What’s Really in Your Pomade? A Story of Plastics and Parabens

Unhappy Young Woman with Two Hairstylists

The Plain Truth About Hair Styling

How much time do you spend in front of the mirror, trying to tame your hair? More importantly, how many products have you tested in the hope of finding the right one for you?

If you’ve ever spiked your hair, tousled it, laid it flat or crafted the perfect up-do, you probably used a pomade. Pomade offers more control than a usual gel. But the obvious benefits come with its drawbacks; many pomades are too heavy and weigh the hair down.

But beyond just considering how it affects our hair, it’s vital that we also understand how pomades affect our skin and scalp. Pomades are often laden with synthetic chemicals that leech into the scalp and can cause health issues. Here’s a look at just some of the harmful ingredients found in most store-bought pomades.

Closeup on young woman with wet hair in bathroomWhat’s Really in Your Pomade?

PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil – This oil is most commonly the main ingredient in any pomade found in your local supermarket. Hydrogenated castor oil is a synthetic derivative of castor oil. By itself, it has shown limited cases of organic toxicity. More often, however, it is contaminated with either Ethylene oxide or 1,4-dioxane, known carcinogens.

OLETH-10 – This synthetic polymer is most often used both as a fragrance and as a surfactant, meaning a lathering agent. Not only does OLETH-10 pose a safety risk as an irritant, but it is also a suspected environmental toxin.

CETEARETH-25 – Like Hydrogenated Castor Oil, CETEARETH-25 can often be contaminated with carcinogenic ingredients. In concentration, it is a known irritant and can cause enhanced skin absorption.

Isopropyl Alcohol – This is a solvent and denaturant (poisonous substance that changes another substance’s natural qualities). This petroleum-derived substance is also used in antifreeze and as a solvent in shellac.

Fragrance – Fragrance is present in most deodorants, shampoos, sunscreens, skin care body care and baby products. Many of the compounds in fragrance are carcinogenic or otherwise toxic. “Fragrance on a label can indicate the presence of up to 4,000 separate ingredients.” Most or all of them are synthetic.

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions…

Therefore, increasingly more people are looking for natural products that match their healthy lifestyles. Do you opt for a product that creates a strong hold, but dries out your hair, breaks your ends or causes flaking? Or would you rather choose a non-toxic brand that requires additional applications throughout the day?

Luckily, with our water-based 24/7 Styling Dragon Pomade

24/7 Styling Dragon Pomade,

Price: $15

you no longer have to struggle with making a decision. This pomade presents you with a firm, non-sticky styling hold while keeping your hair smooth and healthy all day.

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New Price & Size

We now offer it in a smaller, more affordable, and portable size with the same raw ingredients, like beeswax, Shea butter and oranges to continue to condition your hair without making it stiff.

No matter if you have long hair, curls or even a beard that needs styling – from this day forward, you don’t have to walk into the office with greasy looking hair or get frustrated about losing your hair style while spending a night out with your friends.

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