their nail polish, deodorant, or perfume. For many, healthy living begins with natural hair, but it's much bigger than that.
Do you look at the ingredients of other beauty and personal care items as much as the ones in your hair products?