What does your hand sanitizer, deodorant and shampoo all have in common? They all likely contain sneaky little ingredients, well… long winded ingredients that you may not recognize and that do your hair, body, and health goals no favors. Your body and hair will thank you if you take a moment to dive a little deeper into the reason OWAY puts so much thought into their products.
Studies such asChemical Exposures: The Ugly Side of Beauty Products by Environ Health Perspect., and Skin Deep: A Safety Assessment of Ingredients in Personal Care Productsby EPHA talk about chemicals in our daily hair and beauty products that weaken and attack the body. These toxins are found in fragrances, cosmetics, and hair care that, over time, cause the immune system to be more susceptible to cancers and hormone fluctuations. The ingredients found to be carcinogenic include, phthalates, and parabens. Components discovered that cause hormone disrupting effects include: fragrance, lead, mercury, parabens (propyl-, isopropyl-, butyl-, and isobutyl-), and Oxybenzone.
Although the mentioned ingredients and other harmful elements cause cancer, the Food and Drug Administration(FDA) does not require the beauty hair industry to seek approval before being sent to market. As a result, these toxins are used by millions of people unknowingly exposing themselves to potential health problems.
Another hidden toxinogen product are the perfumes and fragrances found in every store, and in many products used on the body every day, such as lotions, deodorants, and perfumes. These chemicals include: benzene derivatives, aldehydes, parabens, phthalates and other toxins known to hurt the body. Perfumes and colognes most common side effects are: allergic reactions, and migraines. If these toxins create reactions on contact (example: migraines), imagine what they are doing to your organs.
Carcinogens such as parabens are toxins found in our daily beauty products. They are not just found in fragrances, they are heavily used in cosmetics also. Parabens can easily penetrate the skin and mimic estrogen which is a primary female sex hormone. This should be a warning that beauty cosmetics we use daily, can weaken, and cause destruction to the most valuable possession, the body.
Now let’s talk about hair. Yes, everything mentioned above, the hormone changing toxins, the scents, the carcinogens are in hair productstoo. Even some of the symptoms that we want to reduce like dryness, dandruff, and thinning hair are created by the very toxins that are used in the shampoos found on grocery shelves. This is why it is imperative to know what to look for, to avoid these harmful substances. Sulfates, sodium chloride, and formaldehyde which are used to produce foam in shampoos, also result in hair-loss, and serve as irritants. Sodium chloride, is used as a thickener. And according to National Center for Biotechnology Information“This compound may cause eye irritation”. Formaldehyde is used as a disinfectant and with overindulgent amounts of this toxin, it can cause hair follicle damage, and lead to hair loss. 
Noticing a trend? Toxins are everywhere.
What can a health conscious person do to protect from harmful chemicals and toxins entering the body?
OWAY products can bring organic hair care for a healthier you.
OWAY’s mission statement is, “… OWAY family united by a passion for authentic, clean, efficient and environmentally friendly choices.” OWAY strives for organic, clean, environmentally friendly, holistic wellbeing for you and everyone else. These products are the best for your hair because:
- To use products that contain the least amount of chemicals. OWAY has non-toxic options that use ammonia-free hair color, to give you those varieties of colors without the harm of toxins.
- Minimizing plastic in our everyday use will reduce the use of the chemical called Phthalates that is found in plastics. This can cause breast cancer as and hormone issues. That is why OWAY chooses to use glass bottles to contain products.
- OWAY avoids synthetic fragrances so you know the only fragrance you smell has come from nature itself.
OWAY believes in holistic hair:
- biodynamic botanicals
- fair trade
- cruelty free
OWAY products take from the earth with natural ingredients, and put it back, without interrupting the ecosystem of life. Let OWAY help you with your health and wellness lifestyle.