Why you should avoid mineral oils and waxes in haircare

Do you follow the curly girl method? Then you have probably heard that we avoid mineral oils and waxes. In a lot of drugstores you will find haircare with these ingredients. But did you know that these ingredients were also used for glue and the production of plastic?

In which products do they use mineral oils and waxes?

You can find them in face creams, lip balms, but also in a lot of haircare products, like shampoos, conditioners and gels. They use it with a reason: it protects your hair or skin from drying out. Mineral oils and waxes create both a layer on your hair, so your hair will be completely locked, and this is a bad thing because your hair wil not be able to absorb your hair products and moisture.

How do you recognize mineral oils and waxes?

Mineral oils are odorless and the substance is clear. The oils is often made of petroleum. There are a lot of different types, they can. be divided into two groups:
  • MOSH (mineral oils from saturated hydrocarbons)
  • MOAH (mineral oils from aromatic hydrocarbons)
Liquid paraffin, liquid petrolatum, parafin oil, paraffinum liquidum, petrolatum liquid, petroleum oil, white mineral oil and white oil are all examples of mineral oils.

The European Cosmetics regulation

The European Cosmetics Regulation states that mineral oils must be purified for use in personal care products. In recent years, the use of mineral oils has come under fire, which is why there is a European requirement to purify mineral oils for use in cosmetics. Indeed, studies have shown that unpurified mineral oils can be carcinogenic. In addition, they are also bad for the environment because they are poorly biodegradable. Fortunately, therefore, we avoid this ingredient within the CG Method.
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