Better Choices for Eco-Friendly/Health Sensitive Hair Care

The Problem:

For those recovering from and at risk for cancer, recognizing the links between your personal care products and personal health can be vital to preventing continued exposure to possible carcinogens like diethanolamine, contained in many shampoos and other products.

According to a 2004 study by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), 93 percent of shampoos possibly contain harmful impurities linked to cancer or other health problems. Additionally, EWG found that 69 percent of hair-dye products may pose cancer risks.

Better Choices

Luckily, there are a number of eco-friendly and health sensitive hair care products for African Americans. Although they may not be as widely advertised as those for Caucasians, they do exist. And often, some products can work for both ethnic groups.

For worry-free locks and styles, check out the following shopping suggestions:

Shampoo and Conditioner

Black Earth Enhancing Herbal Conditioner, $9

Sahara Clay Hair Treatment, $11

Both available at HumiNature (www.huminature.com, 888-675-7161)

Inky Loves Nature Warrior Queen Cleanser ($17; www.inkylovesnature.com)

See The Green Guide's Shampoo Product Report for more options.

Relaxers and Straighteners

Conair Wet-Dry Ceramic Straightener, $24.99

Vidal Sassoon Studio Tools Ceramic Straightener, $39.99

Our Source: www.thegreenguide.com

Ann's NOTE: We do not sell any products no receive any funding from the companies that do.

Both available through www.drugstore.com

Baka Beauty Natural-Laxer ($11.99; www.bakabeauty.com, 800-877-9225)

Hair Dye

Aubrey Organics Color Me Natural ($11.95; www.aubreyorganics.com, 800-237-4270)

Baka Beauty Natural Colors, ($7.99; www.bakabeauty.com, 800-877-9225)

Styling Products

Nubian Heritage Raw Shea Butter Loc Butter Balm ($7.99; www.huminature.com, 888-675-7161)

Inky Loves Nature Nappalicious Nutritious ($27; www.inkylovesnature.com)

Carol's Daughter Kizzi ($8) and Healthy Hair Butter ($8.50/4 oz.; www.carolsdaughter.com, 877-540-2101)

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