Healthy Hair, Healthy You

Look At Your Labels

by Cherise Morello-Pons

Anyone interested in living a toxin-free life should become accustomed to reading the labels on their hair care products. The back of each bottle should clearly indicate all of the product’s ingredients.


Learn to recognize and avoid the following elements:

  • Parabens (methyl-, propyl-, butyl-paraben, etc.)
  • Sodium lauryl/laureth sulfate (SLS or SLES)
  • Silicone

If you have products in your shower and you’re wondering about the safety of their ingredients, check out EWG’s Skin Deep Cosmetics Database (, which allows you to search for many products, as well as specific ingredients, to learn about scientific test results.

When choosing alternatives, look for products with natural oils (coconut, carrot seed, etc.), natural butters (shea, cocoa, etc.) and food-derived proteins and essential oils (lemon, orange, geranium, lavender, etc.). Organic products are widely available now at most major markets.

Cherise Morello-Pons is the founder of Jade Organic Salon at 365 E. Butler Pike, in Ambler. For more information, call 267-460-8307 or visit November 2015.

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