What Are Active Ingredients in Hair Care
If you’re wondering what does active ingredients in hair care products mean, you have come to the right place. Here you will find the answer to that question and a couple of others.
What are Active Ingredients?
In the United States, active ingredients in cosmetics of all kinds are those that the Food and Drug Administration lists as pharmaceutical agents. You might think of them as over-the-counter drugs. They have some kind of medicinal activity.
Not all hair care products include active ingredients. In fact, most do not. Ingredients with pharmaceutical activity are most commonly found in anti-dandruff shampoos.
One of the active ingredients in anti-dandruff shampoos may be hazardous to your health. It is called coal tar. It is a commonly recommended treatment for eczema and other skin conditions. Most pharmaceutical agents are accompanied by potential side effects. If you see an ingredient listed as “active”, do some research. Find out if using it is worth the risk.
What Does Protein Do for Your Hair?
Whether or not protein is good for your hair when it is applied directly is a subject of some debate. Your hair strands are made out of tightly twisted protein strands. The main reason that protein-rich formulas are recommended is that they may provide some protection against dryness. The benefit is temporary.
You cannot expect a single protein treatment to make a big difference in your hair’s appearance. But if used on a regular basis, products containing protein do seem to make a difference, especially for those with damage. Protein is not an active ingredient, as defined by the FDA, but some manufacturers advertise it as “active”.
Which Oils are Best for Damage or Dryness?
Vitamin E rich oils have long been recommended for dryness or damage. The oils are typically warmed before they are applied. This is referred to as a hot oil treatment.
All natural oils containing vitamin E are beneficial. Those include olive oil, grape seed oil, macadamia nut oil and many others. They provide protection from dryness and also have some UV filtering capability.
If the hairs absorb the vitamin E, which they should, the antioxidant may provide some protection for people who are frequently out in the sun. For example, if the sun tends to bleach your hair, a regular hot oil vitamin E treatment may help prevent that.
Those are some of the questions that hair stylists are asked most frequently. Hope you found the answers informative!