8 Types of Hair Products You Should Not Use

You’ve likely realized by now all of the products you like to use in your hair may not be quite as safe as you’d assumed. Some hair products are bad for your health, and your hair dye may be damaging your hair. You can’t walk into a salon (or walk down the hair care aisle at Target) without encountering some potentially dangerous chemicals, either.

But you’re still going to style your hair. So which products do you need to avoid in order to tame your bedhead or achieve the texture of your dreams? Read on to learn about the types of hair products that you absolutely shouldn’t use on your hair.

1. Products that contain short-chain alcohols

A Hari's salon employee has her hair steamed after application

Avoid short-chain chemicals in your products. | Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images

Hair products that are formulated with isopropyl alcohol can strip your hair of moisture, which is particularly bad if you have dry hair or curly hair. As Tonya McKay reports for Naturally Curly, isopropyl alcohol is one of a number of short-chain alcohols — a group that also includes ethanol, SD alcohol, SD alcohol 40, alcohol denat, propanol, and propyl alcohol. These chemicals are similar to water molecules and can dissolve oil and other ingredients that don’t mix with water. If you’re concerned about your curly, dry, or frizzy hair, it’s best to avoid products with short-chain alcohols.