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Chemophobia

As humans, our hair is one of those things that we get into a frenzy about. Who doesn’t want healthy, shiny and strong hair? If you want hair down your back, knowing what ingredients to avoid is key. But, do some take this too far? Introducing, Chemophobia. It is also known as chemphobia or chemonoia. In essence it is an aversion to or prejudice against chemicals or chemistry.

According to Wikipedia, “The phenomenon has been ascribed both to a reasonable concern over the potential adverse effects of synthetic chemicals, and to an irrational fear of these substances because of misconceptions about their potential for harm. People marketing products react to widespread chemophobia with products marketed with an appeal to nature.”

There are way too many harmful chemicals in most commercial brands. Should we wait for conclusive scientific studies before becoming concerned about an issue? Some believe that special interest groups should perform and publicize their findings. Also, some believe they should be given a voice and not dismissed for lacking the scientific rigor demanded by professional scientists.

toxic chemicals in products

Have things gotten better? I think so. It is a lot harder for companies to feed consumers a bunch of BS. We are more educated, thanks to the Internet, on natural products. It is much harder for companies to unload chemicals to the masses with a little marketing hype. Trust doesn’t come easy because we have been harmed too many times.

The Right Natural Product

As women, we are always on the lookout for the best kind of products, as our hair is one of our best assets. It’s no surprise that these chemically enhanced products are sure to begin to give your hair the “my-oh-my” factor when you begin using them, but rest assured these products are bound to gradually:

  • Strip your hair of its proteins
  • Cause it to break and fall off
  • Lead to other health issues

These drawbacks bring us to the present day fear of the use of artificial products laced with harmful chemicals; chemophobia.

Scared To Death How Chemophobia Threatens Public Health

Let’s take a look into this term that has got so many women on the edge where hair products are concerned. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) has put out word, defining chemophobia as an “irrational fear of chemicals.”

Before more on, you might want to check out the book Living In A Chemical Age. Office for Science and Society described the author as a psychologist that runs around screaming, pointing at chemicals all around us, and wishing for a more natural world. Her book is pure chemophobic paranoia. You’ll have to read the book and decide for yourself.

According to what the American Council on Science and Health (ACSH) has said, chemophobia is a fear of synthetic substances. It has risen from “scare stories” and exaggerated claims. Claims about the dangers prevalent in the media, but the stories about adverse effects. The effects these chemicals have on our bodies definitely hold some truth to it.

Of late, the fear of these chemicals has caused people to start focusing more on natural/organic products. People are tired of chemical laden products that harm the body.

There are many harmful chemicals used in hair products and one such chemical is Polyethylene Glycol (PEG). Polyethylene Glycol is okay for use in deep cleaning of ovens that have accumulated a ton of grease. However, when it comes to your hair and scalp, it’s much too risky to use products that contain PEG.

Propylene Glycol And Isopropyl

There is also Propylene Glycol (PG), which is one chemical that has been proven to cause scalp irritation. That itching and constant burning on your scalp might not be dirt like you thought. Instead, it is your skin reacting to PG!

It’s found in most conditioners, hair dyes, styling gels, shampoos, and lotions.

Propylene Glycol gives your hair that shiny and smooth appearance that we love so much. However, it also gradually destroys your hair’s proteins and cellular structurer. According to hair-health care experts, Propylene Glycol is a perfect example of a “wolf in sheep’s clothing.”

Then there’s another all-too-familiar ingredient that you’ve probably seen before: isopropyl. Isopropyl contains alcohol, which is powerful and is used as shellac, antifreeze and finishing on wood. Isopropyl alcohol is designed to dissolve oils, which certainly isn’t good for the moisture of your hair.

Your hair’s natural oils are what gives it its first line of protection, so any product that destroys this is a no-no. Volumizers, hair sprays, hair gels, and root lifters contain this substance. Why? For the sake of beauty – it keeps your hair in place.

But, you have to ask yourself is the price to high to pay for using it?

 

Chemophobia

For a substance where ingestion or inhalation of its vapor is likely to cause:

  • Flushing
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Mental Depression
  • Narcosis
  • Coma

You have to admit, there’s absolutely no reason to risk your health just for the aesthetic of your style. I would bet the billion dollar beauty industry would like you to believe otherwise as there is too much money at stake. You money going into their pockets!

Avoiding Harmful Chemicals

The fact that a lot of harmful chemicals are being included in hair creams, shampoos, moisturizers, and volumizers should make you pause. Perhaps you should consider natural organic products.

I say this because with all natural products you’re in control of everything that you put on your scalp. You won’t have to worry about any chemical thwarting the growth of your hair or causing you hair loss.

Natural Organic Products

In most natural organic products, you’re bound to find fresh extracts. Ingredients like: shea, avocado, aloe vera, coconut and vitamins and minerals. These are sure to give your hair that needed shiny, long, and rich appearance, without you having to worry about your hair accumulating unwanted oil.

Every woman needs to be careful when picking out hair products. Natural, organic products are both hair and health savers. It can save you from the dangerous effects that these chemicals can cause.

Going natural can wipe out your chemophobia.

For example, choosing hair products that contain citric acid is one way to take care of your hair. Citric acids are used in lowering pH balance in shampoos. This helps  to keep your hair cuticles flat, so that less moisture escapes from your hair shaft.

Also, Panthenol, which is Vitamin B in the world of hair care, is your hair’s best bet. It helps you to retain moisture and thickens your hairs follicles.

For a natural, chemical-free product with no health risks, try the Obsessed Hair Oil. This oil deeply nourishes your hair, leaving it feeling shiny, soft, and healthy. It was designed to help you do away with damaged hair, hair loss and hair breakage.

Chemophobia Transparency test: What’s In Obsessed Hair Oil

Obsessed Hair Oil

The luxurious blend of golden Jojoba oil, Rosemary oil, and Peppermint Oil is bound to stop shedding and stimulate the growth of your hair.

Jojoba oil is extremely rich in nutrients, and is considered the oil that closest mimics the hair’s natural oil, sebum.

Also, it hydrates your hair from the inside out and combats dryness, giving your hair the shine and softness it needs. It happens to be rich in vitamins like vitamin B, vitamin E, omega 6 and omega 9, and minerals like zinc, silicon, chromium, and copper.

 

It is also great for cell reproduction and wipes away any buildup on your scalp, which obstructs hair follicles and halts the growth of your hair. Peppermint oil, when massaged into your hair, stimulates hair growth by causing more blood to flow to your hair follicles.

Countless women have touted peppermint oil as the number one oil for hair growth, boasting its effectiveness even further than that of castor oil. Rosemary oil has superb anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial ingredients, which get your hair strong, luscious, and thick, as it does away with hair loss effectively.

What Obsessed Hair Oil Does For You that Chemical Laden Products Can Not

These natural oils will do your hair a lot of good. Your friends are going to ask about the secret of your hair growth and glossy shine. When Obsessed Hair Oil is applied, these oils combine to:

  • Help your ends retain moisture and resist breakage
  • Keep your strands and scalp moisturized
  • Keep split ends at bay
  • Keeps your hair well nourished
  • Combat scalp infections
  • Combat dandruff

Obsessed Hair Oil contains no parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes, or any other chemical that would cause one to have even the slightest bit of chemophobia.

  • This enriching oil can be used:
  • Before or after shampooing your hair
  • With a deep conditioning mask
  • Oil and massage your scalp
  • Before leaving your house in the morning to add shine

Just two or three drops in your palm is enough to do the job. Unlike other hair oils that are packed with mineral oil and other ‘empty’ fillers, Obsessed Hair Oil is the real deal.

Chemophobia might not be taken as seriously as it should be, but by making the switch to organic, chemical-free products, you can be sure that your hair and health will never have to suffer. Always be sure to check out the ingredients list.

With raw ingredients like peppermint, jojoba and rosemary your hair is in good hands. Choose natural hair care products like Obsessed Hair Oil. Providing both beauty and nourishment, this oil is proof that you shouldn’t have to choose between the two.

Sherry Harris is Chief Content Officer of Obsessed Hair Oil. Learn more about the products we recommend and hair routines on the <a href="https://obsessedhairoil.com/start-here/">Start Here</a> page, and connect on <a href="https://twitter.com/obsessedhairoil">Twitter</a> and <a href="https://www.facebook.com/obsessedhairoil">Facebook</a>.