Chemical Free Root Touch Up

Finding a grey root touch up can be challenging, finding one that is chemical free is especially challenging.

Let’s review some of the chemicals in hair care products that should be avoided.


Found in: Household cleaners, detergents, shampoo, hair care and styling products.
Purpose: Create lather in shampoos.
Side Effects: Can cause skin and eye irritation.

  • May strip out natural oils from hair.
  • May strip out color treatments.
  • May cause hair frizz.


Found in: Shampoos, hair care and skin care products.
Purpose: Acts as preservative.
Side Effects: May cause skin irritation.

  • May cause hormone disruption.
  • Potential carcinogens.
  • Can damage scalp and hair.
  • Can cause hair loss.
  • Can cause loss of hair color.
  • May contribute to eczema.
  • Are easily absorbed through the skin.

Other Names: methylparaben, ethylparaben, benzyl paraben or butylparaben.


Found in: Hair straightening or smoothing products that are followed by a heat process can   release formaldehyde gas into the air.
Purpose: Used as a vapor in hair care for smoothing or cleansing properties.
Side Effects: Can cause skin irritation and allergic dermatitis and drying.

  • Known carcinogen.
  • Can cause serious irritation of eyes, nose and lungs.
  • Other medical issues including nervous system issues, respiratory issues and digestive issues.


Found in: Haircare products including shampoos.
Purpose: Used to increase the flexibility of hair styling products “plasticizers”, enhances the the performance of other ingredients in hair care products.
Side Effects: Dangerous to the environment.

  • Can cause hormonal disruptions.
  • Can contribute to hair loss.
  • Can contribute to eczema and skin inflammation.

Phthalates may be listed as “fragrances” on the label.

Polyaromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs)

Found in: Mineral oil and petroleum jelly.
Purpose: Used in dyes
Side Effects: Linked to an increased risk of cancer.

  • Mutagenic to humans.
  • Medical issues including cataracts, kidney and liver damage.
  • Redness and inflammation of skin.

PVP/VA Copolymer

Found in: Hair care and Hair styling products.
Purpose: Provides a “hold factor”.
Side Effects: Can cause scalp irritation and respiratory issues.

Polyethylene Glycol (PEGs):

Found in: Antifreeze, Oven cleaners, hair styling and hair cleaning products.
Purpose: Emollients, emulsifiers, act as thickeners in hair care products.
Side Effects: Strip hair of natural moisture.

  • Makes hair brittle.
  • Has carcinogenic compounds.


Found in: Haircare, dyes and styling products
Purpose: May be a contaminant rather than an ingredient.
Side Effects: Known immune-signaling disrupter.

  • Known carcinogen.
  • Has been linked to blood disorders.
  • Has been linked to hair loss.
  • May turn blonde hair orange.
  • May cause neurological issues

Recalls and Lawsuits have occurred due to benzene in hair products

Isopropyl Alcohol

Found in: Hair care and styling products
Purpose: Provide hold factor and quick drying.
Side Effects:
Can cause hair breakage.

  • Can cause hair dryness and frizz.
  • Can cause scalp irritation.
  • Inhalation can cause medical issues.

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